Week 3 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery-Triangle

Week 3 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery- Triangle

This week we will be discussing the body shape known as the Triangle shape. For this body shape, the hips measure larger than the shoulders and waist. Your arms and shoulders appear proportionately slimmer. Weight gains first appear in your bottom, thighs and hips, followed by your tummy. You may have short legs and a long torso, or a balanced shape. Think Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Kim Kardashian.

Is this your body shape? If so, here are some tips on how to dress this body shape so that you can better balance out your hips and provide more harmonization with the upper body.

What the Triangle body shape should wear:

1.       You want to highlight your upper body and downplay your lower body.

2.       Add a ruffle top or detailed neckline. You are trying to draw attention to your arms and shoulders.

3.       In the warmer months, sleeveless works great on this body type. Show off those great arms and shoulders!

4.       Uneven shirt hemlines draw attention away from the hips.

5.       Wear darker shades on the bottom and bright and/or prints on top.

6.       Flowy bottom skirts help to hide full hips, also a fit and flare dress.

What the Triangle body shape Should NOT wear:

1.       Avoid big prints on the bottom half and horizontal striped pants.

2.       Too tight pants or jeans as this will only accentuate your hips.

3.       Avoid cargo pants with big pockets.

4.       Avoid short shorts.

5.       Avoid too short dresses or dresses with tulle on the bottom half. It creates more bulk.

Remember, we want to create that imaginary hourglass shape with our clothes to balance out our body proportions in order to look and feel the best in them. This is part of the process in finding your authentic style.

Next week we will cover the body shape know as: Rectangle. Have a great upcoming weekend!

Carrie Hagee,

Owner, Storyteller Stylist

This jumpsuit is great for showing off the slender upper body and concealing the hips to create a harmonious figure.

This jumpsuit is great for showing off the slender upper body and concealing the hips to create a harmonious figure.

Fit and Flare dress works well on the Triangle body shape. This dress shows off the arms while the flare conceals the larger hips.

Fit and Flare dress works well on the Triangle body shape. This dress shows off the arms while the flare conceals the larger hips.

Week 2 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery- Oval (Round)

This week we will be discussing the body shape known as the Oval (Round) body shape.

For this body shape, the shoulders are narrower with fuller hips, midsection, and larger bust size. You also have beautiful, shapely legs. Think Jennifer Hudson, Oprah Winfrey, and Melissa McCarthy.

Is this your body shape? If so, here are some tips on how to dress this body shape so that you can better balance out your midsection, and untimely creating perfect harmony.

What Oval (Round) should wear:

1.       Go for V-neck and other open neck tops. They will help draw attention towards your bust and away from your midsection. Use details on clothing above the waist as well.

2.       Avoid details in clothing on the waist because this draws attention in that area and that is the area you are trying to draw attention away from.

3.       Monochromatic works well with the oval (round) body shape.

4.       Use vertical draping to create long, vertical lines and elongated appearance.

5.       Knee length dresses and skirts will show the slimmest part of legs and elongate.

What Oval (Round) Should NOT wear:

1.       Stay away skinny jeans and skinny pants as they will make your midsection appear larger. Straight leg looks great on this body type.  

2.       Body hugging dresses or shirts as this will only accentuate the area you are trying to balance.

3.       Avoid clothes that add bulk or extra fabric.

4.       Avoid large prints.

5.       I don’t like to see turtlenecks on this body shape as I feel they are not the best as they can make you appear larger than you are.

Remember, we want to create that imaginary hourglass shape with our clothes to balance out our body proportions in order to look and feel the best in them. This is part of the process in finding your authentic style.

Next week we will cover the body shape know as: Triangle. Enjoy!

Carrie Hagee,

Owner, Storyteller Stylist

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Week 1 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery-The Inverted Triangle

Week 1 of Body Shape Identification and Figure Flattery- The Inverted Triangle

This week we will be discussing the body shape known as the: Inverted Triangle. See, I promised I wasn’t going to refer to your body shape as a fruit!

The inverted triangle looks just like it sounds. For this body shape, the shoulders are wider than the hips with amble bust and a wider upper back. Your bottom is typically flatter with a narrower waist and hips in comparison to your upper body. Think Renee Zellweger, Demi Moore, and Angelina Jolie.

Is this your body shape? If so, here are some tips on how to dress this body shape so that you can better balance out your lower half with your upper half, and untimely creating perfect harmony.

What Inverted Triangle should wear:

1.  Go for V-neck and other open neck tops. They will help elongate the upper body and draw the eyes inward and away from the shoulders.

2.  As far as pants go, because your bottom half is smaller in proportion to your upper half, create some density here with a boot-cut jean or an A-line skirt.

3.  Cinching the waist is also recommended as it creates a balance with your upper and lower half for this body shape.

What Inverted Triangles Should NOT wear:

1.  Stay away from cap sleeve shirts as they will make your shoulders appear even bigger and draw attention to them.

2.  Leggings and pencil skirts will draw attention to your smaller lower body and make your upper body appear even larger and more out of proportion.

3.  Avoid baggy shirts that will only make your legs and bottom appear even smaller and your upper body even larger.

Remember, we want to create that imaginary hourglass shape with our clothes to balance out our body proportions in order to look and feel the best in them. This is part of the process in finding your authentic style.

Next week we will cover the body shape know as: Round. Bye for now!

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Let's talk ankle boots on this Fashion Tips Friday!

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This week on my Instagram page (@storytellerstylist)I talked about how to wear ankle boots. I even went live because this appears to be a topic a lot of women struggle with.

When it comes to ankle boots, the question I get most often is to tuck or not to tuck? Here is my take on this and some fun ways to style your pants with your ankle boots.

I am not a fan of the tuck. Nope, I just don’t do it. It can make your legs look boxy because there is no break in the line of the leg at the ankle. It also makes your jeans look too long for you.

So what are your options?

  1. Cuff your jeans so that just a little skin shows above your boot. This actually creates a long, lean line. This is my favorite way to wear them.

  2. Cropped jeans work great here too, skinny or wide leg both work.

  3. If you don’t want to cuff them, buy jeans and pants with the length so that it hits above your boot. Or you can hem them to make them shorter.

  4. A frayed hem looks nice with ankle boots but again, keep the bottom of the jean above the boot, not tucked in the boot.

  5. A messy cuff can also look great with ankle boots.

And while we are on the topic of ankle boots, pair them with dresses and skirts too! Just be sure to not show your socks above your boots (unless you have some really awesome stylish socks that showing them would make the outfit look better) if you are not wearing tights.

Have a great weekend!

Carrie Hagee

Owner, Storyteller Stylist, LLC