Can you relate to this?
You have a friend/colleague/sister. You are both about the same height and weight, and wear the same size. And yet, the outfit that looks so fabulous on her, makes you look 5 kilos heavier and 10 cm shorter! Why???
Horizontal Body Shapes
A common reason for this is because you have different horizontal body shapes. A style that flatters one woman can be a disaster on another. A slim girl can have the same horizontal body shape as a curvier girl, and a short woman the same horizontal body shape as a tall one. It’s not about how much you weigh, or what size dress you wear.
There are many different variations and numerous descriptions of horizontal body shapes. I break it down to five : Triangle, inverted triangle, rectangle, oval and hourglass. No fruits here! Each of these shapes has it’s own set of ‘rules’ of what styles to wear, and what to avoid. (To avoid turning into a pumpkin at midnight.)
Vertical Body Shapes
It’s not just your horizontal body shape that you need to dress for. Your vertical measurements must be taken into consideration too. The length of your torso in comparison to your legs determines the length of the tops, jackets, coats and dresses you wear. Magically!
6 different women, 6 different body shapes, both horizontally and vertically. The only thing these women have in common is their weight – they each weigh 70 kgs.
Last, but definitely not least, are your individual features . Some examples?
Individually, ideal necklines and also sleeve lengths are affected by the size of your bust.
Slim ankles look great in delicate, strappy sandals, whereas those same shoes will draw unwanted attention to thick ankles.
Glass slippers should fit ……
Personal Stylist or Fairy Godmother?
It’s my job to teach you to show off your assets for maximum impact, while drawing attention away from those bits you dislike the most. When you are styled in clothing that follows the guidelines for your body shape and features, I can guarantee you that you will look both taller and slimmer. And that makes you feel like Cinderella and me feel like a fairy godmother!
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I am available for Personal Style workshops, public speaking, wardrobe and colour consultations and personal shopping styling sessions, based in Perth, Western Australia.