A Goddess-Like Silhouette
You have a gorgeous, goddess-like frame! Your many assets include your bust and upper body being relatively smaller than your hips and defined waistline that creates a distinct curvature accented by your pronounced lower half. ~IGIGI
Wow!! Just wow! Being a triangle body shape myself, I have never, in all my days, heard my figure described as a goddess-like frame.
Living in a society filled with unrealistic aspirations for perfection and rampant body shaming it’s no wonder that women are unhappy with their bodies. I think it’s important for us to remember that even women who are perceived as beautiful have self-doubt.
In a recent episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kylie Jenner, the youngest daughter of Bruce and Kris Jenner, talked about her insecurity with her lips. Though teenagers seem more vulnerable to body image issues none of us are immune and I have to wonder if it’s because our focus is misplaced. When we fixate on the external, that shellacked part of us we display to the world, then we have to deal with the internal struggle of who we really are versus who we want to be.
Having lived with my own body image insecurities for most of my life, to hear my upper body referred to as asset is a welcome departure from being reminded of my, shall I say, overly endowed bottom. Even when I was in my twenties (and considerably slimmer than I am now) it was very clear that I was triangular or pear-shaped.
As I got older and my weight shifted I noticed that my hind quarters became more noticeable than ever. On good days this was not a problem but on bad days it felt like I was in a never-ending battle with my bodacious bum.
So a number of years ago when I heard that wearing earrings about the size of a quarter or larger would make me look 10 pounds smaller I quickly jumped on board the bold jewelry bus. I always liked statement jewelry and the weight-loss illusion was just another reason for me to seek pieces that add balance to my proportions.
Because I have such a difficult time buying clothing (specifically pants) off the rack (the minor exception would be the rare curvy fit) trying on clothes at the mall is a major pain. If you too are triangular-shaped you can relate to the frustration of finding pair of pants or skirts that accommodate your hips only to have to contend with the infamous gap. This is where the services of a good tailor can save the day by altering the waist to eliminate the gap.
So let’s get right to some general clothing guidelines for the triangle body shape:
- Neckline: large scoop, v-neck, sweetheart, embellished
- Tops: fitted, patterned, short to medium length that fall above the hips
- Dresses: A-line, wrap, flared, at or above the knee
- Skirts: A-line, wrap, pencil, at or above the knee
- Pants: straight leg, flared or boot-cut
- Jackets: fall above the hips
All of the clothes pictured throughout today’s post and described below are from Nordstrom’s plus size department.
- Sejour Scoop Neck A-Line Tank | Scoop neck jersey tank with a studded neckline.
- Foxcroft Stripe Sleeveless Tencel Shirt | Sleeveless semi-sheer Tencel button down shirt with blue & white stripes and flap pockets.
- City Chic ‘Waterfall’ Camisole | Bright coral colored v-neck tank with ruffle that falls down the front and strips of lace on each side of the ruffle.
- City Chic Stripe Crochet Top | Sleeveless black-and-white striped crochet top patterned in rosettes.
- Chic ‘Batik Goddess’ Maxi Dress | Black, white & orange batik-inspired print chiffon maxi dress with scooped neckline and inset waist. Cutaway shoulders and a keyhole draw the eye up.
- Lauren Ralph Lauren Floral Print Faux Wrap Jersey Sheath Dress | Surplice bodice and shirring at the side creates flattering drape at the faux-wrap skirt of a curve-hugging jersey dress abloom in a colorful (purple, pink, white, yellow & green) floral print.
- Vince Camuto Ring Detail Space Dye Jersey Maxi Dress | Jersey maxi dress patterned in streaky black/white space-dye stripes has silvertone rings at the plunging surplice neckline. Soft gathers at the dropped waist add breezy movement to the straight column skirt.
- Jessica Simpson ‘Emilia’ Maxi Dress | Sleeveless stretch-knit maxi dress with empire waist gathers to a twist in the center front. Bands of dip-dyed shades of blue colors, handkerchief hem, and crossover panels of lace finish at the back bodice.
- Sejour ‘Addison’ Stretch Crop Pants | Cropped-hem stretchy pants come in 8 different colors.
- NYDJ ‘Briella’ Roll Cuff Stretch Denim Shorts | Denim Bermuda shorts have rolled hems.
- Mynt 1792 Wide Leg Surplice Jumpsuit | Black & white print, sleeveless, deep v-neck surplice bodice with structured wide-leg trousers.
- Eileen Fisher Surplice V-Neck Jumpsuit | Black jersey surplice slouchy, tapered-leg jumpsuit.
- Mynt 1792 Colorblock Jacquard Pencil Skirt | Solid black stretch-crepe panels at each side of black & white tweedy jacquard create a slimming effect.
- Sejour Washed Satin Maxi Skirt | Reddish/orange textured-satin maxi skirt topped with an elasticized waist and side slit.
- ELOQUII Faux Wrap High/Low Crepe Skirt | Black stretch crepe with a faux-wrap front A-line skirt with high/low hem.
- Mynt 1792 Sheer Combo Maxi Skirt | Black crepe maxi skirt is veiled with a panel of sheer chiffon.
- ELOQUII Floral Print Sateen Jacket | Short collarless jacket with three-quarter length sleeves in black and white floral print.
- Sejour ‘Addison’ Crop Utility Jacket | Olive khaki short twill utility jacket with a drawstring hem and goldtone snaps.
- Two by Vince Camuto White Denim Vest | White denim.
- City Chic Chevron Print Crop Bomber Jacket | Bomber jacket with a drawstring hem in black & white chevron print accented with black trim.
Embrace yourself, embrace your shape and remember the structure of our frames provides a general method to enable us to pick the most flattering clothing for our figures. With a world full of possibilities there will always be something that works specifically for you as an individual.
“I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are.” ~Charles R. Swindoll