Dress For Your Body Type: Spoon Figure

According to the Shop Your Shape Website,
"As a Spoon Body type (sometimes called figure 8), your hips are larger than your bust and you have a defined to somewhat defined waist. Your hips have a “shelf” appearance and you are prone to gaining weight in your tummy and have a tendency towards love-handles. While you may gain weight in your upper thighs and upper arms, your lower legs and arms are shapely and your best assets."
 Hmm...Wide hips?  Flabby tummy?  Love handles?  This body shape should be called "The Mom Shape"  because anyone who has given birth to a baby probably has all of these problems.  Let me add in: "stretch marks and saggy breasts" and it's the whole package.

Lucky me, this is MY body shape!  So how do we Spoons best dress to disguise our problem areas?
Also from Shop Your Shape:
"The key to dressing a Spoon body type is to draw attention to your upper body while deemphasizing your tummy and hips to create a more balanced appearance and create the illusion of an hourglass figure. Your legs are your best asset, so feel free to play with skirt lengths and show them off!"

Let's not forget that I'm a Mormon.  This means that I dress modestly.  My skirts generally should not be shorter than knee length, unless I'm wearing leggings underneath.  And I don't wear sleeveless shirts unless they also are layered.  (So my less-than-modest suggestions I would wear with something under or over.)  Here are my suggestions:

From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

  1. Wear tops that have details around the chest and arm area, which will draw attention away from the middle.  
  2. Look for empire waists, as long as they drape close to the body (so you don't look pregnant.)  
  3. Tie belts above the 'shelf' to draw the eye away from the tummy.  
  4. Wear jackets that are tailored to fit snugly around the narrowest part of your waist to create the hourglass appearance.  
  5. Wear skirts that are A-line or straight, nothing that will add bulk to the hips.  
  6. Show off your legs by experimenting with different skirt lengths.  
  7. Wear pants that fit well on the top, are boot cut, straight leg, or even wide leg.  (I love skinny jeans with loose flowy tops, but they aren't for everyone.) 
For more details, check out Shop Your Shape!

What's Your Body Shape?

This week we'll be talking about the different body shapes and how you can dress for your particular body shape that will best flatter you.  Note:  I am no expert in this topic, I am still learning.  I just thought that some of you might be interested as well!  Dressing for your body type REALLY changes things.  

First up, have you checked out the site "Shop Your Shape"?  It's a pretty cool website.  You can enter in your measurements and then figure out what your body shape is and they'll even give you recommendations on what kinds of clothes would work for your figure!  (I'm a spoon, just so ya know.)  Anyway, my body shape definitions are going to be straight from their site, and I recommend you spend a few minutes over there to figure out your shape type!  During the next couple of weeks I'll do designated posts on each shape and find outfits that flatter them.  

Without further ado...meet the 8!!







Okay!!  I just so you know I have yet ANOTHER cold so I'm not so much into the 'getting dressed' business just now.  I seriously NEED to get better.  Grrr....

You Can Look Good In Clothes!

Wow, sorry about the delay.  I am totally in over my head with projects.  I wish there were 20 more hours in the day (and that they come after my kids go to bed.)  I signed up for 30 in 30 but I don't think I can do it.  I've barely even showered this week.  Life is just crazy right now!  Not to mention that I sliced my finger open last night and it's making typing blog posts tricky.  

I fully intend to keep doing the posts I wanted to do, but I hope you'll bear with me if I don't post every day.  And I did the survey in a stupid non-calculatable format so I have to tally those results by hand.  Yay me.  

Dress:  Forever 21; $22
Tank: Old Navy; $4
Skirt: Gap, Thrifted; $5
Boots: Famous Footwear; $50
Scarf: Walmart; $5

I was watching "What Not to Wear" tonight and this Dolly Parton reincarnated girl was on the show.  After her makeover she looked SO much better (as they always do) but she hated her new look.  She wanted to go back to the over-madeup face, the huge bumped up platinum blonde hair, and her teeny bopper style.  You know why she did this?  Here's my theory:

You get used to a certain idea of what looks good.  For me, for a very long time, the only way I thought I could look good in anything was if I lost 10 lbs.  And even now that I'm dressing more for my body type which is helping so much, I still have to push away that idea about myself.  I will always want to lose that last 10 lbs, and I'm always trying to.  But if you are anything like me or the Barbie girl, you have to open up your mind to the possibility that you could actually look good in clothes how you are (without loads of make up, without Spanx, without huge bleached hair, without losing weight.)  You CAN look good in clothes, but you have to figure out how.   

That's my Soap Box for the night.  Good night y'all.   
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