Fashion Myths That Women Fall For Part 1: Body Shape Rules
Dear body shape rules, it’s over!
Wherever I go the most common question I get asked is
‘What body shape am I?’.
The answer is, its irrelevant, body shape rules rarely apply effectively. But there is an easy answer to your body shape dilemmas.
Body shape rules are designed to corral your unique and womanly body into a proportional ideal based on contemporary trends. For me, every shape is beautiful and when you embrace your particular shape and own it, your shape becomes a true ally.
It’s true, many women with small breasts covet the buxom bosom of her neighbour, those with big breasts stare longingly at the necklines that precisely plunge between the small yet pert breasts of those less endowed and it’s a rare woman indeed who is perfectly happy with her thighs. However, ‘fixing’ your shape is an objective destined for disaster. Besides, who would dare to correct the voluptuous derriere of Kim Kardashian, it’s made her a far more lucrative commodity than her skinny counterpart Paris.
There are only two things you need to know when addressing your body.
1. What do I like most about my body?
2. What would I change most of I could?
What do I like most about my body?
Choose one area you like about yourself. It can be as obvious as your waist or as subtle as your wrists, just choose and area you are always happy to draw attention towards. However, be sure not to swamp the area you love so that it lies hidden. For example, if it’s your neckline, wear a subtle necklace that glints in the light and draws attention to the area and past it to your neck. By putting a big, colourful necklace there the attention stops at the necklace and your neckline is ignored. The same applies with any asset, adorn it simply to attract attention to the area and let the asset shine through.
What do I wish I could change most?
Most women are their own worst critics and I can almost hear the long list of gripes many suffer. In this case you can only choose one. For some it might be the belly, for others the thighs, for others still the shoulders. Whatever it is focus on this one challenge and tame it. There are a few ways to do this and subsequent posts will go into detail. For now, lets focus on keeping the fit and texture. Tailoring is your best friend when it comes to camouflaging your less than loved bits, creating strong lines and drawing in your curves. Jackets that sit sharply on the shoulder, feature vertical seamed panelling and cinch in slightly at the waist are most flattering. Tailored pants should sit snug to just below your widest part then fall straight to create a long lean line. For more relaxed fits go for silky textures that skim rather than cling, a little movement in the fabric makes the eye think there is a lot more underneath. Remember big clothing on a big frame only serves to make you look bigger, so make sure there is only a small amount of give beneath the garment, but enough for the fabric to float.
If we camouflage the area we dislike the most and direct attention to the area we do like, everything else falls into place.
Part 2: Tuesday 16th December