Step Aside Cloud Nine; I’m in Seventh Heaven
You know that feeling when you wake up with a happy song in your heart and it seems like everything in the universe is in harmony? The sun is shinning in an indescribably azure blue sky, the birds are chirping a cheerful tune, the sweet, fragrant aroma of spring flowers assaults your senses and you think to yourself it’s a great day to be alive?
It really doesn’t take much for me to experience the overwhelming feeling of great joy. Just like the other day when I found out that the camera on my Android has a function that allows me to verbally instruct it to take a picture. Let me tell you I was deliriously punch happy. I mean, here I was using this wireless remote that picked and chose when it felt like working (usually after repeatedly clicking the button only to have it capture the picture as I walked up to the camera to confirm that it was still on). I was so happy to come across this feature you would have thought I won a two-week exotic vacation.
So it shouldn’t have come as a surprise when after several weeks passed I received a positive approval response to an email I sent to IGIGI (a retailer who specializes in sexy plus-size apparel for women) requesting authorization to use a brilliant set of images they designed. There’s got to be at least a gazillion images of women’s body shapes but this set is the first that I’ve come across that depicts the full-size, curvy woman with extremely positive commentary.
Before getting into the fun stuff I must address this issue of size. As women, we get so caught up in our dress size that sometimes it prevents us from looking our best. Dress size is not an accurate indicator of healthy weight or even the average size of today’s woman.
What’s Size Got to do With it
Dress sizes fluctuate depending on the label and I’ve noticed over the years as I put on a few extra pounds that some of the sizes actually shifted. For example what used to be a size 6 was really an 8, a size 8 was a 10 and so on.
When I was in the process of finding out what is the current average size of a woman I stumbled upon these comprehensive charts by Dr. Halls of Halls.md broken down by sex and race. The actual charts are images however the data Dr. Halls pulled to create the charts can be found on the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control and Prevention website). According to many health care professionals the best measurement for a healthy height/weight ratio is your BMI (body mass indicator) but I think this statement by Dr. Halls has some merit “So, remember that genetics and family history is the most significant determinant of your height and weight. (Just don’t use that as an excuse to avoid exercise and good nutrition).”
Fashion for the most part is about illusion. When we learn how to dress according to our specific shape or I prefer saying ‘our unique body dimensions,’ we are emphasizing our best features while at the same time minimizing what we may consider our weaknesses.
Following is the text from IGIGI’s Shape Stylist text for the Inverted Triangle:
“You have a magnificent, statuesque and very well proportioned figure! Your bust is fuller and shoulders broader than your defined waist, and your waist can be fuller than your narrower hips and longer legs. All these are fabulous assets as many styles look great on you.”
Beside the drawing of the woman with the inverted triangle shape are four photos of women in skirts and dresses for this shape. Keeping in mind that the goal of the inverted triangle is to create the illusion of balancing your top & bottom halfs, following are some guidelines on what to wear:
- You look fabulous in tops and dresses with a V or U neckline. This includes halters, empire waist, shells, asymmetrical and strapless styles. I found two tops pictured (one is embellished on the v-neck and empire waist; the other is a graphic tee)
fullbeauty | Black tunic length top by Ellos
- Trapeze silhouette gives an ample sweep that flows and moves with you, hits just below the hip, embroidered V-neck and empire waist
JCrew Factory | J.Crew Factory c’est la vie collector tee
(the text is a multi colored floral pattern and the tee itself is off-white)
- Wide leg, flared or straight pants and jeans look great on you. Pictured are two pair:
Macy’s | Lauren Ralph Lauren Plus Size Super-Stretch Jeans White-Wash
Old Navy | The Rockstar Boot-Cut Jeans Sierra (dark wash)
- Flaunt your sexy curves with a wrap dress, fit and flare, or A-line skirt. Pictured is red coral fit & flare:
Lord & Taylor | Jones New York Plus Plus Belted Fit-and-Flare Dress
Silky-smooth crepe, sleeveless scoopneck, front and back princess seams, optional thin belt.
- Look for jackets that are nipped in at the waist, and hit the top of the hip.
- Kick up your look a notch with a pair of bright-colored heels. Just for giggles are a pair of coral shoes.
Sole Society | Saree pointed toe pump coral
Depending on who you talk to some stylists have strict ‘dos and don’ts’ when it comes to wearing a particular item of clothing for specific body shapes. For example some do not recommend pencil skirts for the inverted triangle but honestly I’ve seen some curvy women rock this style like it’s nobody’s business. I don’t subscribe to the whole ‘you must wear this if…’ philosophy because there is no ‘one size fits all.’ The important thing is being true to yourself, your personal style, and wearing what makes you feel good and confident.
Located at the bottom of this post are a list of retailers and some interesting reads on sizing, height, and weight information.
“We honor diversity in beauty and challenge the rigidity of the fashion world by celebrating the sensuality and confidence of a curvy woman.” IGIGI