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Dressing for your body shape

Nyasha Matongo | Nust ZW 19′
4 minute read

I’m sure almost every lady has walked into a shop and bought some clothes only to be disappointed when she looked at herself in the mirror. The clothes don’t look so great on her. Studies have revealed that 98% of women do not know their body shapes and that is why they have trouble shopping for the right clothes for their body. In my previous post I talked about dressing mistakes that ladies make but, at times you actually think you have nailed it when it’s a disaster just because you are wearing an outfit that is not meant for your body shape. So how do you get to know your body shape and dress accordingly? Lets get right into it shall we?

Apple/Round

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What you should wear: Go for empire dresses which slim down your tummy and define the narrow parts of your body. Floppy tank tops or empire line tops would look great on you also. Long tunics will help slim your your torso and would look even more fab with skinny jeans. Classic jeans or boot cuts would be perfect. By the way ladies with this body shape usually have lovely legs so you might just want to consider wearing high-low skirts or dresses.

Rectangle/Banana

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What you should wear: Belts should be your thing. Belts define your waist and add a more curvy look and I’m sure you’ll love them too. You can also try out pencil skirts with a side slit they’ll look good as well. The best part is you look great in colourful bottoms and prints so go ahead, try some. Try rounded or curved shoes to add more shape to your body.

Triangle/Pear

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What you should wear: I’m sure you’re very familiar with this body shape but it could be very tricky. Wear tank tops to show off your arms and add a jacket to add more volume to your upper body. One simple way of rocking this body shape is by wearing off-the-shoulder or single arm tops to balance your shoulders and hips. For your pants, bootlegs (full length), full leg line or ankle length straight pants would look awesome.

Inverted triangle

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What you should wear: The trick for this body shape is creating a balance between the upper body and lower body to draw away attention from your shoulders. Go for V-neck, square or cowl neck tops or dresses to reduce your shoulder width. Wearing stretchy tops will also make you look slimmer. Try wearing well fitting blazers and blouses in dark colours to balance off your body. High waist, layered or fuller skirts will add instant curves and yea, you DO have them. Skirt lengths can be short and flared or long and flowing.

Hourglass

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What you should wear: Instead of hiding your curves, you should actually consider showing them off. Hourglasses come in petite, medium and bulk sizes so whatever size you are, embrace those curves. Wear two-piece dresses, pencil skirts or anything that accentuates your curves and smooths your thighs. Belts and peplum tops should be on your list as well to create that edgy look. Avoid baggy clothes that conceal your shape making you look bigger and older.

So which one is your body shape?

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From left to right: circle, rectangle, hourglass, pear, inverted triangle

Looking and dressing good is not about which body shape you have. I know society believes that certain body shapes are the true definition of being a woman when its not true. The perfect body shape you can ever have is the one you have right now because it makes you uniquely you. Never allow social perspectives to kill your self esteem. Instead, identify your body shape, wear what suits your body shape and be confident about it. Take time to research on what you are supposed to wear and be the lady God made you to be. The girl who loves her body and owes no one an apology for being created in a certain way. You are special and be-you-tiful in God’s eyes so go ahead, dress accordingly and be the best version of you.

xoxo

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