If your shoulders are narrower than your hips and you tend to gain weight in your hips, thighs and derriere, then you are a d body type.
Your main goal is to draw attention upward and counterbalance your hips to create a long, lean line. Here are a few tips for how to achieve this:
Tops: Your main goal is to visually widen your shoulders by wearing boat neck or scoop necklines, collared shirts, horizontal stripes or all-over patterns. Accessorize with bold round necklaces, earrings or infinity scarves. Avoid tops that fall at the widest part of your hips/thighs. Longer, tunic tops or cardigans that float past this area will balance and flatter your body shape.
Bottoms: Bottoms are probably your least favourite thing to shop for! But don’t despair, there is hope. Always choose trousers that fit your hips first, then if possible, find a tailor to take in the waist. If this isn’t an option, try Flatter:Me belts available at KC’s Boutique to create a perfectly flat fit. Low-rise trousers and jeans with a slight flare will balance your hips beautifully. Aim for larger pockets without flaps and minimal design to minimize your booty.
Bonus Tip: Be careful of drastic colour changes between your tops and bottoms as this draws attention to your hips. Instead, wear a similar shade trouser and jacket or cardigan with a pop colour or patterned top for a slimming and balanced look.
Dresses: Your most flattering styles will accentuate your waistline and float gently past your thighs. Wide necklines, collars and patterns on the upper half along with A-line or flared skirts will create a flattering balanced silhouette.
The b-o-d-x body shape system and tips are courtesy of Shari Braendel from Fashion Meets Faith.
Kim McMurray is a certified Image Consultant, personal shopper and speaker. Her passion is to inspire women of all ages to embrace and reflect their unique beauty from the inside out. She has enthusiastically taught women around the world how to dress according to their natural colouring and specific body type to confidently live out their life’s calling. Kim McMurray, firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-734-1925, beautyspeakers.org/KimMcMurray.html