Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Love Your Body Shape

Your body shape is the sum of your bone or skeletal structure plus muscle mass and fat distribution.

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There are not very many shapes, yet you may come across a variety of names for the same shape. Is an apple an oval? Is an oval a cone? It’s the same!

And then there’s the body shape beauty standard.

The Ideal Shape Isn’t So Common

You may have been socialized to believe the hourglass is the most common shape because it’s the most celebrated. Were you the girl who thought every other girl had the “perfect” hourglass figure but you? Perhaps the hourglass was more common many moons ago. Think Sophia Loren. But research has shown that women’s shapes are changing, but the fashion industry isn’t keeping up with our shifting forms. In our modern times, the most common body shape is the rectangle or banana. Surprised?

Roughly 50% of women are rectangle or banana, according to coordinated research by AlvaProducts and North Carolina State University¹. The spoon (a close relative of the pear) is the next common shape for women, followed by the inverted triangle.

Love Your Body Shape

I have read too many posts and comments by women who feel bad about their bodies because they’re not the coveted hourglass, a model industry height or possess the year’s most glorified body part.

It is important to love the skin you’re in, including your body shape. Some styling tips suggest wearing clothes to achieve an hourglass figure. We’re not going that route with Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Skirt Girl Edition.

If you’ve struggled in the fitting rooms, you’re not alone. The fashion industry fuels this frustration because many of the clothes hanging on the racks are sized and designed for the hourglass figure. In actuality, very few women are an hourglass, at the tune 8.4% of American women². For some reason, we continue to perpetuate the hourglass as the ideal shape. But the shapes of real women say it’s not the norm.

It’s okay if you don’t fall into the slim 8.4% hourglass category. Your body is beautiful — be it pear, apple, spoon or rectangle, etc. Embrace it! I want you to have a healthy body image. This isn’t about an hourglass illusion, but achieving balance to help you look your personal best and feel confident. Perhaps being armed with this knowledge will help you to shop, see clothes and dress yourself with a sense of empowerment.

Join me for the following segment, which will describe the rectangle shape with Skirt Girl Edition modest styling tips.

1. "AlvaProducts, North Carolina State University Reveals How Industry Can Tackle 
Problems of Poor Fit by Addressing More Than an Hourglass Figure". 
alvanon.warkulwiz.com. 17 November 2005.

2. "Clothing Pattern Adjustments Addressing Differences in Body Shape and Body
Deviations Affecting Fit of Clothing". 
North Carolina State University. 14 April 2014.

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Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Dress Silhouettes

The line, shape or form of a garment is called its silhouette.

The silhouette of a garment may alter the appearance of a woman’s body. It may flatter, or in some cases, be unflattering. It’s important to match the most suitable silhouette to your body, activity and event.

Dress Silhouettes

There are many dress silhouettes. The A-line dress is one of the most common silhouettes. For example, the skater dress is just a short version of the a-line dress.

Another popular dress is the maxi dress. The definitive silhouette of a maxi dress is its length. However, the length may be combined with other shapes to create a unique style, like the sundress, empire or tank dress.

Dress Silhouettes — Modest Fashion Stylist 101— Skirt Girl Edition — Model Me Girl

We’ll look at each type of silhouette as part of a series for Modest Fashion Stylist 101 – Skirt Girl Edition. We will talk about why a specific dress silhouette works well for a particular body type and suggest modest styling options.

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Skirt Girl Edition: Building a Capsule Wardrobe

Like many of you, I’ve looked in my closet and exclaimed, “I have nothing to wear!” While  there existed what some would call an excessive amount of clothes, I felt as though I had absolutely nothing. This nothingness was a result of not having the “right” clothes for me. Too many trends; not enough classics.

Capsule Wardrobe

I’ve been looking into creating a capsule wardrobe. For one, I’ve donated a lot, and I do mean a lot, of clothes, and my closet is still bursting at the proverbial seams. It’s time to purge more and upgrade by taking a minimalism approach. Could it be less really does mean more? We shall see…

A capsule wardrobe (coined by Susie Faux) is a collection of a limited number of clothing items that are timeless, transitional and classic. The online dictionary, reference.com, defines a capsule wardrobe as:

a collection of clothes and accessories that includes only items considered essential

The key is to select interchangeable pieces that coordinate well to create a fashionable, minimalistic style. When I think of a capsule wardrobe, the terms base, foundation, building-blocks, key and staple come to mind.

There’s a wealth of wonderful information about the capsule wardrobe across the web. I’ve found a lot of it very helpful in getting me started. With all of the information, I didn’t find anything that catered to skirt girls.

 Skirt Girls

Who are skirt girls? These are ladies and women (girls as a term of endearment and not belittling) who wear only skirts, dresses and skorts. The wardrobe is sans pants and jeans. Leggings, for example, are worn under skirts and dresses with length. I am a skirt girl. It’s my personal style choice and it’s reflected here on Model Me Girl.

Many fashion stylists give styling tips supposing the advice translates to all women. Surprise! It doesn’t. This is where I step in as a modest fashion stylist. I am in no way alienating women and girls who are not skirt girls, but welcoming the solo skirt and dress wearers who get left out of the mainstream fashion parade.

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It’s Only the Beginning

I hope you’ll enjoy this wardrobe building exercise with me as I present to you the Skirt Girl Edition: Building a Capsule Wardrobe.

I’ll give you peek into my closet and wardrobe as I update building my own capsule wardrobe—from lists, color analyses and styles, to fabrics, coordination and organization. Stay tuned!

Items

RSVP Spencer Peep Toe Pump • $69.00
STEVE MADDEN Women’s Frennzy Dress Pump • $129.00
TABITHA SIMMONS ‘Alexa’ ballerinas •  $595.00
GUCCI White Canvas Trench Coat (different color in set)  •  $1,995.00
ARMANI Check Tweed Blazer – Black/Red • $455
EQUIPMENT Harrison Bright White Slim cut silk blouse •  $214
WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET Long Ponte Black Pencil Skirt (alternative selection) •  $78.00
SEASALT Eden Skirt, Midnight Wash •  £45/$72.40
MARLENE BIRGER Jeanette skirt •  £175/$281.55
LIPSY Rachael Suedette Heels •  £60/$96.53
SAINT LAURENT ‘Paris’ ballerinas •  $578.17
PAOLO IANTORNO Marion Black Tall Leather Boots • $329