How to Dress For Your Body Shape
Wouldn’t life be dull if we all looked the same? Luckily, everyone is unique and you can rest assured that there’s no one quite like you anywhere else in the world. Whist this certainly makes life more interesting, it causes fashion designers and retailers no end of headaches, as they try to manufacture clothes that can be worn by everybody.
Dressing for Your Bodyshape
The fact is that, whatever your shape and size, not every item of clothing is going to suit you. This applies to everyone from wafer thin models to individuals of far more generous proportions. However, it is certainly true that those with larger or less common body shapes may have more trouble finding clothes that flatter them. For starters, many shops simply don’t cater to everyone. If you don’t fall into a pretty limited size and height boundary then the choices can be extremely limiting and this can make shopping trips a stressful, rather than pleasurable, experience.
Clothes Shopping on a Diet
If you’re following a weight loss programme then clothes shopping can become even more problematic. You know the size you were before you began the diet and you also know your goal weight.
Many people avoid clothes shops like the plague while they’re dieting, preferring to wait until they have shed more pounds and maybe even a dress size or two. However, life shouldn’t just grind to a halt because you’re currently somewhere in between.
On the contrary, buying clothes that flatter your body shape will enable you to keep track of the progress you’re making. It should also give you the momentum to carry on and achieve your desired weight.
How to Choose the Right Clothes
People who are dieting and self-conscious about their weight and body image often try to make themselves invisible. They will go to extraordinary lengths to hide their bodies away under baggy clothes until they have had some success with their diet and have lost weight.
It’s true that there’s something comforting about pulling on a big baggy jumper and some jogging pants but this shouldn’t be a daily uniform.
Instead, you should learn how to tailor your wardrobe to your particular body shape and emphasise the positive aspects. Just because you’re on a diet and haven’t yet achieved your goal weight doesn’t mean you can’t get glammed up and go out on the town.
The Importance of Knowing Your Body Shape
Luckily, the likes of Trinny and Susannah, and Gok Wan have helped to boost the confidence of people with a previously negative body image.
They have highlighted the importance of knowing your body shape and then learning which clothes will suit you. Identifying and emphasising the positive bits of your body has shattered the misconception that the only way to dress if you’re overweight is to hide away under baggy clothes.