Nowadays online shopping has become a true necessity and we have learned over the last three months of staying at home during Corona Virus that selecting the right clothing pieces is an art to be mastered. Especially when choosing your essential clothing items. As practical and convenient as shopping online may be, it can also generate a roller coaster of emotions and make us face unnecessary disappointment. Why you wonder?
Because the items you visually fell in love with when browsing your favourite retailer’s e-commerce website were simply not for your body type. Most of us are oblivious of the ‘body type basics’ which is why our expectations of sizing and fit aren’t met by our purchase. Well, the Gaggler is here to reassure you that all is not lost, you can master online shopping and you can love your purchases when they arrive.
As part of our online shopping series, in this post, we are going to share some precious advice on how to dress for your body type. This way, the process of choosing and adding things to your shopping cart will be easy and, dare we say, delightful. But you need to follow these tips when making your final selections in what you add to your shopping cart. Ready?
THE BASICS ON SHOPPING FOR YOUR BODY TYPE
Being knowledgeable about your body type is a powerful tool. By applying the ‘body type basics’ you can dress your body in a way that creates visual balance and opportunities for accessories to optimize not only the fit but the impact of your outfits. Styling your outfits not only makes you look good; it also makes you feel great and boosts you with the confidence to take on the world and knock ‘em dead. There is power in fashion.
Some basic concepts we need to consider when dressing our body type are:
- Your body type has nothing to do with your size. ‘Body type basics’ are all about the proportions between your bust, waist and hips. It’s the playing up and down of your proportions that is going to help create a more balanced visual of your shape.
- Bright colours, busy patterns and details such as pockets and ruffles tend to emphasize and maximize the appearance of things, while dark colours tend to minimize it.
- Focus on your strengths and accentuate your features. This helps make the process much more enjoyable and rewarding. You have unique assets, it’s what you do with your assets that matters.
How to determine your body shape and how to style
Your silhouette is your body type. Traditionally, there are five body types. But, we aren’t much for following tradition so we’ve added a sixth body type especially for our petite gals out there (we won’t forget you!). There are a few tips specifically for petite women that can be beneficial.
Let’s begin by exploring your vitals first because these are important to better understand your body type.
STEP 1: Measure
Use a cloth measuring tape to get precise measurements. If you only have a metal measuring tape at home you can certainly use that but we find the cloth tape easier to use. Your measure tape should be neither too tight or loose; it should be snug to a point where you think it will slip (but it won’t) and this gives you the most accurate number. Start with your bust and move down your body with your measurements.
Here you need to measure the fullest part of your bust. It’s essential you stand straight before you do this. Place one end of the tape at the fullest part and wrap it around from under your shoulders and bring it back to where you started. Here you want to ensure you don’t have too tight a grip so the tape should just graze your chest to get the right measurement.
Standing as straight as you can, without slouching your stomach or pulling it in, start at the slimmest part of your waist above your belly button, and below the rib cage, this is your natural waistline. Wrap the tape around your stomach and bring it back to where you first started.
Here you need to measure the circumference of the fullest part of your buttocks to get the measure of your hips. Start from one side of the hip and take it around the rear towards the other hip. Bring it back to the starting point. You are best standing in front of a mirror when doing this so you know the tape is levelled throughout.
This measurement is taken from a different place than the one above. Here you need to place the tap on the upper swell of the hip over your pelvic bone. This is not the widest point as you are taking the measurement at the top of the hip curve.
Once you have all your measurements, feed it into the Body Shape Calculator provided below to determine your body type.
STEP 2: Watch to learn all the tips you need
Our lovely Debora Sulca shares all her top styling tips you need to dress your body type to its best in this video.
WATCH THE VIDEO: ONLINE SHOPPING FOR YOUR BODY TYPE
STEP 3: Apply our styling tips to select the right products for you
This body shape has little to no definition on the waistline and tends to hold most of the weight around the bust and torso while showing thinner hips, legs and arms. People with this body type usually have broad shoulders, bigger bust line, and that’s why it feels like the weight gathers around the midriff.
Celebrities with this body shape include Drew Barrymore, Kate Winslet, Jessica Simpson and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
- Boohoo exclusive puff sleeve with peplum hem and tie waist in pink
- Bardot front tie puff sleeve top
- BAR iii by macys v neckline wrap floral maxi dress
- H&M a-line dress
- NA-KD wrap pleated midi dress
- TFNC london narcise midi dress
- Mango belt long gilet
- Mango pleated floral skirt
- Mango pleated floral skirt
- M&S collection ivy skinny jeans
A body type with narrow shoulders and bust, with a small well-defined waistline. This type carries most of the weight in the hips and thighs. The pear-shaped body is all in the lower part of your body. Your butt and thighs are visually bigger than your upper body. So, make some space for that base, people.
Celebrities with this body shape include Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys and Cinthya Nixon.
- River Island broderie sleeve top in pink
- River Island floral long sleeved bardot top in blue
- Mango puffed sleeves dress
- Glamorous striped midi dress
- Gap flutter midi dress
- Mango double breasted structured blazer
- Mango pleated midi skirt
- Mango straight high waist jeans
- Zara flowing trousers
INVERTED TRIANGLE SHAPE
This body shape is the most athletic looking body type. Your strong broad shoulders and upper back are prominent and much broader than your waist and hips.
Celebrities with this body type include Cameron Diaz, Megan Markle, Naomi Campbell, Angelina Jolie.
- Asos design ruffle sun top in dobby cotton in khaki
- Mango ruffled poplin dress
- Gap midi shirtdress
- Flounce London ruffle wrap midi dress in green
- Mango Cape
- Mango flows printed skirt
- H&M flounced skirt
- Zara wide leg floral trousers
A lean, well-balanced figure with little to no waist definition. Your torso is straight down to the waist and hips. An elongated silhouette, opposite to the curvy type. This is a fairly straightforward body type.
Celebrities with this body shape include supermodels such as Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen and actors like Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow.
- Zara blouse with cutwork embroidery
- Zara ruffled poplin shirt
Day time dress
- Setre sleevless jacket mini dress
- H&M v-neck playsuit
- Asos design one shoulder ruffle a line mini dress
- Mango saharan leather jacket
- Mango knot denim skirt
- H&M cotton satin paper bag skirt
- H&M pleated skirt
- Zara ZW premium 80’s high waist vintage blue jeans
- H&M paper bag cargo pants
- Trendynol high waist paper bag jeans
The most proportional body type. Extremely feminine with an equally broad bust and hip line, well-defined waist and well-defined curves. You know when you’re an hourglass body. Yours is a body to die for, so flaunt it and in the right way.
Celebrities with this body type include Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Salma Hayek and Kim Kardashian
- Zara satin blouse with knot detail
- Threadz peplum schiffli dress
- Setre v neck cross back straps midi dress
- Quiz bardot peplum detail dress
- Mango belt flows trench
- H&M flounced skirt
- H&M rib knit skirt
- Re/Done hi-rise flared leg jeans
This is our addition to the traditional five body types as there are specific aspects of styling petite women need to be mindful of. Women who fall into the category are those who are shorter than 160cms. You can be a combination of the different body types already mentioned and also have a petite size.
Celebrities in this category include Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham, Vanessa Hudgens and Reese Witherspoon. Your goal is to lengthen your body and make yourself appear taller.
- Zara asymmetric poplin bodysuit
- Wallis petite ruffle trim top
- H&M smocked jumpsuit
- Wallis petite halter neck printed dress
- Miss Selfridge Petite tailored blazer
- Dorothy Perkins petite maxi skirt
- Lost Ink Petite bow detail denim mini skirt
- Dorothy Perkins Petite leopard print palazzo pants
- Castaner carola wedge espadrilles
- Public Desire honey transparent strap sandal beige
Being self-aware and most importantly informed about your body type can solve a lot of your shopping nightmares, particularly online. By embracing the uniqueness of your body shape, working with your individual assets and more than anything understand that there are outfits that are meant for all of us, we just need to know how and where to look! I hope by now you have gotten a better idea of how to dress for your body type.