Think about the styles of clothing you wore when you were younger. The colours, prints and designs you chose. There’s a good chance that your fashion preferences have changed since then. That’s one of the most exciting thing about fashion and style – with some creativity, you can create a whole new look and persona for yourself as often as you want!
If you look through your closet and dresser drawers, you should begin to get a sense of your personal style.
As you examine the clothes you wear on a regular basis, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is there a colour (or group of colours) that you wear regularly?
- What types of clothing do you wear most often (shirts, skirts, jeans, sweaters, etc.)?
- Is there a specific silhouette that you wear?
- Is there a person, celebrity, or group that you look to for style advice and inspiration?
With that being said, another important part of personal style is knowing what looks good on you. There are a few things to consider when assessing what clothes look best on your body shape, skin, face and hair; and what makes you feel good.
Women’s body comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, and most can be put into one of five categories. No body shape is good or bad. All body types have their pros and cons. The key to looking your best is to identify your body shape and learn which styles best flatter that shape.
Identifying your Body Type
Your body silhouette is what your body type is. Stand in front of the mirror and use a cloth tape to measure your shoulder, bust, waist and hip. The tape should neither be too tight nor be too loose.
Place the tape at the tip of one side of the shoulder and take it around to the other side, until the tape meets the end of the same shoulder. (Measuring your own shoulder is difficult so it’s better to ask someone to help.) The tape should be very close to the shoulder.
Start by placing one end of the tape at the fullest part and wrap it around from under your shoulders till the tape meets the other end. Keep the tape tight and firm but do not squish your breast or change its shape while measuring.
The part of your waist above your belly button and below the ribcage is your natural waistline. Wrap the tape around your waistline. Do not pull in your tummy and stand straight while taking the measurements.
The fullest part of your buttocks is to be measured. Place the tape on one side of the hip taking it around the other one and bringing it back to the starting point. Stand mirror-facing to check the tape level throughout.
Body Shapes are categorized into five different types. Once you have your measurements you can see which category you fall into and which garments or clothes perfectly suit your style.
- Apple: The torso and the upper body are wider than your hips with little or no waist definition. You might have weight surrounding your waist.
- Pear: The torso and the upper body are smaller than your hips with waist definition.
- Inverted triangle: The torso and the upper body are wider than your hips with little waist definition.
- Hourglass: The torso and the hips are approximate of the same width. They have a defined waist.
- Rectangle: The torso and the upper body are of the same width as your hips with little waist definition.
The most important thing is to know your body proportions (lower half and upper half) and then understand what needs to be added or sheared to create a proportional body shape.
For example, with the help of the above information one has identified its body shape to be an inverted triangle which means you have wide shoulders and bust but, you have a waist with a few curves. So here, one might get confused whether she belongs to this category or no. You could still be an inverted triangle as your upper half is the most prominent area of your body figure.
Note: There may be times that you fall into two categories. So, try to be flexible and use the trick to enhance or minimize to dress accordingly.
See ya until next time 😀