- Posted by Team Superwoman
- On November 22, 2013
Understanding your body completely, is the first step in identifying your unique style profile
The five body shapes we have are: Pear, Apple, Hourglass, popsikcle and Strawberry.
The hourglass shape is taken to be the best body shape; perfect proportions with a teeny weeny waist. Yeah right! How many of us are thus proportioned?
In some cases, we may not clearly fall into any particular body type. Get a measuring tape, derive your statistics, identify the category you are grouped into, and start dressing to skillfully highlight the right features, carefully balancing out your proportions. It is all about creating an illusion with clothes.
A large percentage of African women are quite big boned, with a voluptuous figure. This is indeed a beautiful shape. Dress to compliment your shape and bring out your inner African Queen: Generous, curvy, all proudly packaged.
Here are some basic tips:
Are you SMALL ON TOP AND HEAVY ON THE BOTTOM? Some refer to this as the “Pear Shape”; these general tips would keep you in the right direction.
Experimental with your upper half. Wear pretty, eye catching colours on top; This draws attention to your beautiful upper body.
Wear dark colors on the bottom, this creates a slimming effect on the bottom and helps balance out your smaller top.
Avoid very light lycra fabric and sheer materials on the bottom.
Go for clothes with thicker fabrics, they offer the right support.
Straight cut skirts rather than wide or flared styles.
Show off your shoulders and neckline; V-neck dresses/tops are flattering. Accessorize with interesting neckpieces.
Are you BIG ON TOP AND SMALLER AT THE BOTTOM? This is the stawberry shape.
Flared skirts, pleated skirts and puffball skirts are perfect for your body type. They create volume and balance the top half of the torso.
Bold textures and horizontal stripes should be worn below the waistline.
Don’t be afraid to wear bright colours on your bottom half.
Exaggerated shoulder pads and dramatic sleeves, may not be the preferred option, they add bulk to your upper part.
Minimize the upper body with open necks and collars.
Bootcut jeans and fuller legs in trousers, if you have the height to carry it off.
Pockets on the hips and loose flowing fabrics.
If you carry most of your weight AROUND YOUR MIDDLE,
Shoulder pads and shoulder definition along with definition at the hips will create the illusion of a waist.
Colour blocking at the waist to create an illusion of a waist (a thick belt will work well).
Skirts with volume, also a very nice look.
Spanx or “comfortable” tommy trimming/controlling underwear goes a long way in helping the clothes fall fluidly on your beautiful silhouette.
The best outfit to wear is self confidence, with it you can make a awful outfit, look good.