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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.

NOTE: The pictures below are examples to copy by “shopping your closet”. If you do decide to purchase something, I recommend shopping at your local thrift store, Goodwill, or consignment shops for deals on high-quality items.

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, examples of  “pure” (or extreme) 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.

NOTE: The pictures below are examples to copy by “shopping your closet”. If you do decide to purchase something, I recommend shopping at your local thrift store, Goodwill, or consignment shops for deals on high-quality items.

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.

NOTE: The pictures below are examples to copy by “shopping your closet”. If you do decide to purchase something, I recommend shopping at your local thrift store, Goodwill, or consignment shops for deals on high-quality items.

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 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

Capsule Sudoku Bingo

Capsule Wardrobe Sudoku (or Bingo)

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Capsule Wardrobe Sudoku (or Bingo)

If you’ve watched me explain how to build a Capsule Wardrobe***, this will be fun and easy for you!


***(If you missed the series on building your unique Capsule Wardrobe:
Part 1 is available to read here on my Blog
or

Click here to watch the ENTIRE series on YouTube.)


This idea of a Capsule Sudoku is to “shake up” your wardrobe. It will help you “shop your closet”, and give you some different ideas of mixing and matching items of clothing.

If you’d rather watch a video of how to do a Capsule Sudoku, check it out on my YouTube channel here.

Ready?

Here’s the basic form:

Now, how to fill it!

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!)

For this example, I stuck with blue & white as neutrals, and a blush pink for the accent color:

 

And this is how it mixes and matches.

Every row matches:




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Every column matches:
Capsule_Bingo-Row1 copyCapsule_Bingo-Row2 copyCapsule_Bingo-Row3 copyCapsule_Bingo-Row4 copy

 

You can even do the diagonals, because they match, too!

Capsule_Bingo-Diagonal1Capsule_Bingo-Diagonal2 copy

 

Do you want to play around with it online before your personal closet? Try the Polyvore Template, first!

ADVANCED: Two accent colors (green & pink) and one neutral (black):

Capsule Sudoku Bingo Pink Green

Pink, green, and beige.

Beginner: Two neutral colors (black & white) and one accent (blue):

Capsule Sudoku Bingo Royal Blue Black

Royal blue, black, and white.

 

What do you think? Will this help you try new things? Let me know!

Here are some sets made by others by using the Capsule Sudoku Template on Polyvore.

 

Mustard and Grey, created by krista-knudsen

Mustard and Grey, created by krista-knudsen

Red, Orange, and Yellow, created by krista-knudsen

Red, Orange, and Yellow, created by krista-knudsen

Red and Sky Blue, created by krista-knudsen

Red and Sky Blue, created by krista-knudsen

Coral, Tan and Cream with a Touch of Seafoam Green, Created by krista-knudsen

Coral, Tan and Cream with a Touch of Seafoam Green, Created by krista-knudsen

Mint, Navy, and Orange, Created by krista-knudsen

Mint, Navy, and Orange, Created by krista-knudsen

Red, Green and Tan/Cream, Created by krista-knudsen

Red, Green and Tan/Cream, Created by krista-knudsen

Red, blue, yellow, Created by krista-knudsen

Red, blue, yellow, Created by krista-knudsen

Wardrobe #1 - Sudoku Style, Created by ariaquinn

Wardrobe #1 – Sudoku Style, Created by ariaquinn

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