When I was in college, I took my share of fashion courses: Illustration, History, Textiles and Body Image were just a few of the topics covered. In fact, halfway through my Junior year I changed my major and graduated two years later with a degree in Textiles.
But it took me over 20 years to realize I wasn’t dressing for my body type. See, since my cup does not runneth over, and I have a relatviely slim frame, I alwasy assumed I was a rectangle.
Monroe and Main has proved me wrong. While my body has changed a little since having kids, it hasn’t changed THAT much. So you can imagine my shock and awe when after taking my measurements that I have an hourglass figure.
And I do not look like Marilyn Monroe.
It turns out we should really take our measurements about every three months or so because our bodies can change slightly and we want to make sure we are dressing according to our body type. Do you know how to take your measurements?
Do you know how to dress for your body type?
First, you need to take your measurements. Here’s how I took mine.
Bust: Stand up straight, relax your shoulders, and wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust, keeping your arms at your sides. Round to the nearest half-inch and write down the number.
Hips: Keeping your feet shoulder-width apart, measure around the widest point of your hips.
Waist: To take this measurement, avoid holding your breath or “sucking it in,” and instead stand in a relaxed posture. I can find my natural waist by locating the narrowest part of their body, but that’s not possible for every body type.
(I cheated and took my measurements clothed for my photos, but you get the idea, right?)
Then, I had to identify my shape. Here’s where my shocker comes in. Hourglass.
Hourglass body shapes are defined by a waist that’s smaller than both the bust and hips. I’m also visibly broader in my shoulders.
Y’all do you know how long I’ve been dressing “wrong”?!?
Game changer. Seriously.
Time for a new outfit and some shapewear to accentuate things. Yes, shapewear. Shapewear is about smoothing lines and also accentuating your shape. You need to consider size, the amount of control you want and your outfit. I decided to get some lift in the rear – hey I might as well give myself some help right? I also considered something to cinch and smooth my waist a little if I had been wearing something with more coverage on my back.
Monroe and Main suggest that if you have an hourglass figure to highlight your curves by taking risks with bold, all-over prints. So I did. I found this killer halter jumpsuit which would normally be WAY out of my comfort zone. I just decided I had to go for it. This jumpsuit has a super flattering waistline, and while I usually don’t like halter tops because of my cup size, I was really happy how it fit. I’m also going to point out that my back looks pretty darn awesome in it. (Neener neener, maturity is not always my strong suit, lol.)
And of course I needed to get some new jewelry to compliment my look. I’m loving my new elephant pendant. I layered it with this multicolored beaded necklace that has lots of great texture. I sorta wish I got the matching bracelet.
Learning how to dress for your body type when you’ve been doing it wrong is a real learning curve, and I’ve been checking out Monroe and Main on Pinterest for some advice.