So you’ve been working out and eating healthy a while now, you look at your silhouette in the gym mirrors and think to yourself damn all this hard works paying off!
You go out on a girls night feeling like a Victoria’s Secret Model in your bondage dress, that is until you get tagged in pictures the following day to put it lightly you look like an elephant in a condom.
How? You’ve toned up and slimmed down, your body’s the best it ever looked?! Maybe it was bad lighting? Maybe your friend photo shopped you to look bad? The camera adds ten pounds right?
Dressing for your figure is so important, you can eat all the kale you want and knock out six H.I.I.T sessions a week but wearing an ill fitted dress, underwear or jeans will make you look like you’ve done nothing but sit on your but eating the left over Christmas ham.
Seeing anyone in ill fitting clothes instantly makes their figure look bad even if they really do have a killer body underneath, I often look back at photo of myself wondering if I had gotten dressed in the dark and had no friends or mirrors around to set me straight.
With the New Year, New Me plans in full swing why not add another resolution to your list, one that you will be thankful for forever… dressing correctly for your figure/shape!
So you’ve probably be dressing yourself for 10,20,30 plus years now but there maybe some ‘bad dressing’ your guilty of.
Undies That Caress Not Strangle
Okay so were all guilty of this at some stage, you pick up all your underwear in the same size? Yeah your doing it wrong!
Tong’s,G-strings and tiny ‘tooth floss’ type underwear according to experts should always be at least one size bigger than you actually are otherwise they can lead to irritation, wedges and ugly VPL (visible pantie line).
Bra’s are something so many women including myself can get wrong. A bra that’s too big can leave you with a gap (wear some people like to leave their phone’s, car keys, money, purse etc) or a bra that is too small can leave you with an overflow of boob (hashtag unattractive) and if your not measured correctly a tight bra can leave you with the dreaded ‘back boobs’ look.
It’s important to get properly measured for your bra size every 6 months as your body is constantly changing especially if you work out, gain or lose weight all this will factor in your bra size. Some women even go up a whole size plus a few inches in the back during their period so it’s good to get sized then to. Most big department stores as well as boutique lingerie shops provide a free bra fitting service so why not take advantage!
Now that the foundations are covered lets talk about clothing, everyone is different and there is no ‘one size fits all’ rule for shopping for your shape but there are some helpful tips and tricks on how to make the most of what you got!
Most women fall into one of four categories: circle (thick around the middle), triangle (larger at the bottom), hourglass (curvy but evenly proportioned), and rectangle (straight up and down).
Triangle Body Shape
Best features: Shapely legs, a trim waist and head-turning hips give your body feminine appeal.
Common pitfalls You have a slender upper body, so your instinct might be to show it off with tight shirts. Resist the urge! Tiny tops throw off your body’s balance, making your bottom look bigger than it is.
Tops When you think about tops, think layers. Creating balance for your shape is all about filling out your upper half. A cardigan is your best friend, because it adds lightweight volume. For cooler weather, try cropped jackets that stop at the waist (channel Jackie O. for inspiration). Don’t be afraid to show a little skin, too. Three-quarter sleeves, wide scoop necks, and one-shoulder tops all look great on you.
Bottoms Boot-cut pants are best for your body. “The slight flare helps to balance out curves. Go for dark, medium-rise jeans with simple stitching and pockets in the back. For skirts and dresses, try a classic A-line cut that falls softly over your curves and highlights your trim waist. Avoid high waists and pleated skirts.
Circle Body Shape
Best features: Slender legs, slight shoulders and a trim booty give your figure a graceful allure.
Common pitfalls. Circles often try to cover up their bodies but that’s the opposite of what you should do. Showing off your neckline, forearms and a little leg (just a little!) looks elegantly classy—not to mention younger, longer and leaner.
Tops Your body is soft and round, so your goal is to add structure, especially on top. Try a structured jacket (like a blazer). Draw angles and lines across your body with wrap dresses or asymmetrical hemlines. Draped fabrics, cowl necks and flutter sleeves look great on you, too, for a feminine flourish.
Bottoms You’ve got great legs, so show them off! A slim, straight leg or boot cut is perfect for you, and wearing a heel takes off a little weight and shows off your legs even if it’s a small heel. Dresses with ruching or gathering hide the tummy, creating an hourglass effect.
Hourglass Body Shape
Best features: Big boobs, a slim waist and curvy hips make your figure the crème de la crème of feminine beauty.
Common pitfalls. Your figure has natural allure, so you may be tempted to give too much away. Everyone is trying to mimic the hourglass curve, but you’ve already got it. Show off a bit, but don’t give away all your curves there is the danger of looking tacky.
Tops Simplicity is key for you. Look for clean, simple tops with scoop necklines and three-quarter sleeves. Avoid layering, and look for waist belts that help define your tiny tummy. You look best in princess seams—long, shapely seams that gather in at the waist and flare out again at the hips—that have a smooth, snug look and show off your contours.
Bottoms You look best in skirts that stop at or below the knee, not above it. Pencil skirts look great on you, as do bootleg pants and skinny jeans. Choose pants or skirts that follow your natural curve, and go for fitted options (but not too tight). Embrace your silhouette.
Ruler Body Shape
Best features: Slender and often athletic, your build is easy to outfit.
Common pitfalls. You have a naturally sporty look, so you may tend to choose simple, fitted cuts. That can actually make you look boxy Instead, you want to use clothing to soften your body and create curves.
Tops When choosing a shirt, complement your natural lines with asymmetrical or rounded hemlines, and ruffle details. Halters look great on you, as do boat necks and off-the-shoulder shirts. Since your body is naturally athletic, you’ll look more feminine in tank tops with a thin, delicate strap. The same goes for jackets and blazers: Look for soft shoulders and steer clear of boxy, cropped jackets.
Bottoms High-waist pants look fantastic on you, as do wide leg trousers. Both add curves and volume to your lower body. For a girly look, wrap dresses look great on you, since they draw angles and lines across the body.
Inverted Triangle Body Shape
Best features: A tapered torso, trim waist and killer legs make you look confident and fit.
Common pitfalls. Your legs are typically well-sculpted, so your instinct may be to show them off with fitted leggings. That works if you’re wearing a long top, but in general, you want to add volume to your lower half.
Tops You look great in cowl necks and deep V-necks that help minimize a stronger upper body. Go for simple, fuss-free shirts. Embrace your inner flapper, and rock a drop-waist dress—a look that few can pull off!
Bottoms You want to amplify your lower half to match the fullness of your upper body. Choose wide-leg pants or long skirts to create balance. As a general rule, look for flowy, full-bodied pants and skirts that make your lower body look bigger.
Hopefully this will help us flatter our amazing bodies instead of showing them up!
As always love & positivity
Nicole X Cautious 2 Confident Fitness