Wednesday, 6 August 2014

WHEN THINGS GO PEAR SHAPED | DRESSING FOR YOUR BODY

I have a confession - I have hips. Don't get me wrong, I do nothing to prevent the extra pounds I carry around my middle; in fact I'm pretty sure there's a cheeseburger stored in each side, but if I'm being honest I find my figure to be good only in a kick-you-in-the-crotch-spit-on-your-neck-fantastic sort of way (can you tell I'm watching Friends right now?).

Anyway, over the years whilst I was waiting to grow into my lumps and bumps *ahem, never happened* I learned a few tips and tricks to balance out my proportions/conceal them completely that I thought I would them share with you…


Black ribbed jumper (similar): H&M  | Skirt: Primark [old] | Cut-out boots: New Look



1. CINCH:

Firstly, learn to embrace what the Gods gave you, never mind how cruel you think it might've been. Pear shapes are the most common kind of build so think of it as belonging to a very big, curvy sisterhood filled with the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé Knowles. I don't know about you but I feel better already. Cinch in your outfits at the waist to show off the smallest part of your body and don't be afraid to go skimpy on your lower half, simply balance it out with extra volumes of fabric on the top to achieve an hourglass effect. Also, this way you can still squeeze in a baked good or two without getting a - shock horror - FOOD BABY.


Khaki sleeveless vest: New Look | Shorts: Topshop [old] | Metallic flatforms: Primark | Tortoise shell, round frame sunglasses: New Look

2. PRINTS:

They say pear shapes should avoid prints on their lower halves and keep all the commotion up top to balance out their figure, and to a degree this can be true. However, I think there are ways to get around this slightly tricky subject if you follow some simple steps:

  • Big > Small: Try and wear larger prints over small, fussy ones. I'm not sure on the science behind this method but trust me, it's tried and tested and it works. Large florals/aztec and tie dye/watercolour effect prints are my personal favourite to wear.
  • Vertical > Horizontal: This largely applies to striped prints. I. Love. Stripes. They're Parisian meets Bardot meets heaven, and *bonus* they can be very slimming. Equally however, they can add extra weight depending on how you wear them. Vertical stripes elongate and streamline the figure, whereas some horizontal prints can bulk you out, so what I suggest is wearing vertical stripes to compliment the tail end of your body.


Charcoal tee: Zara | Glitter flecked cardigan: H&M (old) | Black skinny jeans: New Look | Checked shirt: Peacocks (old)


 3. BLACK OUT:

Delving further into the logic of Parisian style is their absolute style staple: black AKA magic. It's effortless, simple, but most importantly, effective. Its also very common knowledge for slimming down the body, I know, but what kind of post would this be without it? The black jeans I recently bought and featured in my July Buys post have been stuck firmly to my being for days on end now (I'm not proud), but they are so complimentary, and go with anything and everything!

For those of you though who find all black everything a bit boring or gothic, here a couple of ways I've styled the look to make it a bit more interesting. Play with textures, finishes and gradients of the colour, and if after all that you're still not satisfied, experiment with accessories or add a pop of colour or pattern to break up the outfit.



4. SWAMP:

Just when you thought I couldn't get any more obvious *monkey covering it's eyes emoji*. Skimming past your problem area does work wonders though, be it oversized sweaters, shapeless dresses, whatever tickles your pickle. I have quite slim limbs, so by skimming over my middle section completely it gives off the impression I'm just as small all round. Oversized tees, shirts and sweaters are my absolute favourite thing to wear, as I take a lot of style inspiration from the Olsen twins, both of whom are constantly photographed in swamps of clothing (in a good way).

Aaaaand Ta-dah! Here's to the end of this very wordy post, apologies if it was a bit of a headsore. Me and my hips just wanted to address how we like to dress ourselves in the hopes that you and yours might take something away from it. I may moan and groan about them but if I can't even sacrifice a cake to get rid they really can't be that bad. If you have any helpful tips please comment so I know the stats are true and I'm not the only pear on this planet.

Happy hump day (geddit?)

Elisha