The Ageless Style Link Up- The first Monday of every month a group of over forty fashion bloggers pick a monthly theme and show different ways of styling it.
Happy Labor Day! How fun that this month's Ageless Style Link Up falls on a holiday. As you read this post, I'm off enjoying time with my grand babies, so I had to pre-schedule this post. If you don't see the link up at the bottom of the post, it's because I was unable to load the code before I left, but no worries, just click on one of the other ladie's blogs and you will be able to link up there.
This month's theme was picked by Jeannie. She said she had a reader's request for how to dress for your body type. I must admit I wasn't thrilled with this challenge, because as over-40 women I would rather focus on everything that is RIGHT about our bodies, rather than what is wrong with them. However, I do agree that body type, not age, should guide how we dress.
So before we begin discussing what's wrong with my body type, I want to share a few positive things about my body.
- 1. I'm HEALTHY! Yes, can I get an Amen! First and foremost having a strong, healthy body is something to be grateful for. I have been chronically ill in my lifetime, so I know from experience that if "you have your health, you have everything". Nothing influences your life more than bad health. It's hard to get out, it's hard to work, it's hard to just have a normal day free without pain. At 57 years of age, I surprise all my doctors when I say I am taking no prescribed medications. They always tell me how rare that is.
- 2. I'm somewhat NATURALLY THIN. I emphasize the word "somewhat". I can't eat whatever I want without gaining weight. My weight constantly fluctuates between the same 20-30 pounds. I have to really work at being my lowest weight, the weight where I feel I look my best. Yet, even if I ate all I wanted to and never exercised, I still have never been considered clinically overweight in my life. So I'm thankful I haven't had a lot of the really painful struggles over my weight a lot of people have to endure. I know it's so hard to constantly watch everything you eat, to deny, deny, deny, exercise for hours, and then get on the scale only to have gained two pounds. It's very frustrating.
- 3. I have LONG, LEAN LEGS.
- 4. I have GREAT SKIN
- 5. Because my nail bed is long, no matter how short my fingernails are cut, when I paint my nails it always looks like I have nice, LONG NAILS.
So now that I've described the positive things about my body to keep things in their proper perspective, I can now focus on how to accentuate those positive aspects and play down the more negative ones. The first thing I had to do was determine my body shape. Although I see myself having aspects of several different body types, I think I mostly have the Apple Shaped Body: Bigger on top, smaller on the bottom. My legs and forearms are very thin. All my weight wants to congregate in the bust, chest, neck, and stomach.
Here's an example of an apple shape body type. I feel the pictures closely represent me, although my shoulders, forearms, and thighs are thinner than pictures. The mid-section is quite accurate to my body type.
There are so many different body shapes for women, all are beautiful and all come with their own unique assets and challenges. I'm not going to go into addressing all of them because you can google them for yourselves, or you can check out the other Ageless Style Bloggers because we all have very different body types. I will therefore spend the rest of this post explaining how I dress for my Apple Shape body.
Because my legs are my thinnest part of my body I try to emphasize them when I choose what to wear. Even though I'm well over 50 now, I still wear shorts and short skirts and dresses. In the colder months, I find skinny jeans and leggings to be the most flattering on me.
For my top half, I try to focus on tops that are more loose and billowy, although, I'm not afraid to tuck tops in if it's a loose tuck or tie a loose knot. I think a lot of women with my body type try so hard to hide their stomach by always wearing large, loose tops, and then they actually make themselves look bigger. The top I have on in this post is very loose, but I chose to tuck it in to show my waist. To avoid seeing too much tummy bulge, I pull the fabric out a bit a bit around the waistline so it's loose and not a hard tuck.
I also feel high-waisted pants, skirts, and shorts are more flattering on apple shapes than low waist. I am so grateful hip huggers are out of style and high waist is back in. If you don't like high waist pants, at least try a mid rise. You can tuck the tummy in nice and tight.
In the close up picture below if you look closely you can see a little bit of tummy bulge in my zipper area. But it's actually very well concealed by the top tucked loosely in.
Other aspects of the top that flatter my figure are the off-the-shoulder style and the elastic sleeve. The off-the-shoulder style shows the thinnest part of my upper body, my shoulders, and covers up my heaviest part: the upper arm and bust. The sleeves emphasize the smallest part of arms, the forearms, while covering up the larger upper arms.
Now it should be mentioned when I googled "How To Dress An Apple Shape Body" it says I shouldn't wear skinny jeans and leggings because they would just make my legs look thinner. It also says I shouldn't wear off-the-shoulder tops because it would make my shoulders look even wider. 🤣 Obviously, I am not paying any attention to those rules. I think styling rules make nice guidelines, but ultimately you have to wear what you feel confident in. I also believe most body shapes are very generic and we don't all nicely fit into one specific body shape, but can be more a mixture of many. I've often wondered if my body shape was more of an Inverted Triangle or a Rectangle. I've also been told by other bloggers that they thought my body shape was Curvy. Maybe I'm all four body types? Who knows. What I do really know takes us back to where this post all began....that we should focus on what is RIGHT about our bodies instead of what is WRONG with them.
Now be sure to check out the other Ageless Style Bloggers to see how they dress for their body type. Maybe you will find someone who's body type is very similar to your own.
Have A Great Day! Amy
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