The First Step – Understand Your Body Type
- CREATE A WAIST.
- When in doubt, a wrap dress is always flattering.
- Monochromatic looks are always a good way to go.
- Remember, this is just a guide to help you! Experiment, try things on and have fun!
Traits: Your lower body is wider than your upper body, your bottom is well rounded and your waist is well-defined.
Assets: Shoulders and torso.Goals: Emphasize your waist and arms.
- A-line dresses/skirts which camouflage wider hips.
- Belted dresses or tops that have a defined waistline.
- Most pants! Wide trousers, straight leg or skinny will work. Look for stretch in the fabric.
- Shapeless, oversize tops.
- Prints on bottom that draw attention to hips.
Traits: Most of your weight accumulates above the hips, which are narrow. Your back, ribs and shoulders are broad.
Asset: Your legs! Goals: Elongate torso, show off your legs, and create a waist.
- Straight or skinny trousers work. Can also go for a wider leg to balance out top half.
- Wear belts at the smallest part of your waist.
- Look for V-neck necklines to elongate torso.
- Add a structured blazer over a loose fitting top to hide tummy but create a waist.
- Look for pants/skirts that hit at the belly button (no higher) to account for a larger bust.
- Shift Dresses.
- High-rise trousers.
- High necklines.
Traits: Your shoulders and hips are similar in proportion and set off by a tiny waist.
Goals: Show off your curves without going overboard.
- Wear dresses/skirts that nip in at the waist.
- Pencil skirts.
- Do belt at the waist.
- Wear high-waist skirts to show off your hips.
- Skinny or straight leg jeans work well.
- Choose clothes that work with your natural curves.
- Shapeless/boxy styles.
Traits: Your waist, hip and shoulder widths are similar. Straight up-and-down figure.
Assets: Arms and legs. Don’t have to worry about minimizing any features.
Goals: Create curves!
- Look for sweetheart necklines to create curves.
- Look for tops with ruffles or any details to flatter the chest.
- Styles that fit snugly around the middle but flare out at the bottom.
- Tailored blazers that nip in at the waist.
- Anything too flowy or unstructured around the waist.
Five Staples of a Professional Wardrobe:
A great pair of neutral heels
Staple button down shirt