Tips for your body type: Helping real women with real issuesWritten by Lauren O'Neill | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It can be hard to believe, but most women do not look like models. I know, shocker, right? That being said, real women have real issues with finding clothes that actually work on their individual body types. Every day I hear women (and I’m one of them) preaching about being different, and embracing who they are as individuals. Well, if that is true, then we should accept our bodies, too. Everyone is unique, which means the same skirt, dress or blouse is not going to work for every body type. We need to stop conforming to what others think we should be wearing and instead focus on how we look and ultimately feel about what we are wearing. Here are some tips that may help.
There are many tall women in the world, but just because you are tall doesn’t mean you have a body like Gisele. Tall women can have curves too, and most do. Yet many designers seem to cater to women who are tall and thin, which can be frustrating for women who are tall and curvy because ultimately styles end up being too short or too tight. There’s still hope though, ladies.
If you are tall and have curves then the best dress for your body type is an A-line. A-line dresses are fitted at the waist and flare out at the bottom. This style makes legs look long and lean and makes the waist look slim and defined. This dress is a perfect go-to for weddings, the office or for casual events around town.
For all of the ladies who have a large bust, you were blessed and cursed at the same time. Finding clothes that actually fit can be tough. Side- zipped dresses, or blouses that don’t gape are hard to come by. My advice? If you are big busted, do not be afraid to buy as large as you need even if that means going up a size. For instance, a large blouse that actually fits over your bust can look adorable belted with a pair of skinny jeans. Roll up the sleeves and add some necklaces and the look is carefree yet refined. Another idea is to layer a camisole underneath and leave your blouse open for a more casual look. Work with what your body gave you and embrace it!
For all of the ladies who have trouble buying jeans due to a curvier bottom half and a smaller waist, you are still in luck. How many times have you been to the mall trying on jeans and everything fits great, until you get to your waist and they gape in the back because your waist is markedly smaller than your hips? If so, then don’t shy away from a higher-waisted jean.
I know, most of you probably think “mom jeans” right away, but today that’s not the case. Designers have come out with a variety of really cute high-waisted skinny and boot-cut jeans to work with women who have this exact body type. I would definitely try them before you knock them; I think you will be surprised.
If you have more of a boy shape and are craving the curves, the best and easiest item to add to your look is a belt. Make sure the belt is thin. A thin belt will hit right at your waist and will give you the hourglass shape you were looking for. Stay away from belts that are too thick or bulky. Regardless of how thin you are, thick, bulky belts overwhelm the body and add the look of unwanted pounds. Thin belts are subtle and feminine.
There is something out there for every woman. Don’t be afraid to shop just because your body isn’t that of a runway model — most women were not built that way. Knowing who you are and understanding what looks and feels right is ultimately most important.
Lauren blogs about fashion at www.mypinmoneyfashion.com. Email her at email@example.com.