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Check out my main post, Being Fashion Conscious: Dressing For Your Body Shape, for all the details!

Apple Body Shape

Apple gals are blessed with carrying their extra weight in their mid section and not having a truly defined waist. (Can you sense my sarcasm through the computer?) If this is your body shape, focus on showing off your assets, whether they be your legs, arms, or a great bust, and downplay the belly. Choosing longer length (careful to not get the words longer and oversized confused here) tops and shirts to give the illusion of a longer leaner torso. Also, lower cut shirts help draw attention away from the belly and bring it upwards. I don’t mean that you have to show off a large amount of cleavage, because adding a cute statement piece  will do the same thing! Avoid any shirts that are boxy or have a babydoll type fit. These will only make you look wider. And rounder, grrr.

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Body Shape Confessions

Join me as I confess how I deal with the ups and downs of my apple shape body! Full story HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Denim

We want to look hot in our denim and make sure the extra tummy weight is hidden – this guide will unlock all the tricks! Full story HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Skirts

Skirts can be tricky for us apples, but these tips will make shopping a piece of cake! Full story HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Blazers

Keep in mind–I am an apple body shape, too, and just like with any piece of clothing on an apple shape, blazers can be a struggle. As great as they are, they can also be a pain to shop for, as you try on piles and piles until you find the right one that gets you excited about shopping again. Full story HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Wide Leg Pants

You may think that because I am on the shorter side that I steer clear of wide leg pants for my apple shaped body — but that couldn’t be more far from the truth! No matter what body shape you have, you can totally rock this style and do it effortlessly! Full story HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Bathing Suits

The apple shaped body carries all of their extra weight in the mid-section, and has trouble truly defining their waist. The key for this body shape is to lead the eyes away from the mid-section and choose pieces that elongate your body. Also, focus on you assets! Have great legs? Show them off! Full story HERE.

Apple Body Shape Celebrities

Join us as we dissect the apple body shape style of Drew Barrymore, Angelina Jolie and more as we follow their red carpet style and learn how to recreate their everyday looks. Full story HERE.

Pear Body Shape

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Pear or triangle shapes tend to be a bit more bottom heavy (hips, butt, thighs) and actually describes a majority of women. For this body type it is so important to show off that flat mid-section that you are blessed with and draw attention to your ass-ets! Balance is really the most important word to keep in mind here. Wear things on top that balance out your bottom half by drawing attention upwards. Shirts with ruffled sleeves and embellishments or blazers with oversized lapels are great pieces to invest in. Its important to keep in mind that tighter fitting bottoms such as skinny jeans and pencil skirts are only going to draw attention to your bottom area, for better or for worse.

Body Shape Confessions

One thing I’ve learned about my Pear Shape is very counter-intuitive…which means that trying to HIDE my booty usually makes my Pear shape turn into a bubble.  And that is WAY worse than showing my shape.  Thus, the trend of fitted waists and gathered skirts looks absolutely horrible on me and gives me the appearance of a giant bubble butt! No thanks!  In fact, too much bulk and fabric is never a good thing for a Pear. Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Denim

even though denim is an essential in our closets,  it can still be a tricky article to shop for. There are so many brands, and well known ones at that, competing for our purchases in this arena. It’s up to us as consumers to be able to navigate through the hundreds of thousands of denim options to find what works best for us. Easier said than done, right? Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Skirts

First and foremost, you want to make sure that you are choosing pieces that will compliment your figure and accentuate the positives. For pears, we want to show off those killer curves! Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Blazers

If you have a pear body shape and are ready to do some blazer shopping to layer up this fall, read onward to make your experience way less of a hassle and more fun! Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Wide Leg Pants

Okay, fashion can be a fickle thing sometimes, because it’s constantly changing. I will say this though and mean it forever: a well tailored, well proportioned, well made pair of pants will look great on you forever…promise! Wide leg pants are great and can definitely be worn by all body shapes, you just have to put some work into finding the right pair for you. Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Bathing Suits

Our pear shaped body ladies tend to be more bottom heavy and carry extra weight in the hip, butt and thigh areas. The best way to combat your “problem areas” is to wear pieces on top that will help balance out the bottom half by drawing attention upwards or disguising where you need to. And depending on what kind of pear you are, sometimes simply highlighting the best part of your figure (your rear ?) and enhancing the less bountiful top part is the way to go. Full Guide HERE.

Pear Body Shape Celebrities

It’s so great to keep these shapes in mind whenever starring yourself down in the mirror while shopping. I can’t stress this enough – just because you fit into a certain body shape, doesn’t mean that your body can’t be different – or fit into a couple different categories. The celebrities that we know and love deal with the same obstacles! Full story HERE.

Strawberry Body Shape

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Strawberry or inverted triangle shaped Mamas are bigger on top, having broad shoulders and sometimes a big bust. Often the hips are slim along with the bottom. In order to help you not look top heavy, it’s important to wear pieces on the bottom that are fuller. Flowing skirts, wide leg trouser and denim, and bold bright colors on the bottom are a great way to go. On top, v-necks should be filling your closet because they counter your broad shoulders and add overall balance to your look. Stay away from anything that makes your shoulders look wider such as puffy sleeved tops, lots of ruffles, and most definitely, you must stay away from halter tops!

Body Shape Confessions

A typical dressing room scenario for me goes like this:

“This looks too big”, “This is skin tight”, “This is NOT flattering”, “What the HELL?!”, “Nope”, “I need to go to the gym”, “My boobs are taking over the world”, “Ughhhhhh!!!!!”

Usually, there are clothes all over the dressing room floor, and I am left feeling defeated and unhappy. Then, I go to Sephora and buy a new lipstick. Problem solved. Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Denim

Just a little hint before we get started in our tips for finding the best fitting jeans, in some cases (especially whenever it comes to denim shopping), the strawberry body type overlaps with the apple shape. Often times, strawberry shapes carry their extra weight in their mid-section, but closer to the mid-drift area. Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Skirts

Look For: Skirts that are fuller on the bottom. That Mad Men inspired style that is so popular–go for it! This will help balance you out overall and leave you feeling much more confident about your presentation. Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Blazers

Avoid: With a strawberry shape, it’s important to steer away from anything boxy or over-sized in any way, as it will be overbearing on your shape and make you appear top heavy.  I hate to stay steer away from a certain color palette, but I’m going to go ahead and say it for the strawberry body shape: stay away from light colors in your blazer or a mix of lighter colors on top and darker on the bottom! Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Wide Leg Pants

It’s all about fooling the eyes whenever you are trying to downplay or highlight different areas of your body. I highly recommend standing in front of your mirror as you are getting dressed and snap some pictures of yourself in outfits that you are thinking of wearing.Full Guide Here.

Guide to Shopping For Bathing Suits

Bathing suit shopping can be a BITCH…let’s just clear the air with that thought, first and foremost. It’s not really a wonderful experience for anyone, no matter how perfect we think that other people’s bodies are. We all have our insecurities, our “bad areas” on our bodies that we are less than thrilled to see the light of day as soon as summertime rolls around. Full Story HERE.

Strawberry Body Shape Celebrities

Love Giselle and Cindy Crawford? Learn how they rock their strawberry shaped bodies and then copy their style! Learn more HERE.

Hourglass Body Shape

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Curvy is your name and sexy is your game! This body type has broader shoulders, a larger bottom and bust, with a teeny tiny waist. If you have this body type, it’s important to always look polished and wear things that fit you properly from head to toe. Baggy clothes are going to make you look heavy instead of curvy. Wrap dresses and waist cinching pieces are going to become the highlights of your wardrobe. And you can have a wardrobe of belts as well, since they really look good on you. Wide leg jeans and trousers on bottom are also a great way to balance everything out. It is just so important to remember to focus on fit with this body shape because things can get out of hand really fast if you’re not careful!

Body Shape Confessions

Do you have an hourglass body shape and are in need of a little inspiration from a fellow hourglass lady? Look no further because today I’m sharing a Mama-to-be confession from the beautiful (and glowing) Lori Berkowitz from Lori Berkowitz Photography! So here is a little confession of my own, I met Lori whenever she offered an amazing boudoir photography session last year. Yes, I stripped down and barred it all (well most of it) for the camera and she truly gave me the confidence that I needed to feel beautiful in that very intimate state. Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Denim

Hint: because the hourglass body shape is known for their struggles, there are numerous brands out there that make denim specifically for this shape! So do your research before you go shopping! Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Skirts

Overall, skirts are such a fun way to add some dimension to your wardrobe in a very fun and comfortable way. Retailers have actually been reporting that the sales of skinny jeans are at an all time LOW–meaning that women are turning to different trends and spending their money in different places whenever they shop. While skinny jeans are great, they are boring to wear on a daily basis–it’s time to try something NEW! Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Blazers

Avoid: Stay away from blazers that are double breasted or ones that are overly embellished–your figure will draw enough attention without any added details. But with that being said, you can still choose blazers that are made of beautiful prints, just make sure to be conscious of how its looking overall. Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Wide Leg Pants

Time to talk wide leg pants for the uber sexy hourglass body shape! Similarly to the strawberry, this pant silhouette looks wonderful and really flatters this figure overall. It is a different mindset though, since many hourglass Mamas are used used to wearing more form fitting clothing to accentuate the positive (as we always want!). This over-sized shape of a pant will look wonderful as long as you pay attention to fit and the following details whenever shopping! Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Bathing Suits

If you were blessed with this wonderful body shape, you need to first thank whomever it is you worship for blessing you with the body of most women’s dreams, then you need to learn how to shop your shape to your advantage! The hourglass shaped body is curvy all over having a larger bust and hips with a smaller waist, creating a shape that mimics your classic hourglass. Full Guide HERE.

Hourglass Body Shape Celebrities

Love Scarlet and Christina Hendricks? Me too! Copy the way they style their figures and get the looks for less! Full Guide HERE.

Rectangle Body Shape

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Rectangle and diamond body shapes are often defined together due to their similarities. Ladies who have a rectangle shape are typically straight up and down (no broad shoulders, no big hips, not a big bust, etc), while diamond is pretty much that same athletic build. For this body shape, accessories that cinch your waist can be your best friend. Stock up on great belts and even outerwear that brings in your middle section and creates the illusion of a tiny waist. Pieces such as sheath dresses or any dresses that are oversized are important to avoid (they wear you instead of you wearing them!). It is also key to stay away from really low rise pants, as they will only make you look longer. Jeans and pants with a higher waist are the way to go!  Unless of course, you are a true diamond, in which case you will know that the emphasis on your too large waist is not for you, and you can go for a more streamlined shape instead.

Body Shape Confessions

I’m so excited to introduce you to the fashionista behind the blog “PaTinka’s World” because not only is she a fellow New Yorker, but a friend. I met this pretty lady at one of my INTRO NYC webinars. (If you are a blogger and looking to build your business – INTRO NYC would love to help!) Anyways, you can’t miss Patinka’s brilliant red hair when she is walking down the street, and her style is just as cool as her hair as she rocks her rectangle body shape! Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Denim

With the rectangle body shape being known for the up and down rectangle-like silhouette, it’s important to focus on denim which will enhance your figure and give you a curve instead of drawing attention to your boyish frame. Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Skirts

So, if you have a rectangle shaped body and want to rock this look as it gets chillier outside, let’s find some amazing skirts that work perfectly for your body shape! Our rectangle girls are straight up and down with very few visible curves, so all of the decisions that we make when shopping for this body type is to enhance the curves and bring on the sex appeal! Full Guide HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Blazers

Look For: You want to search for blazers that will add some shape and curves to your body. There are amazing blazers out there with waists that cinch or buttons that will give you a curvy illusion! Lastly, make sure that your blazers are always well tailored to your rectangle frame. Full Story HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Wide Leg Pants

Make use of amazing belts or embellished waistbands.There are so many beautiful belts out there – thick, thin, everything – that can easily be added to any high waisted wide leg pants of yours to give you an extra special curvy look. In addition, especially since it’s “holiday” time of year, you will be able to find some wide leg pants that actually have embellishments around the waist built right into them. Full Story HERE.

Guide to Shopping For Bathing Suits

If you have a rectangle body shape, then you are well aware of your more athletic figure that is straight up and down, resembling a rectangle. Typically, it appears as if your shoulders, hips and waist are around the same size, creating the rectangle body shape. Overall, accessories will be your best friend in your daily life, specifically belts and pieces that appear to give you a seemingly curvy shape. Full Guide HERE.

Rectangle Body Shape Celebrities

Cameron Diaz and Sheryl Crow – oh my! Love how these ladies rock their rectangle shape both casual and style and on the red carpet. Copy their style HERE.

And don’t forget about my guide to length for all body shapes:

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