Curvy, petite, tall, pear-shaped, boyish—all are just a few of the many different descriptive terms that we use to define the perceptions of our unique body figures. We all have our own feelings about our body type, and unique bodies with specifics that go beyond just the term “petite” or “curvy.” The key to loving your body and feeling comfortable in your own skin solely begins in learning how to dress based on your body type and using this knowledge to accentuate your unique figure.
1) Accent your assets. This means you need to show off the great things that your mama gave you. Whether you are tall or short, if you have a great set of legs, play them up. Instead of wearing pants, wear dresses or skirts. If you are curvy, you are a lucky girl. Embrace your curves and pick out clothes that accentuate them. Finding the right pair of jeans is a great way to do so.
2) Play up what you don’t have. We weren’t all blessed with the perfect curves, or perfect torso to lower body ratios. In this case, picking out and wearing certain clothes can give the illusion that you possess certain features, or enhance the features that you do have. For example, if you are petite, you may not have been blessed with legs that go on forever. To lengthen the look of your legs, wear miniskirts and denim or pants that have a higher rise. Low-rise denim or pants can only minimize the look of your legs.
3) Color your body beautiful. The use of different colors can drastically help in choosing clothes to accentuate your body type. Black is the universal color for everyone, but sometimes neutrals can hide the beautiful design of our bodies. Choosing bold, vibrant colors in areas that we want to show off will draw attention to those areas.
4) Size matters! Don’t latch on to things that are too tight in hopes that you will lose weight, and don’t dress yourself in baggy clothing that will make you feel frumpy. The size and fit of your clothes is the most important factor when it comes to dressing yourself to perfectly set off your body type. Always make sure the clothes you wear fit properly and you are comfortable in them. To have your clothes customized to get an even more perfect fit, find yourself a really good tailor or seamstress to alter your clothing to fit every curve of your body!
We were all blessed with beautiful bodies in many different shapes and forms. We also tend to alter these bodies and make modifications to our bodies to change them to what we think is “better.” However, there is nothing that is better than the bodies that we have now. To fall in love with your body and coming to accept the uniqueness of it begins and ends with finding the right clothes to show off what you have, to show off what you don’t have, and love the outfit and the body that you are in.