The worst thing is trying on the same outfit as someone else only to find they look about 10 times better in it. How does this happen? We all come in various shapes and sizes and the way you dress can help flatter your figure or unflatter your figure. First things first is identify YOUR shape. I emphasize YOUR because it is so easy to identify yourself with someone else’s shape or the way they look. We tend to dress for how we want to look instead of wearing clothing that looks best on us. So what does this mean? Embrace the body you were given and dress in what looks best on you.
So lets identify your body type:
Apple: Top Heavy
Pear: Bottom Heavy
Hourglass: Top and bottom heavy
Banana: Athletic build, no curves
Apples: Pick pieces that are not too tight and that bring attention to the bottom half of your body. Make sure it is roomy enough to conceal extra belly weight but still defines a waist. This creates an overall slimming look.
Example: Fitted Blazer
Avoid: Anything that draws attention to the middle, high rise pants, belts and waist clinching tops, Horizontal stripes
Bring attention to the top half of your body and away from problem areas to conceal thighs
Example: Wrap Dress, a darker printsAvoid shapeless oversized sweaters, skinny jeans, silk skirts
Opt for styles that fit snuggly at your middle section but flare out at the bottom. (Skirt or pants) to create more curves. Bananas also want to dress more feminine since their build is usually athletic
Example: Peplum tops, halter tops, feminine chiffon dress, waist defining belts
Avoid dresses that are tight all over or overly flowy
The secret is NOT to hide any part of your body. Clothes should be fitted (not tight), wear waist defining pieces
Example: V neck fitted cardigans, scoop necks, pencil skirts, jackets with a single button
Avoid: Pleats around the hips and belly or anything high waisted, shape-less dresses and tunics
Lastly, love thy body you are given.
Stay tuned for a MEN’s body type blog!