There is a lot of debate on dressing for your body type. Some style gurus say throw all the rules away and others say it’s the foundation for creating a stylish look. I love getting dressed but for women who don’t, I can see why you would want some guidelines to help when styling yourself, especially if you don’t have a widely talked about body type.
I think there are some common misconceptions about being plus size. Even though we are all shopping in the same section I feel that curvy hourglass and apple shapes are getting a lot of visibility. As an inverted triangle, I can see why no one talks about it. It doesn’t even sound fun. I mean, hourglass suggests bends and curves which are ideal and hell, at least apples taste good. I like to call my inverted triangle shape a “tulip”. I bloom at the top and have a slender stem at the bottom.
Tulip Shape Features
- Broad Shoulders
- Full Bust
- Narrow Hips
- Lean Legs
- Slight Waist
Tulip Shopping dilemmas
- You often feel like two different sizes – larger on the top and smaller on the bottom
- Hard time finding pants that fit your midsection and your narrow hips
- Difficulty finding the perfect button down shirt
- Balancing your shape so that you look proportional
- Being questioned if you are even plus size because of where you carry your weight. (according to these clothing manufacturers the answer is YES)
Tulip Shape No-Brainers
- Full Skirts- creating volume on your bottom half creates balance
- Embrace the delicate art of tucking in your shirt and BODYSUITS!!
- Tops and Jackets that stop at your hip
- Duster length sweaters, vests, and jackets over body-conscious pieces
- Wide Leg Pants (Yes, Please)
- Anything that shows off your legs (add to cart)
- Anything chiffon or flowing add light volume to give you more balance to your frame
There are pros and cons to any body shape but as far my style goes I don’t think there is anything I won’t wear. I am however more conscious of certain styles that highlight how narrow my lower body is because drawing too much attention can make me look top heavy. I don’t ever want to hide my shape but I also don’t want to enter the room with my narrow hips either. I reserve skinny straight leg styles for when I have a great tunic or a blazer to accompany them. I am more likely to rock a full A-line skirt but that doesn’t mean that I don’t occasionally find a well-made pencil skirt. It’s all about playing with angels and lines that make you feel the most comfortable.