An apple-shaped body (also sometimes called an 'oval' shape) is the most common shape along with pear. So, if you think you're the only one who struggles with extra weight around your waistline, you're not alone.
I'm one of the only women I know (besides my mom…hmmm) whose extra weight doesn't go straight to their thighs and butt. Nope. It goes directly to my mid-section. And then it hangs out there as long as I'll let it. I think the record time was two years (I gained my freshmen 15 when I was a senior in college…you, know…because I'm an overachiever).
When I look back at pictures from my senior year in high school and freshmen year in college, I can't help but laugh. I had no idea what to wear. I wasn't used to having an extra fifteen pounds around my middle and my outfits confirmed that.
Note: I just spent 30 minutes looking through high school/college pictures for a hilarious example of said outfits. I...
Rectangle shaped bodies have been called many other things over the years including 'athletic shaped' and 'boy body shaped'. I don't have a problem with the athletic shape thing, but boy body??? What is the difference between the body of a boy and a girl (literally, pre-pubescent they look pretty much the same). Although, to be fair, I also wouldn't want to have a 'girl shaped body'. That's weird. So, let's just call it rectangle and stick with that.
Now it's time for me to tell you how great a rectangle body is. Did I just see an eye roll? Pull yourself together woman, I'm serious. You know why? Because rectangles can pretty much wear anything.
Let me explain. Rectangles are usually thinner and straight up and down. In other words, there are less curves to deal with. You know want that results in? The perfect frame to showcase clothing.
Have you ever wondered why 99.9% runway models (except Naomi Campbell who is an inverted triangle) are rectangles? It's because it's...
Different styles throughout the decades tend to favor various body shapes. The 60's claimed the rectangle, the 80's the pear, and the 40's were great for apples- to name a few. What about the hourglass, though?
If you're an hourglass and you're feeling left out because the decade of styles that looked best on your were from the 1950's...DON'T. Your time has come again.
Thanks to the Kardashians, the hourglass shape is back in and hotter than ever. This is especially good news for extreme hourglasses (ie: you're curvier than most) who might have trouble finding outfits to fit their bodies.
So, no matter what you think about the Kardashian kids, give them your thanks, because their celebrity status is driving fashion trends (which means you don't have to rely on 'retro' style clothing to make your body look as incredible as it is!)
Keep reading to find out:
When I was a competitive swimmer in my childhood, aka: pre-puberty (before the hips joined the party), I was as inverted triangle shaped as you got.
I may have been only ten, but I knew something looked off when I looked in the mirror (why is my head so small? Why are my shoulders so big and the rest of me is tiny?) However, being ten, I wasn't quite smart enough to figure out that it was because I WAS A CHILD and SWAM 24/7. This is all quite funny now.
Although I've grown up (and have consequentially become an apple, spoon, and hourglass during different life stages), it is still a very personal thing for me to help women who have a negative body image because they are inverted triangles.
If you loathe your wide shoulders or big bust, YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT IT ALL WRONG. Your shoulders and bust are a positive, not a negative. In fact, you look incredible, so there are no negatives....only glorious opportunities. One of those opportunities is that you can go crazy with...
You may have heard someone say (not going to lie, it was probably me) how important it is to dress for your body shape…but what exactly does that mean? Keep scrolling to find out.
Although all bodies are unique, they are still human bodies and have the same basic features…hips, bust, waist, etc. The size of your hips, bust, waist, and shoulders end up making a shape and are thus classified into different categories with the intention of helping you dress great based on the size of your features.
There is no one fashion god (sorry Anna Wintour) who decides what the names of these shapes are, so you may see different 'shape' names across the internet. Don't freak out. I'll help you figure out what conventional shape you fall into AND how to dress for your body regardless of the official shape you are.
Before you take the quiz, though, I want to introduce the 5 body shapes that are most common: pear, inverted triangle, hourglass,...
“Ahhh, to be in my 20’s again.”
I know you’ve heard people say it. Come to think of it, I think I’ve said it before!
But being in your 20’s isn’t easy for a multitude of reasons- not the least of which being fashion related.
You’re in this weird transition point in your life between college and ‘real life’ (aka: working). You have the body to dress however you want, but you need to look respectable at some point (like…when you’re going to work). Striking that balance isn’t easy. Oh, and bonus points: you probably have no money.
Given all that, how do you dress in your 20’s? How do you look professional without looking frumpy? How do you buy career clothes? How tight is too tight?
No worries 20-somethings! I have you covered. Here are the top 3 things you should focus on when it comes to clothes in your 20’s.
It happened this week. Did you see it?
In an eager move to make as much money as possible from white girls, Starbucks started offering pumpkin spice lattes- before Summer can even think about being over. Do I sound bitter? I’m not bitter. [insert eye roll here]
As someone who appreciates marketing, I can respect Starbucks’ decision. As someone who loves Summer and hates every other season, I am less than thrilled.
That’s why today I’m talking all about styling your Summer clothes to work for Fall.
When you wear Summer clothes into Fall you…
1. Save money and get the most out of your clothing
2. Look seasonably appropriate
3. Get to hold on to every last bit of summer possible
Sounds like pretty much a win-win situation. Are you ready? Here are my top 3 tips (with pics, of course!) on how to transition your Summer clothes into the Autumn season.
Our first layering instinct is usually to put a jacket or...
Raise your hand if you’ve been wearing the same shirt for the past week straight and the graphic below hits a little too close to home.
Rest assured, you’re not the only one; I fall into fashion ruts and I’m a stylist!
In light of this issue that we all face, I want to share my top 6 tips for pulling yourself out of a style rut. First, though, it’s important to know HOW we got into the hole of monotonous fashion before we figure out how to get out of said hole.
Humans are creatures of habit. Just mess with someone’s daily routine and you’ll receive a backlash that is reflective of a person’s desire to avoid change. Our instincts tell us that change is bad, although, our minds know otherwise. Combine our dislike of change with our addiction to dopamine and you’ve got a style rut waiting to happen.
Here’s how it plays out:
You put together a new outfit. You...
Many women choose to dress more modestly, whether it’s for religious reasons or simply personal preference. Motives aside, most modest dressers face the same fashion issues. That is why I’m so excited to bring to you a series of blog posts all about dressing conservatively…starting with this one!
Since it’s still hot in many parts of the country, I want to give you my top 5 tips to staying cool- without baring it all.
Searching a garment of clothing for a fabric content tag isn’t something we necessarily do when buying clothing- but it should be if you’re trying to stay cool.
Generally, natural fabrics like cotton, linen, flax, bamboo (usually in the form of rayon), etc. tend to breathe more than synthetic (or man-made) fabrics. The exception to this being performance fabrics that are specially made for exercise (spandex and lycra) and wool (which is natural but very warm!).