If you have an apple-shaped body like Jennifer Hudson:
- DON’T bring attention to your waist.
- DO go for v-neck tops. They create the illusion of a longer torso.
- DO look for v-neck wrap-style tops with cinching on the sides.
- DO wear belts at the smallest part of your waist.
- DO conceal tummy bulge by wearing empire tops and dresses.
- DON’T wear oversized empire tops.
- DO wear low-rise jeans and pants in a straight leg. They are chic and stylish for most shapes.
- DO wear shorter skirts to show off your legs. This takes attention away from and disguises the midsection.
If your body is pear-shaped like Kim Kardashian’s:
- DON’T wear clothing that draws attention to hips and thighs.
- DO look for boat neck tops, square and cowl necklines.
- DO wear strapless dresses. They show off arms and even out proportions.
- DO try styles with ruffles on top. This also evens out proportions.
- DO experiment with light-colored tops and dark-colored bottoms for contrast.
- DO wear jackets that hit right above the waist.
- DO rock a pair of straightleg jeans.
- DO try a-line skirts, which camouflage wider hips.
If your body is hourglass-shaped like Beyonce’s:
- DON’T hide your curves.
- DO wear fitted dresses.
- DO wear a belt at the waist to enhance your hourglass shape.
- DON’T wear baggy clothing.
- DO try wrap dresses.
- DO go for high-waisted skirts to show off your hips.
- DO pick thin, lightweight styles and fabrics.
- DO wear skinny or straightleg jeans.
If your body is rectangle-shaped like Natalie Portman’s:
- DO wear scoop neck and sweetheart tops. It helps create curves.
- DON’T go braless.
- DO wear long jackets to create a lean look.
- DO wear skinny, low-rise jeans.
- DO wear tops with collars, ruffles and details to flatter your chest.
- DON’T wear overwhelming styles.
- DO layer! It gives your rectangle figure more dimensions.
- DO wear dresses with ruching. Cinches on sides are ideal.
If you have a wedge (or inverted triangle) body like Audrina Patridge’s:
- DO wear full skirts.
- DO wear tops that call attention to your waistline.
- DON’T wear spaghetti-strap tops.
- DO experiment with high-waisted styles.
- DON’T wear boat neckline tops.
- DO wear wideleg pants, which even out body proportions.
- DON’T be afraid to bring attention to your waist. It draws the attention downward.
- DO wear bright colors on bottom.
Apple body shape
Body traits: The upper body is larger than the lower, hips are slim, and chest is on the larger side. Shoulders tend to be broad. Weight gain usually occurs above the waist in the mid sections and in the rear.
- Your secret weapon: Those legs!
- Your goals: Elongate the torso, show off your legs and downplay mid-section weight and shoulder width.
Pear body shape
- Body traits: The lower body is larger than the upper, hip width exceeds shoulder width, and hips and butt are rounded with a defined waist. The chest and belly are fairly flat.
- Your secret weapon: Shoulders, torso and flat stomach
- Your goals: Show off arms, add shape to your upper body and down play wide hips to heighten upper body features.
Hourglass body shape
- Body traits: The upper and lower body have similar proportions, while the waist remains narrow. Any extra weight in the hourglass figure usually lies in the hips, thighs and chest area.
- Your secret weapon: Curves, curves and more curves.
- Your goals: Find a middle ground between baggy, drab clothing and overly sexy clothing. Show off your curves, balance the weight of your curves, complement your curves… did we mention your curves?
Rectangle body shape
- Body traits: The waist, hip and shoulder widths are similar to each other, usually on the slim side. Extra weight in the rectangle shape tends to hang out in the stomach and back regions. Some rectangles have smaller breasts, but this is not always true.
- Your secret weapon: Your arms and legs. Because you don’t need to minimize any body features, you have more freedom than the other body shapes to experiment with different trends and styles.
- Your goals: Create curves, show off slender legs and arms
Wedge body shape
- Body traits: Also known as the inverted triangle, this body shape features a broad upper body, large chest and wide shoulders. The waist and hips are smaller in proportion to upper body features.
- Your secret weapon: Your legs
- Your goals: Accentuate your lower body, and distract from broad shoulders and possibly boyish upper body.
Courtesy of sheknows.com
Fashion magazines have been a huge part of my life for quite awhile now. I have so many that have accumulated throughout the years that I could probably open up a small library. I remember back in 8th grade when I subscribed to Seventeen magazine, it was like a whole new world had opened up to me. This was my first exposure to the fashion industry. It was through magazines that I began to love fashion. I was constantly inspired to incorporate the looks that I saw in my magazines into my daily look, and make them my own. At first, it didn’t occur to me that I wanted a career in fashion. The more I looked at runway shows, the more I wanted to become a part of that exciting world. I wanted to design my own clothes. For most of high school, I was dead set on becoming a designer. I wanted to be the next Karl Lagerfeld or Georgina Chapman. However, something didn’t feel right about that path. I didn’t feel satisfied with just being creative. I wanted to be well rounded and not just focus on design. It wasn’t until I went to college that I realized that my love of fashion and my love of magazines could allow me to do both. Fashion magazines are not only about fashion spreads and the latest trends. They are almost like history books, documenting culture through the lens of fashion. They share personal stories, help people through tough times, cover current events, profile important people, allow us to see other parts of the world, and do many other things besides just showing us images of models wearing clothing. Fashion magazines have always been and always will be influential to me.
FASHION [fash-uhn] noun.
1. a prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.: the latest fashion in dresses.
2. conventional usage in dress, manners, etc., especially of polite society, or conformity to it: the dictates of fashion; to be out of fashion.
3. manner; way; mode: in a warlike fashion.
4. the make or form of anything: He liked the fashion of the simple, sturdy furniture.
5. a kind; sort: All fashions of people make up the world.
In the wake of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Katy Perry, it seems as if everyone is trying to shock and be different these days. Seeing brightly colored hair and makeup has become both the norm in both celebrity culture and around town. Items of clothing that were once intended to be edgy and shocking (think shoes, shirts and accessories with spikes, crop tops, and exposed zippers) are now becoming exceedingly normal. It seems as if the present is now catching up to previously futuristic forward thinking Avant Garde fashion. There is only so far you can go with this before it starts losing its shock value and people start looking for a different aesthetic. It is entirely possible that we may begin to swing back in the other direction towards a more conservative culture. How soon may that happen? Only time will tell.