Us women come in all shapes and sizes, and that’s absolutely fantastic. Learning to love yourself and having body confidence is so important; when you feel good on the outside, it can make you happier and more content on the inside too. One way to help achieve this is to dress in clothes that look good on your figure. Even if you have parts of yourself that you’re not so keen on (and let’s face it, we all do), the right clothes can help to flatter these areas and make the most of the parts you do like. If you’re in a bit of a style rut, here are some of the ways you can dress for your shape to improve your confidence.
Work Out Your Body Shape
Despite how different each and every one of us is, most of us have a basic body shape type that we fall into. Identifying which shape you are is the first step, as it allows you to work out the kinds of clothes that are most likely to look good on you. You may be able to instantly tell what body shape you are just from looking in the mirror, otherwise taking measurements can help. There are lots of sites online which will help you to work out your shape based on these.
Research Clothes For Your Body Shape
Once you know what general body shape you are, you can start researching which kinds of things are most likely to work for you. For example, hourglass shapes tend to look good in dresses which nip in at the waist with a fuller skirt. Apple shapes will benefit from an empire waistline and pear shapes look good in clothes that draw the eye to the upper section of the body. This can be useful as it means you can walk into a clothes shop with a good idea of what is going to work for you. We all have those moments in the changing rooms. We try on something that looks good on the hanger to find that it looks terrible on us. It can make clothes shopping a struggle, but this helps to avoid that. This will allow you to love and appreciate fashion, instead of being put off because what you’re trying on doesn’t look right.
Consider Color and Pattern
For the most part, plain darker colors will look slimming and lighter, and patterned materials will draw the eye to them. This means you can use color and pattern to ‘balance’ your figure. For example, if you have a pair-shaped body, wearing darker colored skirts or trousers will make your lower body look smaller. A light or patterned top will then draw the eye upwards and make your smaller top half look more balanced. This is also something to take into consideration if you have areas you don’t like about yourself. For example, if you’re self-conscious about your upper arms or bust- trying on clothes with patterns or color in these areas will draw attention to them.
Choose One Part Of Your Body That You Love
Hopefully, you have multiple parts of your body that you love and are confident about. But each time you put together an outfit, choose one to accentuate. For example, if you like your legs you could make them the focus. You could wear a skirt or dress that shows them off while keeping everywhere else more modest. For example, with longer sleeves or necklines that aren’t too low cut. On another day you could choose your decolletage area to be the primary focus. A lower cut dress that shows the collarbones and cleavage would work well with a floor length dress, or an outfit with trousers and long sleeves. Choosing one area in this way means you stay looking classy, but get to wear things that make you feel confident.
Take Your Height Into Consideration
As well as your body shape, your height can play a major role in which clothes you choose. If you are particularly tall or short- shop in the tall or petite clothing sections for items that will suit you best. Things like cropped trousers, long shorts and midi skirts can make a short person look even shorter. Certain pieces of clothing can also swamp a smaller frame. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the right clothing items can help to balance the proportions of a taller frame. You should always embrace your height no matter how tall or short you are. But if it’s something that makes you conscious it’s worth knowing that there are ways to boost your confidence!