For me I have two major style challenges:
1. Body Types ARE Confusing!
Pear or hourglass? People tell me I am hourglass (and my true measurements demonstrate that I am) but I feel like my bottom is big, and not proportionate to my top half. So for me my perception of being a pear body type is my reality! Right?
I believe many women have confusion with body types. Some books out demonstrate five “typical” body types: pear, hourglass, triangle, inverted triangle and straight (no curves), where as others map out 48 – really 48 body types….come on that is just too much to process. My philosophy is women need to think about how their body is shaped and where they hold weight. If your bigger on the bottom then you need to streamline that area, if your bigger through the middle you need to minimize it, etc. Simply put, it is less about “a type” and more about the body shape. So back to my thighs — for me it’s my lumpy thighs. I have learned that fit and fabric are the critical pieces to minimizing and flattering my problem area. I no longer will consider linen pants. They are horrible for me because the fabric is thin, unforgiving and stretches out making me look lumpier and bumpier than I really am. My other ah ha is to accentuate my upper body, which I love – oh and by the way this is the part of my body that makes me feel sexy and beautiful! My shoulders, arms and neck are my assets and any time I can open up my neckline I do. Some of my favorite necklines are halter, v-neck, boat, and off the shoulder.
2. Confidence – Why can’t I just wear that xxxxx?
I buy ‘um but have a hard time wearin’ ‘um! It’s those of the moment trends…those really fun pieces….those items that truly make a girl stylish! Why do I have such a hard time wearing them. Take hats as an example. Yeah I can wear a baseball hat or military style with ease….but berets or fedoras, that takes a little more confidence. For crying out loud – I am an Image Consultant….a stylist…..a style blogger….if anyone is going to wear that fashion-forward piece IT SHOULD BE ME, right? To overcome this style expression hiccup I have adopted a ‘just put it on and walk out he door’ philosophy. So today, I put on my gray felt fedora and walk out the door…sporting confidence, attitude and style as my coordinating accessories. Now that is a StylishShe!