Welcome to this Sunday night edition of Carol’s Corner. Having a good time while we are away this weekend. We head home tomorrow. Pretty proud that I have been able to keep up my workouts, hit my step count, keep track of things in Carol’s Inspiration Station , and still do Carol’s Corner too. I think that is quite an accomplishment. I was especially excited about getting my sister-in-law out of her comfort zone. I did the Four Really Big Miles workout tonight and got her to do the whole thing with me. I just kept telling her, you can do it, and she did it . She said , ” Are you trying to give me a heart attack”? I told her I knew she would be ok and she was. She’s probably going to pick up a couple more workouts to add to the ones she has now. This picture is taken in their living room.
The above picture is the same outfit with an added topper. Can’t have too many of those. It is from Avon and blended nicely with the whole outfit. This entire outfit makes me feel younger than my 64 years.
My FitBit pics.
That concludes the picture portion for today. . Now back to our topic that we started yesterday, which was dressing for your body type. We will take one at a time. We looked at a lot of things yesterday, so if you didn’t read yesterday’s go do that before you go any further today. I’d like to start with a quote that was shown on our link page from yesterday. It is a quote by Hubert de Givenchy. ” The dress must follow the body of the woman, not the body following the shape of the dress”. Think about that for a minute and you will realize just how true that actually is. We will begin tonight by exploring the first body shape, The Inverted Triangle. To determine if this is your body shape examine yourself in the mirror as described in yesterdays’s post . Look at all the body shapes to find your closest match. Then ask yourself these questions.
Wear a larger size on the top half than on the bottom?
Have wider shoulders than hips?
Have a straight ribcage?
Prefer an uncluttered look on top?
YOUR BUILD IS CHARACTERIZED BY:
Your bottom half is smaller than your top
Little definition between waist and hips
Flat hips and bottoms
Straight and squared shoulder line
OTHER BODY SHAPE TENDENCIES
If you have gained or lost weight many times your body shape can change into another one. Read below to see what other body shape tendencies you might have.
You lean toward an apple shape If you have a bust and weight around your top half
You lean toward a rectangle shape if you have weight or strong bone structure at your hips
GENERAL RULES FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE AND HOW TO CREATE VISUAL BALANCE:
On your bottom half you need to wear clothes that make your hips appear broader
Keep details, fuss, anything that create volumes to your lower half, and keep your top half clean and uncluttered
Straight clothing lines are a natural extension of your body
Create the illusion of a waist with waist details such as a wider belt
YOU SHOULD AVOID:
Necklines that make you broader on top, e.g. boat or bardot, big straps, halter neck tops, and big shawl collar
Styles that extend or accentuate shoulders, e.g. that is details ,volume, fuss on your shoulders such as puff sleeves or shoulder pads
Styles that hide your silhouette
Patterns on top, scarves around your neck or shoulder
Stiff fabrics on top, and narrowing hemlines, e.g. pencil skirts or skinny jeans
The next section will be about the body shape and it’s clothing line.
Every body shape has it’s own characteristics and silhouette, which needs to be addressed when choosing your clothes. The aim of choosing the right clothes is to balance your silhouette. You might not be able to follow every fashion trend, but there are so many nowadays , there is something for everyone. So don’t get sidetracked by falling in love with a style and look that doesn’t match your body shape.
NECKLINE FOR INVERTED TRIANGLE BODY SHAPE
Wide collar and lapels, in general you are quite flexible here, if you don’t have a big bust or short/wide neck. What is shown here is contradictory to what they said to avoid e.g. boat and bardot.
TOPS AND SHIRTS FOR INVERTED TRIANGLE BODY SHAPE
Simple straight lines, wrap tops, splits on the waist or hips, and layering on hips.
JACKETS FOR INVERTED TRIANGLE BODY SHAPE
Straight lines or flared with fuller hemline, lower pockets, and vents in the back.
COATS FOR INVERTED TRIANGLE BODY SHAPE
Constructed or shaped with angular lines,(But go easy on the collar!) Long jackets that are straight or that are gently tapered towards the hemline, hip pockets and double vents are great.
DRESSES FOR INVERTED TRIANGLE BODY SHAPE
Simple straight lines, shifts, A-lines are even better,full or tiered skirts, pleats or patterns or other details.
SKIRTS FOR INVERTED TRIANGLE BODY SHAPE
A-line is great, while straight is ok. Tiered, volumned, or drop waist work well. Details such as panels, boxed pleats, or vertical lines at the top ending in a full skirt are good. Skirt lengths can be very extreme from very short and flared, to long and flowing.
TROUSERS FOR INVERTED TRIANGLE BODY SHAPE
Any style that will accentuate your bottom and leg line such as pockets, embellishment on your back pockets, pattern and print, baggy trousers, turn ups,combat, palazzo, flares, culottes, wide legs. Fullness can be worn with horizontal lines at the hip and hemline to offset and balance the width above.
JEANS FOR INVERTED TRIANGLE BODY SHAPE
Boyfriend style, distressed look, baggy or colored jeans, details in hip and thigh area e.g. various washes,ripped, embellishments,flared , boot cut, wide leg, turn ups, big back pockets.
SHOES FOR INVERTED TRIANGLE BODY SHAPE
Choose more visual “look at me” detailed footwear-look for embellishment, patterns, and color. Wedges, platform, medium to chunky heel, ankle straps, ankle boot, Uggs, and cowboy boots are good.
BAGS FOR INVERTED TRIANGLE BODY SHAPE
Opt for chunky, colored,fussy,detailed shoulder or handbags which will sit on your hips or thighs.
SWIMWEAR FOR INVERTED TRIANGLE BODY SHAPE
Square and simple delicate halterneck lines work well, as do hip details. Avoid tops and bottoms sold separately.
We will do the same thing for each body shape, one a day. Below I am putting a link to this sites many features, as well as what they sell. There are many cool things here to look at and do. It encompasses many things. Enjoy exploring.
http://www.joyofclothes.com/looks/stylist/. Tomorrow we will be covering the Lean Column Body Shape. Even if we haven’t hit your shape yet, it is all pretty interesting, and maybe you have a friend or relative that might be able to use the information. Hope you enjoy this change of pace. Have a great start to your week. Stay focused, stay resolved , and let’s kick butt this week. Till next time God Bless.