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Today I am going to write about a subject that has concerned me for a lot for years- body shapes and what clothing fits every type. Your clothing, accessories and styling must always be based on your body shape.

In the past, I caught myself wanting some clothes that were totally wrong for me. After I bought and tried them on again at home, I realized that despite the fact that I adored the pieces of clothing, they made me look shorter, wider and generally completely wrong for my body type! Throughout the years I’ve learned everything about body shapes and the appropriate clothing for each one of them. With that being said, I am always prepared to give advice to anyone who asks me, from friends to potential clients.

For starters, every woman has to look herself in the mirror and be happy with her reflection. I had trouble accepting the way I looked before and now I realized how wrong I really was. I learned that the few things you wish so much to get rid of are the things that another woman would kill to have- and that’s an absolute truth.

 

Your body type: Hourglass

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Characteristics: Bigger thighs, rounded bottom and hips, a small waist, and a full bust. Your bust and hips are well balanced and you have a beautifully defined waist, you have gently rounded shoulders that align nicely with your hips, and your waist is pronounced and gracefully curves out to your hips.
The key to dressing an hourglass body type is to proportionally dress the top and bottom of your body while accentuating your waist. 
Tops
Look for tops that will accentuate your waist and maintain the balanced look of your figure. Look for: belted tops, tops with banding or nipping at the waist, form-fitting tops, wrap-style tops, and tailored shirts and jackets.
Bottoms
Lucky you! You can wear almost any bottoms as long as you pair them with the proper top. Try the following: high-waisted pants and pencil skirts, boot cut & straight leg pants, skirts that will show off your great legs, skinny jeans and pants paired with a balanced top, and cargos or flap pocket jeans paired with a balanced top.

 

Your body type: Inverted Triangle

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Characteristics: Proportionally larger upper body, you have broad shoulders and an ample bust, wide back, slim hips, subtle waist, and your bottom may be on the flat side.
The key to dressing an inverted triangle body type is to balance your broader shoulders, chest and back with your narrower lower body to create more of an hourglass effect. 
Tops
Look for tops that will accentuate your waist and help balance your bust with your hips. Look for: narrow v-necks, tops with banding or nipping at the waist, wrap-style tops, tailored shirts and jackets, and dark colored tops.
Bottoms
Choose bottoms that will enhance your lower body and help balance your upper body. Try the following: pants with embellished or flap-style pockets, boot cut or wide legs, full or a-line skirts, cargo pants, and jeans with whiskering at the hips.

 

Your body type: Straight

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Characteristics: This is the most common body type, with over 45% of American women having a straight body shape. Your hips and bust are balanced, your waist is not very defined, your bottom is more flat than round, and your lower legs are one of your best assets since they’re always shapely.
The key to dressing a straight body type is to proportionally dress the top and bottom of your body while enhancing your waist.
Tops
Look for tops that will add curves to your upper half and create a more defined waist. Look for: tops with nipped or belted waists, off-the-shoulder and boat-neck tops, wide V or U necks, tops with structured shoulders, princess or flutter sleeves, shirts with embellishments around the bust and shoulders, and tops that are full, rushed or flowing around the bust.
Bottoms
Look for bottoms that add curves to your lower half while creating an hourglass effect. Try the following: pants with full or moderately flared legs, go for details such as whiskering, embellished or flap pockets, full, tiered or bubble skirts, cargo or safari pants with pronounced hip and rear pockets, and mid to low-rise waists with wide waistbands.