How to Dress For Your Body Type

Last week on The Greer Guide, I shared an easy way to identify your body type based on proportions and measurements.

Today, it’s about taking the next step in using your body type to create outfits that highlight your shape and accentuate your best attributes.

Watch the video below to learn:

Whether you’re a pear, inverted triangle, or rectangle, there are easy pieces you can add to your wardrobe to highlight your shape and accentuate your body type.
  • the unexpected shoe that balances an inverted triangle

  • the right way to style tops with skirts for a pear body type

  • how to accentuate the curves and long silhouette of a rectangle

  • the pants to try if you’re an inverted triangle

  • the type of jacket that highlights a rectangular shape

  • the little accessory that gives a rectangle curves

  • the types of skirts well suited to a pear

  • the types of skirts well suited to an hourglass

  • the types of fabrics to try as an inverted triangle

Once you’ve watched the video, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and share your favorite way to style outfits for your body type.

Xx.

R

How to Know Your Body Type

“So what is my body type?” — it’s the question every woman needs to know the answer to.

Knowing your body type unlocks the ability to understand your style. Your body type gives you the freedom to accentuate curves, balance proportion, and create intentional shapes within your outfits.

There are a variety of different ways people measure body type, and this article is one of the best I’ve found. I’m using some of the math from it with some tweaks of my own.

But before we get into the body types, it’s important for me to mention this…

If you’re an hourglass body type, your shoulders and your hips measure within 5% of each other, and your waist is more than 25% smaller than your hips and shoulders.

I come from the new school of thought on body type — I don’t believe that if you are a pear, you should never were skinny jeans (a big old no no once upon a time) or if you’re an inverted triangle, you should never wear a power blazer that accentuates the width of your shoulders.

I believe all bodies are beautiful, and you can use your body and style in any way you want. If a look is authentic to you and makes you feel good, it’s worth giving that look a shot.

This is not about doing it wrong or doing it right. It’s about giving you the knowledge, so that you can explore how you wear clothing in the most satisfying ways.

Clothing should always be exciting, which means you’ve got to take risks every once in a while. Whether that means adding cropped flare pants into the mix or belting an oversized patterned mumu, it’s your time to play. Have fun with it.

So without further adieu! Start here:

First, measure your shoulders, bust, hips, and waist.

If you’re unsure of where your natural waist is, it’s situated below your rib cage and above your belly button.

If you’re unsure of where your hips are, stand up and raise one leg, so there is a 90 degree angle between your foot and your glutes. Touch the crease where you bent your leg, then lower your leg. That spot from side to side is where your hips lie.

For shoulders, measure (or get someone to measure for you) straight across the back of your shoulder girdle.

Jot down all four of the measurements, and determine your body type…

Pear

If your hips are 5% larger than your shoulders and/or bust, and you typically gain weight in your bottom half over the top half of your body, you’re a pear.

To accentuate your curves, try these:

Outfit 1: fit ‘n’ flare skirt, graphic tee tucked in, pointed-toe pumps

Outfit 2: high-waisted, wide-leg trousers, pull-over blouse tucked in, block-heel sandals

Outfit 3: flare dark blue jeans, button-down tied up, stacked-heel booties

Apple

If your bust is more than 5% larger than your hips and you easily gain weight in your abdomen, but rarely in your legs, you’re an apple.

To highlight your body type, try these:

Outfit 1: tunic top, long pendant necklace, faux-leather leggings, knee-high boots

Outfit 2: wrap dress, sock booties, gold hoops

Outfit 3: boat-neck tee, white jean shorts, embellished sandals

Rectangle

If your bust, shoulders, and hips measure within 5% of each other, and your waist is less than 25% smaller than your shoulders and/or bust, you’re a rectangle.

To play with your shape, try these:

Outfit 1: shift jumpsuit, kimono, slip-on sandals

Outfit 2: bodysuit, skinny jeans, duster, cowboy boots

Outfit 3: ribbed tee, denim pencil skirt, stretch blazer, oxfords

Hourglass

Your shoulders and your hips measure within 5% of each other, and your waist is at least 25% smaller than your hips and shoulders.

To enhance your curves, try these:

Outfit 1: pencil skirt, moto jacket, tucked-in spaghetti strap top

Outfit 2: high-waisted joggers, mock-turtleneck top, fashion sneakers

Outfit 3: crop top, printed pants, chandelier earrings, strappy heels

Inverted Triangle

Your shoulders and/or bust are more than 5% bigger than your hips.

Outfit 1: boyfriend jeans, crew neck tee, platform sandals

Outfit 2: a-line skirt, silky button-down, pointed-toe pumps

Outfit 3: skinny jeans, cowboy booties, relaxed fit blazer, v-neck tee

As always, I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below and share your body type and what outfit you’d love to try this week.

Happy Styling!

Xx.

R



Capsule Wardrobes Don't Work and Here's Why

Even if you don’t believe in New Years Resolutions, the start of 2019 feels like a time to make little and big changes. Eating healthy, journaling more, or creating a vision board may be on the agenda, but there’s one last thing I’d like to add to the list.

It’s time to ditch the capsule wardrobe and the idea of it all together.

Here’s why:

  • Capsule wardrobes don’t teach you anything about your style.

We’re all hungry for knowledge, and instead of nourishing your desire to learn, capsule wardrobes are like a diet pill that will eventually leave you needing more.

  • Capsules wardrobes don’t allow your style grow.

No one wants to be stuck in what they wore back in 1995. Your style should always grow with you, because it should be an accurate representation of you in this current moment.

  • Capsule wardrobes don’t give you meaning, purpose, and understanding.

These three things are inherent human curiosities and when you love your style, you’ve find them in your style.

  • Capsule wardrobes put you in a box, when you style is completely unique.

Your style is 100% unique. Why? Because it’s the physical representation of you. Your closet should be made up of pieces that represent your personality, experiences, and preferences.

  • Capsule wardrobes aren’t designed with your body in mind.

Every woman has a different body type and color palette, which are among the most important factors to take into consideration when building a wardrobe that's specific to you. That's the foundation from which you can grow your style.

  • Capsule wardrobes rob you of your creativity.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a creative person, your ability to choose one piece over another in the store makes you creative. Choosing, styling, and playing with your wardrobe is one of the most satisfying and exciting part of style.

  • Essentials and staples don’t exist.

You can’t build a wardrobe and think you absolutely must have certain pieces in your wardrobe, because there are no staples. Even if your job is business formal, you should have the choice between a navy suit or grey suit. Each choice is specific to you.

But there’s hope. There always is with style, because guess what…

You have style. You always have, and you always will. And there are keys is to continuously developing it.

Here’s how:

EMBRACE KNOWLEDGE.

There is nothing more important than knowing what works for your body type, color palette, and lifestyle. Even if you fluctuate size or change your hair color, your body type and color palette do not change over the course of your life. In learning these guidelines around your style, it allows you to get unstuck and feel the absolute freedom that comes with your unique and thoughtful style.

UNDERSTAND TECHNIQUE.

When I work with my clients, I apply a number of styling techniques in their current wardrobe or when building a fresh one. As I style, I talk through these concepts with my clients, so you can take what you learn and run with it.

You have style. And the concepts I apply you may already be familiar with from other creative endeavors, but you may not know how they apply to your closet.

In understanding exactly how styling works and owning your creativity in your wardrobe, you get the confidence and perspective on your wardrobe that your style has always needed.

Unsure of what that might be like? Hear from these bold and powerful women.

BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF.

This is such a core part of developing your wardrobe, because it requires you to think about your needs, wants, and goals. What are the words that speak to you when you think about your ideal wardrobe? Is comfort your number one with all your outfits? Do you reach for a smart sneaker in lieu of a pump for a day out in Austin?

I uncover these answers in your wardrobe, so your wardrobe isn’t just a bunch of random pieces. It’s a collection of items that reflect exactly who you are at your core.

Style is a journey. It evolves and shifts with you. It should be fun and rewarding. It should satisfy your curiosity, and, at times be a little self-indulgent. It should celebrate you.

If you’re ready to bring your style up to speed with where you’re at in 2019, I would love to work with you.

In our time together, we would dive deep into your personal, unique style. Together, we uncover your most useful and most loved pieces from your wardrobe that accurately represent you in all facets of your life.

I teach you your body type, color palette, and how to apply styling techniques to your wardrobe based on your particular style. I help you build on what you have, so your wardrobe is made up entirely of pieces you love and have the desire to wear.

Want to connect with me 1-on-1? Let’s chat. Together we’ll discuss your unique goals, hurdles, and style to ensure we find the perfect solution for you and your style.

I wish you so much love and light in this new year,

Xx.

Raquel