My friend Melissa is a fashion genius. I’m not exaggerating. When I feel like there’s nothing in my closet, or like I’ve permanently lost my sense of style (which was rocky to begin with), I simply visit her blog: Melis on Life. She restores my ability to dress myself, and then provides me with ample tips on how I can use what I already have to look my best. Her fashion & beauty product recommendations are always right-on, in terms of not only quality & style, but also budget and practicality.
Below is today’s guest post from Melissa about how to look your best, no matter your shape.
When you are healthy, you feel great and ooze confidence. But regardless of how well-balanced your diet may be, we all have different body shapes. Learning to embrace your assets and reveal them through various clothing styles can help boost your self-image. Here are some styles that help accentuate your best parts and hide those you may not love.
If you are not well endowed in the bust department, have no fear! There are great styles to help you look amazing whether you are lean and tall, have a boyish shape, or are just plain flat-as-a-pancake.
Banana Republic Ruffle Top: Ruffles are a wonderful way to play up your frame if you are lacking a larger chest. This black top is great because it shows off the arms and you can easily throw on a large statement necklace to further distract from a smaller chest.
JCrew Swann Shirtdress: Another style to wear if you have a boyish or lean build is a menswear inspired piece. Whether it is a collared shirt or dress like this one, menswear helps accentuate your great parts (narrow torso, great legs, etc). Pair this dress with great gladiator sandals and a white cami underneath.
Pear-shaped or larger behind
It always seems daunting to dress if you are more ample in the lower half. The problem is finding something that doesn’t totally drown out your curves. Think Kim Kardashian or Jennifer Lopez!
BCBG draped zip-front skirt: I love skirts because they still allow for sex appeal without showing all your flaws. If you are happy with your mid-section, wear a tight tank top tucked into this skirt, or choose a loose racerbank tank to wear untucked. By choosing a bright color on top you will also draw the attention to your top-half.
Akira Palm Print Maxi Dress: If you really don’t want to show any part of your legs, opt for a maxi-dress. They are super stylish right now and create a long, lean illusion. Always choose great accessories and shoes to compliment a longer dress.
Unless you are blessed with a six-pack, I think every woman can find something worrisome about their mid-section. When choosing outfits to downplay your tummy, think about balance. If you are going to choose a loose top, go for a tighter pant or vice versa.
Silence & Noise Pleated Silk Cami: This silk camisole is a perfect choice for stomach camouflage. The loose fabric creates a sexy, but covered-up look. However, it is important to pair such a top with a tight jegging or fitted jean as to not appear bulky all over.
Anthropologie Everywhere Dress : A dress with a large belt or tie at the waist helps cinch everything is and creates a narrowing look in the center of your frame. Also, a v-neck style helps draw attention away from your midline. I would opt for a heeled shoe with a dress like this in order to increase the look of your vertical length.
to look and feel your best this summer.