7 FASHION TIPS TO COMPLEMENT ANY BODY TYPE
Knowing how to dress for a certain body type is hard enough as it is, but knowing how to dress different body types, as in the case for most cosplayers, will require extensive knowledge and skills in both tailoring and style. Below are some fashion tips in complementing different body types.
- KNOW YOUR BODY’S MEASUREMENT
Before you can determine the right clothing that’s best suited for your body type, you first have to know what your body type is. And in order to know your body type, you need to take out your tape measure and start measuring. It’ll help if you have someone else to help you measure your shoulder, bust, bust, and hips. Terms such as apple, hourglass, pear, rectangle, and inverted triangle body shapes are regularly thrown around to describe the common types of women’s bodies.
An apple-shaped body usually has broader shoulders and a bigger bust line. An hourglass figure has a top and bottom that’s well-proportioned and a well-defined waist. For someone with a pear-shaped body, it means their butt and thighs appear bigger than their upper body. Someone with a rectangular body has well-balanced shoulders and hips. Think of Eren Jaeger body shape. And an inverted triangle body type appears the most athletic looking often with broad shoulders compared to the hips.
- EMBRACE YOUR BODY SHAPE
Women often feel a lot of pressure to look a certain way. Going through social media, you might feel a little envious of the models and influencers with a perfect body. Societal pressure and expectations have pushed many people, young girls and women especially, to develop eating disorders.
Embracing and loving your body type first starts with wearing something that makes you feel awesome. Stop listening to what social media and fashion magazines say. What truly matters is that you wear what makes you feel good inside and outside. No matter your body size, there is going to be a style that works for you.
Take the time to explore and experiment. Don’t be afraid to find inspiration. Consume fashion magazines if you have to. Discuss it with friends. Watch fashion and style videos.
- PROPER FIT IS EVERYTHING
In fashion, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all, although there are brands that offer pieces that come close, the same way that there are no two bodies with the same exact sizes. The practice of shopping for clothes without any thought should stop. Before doing an overhaul on your wardrobe, stop and consider your body’s unique shape and structure and how it looks. Consider which part of your body is the widest/biggest. Similarly, where are you the narrowest? What do you want to show off? What do you want to hide? These are only some questions you need to answer before proceeding to clothe options.
Most girls with short torsos appear top-heavy with their waist completely disappearing. A molded bra that offers coverage will lift the breast area a few inches to show off more waist. If rolls are a problem, shirts, jerseys, or knit dresses that ripple and bulge won’t do you any justice. Silky layers that slip and slide are your best bet. For women of a particular age where belly bulge is starting to become apparent, stick to waist-high briefs or girl shorts. Work to draw attention away from your midsection and towards the part of your body that looks amazing.
- TRY TO APPEAR LEANER AND LONGER
An easy way to dress a body that is petite and slim is to strive for balance in order to diversify your clothing options. Equally proportioning the tops and bottoms is important if you want to avoid looking much younger than you actually are. As a rule, if the top is loose, make sure the bottom is tight, and vice versa. Go for open-top blouses and pair it with flared skirts or pants. Complete the look by wearing your favorite heels.
- DRESS ACCORDING TO YOUR HEIGHT
In fashion, anyone who is over 5’7″ is considered to belong in the tall range since the average height of women in the United States is 5’4″. Tall women often try to hide their height by hunching over. This shouldn’t be the case. Embrace your body shape no matter the type. If you want to offset your height, you can wear tops with horizontal patterns or go for layered v-necks or waist ties to create the illusion of curves. Also, show off your long legs by wearing high-waisted bottoms and flattering heels.
- HIGHLIGHT YOUR WAISTLINE
When it comes to accentuating the hips, most ladies turn to waist-cinching belts but there are other, more effective ways to accentuate curves without strapping yourself with tight belts.
- Go to a tailor. Ready-to-wear pieces use measurements that are standardized. What you want are your clothes to hug you in all the right places. A little tailoring on your wardrobe can really go a long way.
- Color-blocking can create the illusion of curves. Go for tops that are color-blocked with tapered side panels.
- Go for a lower neckline. High neckline tops in a solid color can make you look boxy. A lower neckline, especially Vs, can better draw attention to your face.
- THE PERFECT DRESS
Finding the perfect dress fit for any occasion can be exhausting and time-consuming. Picking a dress that fits your style as well as the dress code should be a fun and worthwhile experience.
Start with the dress code. It should help you narrow down your choices. If you’re attending a wedding, then a mid-length dress or long gown is appropriate. A party dress can mean a short and sweet dress. For a longer option, choose one that falls just below the knee. For an event set at night, you can choose a dress with a little sparkle.
If you aren’t too sure of the dress code, decide for yourself if the occasion calls for formal or semi-formal attire. If the event is a celebration or a party, a cocktail dress is an excellent and apt choice. If you feel that you’re over-styled, wear flats with loose hair for a relaxed look.