Marilyn Oma Anona writes: A fashionable woman dresses to suit her figure.

It is one thing to love fashion, but it is another ball game to be good with or in fashion. Fashion is art, not everyone is good at it. Having lots of money doesn’t make you good too. Like every art, it’s either it is inborn or you have to acquire it by learning.

To be a great fashionista.0, many things come into play. The way you combine colours, the knowledge of what to wear to certain places and what no to wear (dressing right for occasions) and your body shape.

Today, I want to dwell on th body types and c
Shapes and dressing to flatter what ever figure you have.

This piece is for the females. What I see daily all in the name of trying to look good is really appalling.
Most people especially ladies think that all there is to looking good is buying the trending and most expensive clothe in the market.

But no! There is more to dressing good, looking posh than always shopping and buying clothes. You can have the latest clothes, the most expensive clothes and still be a horrible dresser when you don’t wear clothes that compliment and flatter your figure and size.

Knowing your body shape is the key to successful dressing, no matter what trends or fashion fads are happening. And this is what most women do not know about. They neglect this very important factor thereby making a mess of themselves. The key is knowing your body type and dressing to suit it.

Stick to the rules and you will never be stuck for something to wear again and you will always make a great public appearance with little effort. We have various body shapes, hour glass, apple, straight, pear etc.
It’s so fun to try all the super-trendy fashions out there, but it’s easy to end up wearing the totally wrong thing for you. Here’s how to find pieces that flatter your shape! What type of body do you have? One way to define a woman’s body type is by how her curves connect her bust, waist, and hips. No matter what your body type, making your legs look longer is generally flattering.

THE APPLE SHAPE:
You have a heavy top. 14 percent of women have this figure. Bust is three or more inches bigger than hips. If you have this body type, you probably want to emphasize your tight legs and butt, draw attention away from your waist and shoulders/arms (wear long sleeves), and draw attention to your bust and neck (e.g. v-necks). Wear tops that “drape” over any love handles, like tunics and flowy tops with an empire waist (the waist begins just below the bust and flows outwards). Choose flared pants over straight-leg or skinny pants. It adds more “shape” to your body and it helps balance out wide shoulders and/or a heavy upper body. Stock up on miniskirts and bright tights to make the most of your great legs. you probably have an ample bust; your main concern should be to wear a supportive bra so that your chest looks perky, not droopy. Book yourself a professional bra fitting; it’s life-changing and will make your chest look fantastic! Stock up on V-neck dresses and tops – they’re super flattering on big-busted girls. If you don’t want to draw attention to your chest, stay away from necklaces and wear chunky bangles instead. You should also wear plain colours around your bust and go for patterned and colourful bottoms instead. Examples of women with this figure are Ngozi Ezeonu, Uche Ogbodo, Tonto Dike.

Uche Ogbodo

THE STRAIGHT/RECTANGULAR SHAPE:
46 percent of women have this figure type. The waist is about the same as hips and waist, more like a cylinder or just a slight demarcation. if you have this body type, you can “pinch” your waist and exaggerate curves to avoid looking lanky or boyish. Go for ruffles and frills to add texture and volume (and femininity) to your figure. Steer clear of baggy jeans and track clothes if you don’t want to look boyish. Examples here are Yvonne Nelson, Oge Okoye. If you have a straight shape, draw attention to your waist with belts and dresses that pinch at the mid-section. This is a must because it will create the illusion of curves.

Yvonne Nelson

THE PEAR SHAPE:
Bottom is heavy. 20 percent of women have this figure. Hips significantly larger than bust. If this is your body type, there are things you can do to make your hips and butt look slimmer, but some women might want to make their butts bigger! Wear straight-leg or slightly flared pants with heels. Skinny pants that hug your ankles can make your lower body take on the appearance of an upside-down triangle. Flared pants can make your legs look very thick, perhaps bowl-legged, in comparison to your upper body. Wear clothes with patterns that go down your body (especially your legs) and not across.

Omotola Jalade

Wear clothes with patterns Examples here are Omotola Ekeinde.

THE HOURGLASS SHAPE:
8 percent of women have this figure type. Equal hip and bust measurements with a narrow waist. If you are one of the lucky few with this body type, dress to flatter not flatten your beautiful curves. you probably have an ample bust; your main concern should be to wear a supportive bra so that your chest looks perky, not droopy. Book yourself a professional bra fitting; it’s life-changing and will make your chest look fantastic! Stock up on V-neck dresses and tops – they’re super flattering on big-busted girls. If you don’t want to draw attention to your chest, stay away from necklaces and wear chunky bangles instead. Example here is Mercy Johnson.

Mercy Johnson

There are general rules to dressing good. Choose your colors and patterns wisely. If there are any curves, handles, or lumps that you’d prefer to hide, wear solid dark colors (black, navy, dark purple) over them. Wear bright colors or patterns on your hot spots to draw attention away from your trouble spots!

Draw attention away from unwanted curves by enhancing a feature that is further away or you can cover it with dark colors. Above all, the most important is to be comfortable. Wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident. Make sure that your clothes fit properly. Clothes that are too tight or too big will not necessarily make you look better.

Remember, just because you have an hour-glass figure doesn’t mean you have to wear clothes that make you blush. If a neckline is too deep, or if a hemline is too short, leave those clothes on the rack. With these simple rules, you can never go wrong. Please dress right! Dress to flatter!

Be Enlightened! Be Motivated!! Be Inspired!!!

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