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Dressing for your body type

November 18, 2009 1 comment

Dressing for your body typeClothes are more than just pieces of fabric. They are a way of expressing our personality and our feelings. It’s easy to fall prey to dressing for a trend rather than your personality. It’s better to fall prey to at least dressing for your shape…

From voluptuous vixen to lean machine, we’re all different, and we all suit different clothes. What suits your best friend may not necessarily suit you. It’s important to understand the different body shape categories, so you know which one you fall into, and can start dressing in a way which flaunts your best assets.

The main body shapes are; apple, pear, strawberry and rhubarb. Whilst this may sound like a fruit bowl, these are the basic building blocks to dressing for your shape!

Apple shape

If you’re an apple shape, you’re the most rounded of all the body shapes. Your hot points are your slender yet shapely legs. You are also likely to be in possession of a voluptuous and completely natural chest which you will have for the rest of your days.

Apple figures tend to have quite chunky arms, but usually very slim wrists.

If you have an apple shaped figure you usually gain weight around your tummy, and you don’t have much of waist.

That last bit might not sound so good, but there are many ways of creating a waist, for example:

* Wear tailored jackets and coats that nip in at the waist.
* Go for A line skirts, as they make your hips look curvier, which makes your waist look smaller in comparison.
* Wear thick belts around the waist, as they clinch it in, giving the illusion of a tiny waist.
* Invest in a corset – a good corset can take up to 6 inches off your waist.

Apple figures should wear V-Necks or wraparound tops, as they break up your torso, and make the most of your cleavage.

You can also wear pencil skirts to show off your shapely legs.

The apple shape should avoid wide leg jeans, as these make your legs look bigger, making you appear top AND bottom heavy. Instead, wear straight or boot-cut jeans, as these flatter the legs most.

To avoid the dreaded “muffin top”, wear mid-rise or even high-rise jeans to give the illusion of a slimmer silhouette.

Most importantly, apple figures should avoid clingy tops, as they may ride up – or else choose clingy tops that are long in the torso.

Also avoid polo necks, as they make you look top heavy. You want to emphasise those curves, not add extra bulk.

Pear Shape

If you are a pear shape, it basically means you carry your weight on the bottom part of your body, like your bum and thighs. This means you tend to have a smaller chest. You also have curvaceous hips. Your best parts are your tiny waist and slim arms. Because you’re slimmer on top, you probably want to keep the attention focused on your upper body.

Pear shaped people look good in A line skirts, as they skim over hips. Another tip is to wear heels, as they lengthen and slim legs. Wedge heels also balance out thicker calves. It’s also a good idea to invest in waisted belts, as they draw attention to your already slim waist, and create more of an hourglass shape.

It’s also a good idea to wear eye catching earrings and necklaces, as they draw the attention up.

Pear shaped girls should avoid wide leg jeans, as these make your legs appear wider than they are. Your perfect jeans are bootleg jeans, which you can wear with boots underneath, which makes your legs appear longer and slimmer.

Pear shaped girls should not overload on short skirts, especially if you have chunkier calves. Instead, high waisted pencil skirts are very flattering, as they show off your waist.

You should also avoid smock dresses, as they completely hide your top half, and usually show off your legs, which may not be your most flattering. If you want to wear a floaty smock dress, wear with black leggings, as they will make your legs appear a little slimmer.

Strawberry shape

If you have a strawberry shaped figure, you probably have a wide back and wide shoulders. It is very important that you dress properly if you’re a strawberry shape, as some clothes can make you look more masculine from the back – unless, of course, you want to look masculine from the back.

The main hot point of the strawberry figure is the full cleavage, which should be showed off with V-Necks or wide scooped necklines. As well as showing off your cleavage, these types of tops also soften your shoulders, balancing out your whole torso.

Strawberry shaped gals usually have slim legs, and these are showed off best with fitted skirts, or straight leg jeans. Ideally, team skirts and jeans with heels to lengthen your legs even more.

As a strawberry shape, you probably gain most weight around your tummy. This means that you don’t have much of a waist. You may want to try wraparound dresses, as these accentuate your waist, giving you more of an hourglass shape. Also, wearing thick belts around the waist brings your tummy in, creating a more hourglass shape.

Strawberry shaped gals should avoid polo necks, as they make you look top heavy. Also, try to avoid heavy wool sweaters, as these add bulk to your tummy.

Also, make sure you have a properly fitted bra, as this can dramatically change the way clothes look on you. If you’re not comfortable with having a bigger cleavage, try a minimiser bra, as this will make your chest appear smaller.

Rhubarb shape

The rhubarb shape is very simple to explain. Just like a rhubarb – straight up, straight down. This can also be referred to as a rular figure, or a boyish figure. Very slim legs, long torso, and a relatively small chest.

Rhubarb shaped girls should go for short skirts or shorts, which show off slim legs. You can also go for skinny jeans, which will show off your nice long legs. As with the figures that have a wide waist, you can also benefit from a belt round your waist, as this will give the illusion of a waist. Because the rhubarb shape can get away with pretty much anything, you can wear jumpers with horizontal stripes, as they will flatter you, and make you look a little wider, but without adding bulk.

Rhubarb girls should avoid full skirts, especially the long kind, as they will drown you. Also, very baggy clothes will simply emphasise the lack of curves.

Push up bras can also come in very useful, as they will make your bust look bigger, evening you out a bit more.
Hourglass shape

The final figure I’ll mention is the hourglass figure. Think Marilyn Monroe, or Dita Von Teese.

Hourglass figures have a full chest, small waist, rounded hips, and tend to carry weight on the legs.

If you have an hourglass figure, opt for sweetheart necklines, as they flatter your bust, and draw attention away from potentially chunky arms. Wear cropped jackets which nip in at the waist, as they emphasise your already small waist.

Don’t be tempted to hide your curves under baggy clothes. You have the figure, so flaunt it!

Heels are your best friend, and will make legs appear slimmer and longer.

Your perfect jeans are, as with most figures, boot cut. The darker the colour, the slimmer the effect, so try black jeans teamed with heels, for that ultimate slim leg look.

First published in Mookychick

Design a belt competition

July 30, 2008 Leave a comment

Born in London in 2001, Lowlife set out to conquer an untouched market that brought the waistline to the forefront of fashion. In conquering the belt market with their range of edgy designs, they have been embraced by an ever-expanding family of musicians,tattooists, skateboarders, BMXers, artists and designers. By absorbing these influences, flirting with pop culture and encouraging creative independence, Lowlife continues to expand and evolve. Lowlife is distributed in 19 countries and is sold in over 700 stores worldwide.

How often do you get to design a belt for one of the leading names in alternative fashion? Not very often, that’s when! We wanted to do something really different this time, so we had a word with one of our favourite clothes companies, Lowlife. Best known for their wide collection of eye-catching belts, they have offered up a blank canvas (well, belt) for a Don’t Panic reader’s design. This will then be put into production (subject to Lowlife‘s discretion) to be seen and sold throughout the land, and the winner will also get a bunch of Lowlife gear. With bands including The Subways, In Flames, Gallows and Fucked Up all sporting Lowlife wear, your designs could end up on stages around the world!

The winner will be chosen from the publicly voted shortlist by Lowlife and stylish Canadian punk-metallers Cancer Bats!
Cancer Bats are currently tearing up the U.S. like some dervish of hardcore, punk and southern metal on the back of their second album, Hail Destroyer (out now on Hassle records). They will be making a pit-stop to pass a critical eye over the top 20 entries and tell us their favourite (you might even see your art strapped around their waists!)

Enter the competition here

Competition closes 28/08/08

Mineral makeup collection… for goths! (Get 40% off)

July 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Mineral makeup has been touted as being so good for your skin you can sleep in it. The critical thing is that it doesn’t do your skin any harm, sticks around on your face a long time (especially eyeshadow) and hasn’t been tested on animals.

Care Free Beauty have brought out a special mineral makeup range for gothic tastes… yep, there’s finally a tailor-made collection of goth mineral makeup!

The range includes goth pallor kits, dark and midnight (and strong blue and violent pink) eyeshadows, and we love it.

Get 40% of Goth Mineral Makeup

To celebrate the launch of their goth mineral makeup range, Care Free Beauty are offering a hefty 40% discount on anything in their store if you write a blog review!

All you have to do is write a review about their mineral makeup in your blog and link that blog entry to the Care Free Beauty homepage.  Then you get 40% off.

What a nice offer. Simple! Beneficial! A bit like mineral makeup!

Competition to design a ‘Balls to Bullfighting’ T-shirt

Hello folks, this just dropped in my inbox, so I’m letting you know about a new design competition that Don’t Panic and The League Against Cruel Sports are working on together. The LACS ‘Balls to Bullfighting’ campaign aims to bring an end to bullfighting, and wants artists to create a t-shirt design appropriate to the message. The winner will see their design worn worldwide, sold in various independent fashion boutiques around London and also on the League’s website, with proceeds going towards furthering the cause. This is a great way to get a designer’s work noticed throughout the world, while also aiding a very worthy cause.

The competition runs from May 19th – July 15th 2008 on the Don’t Panic site (www.dontpaniconline.com).

Click here to find out more about the design a Balls to Bullfighting T-shirt competition

Please sign a petition to support belly dancers with swords…

tribal belly dance with swordsIf you’re not a bellydancer, please take time to sign a petition to support those who are.

Tribal bellydance is an art form that can use swords, but swords in bellydancing are no longer legally allowed. Here’s more information.

This just in from a bellydancer who’s been looking into the situation:

http://petitions.pmgov.uk/BellyDanceSwords/

Hello all.

Sad news I’m afraid. I have just spoken to the home office and they have confirmed that belly and tribal dancers in the UK are included in the VCR (Violent Crimes Reduction Bill).

As Belly dancers, we are not covered in the exemptions of being classed as a ‘sporting activity’ or a historical reenactment. While we can perform with our existing swords, if you have public liability insurance. You can no longer purchase a new blade.

This is scary thought, as if we are not included in the exclusions to the ban, the art form of sword dancing will ultimately die out in the UK! My sword was broken recently In a workshop when it was dropped. I now can’t get a new one….

The only way we can get this changed for all belly dancers is to voice our concern and request that as a dance form that we are allowed to continue to be allowed to purchase swords, so that we can continue with a beautiful art form.

Please, please take the time to sign the <a href=”http://petitions.pmgov.uk/BellyDanceSwords/”>e-petition</a&gt; to request that the government make bellydancers and tribal dancers exempt from the VCR Bill.

It will take a huge volume of dancers and people who support dance to sign the petition to make a difference, so please take the time to sign the petition and support us dancers.

Ta!

Buy Doy Bags and support Phillipine women’s co-operatives!

April 10, 2008 Leave a comment

doy bags

Remember our article about how to make your own juice bag? A mookychick reader wrote in and told us that if you can’t be bothered to make your own but still have a concscience, you can buy cute juice bags from Doy Bags, a women’s co-operative in the Phillipines that makes these bags to get a respectable wage and stop thousands of juice bags from being burnt or buried. They even do banana ketchup bags!

Doy Bags! Fun chums! Yes indeed!

Eye tattooing… here’s mud in your eye!

April 10, 2008 1 comment

eye tattooJust when you think you can no longer be shocked by a body modification, along comes the eyeball tattoo. Yes, the eyeball tattoo. People really are getting their peepers tattooed in more or less the same way that you would get any other part of your body inked.

Along with two of his friends, Pauly Unstoppable and Josh, Shannon Larratt, founder and owner of body-modification website Bmezine.com, had the procedure done in August 2007. Although that sounds rather dangerous, Shannon is adamant it isn’t: “The eye is very resilient; you can put almost anything in it. Your eye actually is designed to be able to handle contaminants being there.”

And while researching the procedure he found documents dating back to the late 19th century, when it was first offered as a corrective surgery for people with poor sight, and then as a cosmetic practice to change the colour of the eye.

“It’s one of the oldest forms of tattooing,” says Shannon. “There are medical reports on it from that era that are all positive. They basically say it’s safer than regular tattooing. That’s one reason we felt fairly secure moving forward with this – we felt that if they could do it in 1900 and not have any problems then we should be able to do it now.”