If you are a b body type, you have a straight figure with a flatter derrière and tend to gain weight in the tummy/love handle area. Your main goal is to draw attention inward and upward. Here are a few tips on how to achieve this:
Tops: Tucking shirts in is a major no-no. Tops and jackets should fall just past your tummy/above your hips or longer-never shorter. Structured jackets, flowy feminine tops, all-over patterns or monochromatic dressing create flattering camouflage. To bring the attention upward, accessorize! Chunky necklaces, dazzling earrings and stylish scarves (in your eye-catching pop colours of course!) are fabulous ways to draw the eye upward to your beautiful face.
Bottoms: Avoid trousers with pleated fronts and opt for ones with a flat front or side zip in a relaxed fit or full-leg style. Mid-rise jeans in straight or bootcut styles in a dark wash are always chic. Pockets with decorations or flaps are especially flattering for your booty as well!
Dresses: Aim for three-quarter-length sleeves, v-shaped necklines and ruching across the tummy or a wrap-style for a timeless flattering look. Feel free to try a tummy shaper as well, there is no shame in that! Don’t feel like you always need the perfect “little black dress” either. Dressing for your body type and wearing a pop colour will always be your best option!
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
Men have been mixing prints and textures for years – wearing textured suits, matched with printed shirts and ties. Don’t be afraid to try it ladies! Why not experiment with it? This is a quick way to pep up your style.
Mixing Colours and Patterns
When you’re starting out, it’s often pleasing to the eye to stick with patterns that relate to each other in some way whether it be the colour or shape of the print.
If you’re pairing two different prints/patterns, choose your prints in complementary colours to pull your look together.
If you want to mix different colours, be sure to choose matching or similar prints.
Stripes go with almost anything and you’ll never go wrong with black and white!
The simple and more graphic prints are easier to mix. Florals and animal prints are often thought of as neutral prints because they can be mixed with other styles easily.
If a print-on-print is too much, break it up with a solid colour on top, either a jacket or tank top. This will ground your look.
Mixing textures can quickly individualize your look and creates an eclectic feeling. For some, it’s easier than mixing patterns.
Try pairing flannel trousers with a satin blouse or a sweater knit jacket.
More extreme textures combine well if they are in the same ‘mood’. For example, wool tweed pairs easily with suede, and satin matches well with sequins.
Wearing a hot fashion trend can be hard to get right the first time, but we have lots of experience and are ready to help! Come in and we’ll find the right mix for you.