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The world has long been obsessed with numbers. Weight, sizes, age. Over the last couple of years, the script has been flipped. Recently, looking your best has centered less on specific digits, and more on personal health and happiness.
Strength, energy and well-being take precedent these days, which means stereotypical weight loss resolutions have (thankfully) gone to the wayside. Don’t get us wrong, we’re all for letting the endorphins flow or cutting back on sugar and chemicals to feel better, but looking better in clothes? That can start with the closet itself.
Figure flattering pieces can work wonders on appearance — and even your mood when you see yourself. It’s the old adage, “when you look good, you feel good.” And you deserve to feel good.
How to Dress for Your Body Shape: 3 Tips
1. Shop Small or Tall or Curvy
We’ve already praised the power of petite labels, but the same goes for tall lengths. And plus sizes. And hey, even wide footwear. Wear what’s comfortable. Even if that means sizing up, short, wide or tall — choose what feels great on and what looks amazing in the mirror. What might just “fit” in one size, could look killer in another size if you take the time to compare.
Know Your Lines
There’s a reason certain silhouettes are suggested for certain body types. It’s because these tips really help you show off your best self. It may seem cheesy, but when you’re in need of a confidence boost, following the “what to wear for your body type” advice can really surprise you.
And don’t worry about getting caught up in the same items all the time. It is called personal style, you know.
Buddy Up to a Local Tailor
When you’re buying pieces that have been produced for the masses, you’re bound to run into a few snafus. You know, those moments when you’re standing in the dressing room trying to figure out who, exactly, that piece is supposed to fit?
Don’t be discouraged if you find a piece you love that sits wrong. Instead, take action:
- Check the store’s return policy.
- If you can return the piece, buy it.
- Drop in for a visit with your local tailor and ask for her expert opinion.
- If she says it’s a lost cause, take the garment back to the store and move on with your day.
- But maybe that piece really does have promise. Work with your tailor to create a better fit or even a new garment altogether (but that’s a post for another time).
The point is this: little fixes go a long way towards a flattering fit.
Now you’re armed with a new resolution of dressing right for your body. How does it feel?