I’m getting very excited for flip-flops, strappy dresses, sunblock, braided hair, and a trip to Tybee Island!!!
Two of my favorite things about this time of year: I get to make more dresses for my little Zo to wear, and I get to jog more.
It was just last June that I started my fitness adventure. (There is a small explanation on the Dream page of my website.)
I am in better shape now than I have ever been and the thought of more improvement excites me. I’m still a pear shape. The more I work out the more pear-shaped I get! My husband claims that it’s my hip bones that are large. I think he’s right. Plus, working out makes some parts smaller and other parts bigger, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, my point is that I’m excited. I’m so excited that I’ve already started thinking about all of the summer clothes I can wear. I’ve started thinking about all of the summer clothes that you can wear, too!
This week, I’m going to start working on posts for dressing for summer for different body types.
In the meantime you can check out my other summer wear posts here:
I definitely am. It’s going to be a great summer and I have a goal to be in shape by April. I got even more excited for swimsuit season when I saw this!
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Not that it applies to me, because I’m quite small in the bust, BUT this swimsuit would be great for column shaped women. See how the pink on the bottom pulls all of your attention away from the gray on top? The more I look at it the more I think it would be good for Apple shaped women too, because it breaks up the torso. A boy shape or hourglass shape in this swimsuit would look like a pear. A pear shape would just be accentuated. I’m a pear, but I might buy it anyway just because I love it – and my husband is a nerd. He’d love it, too!
I haven’t written one of these in a while, but I came across this dress and I just had to share!
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This is a great summer dress for a pear shape! It pulls in at the smallest part of the torso. Even with the flared skirt, a larger bottom will be perfectly balance by the fun and vibrant ruffles over the bust.
If you live in the Middle Tennessee area then you can find this dress at Trendy Pieces in downtown Murfreesboro. If you don’t live nearby you can get it online at JudithMarch.com.
I like Lindsay Lohan. I have no problems with her. She’s a mess and the world watches in wonder; hoping she’ll recover. She’s fabulous. She’s got that face. But she is no Marilyn Monroe.
Hugh Hefner is a business minded man. He knew what he was doing. He knows what people want and he gives it to them to make money. He gets a free pass because I’m a fan.
Here’s my big problem with Lindsay’s Marilyn-esque layout in Playboy: (And it has absolutely nothing to do with Playboy.)
Lindsay is a COLUMN SHAPE. Marilyn is a PEAR SHAPE. Excuse me, but Lindsay didn’t have the assets to pull off that layout. Did you see how far she had to stick out her rear? Marilyn had a gorgeous butt!
I know that the issue was published a while ago – I liked it – but I didn’t actually start thinking about it until today, because I’m doing a new collection of paintings based on Marilyn’s body.
So, that’s my two cents on that. I wish I could apologize to Marilyn.
So, I’m a little late to the party. But that’s par for the course with me. I can be kind of dense and sometimes I get so wrapped up in something that I can’t pull myself out to see new things that are going on. And these things are a pretty big deal.
Control Freak Apple
Wacoal has released a new line of Shapewear Panties for Apple shaped and Pear shaped women. “ControlFreak aims to fill a gap in the market with a focus on women’s unique figures and varying body types. The new collection provides more specialized and specific solutions with women’s body types in mind – Apples or Pears. Both styles aim to solve curvy fit and comfort challenges, while offering smoothing, control and support.”*
ControlFreak Pear Brief
It’s hard for me to believe that it’s taken this long after decades of feminist activity and protesting stick-thin-models. However, I won’t complain too much. I’m excited that they’re doing it at all.
The Apple Brief is supposed to smooth the tummy and lift the rear. The Pear Brief smooths, not only the tummy, but also the hips. It also allows for more junk in your trunk. Both panties have relaxed leg openings for comfort. You’ve gotta watch the video.
I feel like it’s my duty to go buy a pear pair and test them out. If they work I’ll let you know. They’re being sold at all luxury retailers and department stores nationwide.
I’ve been a little busy lately. I’ve postponed articles to the very last minute. I have to really concentrate to focus 100% on my articles.
I’ve told you my main passion is clothing design. My second passion is making other women feel good about themselves. I’ve told you that I’m designing a clothing line for real women. I thought that I’d give you a little more than that.
These are my girls:
You’ve seen two of them in my Body Type articles Pear Shape and Boy Shape. Left to Right: Ashley Adams is my Boy Shape, Regina Roberts is my Apple Shape, Sally Sawyer is my Column Shape, and Judy Jones is my Pear Shape. (I also have an Hourglass Lady named Nancy Nutt. You can find her on AYHdesign on facebook.)
These girls are the templates that I use when I design clothes for certain body types. I lay a piece of paper over one of the girls and sketch up something to both conceal and flatter. I try not to go inside the lines – that would be cheating.
Here is an example:
For this particular line of clothing, I have taken four basic concepts of a dress or piece of clothing and formatted each of them to every body type. The sailor dress(shown) for Regina(apple shape) is not the same as the sailor shirt and sailor skirt design that I have made for Judy(pear shape), but the fabric and materials are all the same. For this particular design, it’s the blue stripes below.
Today I plan on finishing the four basic concepts on Sally(column) and Nancy(hourglass). Tomorrow, each lady is going to get an additional design exclusively for that body type, but it will still fit into the general look of the summer line.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to on the days that my articles are posted a little late or, regrettably, not at all.
A study of the shapes of over 6,000 women, carried out by researchers at the North Carolina State University circa 2005, found that 46% were banana (rectangular), just over 20% pear, just under 14% apple, and 8% hourglass.*
So, I want to know if this relates to my readers.
If you’re unsure of your body type fill this out and I’ll get right back to you:
(It’s completely confidential and none of your information will be shared… or even saved.)
I’m going to go high fashion with this post. Mainly because I’ve been distracted with studies about current fashion manufacturers using sizing systems dated back to the 1960′s. Partly because Mui Mui’s Spring 2012 collection is an array of mixed textures and patterns that has me, quite frankly, drooling. (See it here.) But we’re going to go with something from their e-store for Autumn.
I love this color for Autumn!
This shirt, coming straight down from the shoulders to below the hips is actually going to give you a boy shape. However, I would cinch it in with a skinny black belt. (Or… yellow!) Because the shoulders of the shirt are wider and the sleeves kind of fall outward, it completely balances out wider hips. (Be warned: it is silk. Be careful with it.)
Remember it’s the idea of the shirt and not the actual shirt. (The MuiMui shirt is here.) I’m sure you can find a shirt like this that is less on the expensive side.
I hope you can find a way to enjoy this rainy day and thanks for reading!
Normally, I don’t watch television in the morning. Today, though, I passed over Better TV. Co-host Audra Lowe was discussing fall coats with Tai Beauchamp, national correspondent for InStyle Magazine. She showed six coats of various styles and cuts. (Catch the video here.)
The second coat, the collarless coat, just doesn’t sit right with me. Tai says, of this exact coat, “the reason why we love this is because it is forgiving and it’s flowing. So it works for all body types.” To me “forgiving and flowing” means “shapeless”. And this particular coat is just that, especially when worn open.
All of the other coats were great and would fit on a majority of body types perfectly. I would just hate to see women with apple or boy shapes buying this coat. It’s not going to be flattering. It is an adorable coat, but it’s better fitted for a column shape or an hourglass shape. It would even do well on a pear shape if you had a wonderful scarf up top to balance out the A-line of the skirt of the coat. (Buy the coat here.)
Be sure to watch the entire video for some perfectly lovely coats for the cooler weather. Don’t you just love the way that Audra and Tai are dressed? Beautiful.
Neither of the things are related, but both fabulous!
First thing, my friend Kai Lynn deals in vintage clothing on Etsy. Her shop is Sui Generis. I didn’t start out this post to promote her, though – it’s about the dress! I found a dress in her shop that I fell in love with.
I like it for a boy shape or a pear shape best. However, if you are a very confident apple – if the waist falls exactly at the right place and you find the perfect belt – I think you could pull it off. Anyway, I wanted to share its adorability(new word).
The second thing is that I found a blog about a girl who has a great sense of style that is all her own. She’s a 22-year-old student in Vancouver and I love her blog Style Is Style.
She is confident and fun. Her instincts with clothes are dead on.
When I find things I love, I love to share them with other people who might be as appreciative to find them as I am.