OK. Don’t get me wrong but I am referring to your body figure/shape/size, and trust me, not many of us are aware of that.
When I look at the beautiful models on magazines (and even those on MinistryofRetail.com), I often slip into a daydream mode and imagine myself to be as stunning as the model (able to relate, anyone?). However, as harsh as the reality is, we turn out to be total opposite (imagine the disappointment the popped bubble) and we may start to go into this self-denial mode but the actual problem may not lay in the models, the clothes or ourselves – it could just be that the particular design/fabric is not flattering for our body shape.
By “what is your fruit”, it means whether you know what your body frame, body shape and body size is? What should you know? This is so in order to bring out your own personality, or in other words: PERSONAL STYLE.
You may see a lot of classifications elsewhere but in this article, we’ll keep things simple and use 2 common fruits: The Pear & the Apple.
As illustrated in the picture above, ladies with ‘pear’ body shape has more weight around the hips and bottoms area. Thus, to balance the look, they need to look for clothing that can elongate their figure and take the focus off this area. Wearing dark colours and slim cuts helps in trimming down the bottoms (think dark jeans or A-line skirt). If you are wearing a dress, pairing it with a belt (make sure you wear your belt slightly higher up your waistline, not at the hips area as you don’t want to draw more attention there) helps. Hard to visualize? Look at the ensemble we’ve prepared for you using these Korean clothing:
Note: Direct attention to your tops using fun colours/prints or even details at the neck area.
Make use of jackets, as jackets give more structure to the shoulder and have interesting details around the neckline. Choose a jacket that the length is long enough to reach below your hips.
If you have beautiful shoulders, SHOW THEM OFF! Remember, you want to focus your attentions towards the top, not the bottom. Keeping it simple on the bottom and you are free to play around with the top and accessories!
Apple body shape has more weight in the upper body and their legs are usually thin which may look a little off balance. If you’re of ‘apple’ shape, it may be helpful to shift and divert the attention elsewhere, onto the bust and legs instead. For obvious reasons, avoid wearing huge pattern prints at the top but if you love prints, don’t skip them – wear them as bottoms instead!
Since you’ve got great legs. Wear short skirts or shorts with heels – you will definitely look like a knock-out! If your butt is not well defined, wear jeans with pockets. If you want to wear dress, make sure it’s of “bubble” cutting, and wear a vest over (don’t forget to belt it up). Basically, you need to know how to balance your look; top and bottom.
Take a look at these Korean dresses as a guide:
Body Shape Calculator
Not sure what shape you are? Take this quiz from “Body Shape Fashion Advice” to find out!
p.s: It’s quite entertaining interesting as some of the descriptions are pretty funny.
Last but not least, the most precious essential tip – practise, practise, practise! As the saying goes, “practise makes perfect!”. You may want to mix and match the pieces in your wardrobe and plan the items before you actually step out of the house in them. Try out different cutting to see what suits you.
Something different, something new – you never know what you’ll find that suits you