Dress Your Shape The Captivating Triangle

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.

Triangle-1

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.

ELOQUII Floral Print Sateen Jacket | Sejour 'Addison' Crop Utility Jacket | Two by Vince Camuto White Denim Vest | City Chic Chevron Print Crop Bomber Jacket
ELOQUII Floral Print Sateen Jacket | Sejour ‘Addison’ Crop Utility Jacket | Two by Vince Camuto White Denim Vest | City Chic Chevron Print Crop Bomber Jacket

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 | Foxcroft Stripe Sleeveless Tencel Shirt | City Chic 'Waterfall' Camisole | City Chic Stripe Crochet Top | Mynt 1792 Colorblock Jacquard Pencil Skirt | Sejour Washed Satin Maxi Skirt | ELOQUII Faux Wrap High/Low Crepe Skirt | Mynt 1792 Sheer Combo Maxi Skirt
Sejour Scoop Neck A-Line Tank | Foxcroft Stripe Sleeveless Tencel Shirt | City Chic ‘Waterfall’ Camisole | City Chic Stripe Crochet Top | Mynt 1792 Colorblock Jacquard Pencil Skirt | Sejour Washed Satin Maxi Skirt | ELOQUII Faux Wrap High/Low Crepe Skirt | Mynt 1792 Sheer Combo Maxi Skirt
Eileen Fisher Surplice V-Neck Jumpsuit |Chic 'Batik Goddess' Maxi Dress | Lauren Ralph Lauren Floral Print Faux Wrap Jersey Sheath Dress | Vince Camuto Ring Detail Space Dye Jersey Maxi Dress | Jessica Simpson 'Emilia' Maxi Dress |Sejour 'Addison' Stretch Crop Pants | NYDJ 'Briella' Roll Cuff Stretch Denim Shorts | Mynt 1792 Wide Leg Surplice Jumpsuit
Eileen Fisher Surplice V-Neck Jumpsuit |Chic ‘Batik Goddess’ Maxi Dress | Lauren Ralph Lauren Floral Print Faux Wrap Jersey Sheath Dress | Vince Camuto Ring Detail Space Dye Jersey Maxi Dress | Jessica Simpson ‘Emilia’ Maxi Dress |Sejour ‘Addison’ Stretch Crop Pants | NYDJ ‘Briella’ Roll Cuff Stretch Denim Shorts | Mynt 1792 Wide Leg Surplice Jumpsuit

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

Author: Steph McCoy

Hi, I'm Steph, a businesswoman, style setter, blogger, and abilities crusader who breaks the myth that “blind people can’t be fashionable.” “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers”

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