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Weekly Capsule Wardrobe: “Whatcha Wearing?” Wednesday, Week 4

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Capsule Wardrobe, Week 4!

A Capsule Wardrobe will save you time, money, and frustration.

Do you stand in front of your closet full of clothing and think, “I don’t have a THING to wear!”…?

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a Capsule Wardrobe, start with this short video series to guide you.

And if you are familiar with Capsule Wardrobes but need help shaking out of a rut, try this Capsule Sudoku idea.

My clients have asked about learning how to do a Weekly Capsule Wardrobe — so here we go!

Here’s the key: If you’re a beginner, pick two neutral colors and one accent color.

(Advanced Fashionistas will pick two accent colors and one neutral!)

In Week 1, we started with beige as our neutral and blue & red as our accent colors.

In Week 2, we worked with two neutrals (grey & black) and one accent color (purple).

In Week 3, we worked with just two colors: Blue and Pink!

This week, we’ll work with off-white, blue, and black.


 

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Hourglass Body Type Shape

How to Dress Your Hourglass Body Type

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How to Dress Your Hourglass Body Type

Do you know The Top 10 Fashion & Style Mistakes (and How to Fix Them!)?

Hourglass Week!

How to Dress the Hourglass Body Type Shape by Colleen HammondBe sure to check out the pics on my Pinterest page for even more ideas.

For the Hourglass Body Type, here are some general guidelines. (For specifics, please check out the Style Academy.)

     -well fitted clothing that follows your natural body lines (NOT tight!)

     -define the waist

     -bring attention to your shoulders and face

In the examples below, the different Clothing/Dressing Style Personalities are shown, but not explained. Read the Blog post about it here. 

OR….

Click here to watch a short video explaining those seven (7) personalities.

Also, the links to the Polyvore sets are below each picture. Links within the explanations go to ‘less expensive’ options. Full disclosure: most are affiliate links — which means I make a few pennies if  you click on them. So, thanks for clicking!!!

Remember:

Classic

First, a Classic personality which prefers a smart, neat and tidy look. Classics like to play it safe. They don’t necessarily follow fashion. They like to keep things simple and structured. They enjoy, and invest in, high quality items. The Classic look will be symmetrical with even hems — nothing edged, fringed, or scalloped.

Classic Hourglass
Classic Hourglass 2
Classic Hourglass 3

Relaxed

A more relaxed or sporty style will opt for simple lines and low maintenance clothing. Personal comfort is of prime importance. Little, if any, makeup. Or very natural makeup. Very easy, relaxed dressing. Minimum fuss is their signature style.
Relaxed Hourglass
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Relaxed Hourglass 2
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Relaxed Hourglass 3

Dramatic

Intense, bold, and dynamic identify the Dramatic style. They love to make an entrance and wear clothes with a “wow” factor. They don’t mind suffering for fashion. They love bright colors. Bold patterns. They love leopard print!
Dramatic Hourglass

 

Dramatic Hourglass 2

 

Dramatic Hourglass 3

 

Creative

The creative, Avant-garde style is more about being one of a kind, unique, or quirky. Think artsy. Or Bohemian. A Lolita look, for example. They will look for interesting items in unusual shops or markets and pull together their own unique look.
Creative Hourglass 3

 

Creative Hourglass 2

 

Creative Hourglass

 

Edgy (Rebellious)

The edgy or rebellious style dresser doesn’t want to be boxed in, they don’t want to be like everyone else. They’re unconventional, left-of center, a rebellious Rocker chic. Anything with studs, or torn or has zippers, even the shock of wearing something with a stark personality contrast.

 

Rebellious Hourglass 2

 

 

Rebellious Hourglass 3

 

 

Rebellious Hourglass 3

 

 

Rebellious Hourglass

 

 

 

Romantic

Romantics love pretty, soft, feminine things. They adore luxurious fabrics. And although they may love the details like bows, ruffles, fringes, they’re more about the gentle, curved line. Things that exude a soft, warm, nurturing, and friendly feel.
Romantic Hourglass 3
Romantic Hourglass 2
Romantic Hourglass
Sophisticated Hourglass 3

 

Sophisticated Hourglass 2

 

Sophisticated Hourglass

 

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How to Dress Your Apple Body Type

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How to Dress Your Apple Body Type

 

Do you know The Top 10 Fashion & Style Mistakes (and How to Fix Them!)?

Apple Week!

How to Dress the Apple Shape Body Type Colleen HammondBe sure to check out the pics on my Pinterest page for even more ideas.

For the Apple Body Type, here are some general guidelines. (For specifics, please check out the Style Academy.)

  • wear soft fabrics
  • avoid bulk or fuss in the bust and waist area
  • keep clothing details above the bust line and below the hip line.

In the examples below, the different Clothing/Dressing Style Personalities are shown, but not explained. Read the Blog post about it here. 

OR….

Click here to watch a short video explaining those seven (7) personalities.

Also, the links to the Polyvore sets are below each picture. Links within the explanations go to ‘less expensive’ options. Full disclosure: most are affiliate links — which means I make a few pennies if  you click on them. So, thanks for clicking!!!

 

Remember:

Classic

First, a Classic personality which prefers a smart, neat and tidy look. Classics like to play it safe. They don’t necessarily follow fashion. They like to keep things simple and structured. They enjoy, and invest in, high quality items. The Classic look will be symmetrical with even hems — nothing edged, fringed, or scalloped.

Classic Apple 2

 

 

Classic Apple

 

 

Classic Apple 3

 

 

Relaxed

A more relaxed or sporty style will opt for simple lines and low maintenance clothing. Personal comfort is of prime importance. Little, if any, makeup. Or very natural makeup. Very easy, relaxed dressing. Minimum fuss is their signature style.
Relaxed Apple
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Relaxed Apple 2

 

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Relaxed Apple 3
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Dramatic

Intense, bold, and dynamic identify the Dramatic style. They love to make an entrance and wear clothes with a “wow” factor. They don’t mind suffering for fashion. They love bright colors. Bold patterns. They love leopard print!
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Dramatic Apple 3
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Dramatic Apple 2
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Dramatic Apple

Creative

The creative, Avant-garde style is more about being one of a kind, unique, or quirky. Think artsy. Or Bohemian. A Lolita look, for example. They will look for interesting items in unusual shops or markets and pull together their own unique look.
Creative Apple
Creative Apple 2
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Creative Apple 3
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Edgy (Rebellious)

The edgy or rebellious style dresser doesn’t want to be boxed in, they don’t want to be like everyone else. They’re unconventional, left-of center, a rebellious Rocker chic. Anything with studs, or torn or has zippers, even the shock of wearing something with a stark personality contrast.

 

Rebellious Apple

 

 

Rebellious Apple 2

 

 

Rebellious Apple 3

 

Romantic

Romantics love pretty, soft, feminine things. They adore luxurious fabrics. And although they may love the details like bows, ruffles, fringes, they’re more about the gentle, curved line. Things that exude a soft, warm, nurturing, and friendly feel.
Romantic Apple
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Romantic Apple 2
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Romantic Apple 3

 

 

Sophisticate Chic

Sophisticated Chic style is planned, organized, and very fashion forward. Like a Classic style, the Sophisticated is never fussy or frilly, but where the Classic style does NOT follow the fashions, Sophisticated Chic is all about fashion. They choose smooth, elegant, and sleek styles that aren’t afraid to be a woman. 
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How to Dress Your Rectangle Body Type

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How to Dress Your Rectangle Body Type

 

Do you know The Top 10 Fashion & Style Mistakes (and How to Fix Them!)?

Rectangle Week!

How to Dress the Rectangle Body Type by Colleen Hammond

 

Be sure to check out the pics on my Pinterest page for even more ideas.

For the Rectangle Body Type, here are some general guidelines. (For specifics, please check out the Style Academy.)

  • soft fabrics that drape
  • clothing that gives the illusion of a waistline
  • details at the hips and shoulders

In the examples below, the different Clothing/Dressing Style Personalities are shown, but not explained. Read the Blog post about it here. 

OR….

Click here to watch a short video explaining those seven (7) personalities.

Also, the links to the Polyvore sets are below each picture. Links within the explanations go to ‘less expensive’ options. Full disclosure: most are affiliate links — which means I make a few pennies if  you click on them. So, thanks for clicking!!!

 

Remember:

Classic

First, a Classic personality which prefers a smart, neat and tidy look. Classics like to play it safe. They don’t necessarily follow fashion. They like to keep things simple and structured. They enjoy, and invest in, high quality items. The Classic look will be symmetrical with even hems — nothing edged, fringed, or scalloped.

 

Classic Rectangle
Classic Rectangle 2
Classic Rectangle 3

Relaxed

A more relaxed or sporty style will opt for simple lines and low maintenance clothing. Personal comfort is of prime importance. Little, if any, makeup. Or very natural makeup. Very easy, relaxed dressing. Minimum fuss is their signature style.
Relaxed Rectangle

 

 

Relaxed Rectangle 2

 

Relaxed Rectangle 3

Dramatic

Intense, bold, and dynamic identify the Dramatic style. They love to make an entrance and wear clothes with a “wow” factor. They don’t mind suffering for fashion. They love bright colors. Bold patterns. They love leopard print!
Dramatic Rectangle
Dramatic Rectangle 2
Dramatic Rectangle 3

Creative

The creative, Avant-garde style is more about being one of a kind, unique, or quirky. Think artsy. Or Bohemian. A Lolita look, for example. They will look for interesting items in unusual shops or markets and pull together their own unique look.
Creative Rectangle
Creative Rectangle 2

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Creative Rectangle 3

Edgy (Rebellious)

The edgy or rebellious style dresser doesn’t want to be boxed in, they don’t want to be like everyone else. They’re unconventional, left-of center, a rebellious Rocker chic. Anything with studs, or torn or has zippers, even the shock of wearing something with a stark personality contrast.

Rebellious Rectangle
Rebellious Rectangle 2
Rebellious Rectangle 3

Romantic

Romantics love pretty, soft, feminine things. They adore luxurious fabrics. And although they may love the details like bows, ruffles, fringes, they’re more about the gentle, curved line. Things that exude a soft, warm, nurturing, and friendly feel.
Romantic Rectangle
Romantic Rectangle 2
Romantic Rectangle 3

Sophisticate Chic

Sophisticated Chic style is planned, organized, and very fashion forward. Like a Classic style, the Sophisticated is never fussy or frilly, but where the Classic style does NOT follow the fashions, Sophisticated Chic is all about fashion. They choose smooth, elegant, and sleek styles that aren’t afraid to be a woman. 
Sophisticated Rectangle
Sophisticated Rectangle 2
Sophisticated Rectangle 3
How to Dress the Inverted Triangle Shaped Body Type by Colleen Hammond

How to Dress Your Inverted Triangle Body Type!

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How to Dress the Inverted Triangle Shaped Body Type!

Do you know The Top 10 Fashion & Style Mistakes (and How to Fix Them!)?

How-to-dress-Inverted-Triangle-shapeInverted Triangle week continues!

Each day this week, I’ll update this Blog post with new “inspiration” pictures: and each day will feature a different Style Personality. So check back every day this week!!!!

Also, be sure to check out the pics on my Pinterest page for even more ideas.

For the inverted triangle shape, here are some general guidelines. (For specifics, please check out the Style Academy.)

  • Use color and pattern to give the illusion of curvy, wider hips
  • Accentuate your bottom half
  • Avoid horizontal patterns, prints, and fuss on the top

In the examples below, the different Clothing/Dressing Style Personalities are shown, but not explained. Read the Blog post about it here.

OR….

Click here to watch a short video explaining those seven (7) personalities.

Also, the links to the Polyvore sets are below each picture. Links within the explanations go to ‘less expensive’ options. Full disclosure: most are affiliate links — which means I make a few pennies if  you click on them. So, thanks for clicking!!!

Remember:

Sophisticated Inverted Triangle, Set #1

Sophisticated Inverted Triangle

 

Sophisticated Inverted Triangle, Set #2

Sophisticated Inverted Triangle 2

Sophisticated Inverted Triangle, Set #3

Sophisticated Inverted Triangle 3

Rebellious Inverted Triangle, Set #1

Rebellious Inverted Triangle

 

Rebellious Inverted Triangle, Set #2

Rebellious Inverted Triangle 2

 

Rebellious Inverted Triangle, Set #3

Rebellious Inverted Triangle 3

 

 Romantic Inverted Triangle, Set #1

Romantic Inverted Triangle

 

Romantic Inverted Triangle, Set #2

Romantic Inverted Triangle 2

 

Romantic Inverted Triangle, Set #3

Romantic Inverted Triangle 3

 

Creative Inverted Triangle, Set #1

Creative Inverted Triangle 2

Creative Inverted Triangle, Set #2

Creative Inverted Triangle 3

 

Creative Inverted Triangle, Set #3

 

Creative Inverted Triangle

 

Dramatic Inverted Triangle, Set #1

Dramatic Inverted Triangle

 

Dramatic Inverted Triangle, Set #2

Dramatic Inverted Triangle 2

 

Dramatic Inverted Triangle, Set #3

Dramatic Inverted Triangle 3

 

Classic Inverted Triangle, Set #1

Classic Inverted Triangle

 

Classic Inverted Triangle, Set #2

Classic Inverted Triangle 2

Classic Inverted Triangle, Set #3

Classic Inverted Triangle 3

Relaxed Inverted Triangle, Set #1

Relaxed Inverted Triangle

 

Relaxed Inverted Triangle, Set #2

Relaxed Inverted Triangle 2

 

Relaxed Inverted Triangle, Set #3

Relaxed Inverted Triangle 3

 

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe Part 4 Body Type

Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 4: Body Type

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Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 4:
Body Type

In this series, I’m teaching you how to build your ideal Capsule Wardrobe with only 22 pieces that will mix and match to make hundreds of outfits.  Today, we’ll chat about how to determine your Body Type.

For Part 1 (Lifestyle Analysis), click here. OR Watch the Part 1 video here.

For Part 2 (KATDOM & Closet Analysis), click here. OR Watch the Part 2 video here.

For Part 3 (Style Personality), click here. OR Watch the Part 3 video here.

Five Basic Body Types Style Academy Colleen Hammond

Even though there are 5 standard body types, there are unlimited varieties and combinations!

How Do You Determine Your REAL “Body Type”?

Even though there are 5 standard body types, there are unlimited varieties and combinations. If you’ve ever entered your measurements into one of those online body type calculators and are still frustrated or confused, there’s a good reason!

Every body is different!

So please do not get hung up on calling yourself a pear, apple, rectangle, apple, or hourglass shape. You’re far more unique than that!

In the Style Academy, we guide you through 8 various factors to determining your body type — and actually, in Part 5 of this series I’ll discuss more unique facial and body characteristics in addition to what we’ll discuss here.

So you see? In order to determine your real body type, you’ll need to take into account more than just your bust, waist, and hips.

Factors to Consider

Here are some of the factors to take into consideration:

  1. Bone structure
  2. Bra/cup size
  3. Torso length
  4. Body proportions
  5. Bust/Waist/Hips Measurements
  6. Silhouette
  7. Gain/Lose Weight
  8. Height and Weight

Let’s start where everyone starts — your measurements.

Measurements

I’ll be doing a more detailed explanation about this in separate video, so sign up for my newsletter to know when that video is released.

First, take your bust, waist and hip measurements.

Let’s assume your measurements are 36 bust, 24 waist, and 38 hips.Calculator

To determine body type, you need to know the DIFFERENCE between them all.

  • Bust minus your waist (36 – 24 = 12)
  • Hips minus your waist (38 – 24 = 14)
  • Hips minus your bust (38 – 36 = 2)

But again, this is just one of the 8 factors to consider. Next, we’ll look at your Silhouette.

Silhouette

SilhouettesWhat does your silhouette or shadow show?

Your silhouette will reveal a few bodily characteristics that don’t show up in measurements.

For example, wide shoulders, high or low bust line, unique characteristics of your waist, hips, or thighs, torso and leg proportions, or what most of my clients worry about — a mommy tummy.

 

The Scale

Next, when you gain or lose weight, where does that happen?

Now What?

This is easier to see by watching the video (or watch it at the bottom of this post).

But don’t worry! I have more detailed explanations that will help guide you through all of this!

If your hips are larger than your bust, you’re probably a Pear shape. But if you gain weight in your bust, you’re secondary type will be an Hourglass. Or, if you gain weight in your mid-section, your secondary type will be an apple.

If your shoulders are larger than your waist and hips, you’re probably an Inverted Triangle shape. But if you gain weight evenly in your waist and hips, you’re secondary type will be a Rectangle. Or, if you gain weight in your mid-section, you’re secondary type will be an Apple. Or, if you gain weight in your hips, your secondary type will be an Hourglass. See how this works?

A pure Rectangle shape will have measurements that are within 1 to 2 inches of each other. But if you gain weight in your shoulders, you’re secondary type will be an Inverted Triangle. In the middle, an Apple. And in your hips, a Pear.

If you carry most of your weight in your mid-section, chances are your primary body type is an Apple. But if you gain weight in your hips, you’re secondary type will be a Pear. Evenly in your bust and hips? An Hourglass. And gaining in your bust, upper arms, and shoulders, makes your secondary type an Inverted Triangle.

And finally, an Hourglass has a waist that is significantly smaller than the hips and bust. Gaining weight in the hips? Your secondary is a Pear. In the middle? An apple. And evenly all over makes you a full Hourglass.

So can you see now why those online calculators don’t tell you the full story?!?!?

And guess what? There’s even more!!!!

Part 5 of this series I’ll discuss more unique facial and body characteristics that help determine what to

wear.

And make sure you know the Top 10 Fashion & Style Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)!!!!!

Top 10 Fashion and Style Mistakes and how to fix them

Recommended reading:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-psychology-dress/201202/your-closets-your-clutter-and-your-cognitions-1
http://bemorewithless.com/how-to-live-in-the-land-of-enough-space/

Style Academy How To Build a Capsule Wardrobe Part 3 Colleen Hammond

Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 3: Style Personality

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Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 3:
Style Personality

In this series, I’m teaching you how to build your ideal Capsule Wardrobe with only 22 pieces that will mix and match to make hundreds of outfits.

For Part 1 (Lifestyle Analysis), click here. OR Watch the Part 1 video here.

For Part 2 (KATDOM & Closet Analysis), click here. OR Watch the Part 2 video here.

Style Personality

You may still be working on your Closet Analysis and KATDOM, so please don’t panic! That may take weeks — or even months. Take your time! You don’t want to make any of the 10 Fashion and Style Mistakes! This entire process will take a while to complete. But in the end, you’ll be so happy you did!

Today, we’ll chat about your Clothing, Dressing, & Style Personality. (And if you’d like to watch the video of this, click here.)

So what is your Style Personality?

It’s the story that your clothing tells about who you are. The message it sends. The impression people get of you within the first 7-seconds of seeing you.

As we’ve discussed before, people will perceive you differently based on the clothing you’re wearing. After reading this post, go look at your friend’s pictures on their Pinterest page. Can you see a theme? A mood? A style? What impression do you get about them just based on what pics they post? 

Now, go look at your pics on Pinterest. Or flip through your closet. Can you see a theme, mood, and style?

Keep in mind that you’ll select different clothing styles, moods, and personalities for work, for home, and for your social life. It’s important to understand that your clothing will be a combination of a few Style Personalities — and that’s normal.

7 Style Personality Types

So let’s look at these seven personality types. I’m sure you’ll recognize yourself in a number of them.

Classic Style Personality

Classic

First, a Classic personality which prefers a smart, neat and tidy look. Classics like to play it safe. They don’t necessarily follow fashion. They like to keep things simple and structured. They enjoy, and invest in, high quality items. The Classic look will be symmetrical with even hems — nothing edged, fringed, or scalloped.

A more relaxed or sporty style will opt for simple lines and low maintenance clothing. Personal comfort is of prime importance. Little, if any, makeup. Or very natural makeup. Very easy, relaxed dressing. Minimum fuss is their signature style.

Dramatic Style Personality

Dramatic

Intense, bold, and dynamic identify the Dramatic style. They love to make an entrance and wear clothes with a “wow” factor. They don’t mind suffering for fashion. They love bright colors. Bold patterns. They love leopard print, which, as we have discussed before, is a neutral.

And where a Dramatic is about “look at me”, the creative, Avant-garde style is more about being one of a kind, unique, or quirky. Think artsy. Or Bohemian. A Lolita look, for example. They will look for interesting items in unusual shops or markets and pull together their own unique look.

The edgy or rebellious dresser doesn’t want to be boxed in, they don’t want to be like everyone else. They’re unconventional, left-of center, a rebellious Rocker chic. Anything with studs, or torn or has zippers, even the shock of wearing something with a stark personality contrast.

Romantic Style Personality

Romantic

In direct contrast to that is the Romantics, who love pretty, soft, feminine things. They adore luxurious fabrics. And although they may love the details like bows, ruffles, fringes, they’re more about the gentle, curved line. Things that exude a soft, warm, nurturing, and friendly feel.

And finally, the Sophisticated Chic style is planned, organized, and very fashion forward. Like a Classic style, the Sophisticated is never fussy or frilly, but where the Classic style does NOT follow the fashions, Sophisticated Chic is all about fashion. They choose smooth, elegant, and sleek styles that aren’t afraid to say, “I am a woman”. Think along the lines of the Duchess of Cambridge, for example.

Homework

So there are the 7 Style Personality types. Did you recognize yourself in at least three of them?

Your homework is to choose your own 5 or 6 words that represent who you are as a person. The kind of traits you’d like others to pick up on when they see you. The story that you want to come out of the clothing you wear.Examples of words to define the various style personalities

The pic shows some examples of words, but I want you to select your own words that resonate with you as a person and how you want others to perceive you.  A list that expresses your authentic and best self, or who you are striving to be. This is a list that we’re going to be using later — for example, when you go shopping for something to add to your Capsule Wardrobe. Or if you’re shopping for a special event, or even when you’re putting together your outfit for the day.

Now you can go look at your Pinterest page and flip through your closet! Look for, and write down, the different Style Personalities that you are attracted to, and that you see in your own closet.

In Part 4 we’ll discuss the secret formula to determine your REAL body type, and why those online calculators leave you frustrated.

And make sure you know the Top 10 Fashion & Style Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)!!!!!

Top 10 Fashion and Style Mistakes and how to fix them

 

How to Dress the Pear Shaped Body Type by Colleen Hammond

How to Dress the Pear Shaped Body Type!

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How to Dress the Pear Shaped Body Type!

Do you know The Top 10 Fashion & Style Mistakes (and How to Fix Them!)?

How to Dress the Pear Shape

Pear week continues!

Each day this week, I’ll update this Blog post with new “inspiration” pictures: and each day will feature a different Style Personality. So check back every day this week!!!!

Also, be sure to check out the pics on my Pinterest page for even more ideas.

For the pear shaped body type, here are some general guidelines. (For specifics, please check out the Style Academy.)

  • Use all of your color, pattern, and eye-catching items “up top”
  • Use belts to gently draw in the waist area
  • Keep it simple on the bottom half.
  • Skirts fall straight from the hip and/or taper out (NOTE: It’s hard to find because the current ‘trend’ is to hug the knee, so in some pics the skirts shown taper to the knee. That’s a no-no for a pear, and pics are supplied to show Style Personality!) Caveat emptor.

In the examples below, the different Clothing/Dressing Style Personalities are shown, but not explained. Read the Blog post about it here.

OR….

Click here to watch a short video explaining those seven (7) personalities.

Also, the links to the Polyvore sets are below each picture. Links within the explanations go to ‘less expensive’ options. Full disclosure: most are affiliate links — which means I make a few pennies if  you click on them. So, thanks for clicking!!!

Sophisticated Pear, Set #1

 

Sophisticated Pear, Set 1

 

 

 Sophisticated Pear, Set #2

 

Sophisticated Pear 2

 

Sophisticated Pear, Set #3

Sophisticated Pear, Set 3

 

Romantic Pear, Set #1

Romantic Pear

 

 Romantic Pear, Set #2

Romantic Pear 2

 

Romantic Pear, Set #3

Romantic Pear 3

Creative Pear, Set #1

 

Creative Pear

 

Creative Pear, Set #2

 

Creative Pear 2

 

Creative Pear, Set #3

 

Creative Pear 3

 

Relaxed Pear, Set #1

A comfy option with simple lines. A double roll on the sleeves will add interest, too. The fluted hem felt wool skirt hangs straight from the hip, and the plaid scarf draws the eye up. You could wear either peds or crew socks with the shoes, or pull on a pair of riding boots for a completely different look.

Relaxed Pear 2

 

Relaxed Pear, Set #2

The horizontal pattern on this long sleeved hoodie is best for a smaller bust. A bright colored tank and beanie bring the focus up to your face. Again, notice the skirt falls straight from the hip.

 

Relaxed Pear 3

 

Relaxed Pear, Set #3

The subtle pattern in the crocheted cardigan plus its lighter color draw the eye, and the plaid weave blanket scarf works to not only bring attention to your face, but keep you warm! The slight diagonal in the suede skirt helps the eye flow down to the amazing loafers.

Relaxed Pear

Dramatic Pear, Set #1

The bright red of this ribbed sweater with button details definitely catches your eye! The pencil skirt with fringe detail should fall straight from the hip for the proper balance and symmetry. (The skirt in the pic tapers in toward the knee, which is a no-no, but is offered for Style Personality example.) Tassel earrings draw the eye, and by carrying the leopard print bag in the crook of your arm, you’ll keep the the attention up by your face. Except, of course, if someone wants to check out those amazing weave pumps!

Dramatic Pear

Dramatic Pear, Set #2

The leopard print tank with frayed green jacket/scarf is bright enough — and patterned enough! — to draw the eye UP. Make sure to carry the clutch at or above hip level for maximum effect, as those stunning green platform pumps have a character all their own!

Dramatic Pear 2

Dramatic Pear, Set #3

Burnt orange has the drama and impact of red, but with the friendliness of yellow. The geo-print top draws the eye, and the lines draw the eye to give the illusion of wider shoulders. Pencil skirts can be tricky — so make sure they fall straight from the hip and do not hug in toward the knees. Dramatic chunky jewelry adds more attention. And remember to keep the bag small so that it doesn’t draw the eye to the hip area!

Dramatic Pear 3

 

Classic Pear, Set #1

In this first look, a Classic Pear, notice how the lighter color is used in the blouse? That, as well as the ruffled front, draws the eye “up”. (Here are some similar ruffle front blouses.)

The waist is defined, but the waistband is wide and simple. No gathers, pleats, patterns, or fuss in your skirt– which all draw the eye and add volume. Avoid fussy details when you’re shopping for skirts.

Beige pumps add length to the leg, and the simple handbag and stud earrings pull this Classic look together.

Classic Pear

 Classic Pear, #2

This second Classic Pear look features a lightweight cable knit sweater with shoulder details, which draw the eye up and out to balance the hips. The slightly flared skirt is simple and no fuss (as above). This time, we’ve used dark pumps for a more classic look. Shoulder bag is kept small, as it rests near the hip area. This Classic look is finished off with pearl bow stud earrings and a pearl bead bracelet.

Classic Pear 2

 

 

Classic Pear #3

Our final classic look features a horizontal stripe top, which adds width to the shoulder area to balance the hips. The simple, no fuss skirt skims the hip area. The look is pulled together by topping it with a single button boyfriend blazer in camel. The lapels draw the eye up and out, and the soft shoulder pads add balance to the hip. A top handle handbag and the pointy-toe ballet flat in beige adds length to the leg.

Classic Pear 3

Style Academy Building a Capsule Wardrobe Part 2 Colleen Hammond

Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 2: Closet Analysis

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Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 2:
Closet Analysis

In this series, I’m teaching you how to build your ideal Capsule Wardrobe with only 22 pieces that will mix and match to make hundreds of outfits.

For Part 1, click here. 

Today, I’m going to explain KATDOM.

In Part 1, you had some homework. Constructing a Lifestyle Analysis.

Now, we’ll do a Closet Analysis and de-clutter your life.

Studies have shown that the clutter around us actually causes our brain to dance and reduces our ability to focus. The clutter around us actually makes ‘noise’ in our brains! It can also cause internal pain. In the book, One Year to an Organized Life, professional organizer Regina Leeds says that clutter reinforces distress:

Leeds states that clutter creates a “brain dance,” an agitation and inability to think clearly amidst the stuff. She believes that “our clutter makes noise” keeping us “upset and churned.” When confronted with the piles and junk drawers we are also haunted with the “tyranny of shoulds,” stemming from our feelings of guilt about our disorganization.

But we live in a culture where we are encouraged to admire and acquire. And that’s one reason why our closets are bulging.

There can also be other issues, as discussed in this article by Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner:

Clutter is not only a container for our memories, but can be distractor for tackling deeper issues. Leeds cites that “stuff can be a buffer from pain.” It is the padding from the cold hard world, the anchor in a sea of confusion, or the dam that holds surging emotions. With a safe person, such as a professional organizer or altruistic friend, in a structured time-limited fashion, removing the clutter and confronting the pain can be a cathartic process.

Let’s begin to de-stress your life

But first, something that may feel stressful: We’re going to examine every item that you own.Pile of Clothing MorgueFile

You may LOVE this idea, and you want to do it all at once. If you’re the “all at once” type of person, just pile everything on your bed and start going through it.

Or if the thought of that overwhelms you (like it does for me), then set your timer for 20-minutes and just go through your closet and dresser in smaller chunks of time.

Remember these three things:

  1. When I wear this, do I look and feel like a million dollars?
  2. Does it fit my coloring, career, current body type, dressing personality, lifestyle analysis? (See the Style Academy for more info.)
  3. The Rule of Three: Can I wear this item with three things OR in three different ways?

You’re going to divide your items according to KATDOM: Keep, Alter, Toss, Donate, Orphan, Memento.

Keep

Remember, in order for you to keep it, it must match three other items.

  1. Does it fit you properly?
  2. Does it flatter your body type and your coloring?
  3. Is it in good condition?  
  4. Is it obviously from another decade?
  5. Does it work with your current age and your current lifestyle?
  6. Is it the right color for your skin, hair, and eye color, and the right style for your body type?
  7. Does it make you look and feel like a million dollars?
  8. Does it have special memories, like a wedding?

Alter

Now, some things can be altered, but it must have 3 friends to wear it with it. No orphans! Remember, dying clothing is an option.

Toss

Is it tattered? Faded? Frayed? Worn out, including shoes? TOSS IT.

Donate

If you haven’t worn it in a year, let someone else have the advantage of wearing it before it gets moth holes in it. (Or if not sure, box it up for a couple of months and see if you miss it.

Sometimes we have emotional attachments, like you got it for your first date. Or we feel guilty because we spent so much money on it. Or if you’re like me you have dreams of losing another 50 pounds.

You know what, box it up, put it in the car immediately before you change your mind. Donate it. Let somebody else get the advantage of being able to wear it!

Orphans

Remember, an Orphan is something that looks great by itself but doesn’t match anything in your closet. Only keep an item if it matches three other things, OR you want to build a capsule around that particular item.

Mementos

Some clothing items are “vessels” for memories, like a wedding dress.. Keep it, box it up, and put it in storage.

So there you have it! Pile everything up on your bed and start whittling down your items so we know where to start with Building your ideal Capsule Wardrobe!

In Part 3, we’ll discuss the 7 Style and Dressing Personalities!

And make sure you know the Top 10 Fashion & Style Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)!!!!!
Top 10 Fashion and Style Mistakes and how to fix them

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View the video for Part 2 here:

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