Body Type Prescription
I recently came across a fashion blog (Cardigan Empire) that had the cutest buttons for body types. As I continued to read, I realized that not unlike many other women, I view my body in parts – reflections of disembodied thighs, butt, underarms, stomach. However, in the quest for fitness, a healthy mind leads to a healthy body! And dress education can quickly lead to body adoration!! Now, I’m not saying you will give your love-handles pet names…but you just might starting thinking positive, therefore feeling good about your body! For sure, I am no fashion guru, so I am sharing their basics with you.
First, we need to measure. (Measurements…not judgments!)
- Get into your skiivies
While measuring, keep the tape taut (not too tight, not too loose)
- Measure your bust
Across the fullest part of your bosom and straight across the back
- Measure your waist
Somewhere in the vicinity of your naval
- Measure your hips
Around the fullest part of your bottom, around the curve of your hips, and straight across to the front
- A Lil’ Math
Divide the hip number by your waist number (hip/waist)
Divide your bust number by your waist number (bust/waist)
Divide your waist number by your hip number (waist/hip)
Divide your waist number by your bust number (waist/bust)
- Keep your numbers in a safe location so we can determine your Body Type Prescription!
If your waist/hip and waist/bust ratio is greater than .75 – then you fall into this category. According to the blog, you often ignore your delicate wrists, shapely ankles, and beautiful skin, and it’s time you paraded them. First remember, to never accessorize your fullest assets. This means avoiding drawing a line around your middle portion with belts and tucked in waistbands. Second, direct attention to your face. Employ the powers of an open or embellished neckline, jewelry, and exposed skin. Third, opt for monochromatic pieces or selections in similar color families, rather than creating a bold contrast between top and bottom. You want to create a seamless line all the way down your figure. Your master goal is to use well-tailored clothes to provide structure for your soft figure.
Lower Figured Body Type
If your hip/waist is greater than 1.25 and your waist/bust greater than .75, then you fall into this category. First remember, to never accessorize your fullest assets, let your hips articulate their own sultry poetry. This means avoiding large prints, bright colors, and fussy details on your lower half. Second, literally elevate attention. Feel free to apply bold colors, big patterns, and special particulars on your upper figure. Your master goal is to build out your dainty top half while adding mystery to your voluptuous bottom half. Aim for the end result of perfect proportions.
With waist/hip and waist/bust ratio less than .75; and hip and bust measurements within 2 inches of each other, your magical proportions are becoming a human rarity. First you must, must, must wear clothing that clasps. You are of a divine design whereas your clothing was contrived by an insecure novice struggling to survive in an overpriced city. Find a tailor and fit the clothes to your body. You do not need to reduce, your clothes need to be revised. Belts are like duct tape for an hourglass figure. For jeans and pants, a Bootcut fit will help to balance the width of the hip and midrise that actually embraces the narrowness of your waist.
In this category, your waist/hip and waist/bust ratio greater than .75; your hips and bust are virtually the same. Your ratios can appear identical to the middle figure, but rather than a soft, supple figure, you have an angular architecture. Unlike your contoured counterparts, you have the liberty to accessorize liberally. You can create volume and interest with frills, pleats, and ruffles. We want to draw shapely curves along your figure with piped edges, row of buttons, or strategically placed pockets. Looking for soft, flowing fabrics that will create movement and allude to rounder shapes. Your master goal is to draw curves and minimize angles. The pieces that you select should be flirty and feminine.
Take the Upper Figured woman with a bust/waist ratio greater than 1.25 and a waist/hip quotient greater than .75. To keep your shape under control, avoid amplifying what is already evident. Nothing about your top half is shy. Keep their language clean, understated, and enunciated. Avoid applying large prints, bright colors, and fussy details over your perfectly fitting bra. Next apply bold colors, big patterns, and special particulars on your lower figure. Avoid overly skinny, straight styles. Use a bootcut, full skirt, or other appropriate volume on your lower half to imitate the hourglass. Your master goal is to support and control your voluptuous top half while building curves around your dainty bottom half. Your goal is balanced, fashion zen.
I hope you have enjoyed this lil’ tid-bit about body types! 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!