June 25, 2019 4:57 pm

Are you dressing to suit your body shape?

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Dressing to suit your body shape and style, Maire Forkin

Dressing to suit your body shape?

Do you clothes fit you properly?  Are you wearing dresses that are flattering on you?  Do you put on a dress and feel really good about how you look? If you said no to a number of these questions, perhaps you need to get an understanding of your body shape. Or you need to learn what clothes suit you?

It may surprise you to learn that many of us d’ont know our body shape, or what looks best on us.  More of us find a style that work and are afraid to move out of their comfort zone. Maybe you are one of those people?

Dressing for your body shape

Bodies come in all different shapes and sizes. That’s part of what makes each of us unique. And although we are all very individual and it is not an exact science, most of us can categorize our shape into a few broad categories.  I am sure you have heard reference to the hourglass, but we have the oval, triangle, rectangle and diamond, to mention a few!

 Your body type is the outline of your structure, so understanding body type helps with mapping clothes and tweaking them in a way that matches your personal style too. The idea is to make sure clothes sit well and proportionately to your body type. It will enhance your overall shape for an even better-looking silhouette.  Short, tall, slender, curvy, or any other figure type does not determine your body type  Body types do! 

Women’s Dress Sizes have changed

Apart from understanding the body type, another factor have influenced dress designers.  Dress sizes have changes dramatically since the 1950s – and the statistics will shock you.

In 1958, a woman who had a 34in bust and a 25in waist – much like Marilyn Monroe was then a US size 12, (equivalent to a UK 16).  However, today a size 12 would fit a woman with a 39in bust and a 32in waist. This helps explains why that dress you got in a vintage shop doesn’t quite fit properly? 

So, it is not surprising that many of my clients come to us because they cannot find an outfit to fit them properly. It is either too big across the shoulders, not long enough in the arms, the wrong shape neckline or the length of the skirt does not suit them. They are often frustrated by the amount of time they spend trying to find the right style and fit.

We work with them to understand their body type and individual style preferences before agreeing fabrics and colours.  Call us on  086 172 1563 for additional information on our service, or to View The Collection