Tuesday, 9 February 2016

What's your body shape?????

A little while back we ran a 'What's your body shape and how to dress for it' session. The session was run by Jo Marshall of Frankie & Ruby's Dress Agency. Jo spent the evening talking about what 'shape' your body was and the best (and worst) ways to dress in order to highlight your shape positively.

This talk had a huge effect on my deciding to take up the challenge and wear only dresses, here's why!

What's your shape????

This useful diagram can help you decide what 'shape' your body is. I'm a 'full hourglass' - since having children I've certainly become more 'full'! But ever since a teenager I've been an hourglass shape.

During the 1950's it was THE shape women aspired to have. Another nod to the fact I was born in the wrong era! Over the decades social 'norms' have pushed the 'Lean column' into fashion (very much in fashion in 1920's). Women today often express feeling pressure to hide/mask/cover up their curves, or in fact not to have curves at all. My view, and purely my thoughts so not at all 'right' or 'what should be', is that our bodies are a gift, they keep us alive, they bear the scars of the life we live. The world would be boring if we all looked the same!

No matter what 'shape' your body is, learning how to dress in the best possible way, making you feel fabulous, is what counts! For me, wearing dresses makes me feel feminine and confident, but maybe for you it's when your wearing something else. The point being it really doesn't matter what the item of clothing is as long as it makes you feel like you........

So back to my body shape- the Full Hourglass- How do I dress my shape to look it's best?

Advice is I should stick to 'curve enhancing' dresses (last post?! I discovered that!) plus using a belt to nip in my waist and enhance it's narrowness. however, it's not always best look for my shape to add a big full petticoat. Personally I prefer the sleek pencil dress/skirt look! I don't own many pencil skirts, but I'm on a mission to find some that give me that wow factor- so let me have your recommendations!

If you're interested in finding out how to dress for your body shape take a look here. There's a bucket load of tips and suggestions.

I liked this little info graphic, it is handy to know what dress shape might suit you,  often I find  (initially) customers have a complete different style in mind, but after a process of elimination they discover the advice (demonstrated in the picture) to be true!

Next time you pop in try on a dress that is suggested for your body shape as a pose to a style you 'like' and see if makes a difference................... Go on... I dare you!

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