INTRODUCING… The Dressing For Your Body Type eBooks!

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Dressing For Your Body Type eBooks

Otherwise known as PDF files! I finally got around to putting the pertinent information into short, easy to read eBooks! You can even read them on your phone!

To purchase these very inexpensive little eBooks, you can just hop over to the Body Types eBook page!

 

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.

Shannon Writes In…

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“I have big boobs, decent enough sized hips but awesome legs. So my trouble is finding tops that don’t have an over pour of cleavage but are still attractive and don’t produce the uni-boob look. Where can I shop and what styles in particular should I look for?”

As a former fit expert, I have to lead with:

Make sure that it’s not your bra causing the uni-boob look.

However, if you are absolutely certain you are wearing the right bra, I have found some tops that will balance out your larger breasts by accentuating your hips and complement your cleavage. These tops also allow for wider bra straps.

Shallow scoop neck or v-neck blouses, like the ones below, will look best if you don’t want a lot of spillage.

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Structured shirts can cause a uni-boob look if they’re too tight. So, I would recommend going with loosely structured or even flowy shirts that would allow for a belt around the waist. (Like the shirts above in the middle.)

This drape-front shirt is in style right now, and I think it’s a perfect fit for you. See how Erica Bunker styled it on her blog:

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Also, have you ever tried a sweetheart neckline? If you find just the right one it could visually separate your girls without too much spillage.

As with anything else, the more you try on, the more you learn about what works for your body specifically.

As for where to shop, I say, everywhere. And I’m not even kidding. It’s completely worth it once you find the clothes that work for you. You will never regret finding that one top that always makes you feel fabulous.

(And just in case you are in the mood for a new bra or two I highly recommend Chantelle’s Full Support Bras or Wacoal’s. Women with bigger busts just rave about them. When I used to work in Lingerie I wished I had bigger boobs just so that I could fit into Chantelle’s full bust bras…)

Perfect Stripes for Body Types

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I haven’t done one of these in a while!

Stripes by Body Type

All shoes are Valentino… for reasons.

Pear: The horizontal stripes over your bust pull the eye up. The black skirt helps to camouflage a wider hip.

Hourglass: This dress keeps you in balance while accentuating your figure.

Boy: This dress pulls in at the waist, draws attention toward your bust with vertical stripes and adds width to your hips with horizontal stripes – giving you more of an hourglass shape.

Apple: I paired this dress with a wide black belt to help camouflage a bigger belly. This pulls the waist in while letting the dress pull the eye to the bust and hips.

Column: The direction of the stripes on the bust literally point down to your hips. This will balance out your figure. I love that this particular dress also pulls in at the waist.

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!!!

Sunbathing Hourglass

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Dressing an hourglass can vary greatly depending on whether you want to accentuate your curves or minimize them. If you want my advice, I say “accentuate them, baby!” Most women would kill for a perfectly proportioned hourglass shape; this girl included.

Here are my hourglass tips:

  • Accentuate your waistline if you’re wearing a one-piece!
  • Balance your top with your bottom. If you have ruffles on the top, you need ruffles on the bottom. If you have a bold pattern on the top, you need an equally bold pattern on the bottom. Especially be wary of your cut. If the top is a string bikini, the bottom needs to be the same. If your top is modest, your bottom should be as well.

And that’s really about it for hourglass!

Sunbathing Hourglass

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!

Apples in the Sun

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Apple shaped women have a particularly hard time finding swimwear. It seems as though, these days, all swimsuits are designed to expose and flaunt your stomach. I would have loved to have lived in the 50’s when swimsuits were made to accentuate curves in a modest way. Of course, I find absolutely nothing wrong with an apple wearing a more revealing swimsuit or a two-piece. You just have to find the right suit.

Here are some tips:

  • Find a one-piece with a pattern or dark solid color on the stomach to camouflage any unflattering areas.
  • Use bolder patterns or brighter colors to draw attention to your bust or hips instead of your tummy.
  • Find a suit that is going to show off the smallest part of your torso(directly under your bust). It will give your torso a longer/leaner look.
  • If you’re going for a two-piece find bottoms that are going to accentuate your hipbone*. This will draw attention away from the tummy while making your hips appear curvier.

*I like the two bottoms that I found here. The cut-out bottom on the left will make straight hips look curvier while hiding a lower pooch. The second bottom has lines that pull your eyes down and out – away from the tummy. I paired the second bottom with a bright patterned top that is also going to help to pull the eye away from any tummy insecurities you might have.

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Hey Hourglass, you’re next!
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 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.