My New Favorite Outfit: It's in the Styling: Tip One, Know Your Body

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

It's in the Styling: Tip One, Know Your Body

Blogging has really been such a great experience for me and other then the great blogging friends I have, the second best things that's come out of it is having a better understanding of my body, my style, and how to best wear my clothes.  This week I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I've learned about how to look your best each day.  Today I'm going to start by discussing body shapes.

I also decided to enter's Expert Shopper Contest again with this outfit. I came in 7th last time and the top five won. Help me make the top five this time by loving my look here. You can vote each day too. I seriously appreciate it ladies!

Joining the Trend-Spin link up today too here.

Have you ever found the cutest outfit on Pinterest or blogger only to try it and have it look not at all as cute as the original, even though you had very similar pieces in your closet? Yep, me too. The problem: probably a difference in body type. To correctly style an outfit, you've got to dress to fit your body type. The Chic Fashionista has some excellent info. on determine body types I'll share with you today.

Pear body shape pin

Pear Body Shape

1. You have a well-defined waist 

2. Your bust and shoulders are proportionally narrower than your hip-line 

3. Your thighs and maybe your butt might be full and rounded 

4. Narrow or sloping shoulders

5. You may have short and/or full/muscular legs 

Click here for fashion advice and tips on how to dress for your curvascious pear shape 
Inverted triangle body shape pin

Inverted Triangle Body Shape

1. Your bust and shoulders are proportionally wider than your hips 

2. Your hips are narrow or at least narrower than your bust and shoulders 

3. You may have slim legs which often comes with this body shape 

4. You might have a flat butt 

5. You project a sporty-athletic physique.  

Click here for advice and tips on how to dress for your athletic shape.
Rectangle body shape pin

Rectangle Body Shape

1. Your bust and shoulders are about the same width as your hip-line 

2. You might look shorter and heavier than you really are 

3. You have little or no waist definition 

4. Waist measures from 1" to 8" smaller than the bust 

5. You may have a short waist

Click here for advice and tips on how to dress for your boyish shape. 
Hourglass body shape pin


Hourglass Body Shape

1. Your bust and shoulders are at the same width as your hips 

2. You have a defined waist 

3. When gaining weight, the fat usually stores evenly throughout your body 

4. Your waist is 8" to 12" smaller than the hip or bust measurement 

5. Your figure resembles a coke bottle.

Click here (opens in a new window) for advice and tips on how to dress for your proportional body shape. 
Apple body shape pin

Apple Body Shape

1. You have the appearance of being round, slightly wide around the waistline 

2. Your waistline lacks or has no waist definition 

3. Your hips and butt might be wide and full along with your waist 

4. Your silhouette is round usually due to overweight or childbirth 

5. Bust, waist and hips are very close in measurements. 

Click here for advice and tips on how to dress for your round body shape. 

Did you girls figure out your shape?  Make sure to click on the links above to look for advise and tips for your shape, it's seriously good info!

I'm happen to be a "rectangle." Which basically means I have no waist.  To combat this I have two go to styling tips for you other "rectangles:"

 1. Add a layer (like a cardigan or jacket).
 2. Add a belt.

I was really excited when Whitney wore this outfit. I had those pieces in my closet and had wanted more inspiration on how to wear that skirt. This is a prime example of knowing your body, though. Because I'm a rectangle/ruler/boy shape Whitney's outfit looked great on her but not so hot on me.
I stated above my go to styling tips for defining my waist are adding a belt or adding a layer. Here, a belt does not work when the skirt has an elastic waist, however, adding a layer does.

Automatically adding the jacket gives me a more defined waist. Thank goodness! What about your, what tips do you have to help you look the best with your own body shape? Here's some more pictures of this look styled:

Jacket: The Limited similar
Top: Old Navy $4 same
Skirt: Target $12 same
Necklace: Stella and Dot Rebel Pendant same
Bracelets: Stella and Dot RenegadeFoundation and Chimera similar
Shoes: Target $30 same


  1. The jean jacket is the perfect finishing look amazing!

  2. Great tips, Ginny. And that jacket definitely changed the entire look!

  3. Great post! I think finding your body shape is half the battle to dressing and flattering your body. Play up the good stuff and know how to hide your flaws so you can look your best! What a difference the denim jacket made in your outfit. Super cute!

  4. Love the skirt and top together! Perfect example of how one little tweak can change an entire look!
    Debbie :)

  5. First of all, I love your outfit and pattern mixing! Second of all, these are really great tips! I like how you defined each body type and gave examples of how to style it! I've just been guessing at my body type till now. :)

  6. Dressing for your body type is so important! Out of these choices, I think I'm an inverted triangle, which can be tricky. I'm bigger on top than on bottom so I always have to get smaller skirts an pants and larger tops. Such a helpful post!

  7. What a cute post! Knowing your body and what works for your body type is definitely important. Love your outfit, you look so pretty. :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  8. Great post. It's very important to know your body type to dress in a flattering way. I'm apple and inverted triangle. My posts show how I style my shape. I
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  9. Ginny, this is so important to know. I love the descriptions and illustrations for each one. It makes a world of a difference to know!!! Not everything looks good on everybody. Love your outfit! The addition of that jean jacket does make a difference. Great post!

  10. These are such great tips! Thank you for sharing, Ginny!

  11. I am amazed at how much the denim jacket added to yor outfit! Great post. I would have never thought that's why my pinned outfits fail half the time. Thank you!

  12. Nice tips!
    great blog,


  13. loooove your jacket!
    Xo, Megan,

  14. Wonderful tips! I am definitely a pear, which is why you'll often find me in A-line skirts :)

  15. These are great tips! Crazy how adding the jacket made a huge difference!

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  16. Cute! I love your version of the orange striped top with the floral skirt -- the denim jacket was a great idea! You look great--and I am always glad that other bloggers acknowledge different body shapes. I think that's why I love the blogs that I do -- they aren't mannequins and don't wear catch-all outfits. You definitely know what works for you! :)

  17. Love that skirt with the stripes and denim! And that is hands down one of my favorite S&D necklaces!! Thanks for linking up!

  18. I am definitely a pear shape and it's only been recently that I've begun learning how to dress for my body shape. Unfortunatly, I love the styling other body shapes can pull off. I'm learning to be thankful for what the good Lord gave me. ;-)

  19. This is great! I absolutely agree that blogging has helped me learn how to dress my body, and how to modify inspiration from someone with a different body type to make a similar outfit work for me. It's cool to see your outfit without the jacket and then with it. I thought the outfit was cute without the jacket, but then it just looked a lot better with the jacket! I still really wish I had that skirt!

  20. Wow! This is some great info. And you're right, the difference with just adding the jacket is HUGE! I'm hour-glass bordering on pear-shaped, so I always try to define my waist and bring the attention up to my neckline to take attention away from my (slightly oversized) legs and booty.

  21. Great Feature. I enjoyed reading it. I love how much that Jean Jacket changes the whole look and makes it much better.

  22. I am dying because I am in inverted triangle and literally every detail describes my shape haha. Thanks for the tips on what works best. Thanks again for linking up to Trend Spin, and make sure to come back next week for bows!!

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  23. I couldn't agree with you more Ginny. It's so important to know your body type and how to dress it. Great post. Love the fruit on the bodies.

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  24. Great post! It's so important to know your own sounds a bit vain saying it that way but it does wonders for dressing! You will then realize certain trends may not work exactly the same way but you can incorporate trends in a different way! =)

  25. Fab post!

    I can se your post helping an awful lot of people out there.

    You can learn so much from blogging. When I started blogging, my fashion sense... well... was not all that great. As I'm quite petite, I felt compelled to only buy from the petite section however the amount of inspiration I got from fellow bloggers, it's a totally different story now.


  26. great tips! Plus your outfit is sooooo cute and glamorous! I love the mix of prints and the jean jacket adds the perfect touch. =)

  27. LOvely post and by your post it states that I am a hour glass.
    Not sure if that's a good thing or not =)

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  28. First of all, what a cute look Ginny! Love the floral, stripes, and denim! Second, it's so important to dress for your body type! It makes all the difference in the world, and you feel more confident/comfortable in your clothes:)!

  29. This is sooo true how important it is to know your body before styling. I love how you showed the pics too because it makes such a difference in understanding the different styling secrets. Great post and I love the outfit you put together, I need a denim jacket and skirt like that!


  30. I really like the picture angles on this post! Nice job, Gin!!