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Dressing for Your Body Type: Are You a Tulip Shape?

How to dress for your body shape
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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.

Styling Tips for Inverted Triangle Shapes

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)

 

Looks that I love to ROCK on my Tulip Shape!

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Who, What, Wear Track Pants

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Forever 21+ Oversized Denim Jacket

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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.

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Why I Don’t Give A F$@#k What You Think About My Body

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My body is not here to meet your expectations

My body thinks that 36, 26. 36 is the combination to a lock and not a prerequisite to qualify for beauty

Excerpt from the poem, My Body – Laura Wize ©2017

I can’t possibly give one real f#$k about what people think about my body.  I’m too busy trying to create new norms. When ever my daughter comes into my bedroom unannounced while I am changing, she has to let me know, “mom you have a FUPA!” First I had to ask, “what is a FUPA?” (It didn’t take me long to realize she was talking about my stomach). We both get a good laugh in and then I remind her that my body is just as beautiful as hers. Anytime my daughter makes a statement about my FUPA I tell her straight up you know what say about my body isn’t actually affecting me. At 15, I can never truly tell what is penetrating her psyche but I do hope my body acceptance is rubbing off on her.

My body commands respect

My body should never be neglected

My body is the carrier of a beautiful soul, deep intelligence, and opinions

My body is filled with laughter, love, and soul food recipes

Excerpt from the poem, My Body – Laura Wize ©2017

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I was skinny as a teenager and it was awesome! When I was skinny I remember people ridiculing me about having chicken legs, about how high my butt is, and just anything.  As I got older I gained weight, then started the questions. You gaining weight are you pregnant? You gained some weight, too much ice cream? Even now I still get scolded for being on the small end of the plus size spectrum when people tell me you’re not really fat. People will make observations, that is what people do. I learned to stop allowing it to bother me.

I am human. I have days where I feel like I need improvement. I know when it’s time to get the salad and not the burger. When it’s time to work out and when I just could flat out careless. My body and I are in a relationship. When you are in a long term relationship you don’t “like” that person every second of the day but you’ve made a commitment to stand by them regardless. I try to give my body everything that it wants water, food, crop tops, and the occasional high waisted bikini. If someone has a problem with me or my body it’s us against them. Accepting my own body has helped me to be an advocate for all women’s bodies.

My body is made for couture but will slay in ready to wear

My body is rocking this sun dress, crop top, short skirt, leggings, boyfriend tee

My body is the reflection of both of my grandmothers, mama, and daddy

My body shows traits of my family tree

Long legs, round stomach, narrow hips, booty so high I could sit on a telephone pole without reaching

Excerpt from the poem, My Body – Laura Wize ©2017

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Ultimately you have to decide when you are comfortable and when you are uncomfortable with the way you look. The choice is not up to some asshole who makes a crude comment. A man made a comment about the way my body is shaped recently and I laughed it off because if the best he could do was talk about my shape, he’s lame. Body acceptance, body positivity, and confidence aren’t magical tricks. I’m not pulling these terms out of a hat and applying them as needed. I embrace them deep within my own mind as tools to better love myself so when some asshole speaks out of a place of malice about my body I can truly not give one flying f&%k!

My body is

A non negotiable term

And you will accept it in all of it’s forms

My body is a rebel

And does not need to conform to what’s attractive this week

Desirable body traits change like phases of the moon and I have come to accept mine

In it’s natural shape

In all of it’s glory

This is my body’s story

Read it and weap

Excerpt from the poem, My Body – Laura Wize ©2017

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How to Wear Head to Toe Blush

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April showers have finally brought May flowers, well at least in my closet. Dusty Rose or blush is all over the place and I’m here for it! Pink is my favorite color and all of the latest shades are perfect for a girl who loves pink but doesn’t want to look like bubble gum.

Pulling off one color can be trickier than it seems I’m sharing my tips on how to nail a monochromatic look.  Continue reading How to Wear Head to Toe Blush

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Just Another Girl in a LRD (little red dress)

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The powerful dynamic of the LBD (little black dress) plays a major role in fashion, but we often forget about the equally powerful LRD (little red dress). It’s like a secret weapon that you pull out when you want to reach optimum sexiness. Red has such an emotionally intense presence that it can make even a classically cut a-line a show stopper.  With it being Valentine’s Day, I’m sure we all want as much positive attention as we can possibly get.

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The thing that I love about the classic dress is that you can play with accessories more. I love pairing this very “New York street style” handbag with a more mature look. Have a little fun with your style and accessorize by using details that remind you of your adolescence.  It’s a way to add youthful energy to your look without overpowering your whole outfit.

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Dress: Fashion to Figure (Sold Out), Bralette: Torrid, Shoes: Payless (, Purse Charming Charlie (similar)

Looking for LRD: Torrid  Fashion to Figure  Rebdolls Boohoo

Quirky Purses: JustFab Charlotte Russe  Aldo

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Looks Good With Trouble

 

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During the spoils of youth, I think all women enjoy some drama with their romance. Thank goodness for maturity. I like my drama right where I can control it, in my closet. Sheer details are trending and I had to hop on board when I saw this dress on Rebdolls website. If you’re trying to dip your toe into the sexy end of the pool, rocking a sheer look is the way to dive in.

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Don’t Be Scared

This is not a look for the faint of heart. Sometimes putting it all out there is the best confidence booster because you’re suddenly free with nothing to hide. There is nothing sexier than a confident woman. Talk about being the ideal Valentine, going sheer can seem intimidating but it’s truly just creating an illusion. You’re not as naked as you appear. Wearing the right undergarments and hosiery will provide additional support and coverage. I am wearing sheer to toe hosiery and high waisted shapewear  I am very impressed with the quality of the velvet of the bodysuit. It enhances the elegance.

 

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Dress: Rebdolls, Fur: Target (similar), Cocktail Ring Old (similar)

I Can See Straight Through You!

Looking for a sheer or lace dress

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A Bodysuit In Every Closet

 

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Every woman needs a wardrobe formula that she can rely on. My new go to formula is a bodysuit and an A-line skirt. It’s a no-brainer because of the versatility of a bodysuit. I like tucking in my shirt and a bodysuit gives me the tucked in look without the bulk. I bought one bodysuit and now I can’t stop.  I guarantee your skirts will get more wear if you add a few bodysuits to your wardrobe.

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Bodysuit: Boohoo, Skirt: Fashion to Figure, Fishnets: Torrid, Shoes: Steve Madden(similar here)

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I love the playfulness of an A-line skirt. If you are more narrow through the hips an a-line skirt can add volume and balance to your lower body. If you are top heavy and narrow through the hip this is a sexy alternative to body conscious dresses. Bodysuits and skirts are a great personal uniform option. It’s just as no fuss as a maxi dress.

Looking for a bodysuit: Boohoo, Fashion to Figure, Ashley Stewart, ASOS

Need a skirt? Rue 107, Eloquii, Fashion to Figure, H+M

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Tis The Season to Slay (The #1 Rule To Werking the Holidays)

I’ve been waiting to wear holiday looks like some people have been waiting to put up their Christmas tree. The holiday season is here and I can’t wait to rock red lips and sparkling frocks as often as I possibly can. When I saw this dress from Fashion to Figure I knew it was meant to be! I keep an evening dress on deck during the holiday season so I don’t have to turn down a last-minute invitation to a holiday party.

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A Dress on Deck is Better Than Stress on the Shore

My rule of thumb is that it better to anticipate something will happen than to expect nothing will be going on. As a woman of a certain size last minute shopping will make me want to cry in the dressing room. In-store options can be limited and quite frankly basic. If I am in the mood to wear something out of the box with an unexpected detail there are more options online. Online only options can be intimating but knowing your measurements (bust, waist, hip, inseam) is essential and read the customer reviews. People who have already purchased the items will let you know if an item runs small, is made poorly, or the item doesn’t live up to its expectations.

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Brands are 100 times more interactive  on social media with consumers if your favorite retailer has a Facebook page or an Instagram account follow them. Their social media teams are normally great about answering questions about sizing and fit questions. If the retailer is not responsive online I wouldn’t purchase from a brand that isn’t, no customer interaction indicaition that they are selling a low quality product. Don’t be afraid of online shopping because a dress on deck is better than last minute shopping, I promise.

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3 Chic & Easy Thanksgiving Looks

Ah, Thanksgiving the food, the family, that comment your extended family member didn’t have to say to your face. Who’s not excited? Whether you are hosting or being hosted this Thanksgiving you want to look good (can’t let your sister in law catch you slipping) but still be very comfortable. I’ve got three looks that are chic and easy to wear so whether you will be in the kitchen or in the den watching football you’ll be cute and comfy.

Leather Lumberjack

Do families still dress up for dinner like in Lifetime Thanksgiving movie specials? If your family still dresses up please invite me over next Thanksgiving. I love the idea of playing with juxtaposition and contrasting a dressier element with a casual element. The shape of this skirt is dressed up but since it’s faux leather you can add the casual comfortable element of a plaid flannel. Just be sure to bring it all together with your boots and tights of your choice.

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Top: Old Navy, Skirt: SimplyBe (similar), Booties: Nine West (similar)

Cool Sweater, Cooler Shoulder

If there is a cold shoulder detail on a dress or top within a five-mile radius I’ve seen it and considered buying.  It’s just enough skin to be sexy but it’s not overly revealing. This detail is perfect for anyone who’s priority is being comfortable but you still want to look chic and on trend. Just throw on your favorite skinny jeans and some booties and you’re ready to go.

 

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Sweater: SimplyBe (similar), Jeans Forever 21 (similar), Booties; Gabe’s (similar)

Two in One

I love a wrap poncho it makes everything ok and I found this one at Costco! Wraps and blanket scarfs are so versatile it transforms jeans and a t-shirt into an ensemble. You’ll walk in greet everyone and tell everyone, “Happy Thanksgiving”, then take off your wrap and relax. I paired my poncho over a black long sleeve body suit, flare legged jeans, and belted it to give the look more polish look. Added bonus it anchors your wrap in the event a gust of wind blows when you are carrying covered dishes into your grandmother’s house. This plaid poncho is reversible so if you’re not feeling a big print you can wear it on the solid side for a more minimalist look.

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Poncho: Costco (similar), Bodysuit: Fashion to Figure, Jeans: Target

Thank you so much to all of my Oh Wize readers I hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with love and food! Be sure to tag me in your Thanksgiving looks on Facebook and Instagram @ohwizeone so I can see how great you look!!

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Fall Style with Cincinnati Premium Outlets

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Who doesn’t love a day at the outlet mall? Knowing that you are bound to get an incredible deal on designer clothes is enough to make any woman overjoyed. When Cincinnati Premium Outlets invited the ladies of Thread and I out for an exclusive blogger event, I was thrilled.

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Before You  Shop

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when outlet shopping because you have so many options. Before I go shopping at an outlet mall to update my seasonal wardrobe I put away all of my summer clothes . Then I consider the looks that I desire to recreate and get rid of items that have seen their fair share of wear and tear. I knew that I needed a new pair of black booties and these booties from Nine West are everything.

More Than A Dress

I also knew that I needed dresses that I can wear now and in the colder months that will pair well with boots. You won’t believe where I scored this amazing dress that fits so well! Dress Barn they have updated their line and have greatly improved the options in the plus. I would recommend sizing up in this dress if you are on the busty side or want extra arm room. Do they give noble peace prizes for shopping? Drop your preconceived notions and give Dress Barn a second chance.

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Dress (Dress Barn), Boots (Nine West N/A online similar), Lip Color (NYX)

Now for the BEST part: Cincinnati Premium Outlets don’t want you to miss out on the deals, so one lucky Thread winner can win a $250 gift card to a Simon Outlet near them! Here’s how to enter:

1. Follow both @threadcincinnati and @cincinnati_po on Instagram (We’ll be checking to make sure!)

2. Post your favorite outlet or bargain find to Instagram using the hashtag#cincysimonspree and tagging @threadcincinnati and @cincinnati_po

3. Submit your photo by next Wednesday, November 2 at 11:59 PM EST to be considered.

It can be a flat lay of your favorite piece(s) or a picture of you modeling it!

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Style Sunday |Professional Creative

 

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I recently purchased this dress on my recent trip to Mannequin Boutique. I am a sucker for a red dress. After playing around with the dress I feel that I may do some alteration for my own personal taste. I did want to take a moment and breakdown how the style and shape of this dress can work for a plus size professional creative.

Representing yourself as a creative professionally is a challenge in itself. It is difficult finding the balance between individual expression and a look that says I mean business. The challenge gets even greater when you are plus size.

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Why this dress works:

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This vintage red shirt dress works because the volume of the dress is offset by the menswear details. The strong collar and military style buttons give a professional vibe while the fiery color, playful hemline, and funky accessories speak to individual creativity.SAM_5501.JPG

 

Walking into a meeting as a freelance writer, artist, or maker is different than in a traditional office setting. You want your look to represent you as a potential innovator. When companies and or businesses are searching for creators they want to know that you’re cutting edge and will help them stand out from everything they are competing against. It’s import to mean business while still maintaining an element of creativity.

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