Your Vertical Body
There are no perfect figures and no problem figures!
We all have bits we like and bits we don't like.
The choices you need to make to dress for your shape are going to be different to the choices someone else needs to make.
The 5 basic body types are purely generic because few of
us have perfect proportions and everyone's figure is slightly different.
Literally millions of women wear the same dress size so you can
understand why it's often necessary to adjust clothes to fit your own
unique body shape.
Do you sometimes feel you're the only woman who can't find clothes to fit?
It's frustrating to say the least, but there are very
few women who can buy ready-to-wear clothes that fit perfectly.
Different methods of sizing...
make it difficult to be consistent with the size you choose.
Garments are manufactured and distributed all around the world and although sizes should be regulated they rarely are.
Millions of women wear the same size dress but their horizontal body measurements are likely to vary by several inches.
don't get hung-up about the size label. Always try on to find a good
fit and check your silhouette carefully in a long mirror. Be prepared to
size up or down if necessary.
Then address 'your' problem area...
Measurements and sizes mean nothing... it's how you FEEL that counts. One woman may enjoy having a Large Bust, another may want to minimize her assets.
can visually change your body shape, that is you can influence the way you look with the use of Color, Shape and Style. You can choose the parts of your body you want to accentuate and those
you would rather camouflage. No
matter your size if you want to look taller, slimmer etc. there are
ways to do a bit of visual
There is no such thing as a 'problem' only if it's something that
bothers YOU. If you want to 'influence the eye' check out the relevant Style Tips to achieve the look you want.
Understanding vertical proportions
When you understand your vertical body shape you can visually balance and flatter your figure. You'll see that even a
slight adjustment to the length of your tops or hemline will make a big
difference to the overall effect.
How to flatter a short neck
Do you have a short neck or wide neck? Perhaps you have a little bit of a double chin appearing?
all have figure faults but by carefully choosing the cut and style of
what you're wearing, you can influence the eye and feel far more
confident about the way you look.
An elegant long neck?
A slender or LONG NECK is considered to be very elegant and is much envied. It usually goes with a slender figure overall that is a perfect 'clothes horse' and can make you look taller.
We all look at things differently however ... one woman's assets are another woman's concerns.
Need to cover your legs - go wide!
Wide leg pants are
always elegant and do a great cover-up job for lots of figure faults.
Want to hide your legs or feet? Balance your figure? Need to look taller? And they're bang on trend.
Dress to look taller
Many women regardless of height would like to dress to look taller - and it's not just Petite
women who like to create the illusion of height. For many, it's to do
with feeling tall which increases confidence and charisma.
Tall lady styling tips
It's easy for shorties like me to forget that a tall
lady can have just as many problems finding clothes to fit as us
vertically challenged 'shorties'. Finding garments that can accommodate a long torso with extra length in the sleeves and trouser legs can be a nightmare.
tall ladies are happy to stand tall but others feel self conscious and can feel less than feminine.
A problem for Petites?
Is it just another Body Type? No - everyone has a generic BODY TYPE but if you are 5ft 3" (sometimes considered 5ft 4") or under you are officially considered PETITE as well.
There are few women that fit perfectly into a regular size, being shorter than average adds a extra difficulty.
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