Do you embrace and accept your shape? Or do you, instead, focus on all your perceived flaws citing every issue? Do you keep telling yourself why you can’t wear certain garments or why you can’t look stylish? Do you focus on how much you weigh or what size of clothing you wear? Or, instead, do you focus on your health and whether you’re eating right and exercising enough?
Style starts with self-confidence.
If you want to be stylish it all starts with self-confidence.
And this means confidence in your body shape! It’s about working in harmony with the shape you have now, not against it. It doesn’t really matter your size, shape, age – you can be stylish as long as you have confidence and you know a few tricks of the trade.
Create balance & proportion.
The main “trick” is to really know your body shape and proportions. It’s all about creating balance, through clever camouflaging of your figure challenges and enhancement of your favorite features. Understanding the basics of how the eye reads lines and focuses on objects and colors is the “trick”. Many aspects of fashion and style are based on balance and proportion. If one part of the body is narrow and another wide, then widening of the narrowest area will provide balance and restore visual proportion.
Know your horizontal body shape.
Horizontal body shape is the relationship of your shoulders, waist, and hip measurements. Are your shoulders and hips similar measurement or not? Do you have a defined waist? Does your body appear slim and straight through the torso or does it curve outward? Are you an hourglass, apple, rectangle, inverted triangle or triangle shape?
Understanding your horizontal body shape tells you wear to place vertical or horizontal lines and what shapes of clothing to wear. However, it’s only one part of the puzzle.
Know your vertical body shape.
The second part of the puzzle is to understand your vertical body shape. Have you ever tried on a top and thought that it looked frumpy and would look so much better if it were just a couple of inches shorter? Or perhaps, you tried on a skirt and you thought it made you appear slimmer and taller. Is your top half the same length as your bottom? Or do you have a shorter waist or shorter legs?
Again, your eyes are impacted by vertical balance and proportion which is the proportion of your top half of your body with your lower body half. Figuring out your vertical body shape is important for identifying your best garment lengths (tops and bottoms) and determining if you should tuck in tops or wear them untucked.
Move out of your comfort zone.
You can always stay right where you are now – in your comfort zone if that’s what you want. Or, you can take a journey with me, continuing to learn and improve and try new things. Over the next few weeks, I will focus on both horizontal and vertical body shapes – how to determine your unique body shape, how to dress it, and how to love it!
Most importantly, be confident!
Remember, what I said at the beginning – the most important aspect of style is being confident in yourself and loving the body you have!