Friday, June 26, 2015

Game of Spoons


 
In an effort to better understand and dress for my body type, I thought the most logical first step would be to figure out what exactly my body type really is. My hubby said an hourglass and I think I'm more of a pear, but really neither was quite on the mark. By stumbling around on the internet, I found a site to Calculate Your Shape that tells you your shape based on your exact measurements. So, after fumbling around with a "measuring tape," (I couldn't find my sewing measuring tape, so I used yarn and a ruler, I know, so classy!) I found out that I'm...a Spoon!

So what exactly is a Spoon Body type? According to ShopYourShpape.com: "As a Spoon Body type (sometimes called figure 8), your hips are larger than your bust and you have a defined waist. Your hips have a 'shelf' appearance, 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." Yup, that's pretty much me, flaws and all!

I found it that while I'm following some of the "rules" for dressing a Spoon body type already, there's definitely ways I could be dressing better for my figure.

Are you a Spoon like me? Below are some tips for dressing your curvy figure!

Tops
Look for tops that will help balance your lower half while accentuating your defined waist and camouflaging any tummy bulges:
  1. Tops with empire waists.
  2. Off the shoulder, boat-neck tops, wide V or U necks.
  3. Tops with rouching or embellishments around the bust.
  4. Tops that skim your midsection without adding volume.
  5. Sleeveless tops that show off your shoulders.
Bottoms
Look for bottoms that will minimize your lower half:
  1. Pants with straighter legs, think bootcut.
  2. Avoid details such as whiskering, embellished pockets & flap pockets.
  3. Choose solid colors in darker washes.
  4. Skirts, especially pencil skirts, were made for you.
  5. Choose wide waist-bands to camouflage tummy-bulges.

Apparently the goal 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." Food for thought; now I just need to go through and reevaluate my closet...

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