Crack The Code of Dressing For Your Body Type

April 05, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

What to wear to an MJCollins Photography photo session

Not sure what to wear for your photo session that looks flattering for your body type? Fashion is about feeling great in looks we love. I got you covered with this quick guide to help you out! Remember, these are guidelines, not rules ♥

First: What body shape category do you most likely fall into, generally speaking?

PEAR SHAPE - or triangle shape 
About 20% of women identify in this shape

• Your waist is wider than your bust

• You have fuller hips

• Your shoulders are narrower than your hips

• You have a fuller rear

WHAT TO WEAR

Balance your top with your bottom. Draw the eyes upwards while highlighting the waist and neckline with bright colors and bold patterns. V-necks, cowl necks, bell sleeves, or a scoop neck are awesome choices! Think about bras that enhance your bust! Jewelry like necklaces and earrings can be bigger and better for you! And wide brimmed hats? Go wild, dear pear. 

A-line styles of dresses are super flattering and hems that hit right below the knee elongates your frame and slenderize your hips and thighs.

While you are busy dressing up your top, subtle should be your thoughts on the bottom. Dark colors, boot cut, classic trouser cuts and slight flared bottoms are excellent go-to's. Avoid tight pants that really hug your legs. 




HOUR GLASS - or "curves in all the right places" Shape
This is actually the least common shape in women as only 8% fall into this category

• You have a well defined waist

•Your bust and hip measurements are about even

• Your bust and hips are fuller

WHAT TO WEAR 

Celebrate what your mama gave ya! Define your waist and flaunt those curves! You can wear fitted and tailored pieces like: jersey knits, wrap tops, or anything v-neck, round neck or boat neck. Elbow length sleeves will bring attention to your waist but you can also rock cap sleeves, tanks and flutter sleeves. Wear a bra that make your breasts look perky and not saggy and avoid flowing dresses as they will look boxy. Easy fix though - belt it! 

Empire waists or wrap dresses will play up your proportioned curves and you can have your choice of hemlines too! Stretchy skinny jeans or leggings show off all the right curves while tapering down towards the ankle. Flare pants paired with a tight or fitted top looks simply amazing. 
 




How to dress for your body type and rock your session when Melissa Collins takes your picture

 

APPLE SHAPE - or inverted triangle

About 14% of women can clearly see this shape in the mirror

• Being generally well-proportioned, your shoulders will be broader than your hips

• You are not as curvy through the hips

• Your waistline is not defined

WHAT TO WEAR

Congratulations! You get to wear the most comfortable options out there on top! Your power tops are: breezy A-lines, flowy tunics, relaxed button-up boyfriend cuts, or v-neck anything. Fabrics like silk, linen, tweed, and thicker cotton will fit you incredibly! Thin cotton and jersey knits are too thin and will accentuate unflattering curves. But, you get to wear any sleeve you want! But if you want to cover up, a tighter fit sleeve will balance out your bust and midsection. Want to elongate that neck? Plunging or shallow v-necks will do the trick! Need a higher neckline? Dark colors on top have slimming effects. 

You can wear a mini skirt all day long! Or if you aren't in a daring mood, a knee length hem line looks fantastic. Maxi style dresses and wrap dress can be your secret weapon for sure! When in doubt dark colors and diagonal prints are super slimming, my sweet apple.

Skinny jeans and leggings are the bomb-diggity, especially paired with a breezy top, over-sized sweater or generous button-down. Classic trouser fit works well too - actually, you get to wear any style pant, as long as you are balancing the top and the bottom. Your bottoms should be more structured or skinnier that what you are wearing on top! 

Jewelry should be longer to elongate your shape! Long necklaces, long earrings, bracelets or statement rings will look so attractive!




RECTANGLE SHAPE - or athletic build

Surprisingly, 46% of women are this shape where your waist is the same size as your hips and bust

• Weight is distributed evenly

• Your waist is not defined and only about an inch or two smaller than your hips and shoulders

• Your rib cage is what provides you with shape

• Despite being rectangular, you can still have a wide chest and a fuller rear, because you are measuring shoulders and hips.

WHAT TO WEAR

Here you want to create curves and a little unbalance. If you want a more fitted top, choose over sized, breezy bottoms OR if you want an easy, breezy top, structured or skinny bottoms will do quite nicely. Your power tops are: halter styles, racerbacks, scoop or round necklines or strapless anything! 

Lean towards styles that play up your bust (like halters) or embellish your femininity with ruffles, lace, frills, texture and volume. Belts will give your waist a cinch and undergarment shape wear will give you shape and add a cup size to give you fullness in your bust. Sleeves, strapless or tanks - it is all yours to choose from. 

Most dresses will work on your frame. Love your legs? Hike up that hemline. Love jumpers? Grab a halter style. Need to minimize somewhere? Grab a dark color. Need a waistline? Pull out a belt. 

Make sure you are balancing out your frame. If you are wearing a wider pant like cargo's, make sure the top is more fitted. Want to appear taller? Floor grazing flare or boot cuts with heals are slimming and elongating. 

Jewelry can be worn to draw attention to your top or take the attention off. To make your arms appear longer, avoid bracelets and opt for rings. If your arms are longer...layer up on bracelets or go chunky!

Everybody and every body is different. We are also not defined as one classification or another, but I hope this quick guide can be used as a starting point for you! 

For color pallette assistance, you can check out this other blog post ---> "Your Color Aesthetics"

Hey! Don't forget to drop a comment below and let me know what your thoughts are!

 

 


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