Which star do you admire most for her style? Charlize Theron, Kim Kardashian or perhaps the late Princess Diana? What is it that you admire about her? Is it the way she is always so well put together? The way she carries herself or the effortless way in which her style always comes together? You decide. The question is HOW do they do it?
The answer is – They have all found their own personal style. There you have it! It is out in the open and today I am here to take you on a journey to become JUST LIKE them!
Style is all about proportions – when it comes to dressing stylish, proportion is key. In this series I am going to take you through a step by step process in discovering your own personal style and looking fabulous.
First of all, what does it mean when we say a person has style or is stylish? Allow me to explain by sharing a few quotes on style by various experts/icons in their field.
“Fashion is a trend. Style lives within a person” ~ Oscar de la Renta
“Fashion is what you buy. Style is what you do with it: ~ Style Quotient
“Fashion changes, but style endures” ~ Coco Chanel
“Style is a deeply personal expression of who you are, and every time you dress, you are asserting a part of yourself”. ~ Nina Garcia
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak”. ~ Rachel Zoe
“To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear” – Marc Jacobs.
To me, personally, style is that what you do with what you have (bought) which expresses your true personality. In communication circles we have a tendency to say “It is impossible NOT to communicate”, since even when you are saying nothing, you are indeed saying something. You need to learn to speak the language of personal style… Like any language, it is out there, it exists, you just need to learn how to speak it and if you already know it, you might just need to learn the finer nuances of the language in order to make it perfect!
First point of departure would be to align your personal style to your personality, i.e. most probably if you are an introvert, you would like to wear more reserved kind of styles and colors, whereas if you are an artsy person you will feel more comfortable in flamboyant designs and colors. No need to force yourself into someone you’re NOT as then you will just come over as fake and defeat the purpose of being stylish. If you are outgoing and your clothes are of a flamboyant style, the two will complement each other. Discovering your style personality is as easy as clicking on this link.
So, back to my original point of style being all about proportions. There are two sets of proportions you HAVE to get right and which would have a direct influence on your style. It is of utmost importance to know your own body proportions –then dress to flatter your own unique proportions. To give you an example – no matter what your personal style is anyone can wear jeans, but your body type and proportions will determine what type of a jean would look best on you, i.e. skinny, flared, boyfriend etc.
There are 2 types of body proportions – vertical and horizontal – (also known as horizontal and vertical body types) both which are important when establishing what is most flattering for you to wear.
1. Vertical Body Types
A woman’s body is divided into 4 sections. The proportions of these 4 sections will determine her vertical body type. Your vertical body type will play an important role specifically when it comes to determining the best length for your garments.
These 4 sections are as follows and will determine what vertical body type you have.
- The top of the head to the nipple line (with bra on).
- The nipple line to the hip-line (fullest part of the bottom).
- The hip-line to the center of the kneecap.
- The kneecap to the floor.
A perfectly balanced body would be where these 4 measurements are EXACTLY the same. Word of advice – don’t stress if they are not – women with exact proportions are very far and in between!
This woman is almost perfectly divided in half at the hip-line. Above and below her hip-line she has one long and one short segment. Your short segments will most probably be your bust to hip and hip to knee. Petite women also fall in this category.
Long legs, short torso
If you fall in this category your legs will be long n relation to your torso’s length. She also appears to be high-waisted. Rather leave your blouse out, instead of tucking it in, as it will visually lengthen your torso.
Short legs, long torso
This woman is generally short to average in height. She is longer from her head to hip-line than her hip-line to the floor. You may also be low-waisted – your waist will be lower than your bent elbow. She also tends to have a low, heavy set bottom and her most common horizontal body type is the triangle. The aim would be to visibly elongate your legs to balance a longer torso.
2. Horizontal Body Types
There are six well known horizontal figure types:
- The Hourglass Body
- The Inverted-triangle Body
- The Triangle Body
- The Rectangle Body
- The Oval Body, and the
- The Diamond Body
The Hourglass Body Type
Many consider this body type to be the most desirable and ideal body type due to its almost perfect proportions. You have an hourglass body type if:
- If your bust and hip-lines are the same width; and
- A waist that is well defined (25.5cm smaller than bust and hips).
The Inverted Triangle Body Type
This is deemed to be the second most desirable body shape. You have an inverted triangle body type if:
- The body is larger above the waist than below, i.e. Big busted, or
- Have wider shoulders than hips
- Or both
- You have narrow hips with straight rib cage.
- You may also have a flat bottom.
The Triangular Body Type
This is one of the two most common female horizontal body types. Also known as a pear shape You have this body type if:
- The body is larger below the waist than above. Your full bust line is proportionally narrower than your full hip line.
- You have a well-defined waist.
- You most likely have a balanced or short legged vertical body shape.
- Your tights and or bottom are typically full.
The Rectangular Body Type
This is another very common shape. You are a rectangular body shape if:
- You have little or no waistline definition.
- Your full bust and hip line are more or less the same width.
- You have a small to medium bust size
- You may also have a flat bottom.
The Oval Body Type
This shape belongs to full figured women who have a round shape and a low stomach. (Also referred to as an apple body type). You are an oval if:
- Have round shoulders
- Have fullness in the tummy area
- You have an undefined waistline
- Your hips are wide
- Your upper thighs are full
- Your bottom may be full or flat
The Diamond Body Type
This body type is similar to the oval body type (also called an apple body type) except you have a high stomach that causes a diamond-like appearance.
The above serves as general guidelines in order for you to determine your body type. Get personalized style recommendations that take all your body proportions in consideration by clicking on this link.
In my next blog post I will be sharing some ideas on dressing each body type, helping you to become a style icon just like your most favorite star.
Stay divalicious till next time.