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I'm a 5' 3.5'', 29-year-old, mixed Vietnamese/German-Irish woman.  When I was a little kid, I was a stick, but then sometime around fourth grade I was labeled and called fat by my peers once puberty hit.  My parents didn't really help me much in this department as they'd chide me that if I ate too much I could be overweight or comment that I was gaining weight during these years. This caused me to compare my thicker body-type to my thin Asian cousins whereas my Caucasian cousins were always a little thicker. It just set me down this downward spiral of low self-esteem.
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This morning I decided to write myself a letter, then when I got started writing I thought maybe I wanted to write everyone a letter. This itch may have started when a guy I had been seeing told me he could no longer see me in a romantic manner because I was too chubby for him. Well, for those of you who love the victory karma, haha, in-yo-face moment, here it is. I am poor. I’m a full time college student without a job. I can’t afford to wear clothes that show off my figure. However, yesterday the guy who broke it off with me saw me walk out of the gym. He stopped in his tracks and did a double. He walked up to me and told me I looked amazing. He saw me two weeks ago, not wearing my gym attire, and I was too chubby for him. I just looked at him, wondered what I ever saw in him, and walked away.
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This issue’s feature story for the newletter was going to be about our updated guidelines for picture uploads, but a little Facebook snafu provided a more provocative topic. On our Facebook page (which you should follow if you don’t already), we regularly post articles of interest about body image and body positivity. Sometimes these venture into areas that some people might consider risqué. We try to flag such articles as NSFW (not safe for work) or somehow indicate that the content might be problematic. Usually the thumbnail images accompanying articles have been chosen to be “Facebook friendly” (e.g. no female nipples), but occasionally they are borderline.
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How to Dress For Your Body Type
12/26/2009

As you can see in the following diagram, there are 4 basic body types.

 

Body Shapes

Banana Body Description:

-You generally have an athletic body with toned arms.

-Rectangular shaped body.

-Your waist is less than 9 inches smaller than either your hip or bust measurements.

-Your upper body is proportionate to your lower body.

-Smaller bust size.

-Not much curve at your waist.

-Usually have great legs.


How to dress a banana shape: The goal of dressing the banana shape is to use clothing to give your body curves.

Do:

-Wear knee length a-line skirts.

-Chose jeans, pants, and skirts that sit below your waist.

-Look for tops with ruffles, large prints, or detailing.

-Wear a padded bra to add a cup size.

-Add fun necklaces and scarves to your outfit.

-Jackets with a cinched waist will give you more of an hour glass shape.

-Wrap dresses look wonderful on you.

Do Not:

-Don’t wear tight clothing that will accentuate your lack of curves.

-Stay away from vertical lines.

-Do not wear high waisted pants or skirts – these do not help create curves. Quite the opposite on you.

-Avoid wearing loose fitting tops and dresses. Remember the goal is to create shapes, not hide them.

-Jackets that end at your waist are not a good choice since they do not help to define your waist.

Celebrity Banana Shapes: Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth, Kate Hudson, and Keira Knightley.


Apple Body Description

-Inverted triangular shaped body

-The bust measurement is larger than the hip measurement.

-Large chest and bust for your frame.

-You carry most of your weight around your midsection.

-Usually have slim legs, hips, and bottom.


How to dress an apple shape: The goal of dressing an apple shape is to elongate your upper body, and define your waist .

Do:

-Pants and skirts with a flare will help draw attention to your lower body, balancing out your upper body.

-To elongate your body, wear longer tops that end over your hips. Pair this with pants that taper out.

-Wear darker colors on top, brighter clothes on your lower body.

-Chose wrap shirts and wrap dresses.

-V necked tops draw the eye in and away from your shoulders.

-Get fitted for a good bra that will let you look your best and show off your best assets.

-Belted jackets, dresses, and tops help your waist to look smaller.

-High heels help to elongate your body.

 

Don’t:

-Avoid tops with puffy sleeves.

-Pleated pants will only add inches to your waist.

-Pants that taper in towards your ankle should be avoided as they only make your top half look larger.

-Tops that are busy with a lot of detailing, or too tight should not be worn.

Celebrity Apple Shapes: Tyra Banks, and Dolly Parton.


Pear Body Description

-Triangular shaped body

-Hip measurement is larger than the bust.

-Wide hips and bottom.

-You carry most of your weight on your hips, thighs, and bottom.

-Usually have slender neck and shoulders

-Often have a flat tummy


How to Dress a Pear Shape: The goal of dressing a pear shape is to draw attention away from your hips and bottom, and emphasize your top half. This will help create balance.

Do:

-Wear brighter colors on top, and darker colors on bottom.

-Pants should be a straight leg.

-Chose tops that have ruffles, or interesting details to draw attention away from your lower body.

-Empire waist dresses are a good choice for accentuating your smaller top half, and hiding your wider lower body.

-A-line skirts are your best choice.

-Wrap dresses work well with your figure.

Don’t:

-Do not wear pants that taper in at the ankles. This will make your hips look even larger.

-Jackets that end at the widest part of your hips.

-Tuck in your shirts – this creates a boxy look with your shape.

-Pencil skirts should not be worn.

Celebrity Pear Shapes: Jennifer Lopez, Mischa Barton, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Kelly Clarkson


Hour Glass Body Description

-Classic Hourglass Shape

-The bust measurement is roughly the same as the hip measurement

-Your waist is about 10 inches smaller than your bust and hips.

-Your body looks proportionately curvy.


How to dress an Hour Glass Shape: With your well proportioned body, you need to find clothes that don’t add extra weight to your frame, and clothes that elongate.

 

Do:

-Pencil skirts.

-Wear a good support bra.

-V-neck tops (but not too low cut) will draw attention to your face.

-Wrap dresses will accentuate your beautiful curves.

-Short fitted jackets.

Tailored pants with slight flare at bottom.

Don’t:

-Wide belts

-Shapeless tops – they do not accentuate your waist, and add weight to your body.

-Empire dresses & tops.

-Short skirts will visually cut your body into small pieces.

-Baggy pants will only add extra weight.

Celebrity Hour Glass Shapes include Jessica Simpson, Kate Winslet, and Salma Hayek.

By Candace Anderson who can be found on her blog www.frugalmom.net/blog

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