Forget what you know about “body type”
Good news for women! You are not a fruit or a geometric shape. Magazine quizzes categorize you to sell you on whatever clothing items they need to promote in that month’s issue.
So forget about all of it.
Yeah, it’s not that easy either.
Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions. – Coco Chanel
Instead of looking at your body type critically, and by critically I mean harshly judging yourself, you instead want to ignore what you don’t like about your body and instead look at your bone structure and frame.
In her book “The Pocket Stylist” Kendall Farr advises there are three types of body frames for women. The good news is that your frame is based on your bone structure NOT your size.
Freedom from looking at your body frame (not your body type)
How you fill out your frame is determined by your weight. Also, your frame never changes. Once you can dress for your frame, you stop dressing to hide your flaws, cover up, hate on your thighs, and you can stop thinking you need to lose weight, and more!
When you dress for flattery for your frame, everything else comes into place beautifully. This should feel very liberating.
The other aspect of how to evaluate your body to dress for flattery is to consider your height. Are you petite (generally considered 5’4” or less) or tall (generally considered 5’8” or taller)? Are you balanced in proportion, is your torso long and legs shorter, or is your torso short with long legs?
As you evaluate your proportions, you likely want to dress as if you are taller and thinner. I am not suggesting you need to lose weight, wear 5-inch stilettos or other drastic measures. However, I have yet to meet a client who wants to look shorter and dumpier.
All of this is to say, a stylist looks at someone objectively and evaluates the structure of the person and uses clothing to balance proportions as needed. Your weight has nothing to do with it. Once the structure and proportions are addressed you will find many of the problem areas are also addressed and disappear.