We know that our shoppers are very style savvy, but sometimes anyone can get frustrated and caught up with not knowing how to dress for your body type or what looks best.
Below are some style “rules” that we’ve put together as well as how to dress for your body type, to help make your shopping experience a much easier one!
1. LOCK AND LOAD
Getting a proper bra fitting can make the world of difference. Having the girls sitting where they need to be can take away pounds and create a whole new shape. We suggest getting fitted every 6 months.
2. DON’T WEAR WHAT DOESN’T FIT
That one should be a no- brainer, but you’d be surprised at what people wear in order to try and hide things. Don’t wear things that are over-sized or baggy to try and hide parts of your body and don’t wear things that are too tight. Both will only emphasize what it is you’re trying to hide. Regardless of body shape you can always create a silhouette that will be most flattering for you.
3. DON’T WASTE A WAIST
Every body type should be making use of their waist. Even if you carry your weight in your tummy you can still create a waist with proper seaming, or by adding a belt to the smallest part of your waist.
4. DON’T BE GUILTY OF THE “BUY WITHOUT TRY”
Okay, we are all guilty of this one. You’re on your lunch or in a hurry and just feel like you don’t have the time. Usually when we do that we try the item on at home, don’t like it, forget we even have it and forget to return or exchange it and then we are stuck with an item we will never wear. Take the extra 10 minutes and try on the item.
5. SHOES ARE A GAME CHANGER
If you’re going to really invest in one item of clothing, do it with shoes. Shoes can be the perfect fix for a boring or bland outfit.
6. DON’T BUY THINGS JUST BECAUSE THEY’RE ON SALE
It’s amazing when you can find something absolutely perfect for you that you need in your closet and it’s half off.. who doesn’t? But buying something just because it’s on sale will more often than not just sit in your closet. If you find something that will last the season that you just can’t part with, you’ve struck gold. If you’re just wanting it cause the price tag looks good and your money is burning a hole.. walk away.
7. VARIETY IS GREAT, BUT SHOP FOR WHAT YOU KNOW
It’s so important to try new things, and not just with fashion. Trying new things helps us to figure out who we are and what we like. When we say “stick with what you know” we mean that if you find a shirt that just fits like a glove and you have a larger chest that’s difficult to shop for then buy it in a couple of different colors and prints. Sticking to what you know means sticking to sizes and shapes that work for you and your body type.
Dressing for your body type can be a difficult task especially since only 8% of women are symmetrical on their top and bottom. The goal when dressing is to create the appearance of having a proportioned, well balanced shape; the hourglass.
IF YOU’RE LARGE ON TOP:
Your issue here is either you have larger shoulders or are bigger in the chest. De-emphasizing your up-top volume by wearing a proper bra, adding darker colours to your top half and adding lighter colours or patterns to your bottom half will help to do this. When you add volume to the bottom and stay close to the fit on top you’ll create a more balanced looking frame.
*extra tip! Soften your shoulders by wearing:
- Soft, drapey and weighty fabrics
- Knitwear with a fine gauge. Thick knit sweater add bulk to your shoulders
- Tops with soft sleeves.
- Wide straps
- Collar-less shirts
IF YOU’RE CURVY ON THE BOTTOM:
If you’ve got a booty you’ll want to enhance or add volume to your top half while emphasizing your waist and de-emphasizing your lower half. A jacket can be your best fashion friend. Don’t use a jacket to completely cover up, instead you want something that cuts across at the hip. Try items with vertical lines as they will force your eye up and create a taller, longer and leaner look.
*extra tip! Choose materials that hold their form like denim. They flatter and streamline your shape. Avoid any tight knits on the bottom because they cling and accentuate your width.
IF YOU’RE BIGGER IN THE MIDDLE
Your abdominal and torso generally your biggest body issues, so you’ll need to focus on de-emphasizing this area as well as accentuate your best bits. Try wearing clothes that will make your mid-section appear narrower. A fit and flare dress gives you fit on the top, smaller in the waist and flares out at the bottom creating the perfect hourglass.
*extra tip! Dresses that are great for your body type are:
- Empire waist
- Bias cut hem
- Wrap styles tailor your midriff by visually lifting up your bust
- Lower necklines that slim your upper body and draw the eye up and down
IF YOU’RE PETITE
With petite I am referring to women that are shorter than 5’4″. Many shorter women feel like their height is an issue because they don’t feel good in their clothes. The sleeves and legs are too long and can make your limbs look shorter. Finding the right clothes isn’t just about finding the right size, but also making sure everything is well proportioned. First, find out what body shape you fall into then go from there. Be sure to find things that are in your size, and if they aren’t a good tailor can go a long way!
*extra tip! Elongate by wearing;
- Vertical prints
- Above the knee hemline
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
We are looking to create shapes and symmetry. Don’t focus on the size on the tag, instead focus on how it makes you look and feel.