Published: 30th June 2017
Author: Bethanie Lunn

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Leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, Girlguiding ran a survey based on body confidence and the results were saddening but positive toward some fundamental changes.  In a world run by image, I offer style advice to dress for your gorgeous shape, whatever shape that is, and send an important message…

 

Our bodies are incredible; they really are, yet this is so challenging for us all to realise.  When we are faced with filtered images on social media and air brushed ones in the media at large, it’s no wonder.

 

The body confidence survey by Girlguiding revealed that a whopping 47% of girls aged 11-21 said the way they look holds them back most of the time, although 54% of girls aged 7 to 10 said ‘stop judging girls and women on what they look like’ was one of their top three priorities for change.

 

So let’s try to judge others and ourselves less and love ourselves a bit more.  Start with liking yourself first and dressing for YOU, not anyone else.  There are a few tricks to dressing your best but it all starts with self belief.  Try thinking about the body parts you think are OK before you next look in the mirror, then focus on them first before you you immediately focus on the parts you don’t like.  It’s a surefire way to notice how lovely you really are give yourself a break!

 

Besides, there are so many different body shapes out there; we are all unique and we should not be pigeon holed but as a general guide, I have identified six different shapes and proportions that help my clients cater to their shapes and therefore maximize what they love.

 

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Which one do you relate to the most?  Here are my star buys for each one…

 

Inverted Triangle

If you want to even out your silhouette, add volume on your bottom half.  Pleated or prom-style A-line skirts will look amazing with a simple t-shirt tucked in.

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Next Pleated Skirt, £55

 

Column

Cinch in that waist to add more shape.  Look out for garments that have darting or waistlines sewn in, wrap at the waist or are belted.

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TOPSHOP dress, £45

 

Rectangle

If you want to accentuate your bust, opt for open necklines such as a Bardot top or scoop neck or add shape with shirts and close fitting pieces.  A pencil skirt will up the curve factor.

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Debenhams: Studio by Preen Shirt £45 Skirt £75 Faith Shoes £49

 

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If you have a tummy you’d rather camouflage, don’t hide it in loose or oversized clothing – you’ll just look larger than you really are!  Opt for well cut choices that skim over or hold in your tum but hug to all the right places.  Flat fronted trousers work well and flatter slim legs.

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River Island Navy Tailored Suit Trousers. £35

 

Pear

Gorgeous pears look fabulous with more volume on the upper half so you can pull off this seasons detailed sleeves and cold shoulders perfectly.  A maxi dress is your go-to.

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Dorothy Perkins Print Floral Maxi Dress, £42

 

Hour Glass

Show off your curves and womanly shape with a tailored jumpsuit or shift dress.  Culottes are the modern choice of style for this look which will accentuate your slim legs.

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Dorothy Perkins Bardot Jumpsuit, £38

Most importantly though, the fashion choices you make should reflect who you are, they should make you feel amazing and subsequently look it.  But do remember, it is not just about what’s on your feet, but what’s in your head.  Confidence is the best accessory of all.

 

Discover more and see how you can help at www.girlguiding.org.uk

Book Bethanie for a Personal Shopping Appointment and find your YOU here.

 

Visit www.churchillsquare.com for the store guide to get in touch and find out more.

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