It’s not about SIZE it’s about Shape!
It’s not about SIZE it’s about Shape!
Growing up as an overweight, freckle-faced child had messed with my body confidence and self-esteem. I felt like I woke up one day as “the fatty”, and from that day forward it’s taken me many years to work out that it doesn’t matter what size is on my tag, but how I dress my shape that really counts!
Skinny people can still look terrible!
In my mid 20s as I sat on my couch eating crap and watching Austar (old school Netflix), I stumbled across a show “What not to wear”, and I watched, and I watched, and I watched. Transformation after transformation, it was amazing, so I bought their books, all three of them!
I realised that I could be a well-dressed, confident and sassy fatty, and feel amazing whilst working on my weight loss journey.
Short version is; there are 8-12 body shapes (depending who you ask), and certain cuts and fits of clothes look better on certain shapes.
Don’t know what shape you are, no problem, Google it! There are body shape calculators such as this one https://shopyourshape.com/calculate-your-body-shape/ everywhere online!
I am a PEAR! My goal is to emphasize my waist and de-emphasizing your lower body to create a balanced, hourglass appearance. Learn more about how to dress a pear-shaped body here at https://shopyourshape.com/body-shapes/pear-shaped-body/
When dressing I need to look for tops that will help balance your lower half while accentuating your defined waist. For example; tops with nipped or fitted waists, off the shoulder, boat-neck tops, wide V or U necks, structured shoulders, princess or flutter sleeves, embellishments around the shoulders, and my personal fav bright colours and bold patterns.
- Billowy tops that add volume to the bust with a snug fitting waist. Add flutter or princess sleeves for a more dramatic effect.
- Shirts with a fitted waist, and embellishments around the bust and shoulders to balance your lower half.
- Find dress shirts with structured or princess shoulders and a darted waist.
- Wear wrap shirts that emphasize your small waist with full or structured shoulders and a wide neckline. Wear a padded bra for an enhanced effect.
- Jackets with full or structured shoulders and a nipped-in waist in hip-length. Draw attention to your bust with pockets or details. Stay away from lower pockets.
- Off the shoulder shirts or shirts with wide necklines and a fitted or nipped-in waist will widen and draw attention to your slim shoulders and emphasize your small waist.
- A-line skirts that gently skim your body help to de-emphasize your bottom.
- Look for lightly gathered skirts that skim your bottom without adding volume.
- Simple, dark coloured slacks with no (or minimal) pockets with a mid-rise waist. Choose relaxed fits that fall straight down from the widest part of your hip.
- Dark washed, boot-cut or trouser-cut jeans that fall straight down from the widest part of your hip. Avoid “whiskering” and embellished or small rear pockets.
Images and corresponding information sourced from https://shopyourshape.com/body-shapes/pear-shaped-body/
Find out your body shape today and get your confidence back (and stop wasting money buying clothes they don’t suit you, make you feel amazing, and you never end up wearing)!
Need some style inspiration or shopping tips? Head on over to the “Get the Look” Section or have a read of my blog on shopping tips!
Photo 1: Wrap around dress has a wide v-neck and fitted waist. The pattern is bright and vibrant too and the sleeves cover the arms nicely. Perfect for garden parties and casual social gatherings.
Photo 2: Floral top and jeans. The jeans are a high-waisted dark denim and have no “whisker” pattern on them, nor embellishments anywhere either. The top is a patterned v-neck cut with the waist elasticated to create a cinched in effect and define the waist. Perfect for everyday wear.
Photo 3: Mustard bodysuit with navy A-Line skirt. The bodysuit is bright and fitted, with a “cold-shoulder” sleeve and frill detail. The skirt is a solid colour in a navy which flows without adding volume. The volume and vibrant colour of the bodysuit helps to draw attention to my upper half and define my waist, whilst the dark navy skirt de-emphasis my pear shape proportions.
Dress it up with a necklace to break up the high neckline and block of colour above the bust line. Perfect for dinner parties or the office, easy to dress up or down.