Monday, September 26, 2011

IMAGE - My Body Shape (continued)

The next shape we'll look at today is the H Shaped woman.
This is also called the Rectangle Shaped woman
  • Appears to have a straight up and down figure
  • Usually has a flat bottom and thighs
  • Has a thick waist
  • May have long legs
  • May have an average to large bust
  • Puts on weight through middle and tummy first

Goal:  You will want to create the illusion of a smaller waist and you can do this by wearing a bloused top that sits just below the waist line.  Add this to a flared skirt for balance.  Wearing belts may also help create the look of a smaller waist.  Wear a jacket or blazer that is fitted in the waist.  My favorite is to wear a straight chemise - style dress.

Here are some examples:


Now, let's look at the 8 Frame
This body shape is also known as the Hour Glass shape.
  • Is curvy and perfectly balanced
  • Has a full bust and small waist (may even be 10" smaller than bust or hips, regardless of what you weigh.)
  • Has gently tapered hips with a proportioned bottom
  • Enjoys balance between leg length and upper torso length
  • Puts on weight evenly all over body

Goal:   Emphasize the waist without cluttering the body with a lot of layers or clothes.  Select garments that fit the body and call attention to the waist.  Actually, this shape may wear color in any way one wishes keeping your season in mind. 

Look at these examples:

Now, lets look at a couple more shapes and some suggestions for complimentary garments.

The Curvy All Over Shape:
These beautiful women are often our Romantic Season and naturally have a soft curvy body.   The clothing Goal for this shape would be bright or light areas of color running up and down with the darker more subdued colors on the outside of the figure area.  This is very slimming.  Use your season's darker colors in suits and skirts.  Wear brighter colors at your throat.  Choose beautiful earrings and pins to call attention to your lovely soft face.

The last shape is the PETITE
Goal:  DO NOT SHOP in the Junior Department if you are not a teenager!
Wear vertical lines of color not cut by a belt or trim.  This will give the illusion of tallness.  Wear one color suits and dresses with small proportions. Draw interest to the top part of the body.  Create a long visual line, not broken by design or color.  Do not detract from your beautiful small body by layering with a lot of clothes.

Look at these examples:

I hope this has given you some ideas to run with when selecting your new FALL wardrobe.  Oh to be so lucky, huh?

Before you head out the door though, shop in your closet.
Elizabeth "Libby" Day
Elizabeth "Libby" Day

Hello, My name is Libby. I enjoy reading good books, painting, blogging, spending time with friends and whatever my "Heart" leads me to do. Welcome to Beauty Without Within.

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