Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday Tip: Dressing for Your Body

I'm sure you've all heard the fruit comparisons.

She's pear-shaped. She's has more of an apple figure.

That's all well and good but means nothing if you don't know to dress to your assigned fruit! It's about flattering your figure with the appropriate garments. Here's a quick little tip list that I hope you can use and apply to your everyday style.

Pear Shaped
If you have narrow shoulders and torso, and a wider hip and bottom region, this applies to you. I like to call it Bootylicious. Just because you have an apple bottom doesn't mean you can't wear skinny jeans or form-fitting dresses. It's just about finding the right proportions which elongate your torso to help you look a little less bottom heavy. Since you have such a tiny waist, accentuate it! Utilize your belts and scarves to draw attention to how tiny you are in your midsection!

Celebs who fit this category are women such as Beyonce, Shakira, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Davis, and Hayden Panettiere.

Photo Credit: Jill Martin

Apple Shaped
Apple shaped women carry the majority of their wight in the midsection. Sometimes this intimidates them to try out new trends and style-- but it shouldn't! Apple shaped women should accentuate their favorite aspects of their body (bust line, legs) and draw attention away from their problem areas (midsection). Most apples have great legs, so girlfriend, hike that skirt up and work what your momma gave ya!

Celebs who fit this category are Drew Barrymore, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Hudson, Elizabeth Hurley, and Catherine Zeta-Jones


This body type is curvaceous! You have it going on up top as well as on the bottom, with a cinched waist in between. I call this a "Treasure Chest with Pirate Booty." Whatever. I like that analogy. If you have this body type, the key is to emphasize our curves without adding any more bulk. Don't be afraid to try out body-hugging dresses! Clothing with defined waistlines look best on this figure. Because you are curvy on top, avoid high necklines such as turtle necks. A V-neck draws the eyes down and is more flattering. Va. Va. VOOM.

Celebs in this category include Dita Von Teese, Scarlett Johannson, America Ferrera, Kerri Hilson, and Sophia Vergara.

Photo Credit: LifeMixx


Banana Shaped/ Boyish Figure
This figure is the opposite of the hourglass. Women with this body type are typically very narrow in the waist with undefined hips or bust. Very little curves give this body type a straight up and down look. Many athletes and runway models have this figure. The key is to create curves with your clothing choices. Fitted jackets are a great way to start! They give the impression of a smaller waist and a bigger top. Also, try sleeveless tops or tanks to show off your great arms and shoulders. On the bottom, opt for something a little less form fitting, This will give the illusion of a more defined waist!

Celebs with this figure include Kate Moss, Keira Knightley, Alexa Chung, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz and Nicole Ritchie.

Photo Credit: Laura G.


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