Body Positive Post #9: How to dress for your body


Well, we are on body positive post number 8!  That’s actually kind of exciting because I
didn’t think I was going to make it past the first post.  I did start running out of ideas so I was
talking to one of my friends and she had actually requested that I one day
write a post about how to dress for your body type.  Personally I don’t think she needs advice on
this because if she is “fat” like she says she hides it well, so she obviously
knows how to dress herself.  However, for
the rest of you who have given up or are on the verge of giving up here are a
few tips.  I did some research and from
my own experience and opinion I came up with this article on how to dress for
your body type.  This is for those of you
who have a hard time adjusting to your size and it is to help you feel more
confident after feeling frumpy for so long. 
I know I’ve become victim to wearing leggings a lot because they are
expandable but I can’t give up on myself and my wardrobe!  For those of you who are not comfortable
wearing a crop top or anything risky at your size/shape lets tackle this beast
of clothing of what fits together!  I’ve
also added links to the articles that I’m crediting as resources for this
article.  In the end I think that you
should wear whatever you feel comfortable in as long as what you’re wearing is
appropriate for the occasion.  Just
because you’re size isn’t carried in your favorite stores, maybe you need to
move onto different stores and find clothing that fits you and makes you happy,
not makes you want to starve yourself for weeks just to fit into something.

Description:  This is
when your body is curvy with a tiny waist. 
Your shoulders and hips are similar in proportion.  Think old Hollywood glam.
Celebrity Examples: 
Marilyn Monroe she’s a poster child for this figure, Beyonce, Salma
Best Assets:  Your
curves and tiny waist!
Goal:  Highlight your
curves, emphasize your waist.

What to Wear
Pencil skirt, crop top, wrap dress, wide leg pant, high
waisted pant, belt at the waist (especially a thick belt), fitted dress, lightweight fabrics, skinny/straight
leg pants/jeans
What not to Wear
Baggy clothing.  You
don’t want to hide your curves, you want to accentuate them, you have them for
a reason!

Description:  Lower body is wider than upper body.
Celebrity Examples:  Kim K, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Love Hewitt
Best Assets:  Shoulders, torso, and flat stomach
Goal: Elongate and balance your figure by accentuating top half
What to Wear
Aline skirts, hems of pants skirts and dresses wide to balance the hips, boat neck tops, square and cowl necklines, strapless dresses to show off arms, jackets that hit right above waist, structured jacket pointy toed shoes to elongate legs
What not to Wear
Clothing that draws attention to hips and thighs, such as cargo pants or print skirts.
Description:  Weight accumulates
above hips which are narrow, your back ribs and shoulders are broad and you may
feel wider than other body types
Celebrity Examples: Drew Barrymore, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson
Best Assets: legs
Goal:  Minimize your
tummy and highlight shoulders and legs and create the illusion of a waist
What to Wear
Vneck tops-illusion of longer torso, flowy tops, straight
leg/boot cut pants, belts at smallest part of your waist, for tummy bulge
wear empire tops and dresses, shorter skirts to show off your legs and take
attention away from tummy
What not to Wear
Skinny jeans along with a tight top.  This will just make you feel out of place.
Description:  Slim all
over.  Waist, hip, and shoulder widths
are similar.
Celebrity Example: 
Natalie Portman, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson
Best Assets:  Arms and
legs, don’t have to minimize any body features.
Goal:  Highlight thinnest
part of your waist so your hips and bust appear larger and more proportional
What to Wear
Sweetheart tops to create curves, long jackets for a lean
look, tops with collars and ruffles to flatter chest, add layers to create more
dimensions, dresses with ruching cinches on sides are ideal, colorful bottoms,
tapered pants

What not to Wear
Overwhelming styles
Description:  Inverted
triangle, body shape features a broad chest and wide shoulders which are large
in proportion to a narrow waist and hips
Celebrity Examples:  Naomi Cambpell, Demi Moore, Renee Zellweger
Best Assets:  Legs
Goals:  Give your
bottom half some more attention
What to Wear
Bright colors on bottom, wide leg pants, full skirts tops
that call attention to waistline, high waisted styles, illusion of a waist
What not to wear
Spaghetti strap tops, boat neckline tops

Everyone, don’t forget to check out my BOPO video that went live on my YouTube a few weeks ago!

P.S. If you want to join in on this movement/topic and don’t have a blog just post on Instagram using the hashtag in the title #JGTHBodyPositivity or tag me @JerseyGirlTexanHeart I’d love to read your stories too!

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