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Analyse your body shape

Understanding the concept of body shapes

N‍ow, this is important. Throughout ages women's body shapes have been scrutinised, glorified and criticised. All this has led to so many issues related to our body image. For over a decade of my styling career I have  learned different body shapes tapes and suitable tailoring for each. From four main shapes (apples, pears, inverted triangles and hourglass) to 12 shapes identified by Trinny and Susannah I studied how to dress each of them in order to create the celebrated hourglass silhouette. I then decided that this needs to stop. Why should we religiously follow all these rules to look like what's dictated by the times we live in? Why can't we show off our athletic or long sleek "wiastless" figures? We can and I will always help my clients to do so when the image we want to portray is healthy and on par with our soul. We want to feel confident, not confined in a trendy box, right?

Besides, it's tricky to put our bodies into categories because:

  • everyone's body is different. It's hard to standardise something that is unique.

  • our bodies are changing over time and weight gain or weight loss may distort your figure. 

  • there is no scientific way of measuring body shapes and sometimes it’s just simply hard to judge one’s own body

Therefore when thinking about your body shape and the silhouette you would like to create think about balance; this doesn't mean top equals bottom with the thinnest waist possible. You might want to intend to create an inverted triangle silhouette - in that instance make sure when you're accentuating the top you need to ease the contours down to your legs gradually, rother than for example to overstretch the shoulders only and the rest of the body keeping within the same proportions.   

If you would like to find out more about body shapes I recommend the 12 body shapes theory by Trinny and Susannah. Then decide on what image you would like to create and how you can express it through a silhouette for example:

hourglass - feminine and sexy

cone - strong, masculine ( recently quite trendy )

brick or column - majestic but also tomboyish

A-shape - dramatic, unconventional, far from the trends, 

pear (think Cardi-B or current sporty-girl booty type) - edgy, healthy, sexy, confident with your body

Balanced silhouette 

Irrespective of the shape of your body, the point is, the more balanced your silhouette appears, the more visually pleasing your outfit will be. ‍That is a great way to use fashion. You can highlight those features of your body that are of importance to you and play down other ones by using the right fits and cuts. You might want to do this because of confidence or lack of confidence in relation to specific body parts (just remember - a concept of covering is a bit more tricky than just putting on a buggy hoody or another layer of black)

To find out which features of your body require some balancing work the theory of body shapes can be a useful starting point, as long as you take it for what it is supposed to be: a rough guide. You don't have to bend yourself into any of these body shapes; they are not hard-and-fast categories.

To balance your look you don't always work different tailoring. Textures, prints and colours can do that perfectly too. 

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