Modcloth Fall Denim

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I am seriously in love with Modcloth’s Fall denim! They have at least one flattering pair of jeans for every body type. A lot of their denim is in plus sizes, too. (Images link to product page.)

Look:

These Skate Night Jeans would be great for a pear, an hourglass or an apple.

I would “pear” them with a boat neck top or a frilly blouse if you are trying to balance out wider hips.

What I love about these jeans for an apple shape is that the wide legs not only make your legs appear longer, but they also help to minimize your problem area by streamlining your entire look. Especially if you were to wear them with and empire waist cut top that was not tucked in.

And for an hourglass I would say be sure to keep it balanced with a fitted – but not too tight – top. Maybe a scoop neck tee!

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I would recommend these Weekend Folk Festival Jeans to a boy shape or a column shape.

The pockets add depth and dimension to your hips. That will help to balance out a larger bust for column women. It will also give you something to balance out if you’re a boy shape.

For a column I would suggest a simple crew neck tee. For boy shapes, go with something that will enhance your bust like a sweetheart neckline.

Another thing about these high-waist jeans: if you have a long torso these will help to break it up and elongate your legs.

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Personally, I want the Gotta Jet Set Jeans and the Dittos Flare Play Jeans.

These Gotta Jet Set Jeans will do absolutely nothing for my shape, but they’re so freakin’ cute! And they do have a high-waist. That will go a long way to breaking up my abnormally long torso. So, that’s reason enough to buy them.

These Flare Play Jeans by Ditto will actually break-up my torso, balance out my hips and elongate my legs! All great things. Plus they are fabulous! They would probably be my go-to jeans when I’m slumped in front of my closet complaining that I have absolutely nothing to wear

I am not affiliated with ModCloth in any way, I swear. I just got an email from them about Fall layering and fell in love. Go check out all of their new denim for fall.

Bewitched

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I don’t know if I’m the only one that loved this movie remake of the popular TV Show from the 60′s and 70′s. I love the cast. I adored the fun, light-hearted feel of the entire movie. To me, it felt like the show. However, my absolute favorite thing about the movie was Nicole Kidman’s wardrobe – costume design by Mary Zophres. (I once toyed with the idea of being a costumer for movies, but quickly realized how much responsibility I’d have after working in the costume department in college.)

Her clothes are, in one word, cute. If I had to go on I’d use words like classic, flowing, feminine, and casual.

I’m going to alter outfits from three different scenes for this post. I’m going to use her dancing in the rain skirt outfit, her perusing the coffee shop outfit and the divorce party outfit.

I want her entire wardrobe, but it wouldn’t work for my body type. Nicole has a very long, lean Pilates and yoga body. You can put her in anything. My body, despite my warrior dash training, is still pear shaped and always will be. So I’m going to start there.

Pear:

Bewitched by Pear

Column:

Bewitched by Column

Apple:

Bewitched by Apples

Boy:

Bewitched by Boy

Hourglass:

Bewitched by Hourglass

I hope you have as much fun imagining yourself in these clothes as I did!

White Party

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It’s MAY, y’all!!!! And white is back!

So I’ve decided to pick out a few dresses for every body type! And for an added challenge, I’m going to try to keep them all under $50!

White Party

Okay, I did it. One white party dress for each body type; all under $50. Plus, shoes to match! Also, all under $50!

Next will be gardening looks! Mainly because I love to garden.

Follow my How To Wear board on Pinterest!!!

Boys of Summer

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There are two great things about being a boy shape in the summer. 1. You really get to play around with your options. 2. You can wear bikinis without looking slutty or vampish because you’re not too curvy.

Tips for Boy Shapes while swimsuit shopping:

  • Look for pieces that create curves. Look for lines that are literally an hourglass shape.
  • Ruffles! If you don’t like ruffles you can also use sequins, stripes, or patterns to create a curvier look.
  • A twisted bandeau top is going to give your boobs a bustier look without extra padding.
  • Tankinis are a good look for you because of the flesh that is visible across your hips where the top and bottom meet. Just be sure to balance that line out with extra embellishments or patterns on the bust.
  • Vertical lines on the hip, ties on the hip, buttons on the hip, ruffles/bunching/ruching on the hip, those are all good things that are going to make you look a little hippier.
Boys of Summer

Look for more summer dressing tips coming when I finish swimwear for all of the body types!

If you have more specific body typing questions, I’m always willing to answer them. In fact, that’s my favorite thing. So just leave your question in the comments!

Boys with Shoulders

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I had someone comment on the troubles of finding jean looks for boy shapes with broad shoulders.

As a boy shape it is already hard to create a perfectly balanced hourglass shape. If you wear something that flares at the hips you could end up looking like a pair, but if you wear something that brings too much attention to wider shoulders you’ll look like you can’t carry your own weight.

I put some cute jeans looks together just for this specific problem.

I do not recommend boyfriend jeans for boy shapes, because they tend to create a boxy look on their own. Boyfriend jeans will not do you any favors.

Bootcut jeans are great for every body type. Bootcut jeans are great for boys specifically because they elongate the legs like elephant leg pants(also known as wide leg), but they aren’t as outdated. (But I put an outfit together with elephant leg pants, too.)

If you do have wider shoulders and no hips I would recommend a button up that is cut to flatter curves. You can tell if it’s cut right by laying it down flat. If it’s flat and it’s shaped like a box it is no good. But if you lay it flat and it has its own hourglass shape then it will be very flattering on a boy shape. (This also works for all body types) Of course, I’m always tempted to put ruched sleeves on a boy shape, but that won’t work if you have wider shoulders. A sleeveless button-up might sound like a good alternative, but it will pull more attention to your wide shoulders because of the straight shoulder lines that are typically on a button-up shirt.

I paired the elephant pants with a very simple shirt, because the wide leg jeans do most of the work for you. All you have to do is make sure you’re not pulling unneeded attention to your shoulders.

If you’re going to wear skinny jeans at all I’d recommend a mid-rise cigarette pant, because they aren’t as tight as skinny jeans. They’ll still give you a proper balance.

I paired these cigarette pants with a deep, wide, v-neck. Normally, if you’re trying to balance out wide shoulders you wouldn’t want that neckline. However, this shirt has its own waist and balances out the wide neck with a slightly a-line flare from the waist.

Bell bottoms can make your legs look shorter, but they make your hips look wider. So if you can pair them with pointed toe shoes and a shirt that still pulls in at the waist then those two things will balance out wider shoulders.

I paired the bell bottoms with a cardigan that has contrast piping around the neck and down the front. This will do two things: it will create an hourglass shape against the bell-bottom jeans; and it will pull the attention from the neckline down to your hips – and away from your shoulders.

For the fifth look I paired high-waisted skinny jeans with a nice blouse to show you how a high-waist can break up your torso to create shape.

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If you want to see more on dressing for a boy shape check out this article. It has all of my dressing tips for boy shapes in one place. It also links to all other dressing tips and examples of them.

BOY

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T-shirts:

T-shirts must always be fitted. Otherwise, follow the rules for casual shirts.

Casual Shirts:

You either want to wear a shirt that breaks up your torso and gives you shape or wear a plain shirt and let the rest of the outfit do the work.

Blouses:

You can go with something structured, a blouse that is gathered at the waist, or even a men’s button up with a belt at the waist. Any of these things will work for you. However, if there is no waist on your blouse you’ll need to add a belt or wear something that your blouse can be tucked into. Puff sleeves and ruffles on the bust are a good idea, too.

Sweaters:

Wrap sweaters are great for boy shapes if they have a tie at the waist. Also, any plain sweater that you can add a belt to is great. I really like the mushroom type of sweater that is tight on the waist, but bellows out above the waist. Those are really cute for a boy shape.

Blazers:

You can wear a slouchy blazer if you add a skinny belt to it. There are some really cute blazers with elastic in the waist. Skinnier or shorter lapels on blazers with pockets on the hips will also do the trick. (A thicker or longer lapel will be overwhelming on your straight frame.)

 

Skirts and Mini Skirts:

I think it’s a good idea to break up your torso with a high-waisted skirt. High-waist skirts creat the look of longer legs, too. Skirts with wide waistbands are good for your shape. If you want to bring more attention to your hips, and create the illusion of curves, you can wear a low-rise skirt with a wide waistband – as long as it doesn’t give you a muffin top. Flared, bubble or cargo skirts will give you a little extra shape as well.

Skinny Jeans:

I DON’T RECOMMEND SKINNY JEANS FOR ANY BODY TYPE.

That being said… Low-rise skinny jeans are going to make your torso look twice as long and your legs look half as long. Avoid them.  If you can find high-rise skinny jeans, those would be best. If you can only find mid-rise then make sure that you are breaking up your torso and cinching in your waist.

Jeans:

High-rise jeans will break up your torso, which can help to give more curves. Bell bottom jeans create the illusion of wider hips, but be careful because they can also shorten your legs. Your best bet is going to be a mid to high-rise bootcut jean.

Pants:

I love a high-waist, darted trouser for boy shapes. An open dart on a high waist trouser will give you some shape. Make sure that whatever pants you wear are fitted to your rear. Fitted clothing can go a long way to defining curves that you don’t think you have.  You can also wear low-rise trousers(be wary of muffin top) with a skinny belt. That will help to bring attention to your hips. Just be sure to balance that out on top. Width of the leg can vary depending on rise and the top you pair it with.

 

Little Black Dress:

The best little black dress for you will be one that pulls in at the waist. If it’s cut in a way that creates some curves – whether it be a flowy skirt, a low neck line, etc. – that’s even better.

Rompers:

Look for a romper with a tie waist or an elastic waist. Your body type would look best in a 40’s style pleated romper with short sleeves and wide shorts.

boy shapeSwimwear:

If you are a boy shape (or rectangle or banana) then you have a very straight shape. Other than padding your bathing suits there are a few things you can do to give yourself some va-va-voom. My favorite two-piece for a boy shape would have a bandeua top with ruching in the center and a simple side-tie bikini bottom. You can add convertible straps to your top if you feel like you need them, but the shape of the bandeau top is going to break up your torso and draw attention to your bust – even if you don’t have much of one. Another way to add some shape is to look for a bikini with ruffles on the bust and booty. Looking for a one-piece? I got you covered, almost. Go for a one piece with cut-outs at the sides or lines that create an hourglass shape. Either one gives the illusion of a more shapely torso.

FIND MORE INFO ON BOY SHAPE  BODY TYPES HERE.

High Rise Skinny Jeans

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H&M has a pair of high rise skinny jeans on their website!

 

I know there are a lot of ladies out there that really like to wear skinny jeans, but also have problems with muffin top.

These will fix that problem for you.

If you don’t know how to style skinny jeans for your body type then you should check out this article: How To Wear Skinny Jeans.

There’s No Place Like Home!

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And no better way to get there than in adorable shoes!

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I am in no way an expert on shoes. I know what I like and I know what looks good to m. So, you can take my advice to heart or you can take it with a grain of salt.

I’m going to start with a problem that I have: small calf muscles. The bottom of my legs are very thin. These are some tricks that I’ve picked up to help my calves look bigger.

The way skinny jeans bunch up around the knees can make your calves look bigger, but you can also just go with a bootcut and the illusion of calves is there. If you wear skinny jeans heels give your calf muscles long definition where as flats just make the calves appear bigger about halfway down. Flex your foot right now. You’ll see the difference. (I’ll come back to skinny jeans later.)

Another thing you can do is wear skirts that hit right at the knee – not above. Especially straight or pencil skirts.

The only people who should ever wear shoes with ankle straps are women that have very small ankles! Ankle straps do not give your ankles definition. They make ankles appear larger and legs appear shorter. Shoes with ankle straps can also bring more attention to your calves, especially if worn with a straight skirt. Another thing you can do is wear skirts that hit right at the knee – not above. Especially straight or pencil skirts. Mini-skirts will NOT make your calves look wider.

So, let’s move on to “cankles”. What an ugly word. If you don’t have much definition in that area of your leg the best shoe is a pointed heel. Pointed toe shoes make your legs appear longer. Add a heel and they look even longer still!

Heels are always going to make your butt look more pert than flats do. Heels and flats work different muscles in your legs. Of course, I’m not even going to pretend to know what those muscles are.

I’m going to jump back to skinny jeans to say that any body can wear them. Again the shirt is important. I did write an article on How To Wear Skinny Jeans, but I didn’t add much information about shoes. A problem that I have with skinny jeans, other than the ones mentioned in the article, is that they sit right at the ankle. This isn’t a problem with other types of jeans, because most other jeans aren’t tight around the ankle. When something is tight at the ankle and cuts right across the ankle it can make your ankle look wider and your legs look shorter.  There are three ways to balance this out: pointed toe shoes, heels, or knee-high boots. If you want the skinny jeans/boots combo and you’re a pear or an apple you need to go with knee-high boots that are really going to bring the attention down to your calves to balance out wide hips or saddle bags(that fat that sits under your butt). Side note: knee-high boots are also good for making your calf muscles appear larger.

Let’s talk work pants. Straight leg pants look best with flats(like Audrey Hepburn in funny face) or high heels. Wide leg trousers look best with kitten heels or flats(if tailored correctly), because they already elongate your legs so much that heels aren’t really necessary. Boots are also great with wide leg trousers, but no one will see them.

Skirts… with a mini skirt I would avoid heels, but I would also avoid ankle straps. I love boots with mini-skirts, but not thigh high boots. Calf boots, ankle boots or knee-high boots are best for a mini skirt. I love the look of mini skirts in winter because of the boot options alone (that might make its own post shortly).

I think pencil skirts and ankle booties can be very sexy. Pencil skirts and flats with a t-shirt can be sexy and casual. Pencil skirts with heels are great for the office(especially kitten heels) or a nice dinner out. Pencil skirts with boots can be very cool if they are sleek boots or ankle boots.

I think that’s all I have.

How To Wear: 40′s Femme Fatale

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This post was inspired by this post.

Boy: Both the dress and the trench really pull in at the waist and accentuate your bust and curves.

40's Femme Fatale - Boy Shape

Pear: The fur collar on this trench is going to help to bring the eye up. The wide neckline on the dress is going to help balance out your hips.

40's Femme Fatale - Pear Shape

Apple: The black of the dress will help to camouflage your tummy, while the orange brings all the attention up top. The wide shoulders will help to minimize a larger stomach. The wide, short lapel of the trench also help to bring attention away from your stomach area.

40's Femme Fatale - Apple Shape

Hourglass: This trench can hide your curvaceous bod if you don’t tighten the belt. But if you want to accentuate those curves of yours you can either tighten the trench or take it off altogether. This almost faux-wrap dress is really going to flatter your figure.

40's Femme Fatale - Hourglass Shape

Column: The full skirt on both the trench and the dress will easily balance out a heavier top. Also, both items pull in at your waist – making sure that it shows.

40's Femme Fatale - Column Shape

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