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Tai Beauchamp Spills the Best Ways to Dress for Your Body Type

posted: 07/16/15
by: Tai Beauchamp
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So here's the deal...or shall I say the truth: In your mind and experience, you know and feel what looks best on you! After all, it's your body. You've (likely) determined whether or not you are "curvy", "boxy", or "round-er" or...or...or. (And hopefully, you've done so without harsh criticism or self-loathing.) The fact of the matter is: no matter your body shape or size, it is perfectly you. That fact alone calls for celebration in #TheTaiLife book.

But once you're past embracing and loving your physique for what it is, the question remains, "What shall I wear?" Or ahem still, the silhouettes that work best for your body shape may not necessarily be obvious. I get it! In this #TaiTalksTrends, I'll be bringing dressing-for-your-body-shape clarity. Whether you are pear-shaped (I explain), square, hourglass, or more round, I've got ideas that will help unleash your most stylish self!

If you are HOURGLASS...
Your Specs: Tiny Waist, fuller breasts and hips
Your Concerns: Looking too busty or too hippy
Your Style Solution: The truth is, you want to play up your assets, not hide them!
Go to Pieces: Crop tops, belted trenches or jackets, pencil skirts, maxi or wrap dresses, high waisted pants or jeans all accentuate a smaller waist and curves

If you are more APPLE-like...

Your Specs: Your legs are skinnier and you carry most of the weight in your midsection
Your Concerns: Your midsection looking bigger than it is
Your Style Solution: You want to create a waistline by playing up your shoulders and legs thereby creating the illusion of an hourglass.
Go to Pieces: Flowy tops that naturally move in the midsection for comfort and high-waisted circle or A-line skirts that sit higher than your natural waist but create a slimming effect, or a shift dress that accentuates your shoulders and legs.

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If you are LONG & LEAN or boxy...

Your Specs: You are the same top to bottom...some might say, "modelesque"
Your Concerns: Your narrow frame doesn't appear as feminine as you would like
Your Style Solution: The key is to wear pieces that help "create" an illusion of curves
Go to Pieces: Cropped jackets that skim the highest part of your waistline that is narrow, high-waisted, A-Line skirts and dresses, mini skirts that show off your legs, dresses that have cut outs at the waist or side paneling, tapered pants, or skirts, dresses, or tops that have a peplum will literally build out hips.

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If you are more PEAR-shaped...

Your Specs: You are more narrow around the bust and waistlines and fuller in the hip and buttocks areas
Your Concerns: Appearing disproportionate and wider than you like in the hip area
Your Style Solution: The key is to create balance so that your hip and bottom area looks less wide, so it's important to play up your upper body
Go to Pieces: Structured jackets help make your shoulders appear wider to balance out the width of the hips, an A-line skirt, bootcut or wide leg pants to help balance out fuller hip area, off-the-shoulder and asymmetrical tops or dresses that draw attention to the neckline, and, of course, wear heals and wedges to elongate the legs

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