The body-positive movement celebrates our unique body shapes and individual differences. This is a welcome departure from the past practice of concealing or hiding anything that departs from the prevailing physical norm.Enter your text here...
Style is not limited by size and, for each body type, we can emphasize or conceal aspects of our bodies as we choose. The key for a plus-size woman is that she feels comfortable with her look.
In an interview with The New York Times, actress and writer Lena Dunhan said:
“The thing that’s complicated about the body-positive movement is it can be for the privileged few who have a body that looks the way people want to feel positive … We want curvy bodies that look like Kim Kardashian has been up-sized slightly. We want big beautiful butts and big beautiful breasts and no cellulite and faces that look like you could smack them on to thin women.”
WHAT BODY SHAPE DO YOU HAVE?
Triangle-shaped bodies are characterized by wide hips and thicker thighs, with a narrow upper body. Spanish brand Adolfo Dominguez proposes oversize shirts and shirt-dresses that unify your look, like this heron shirt-dress.
The asymmetrical silhouette of a pear-shaped body with wide hips and a narrow waist create a distinction between sizes needed for the upper and lower body. For some brands, colorful and printed garments - real statement pieces – focus attention on the upper part of the body, whereas pants are discreet and help to conceal the hips and wider thighs.
Flared cuts in skirts and pants can also balance the silhouette. Finally, well-chosen accessories can divert the center of attention to the upper body.
Tailored garments such as blazers, jackets or coats can help to reshape this figure type, if desired. Avoid excessively tightening the mid section as you risk ‘dividing’ your body.
A flat rectangular body shape, where the shoulders, waist and hips are of similar width, creates a column-like silhouette. Here, the key is to add curves to your look. It’s flattering to use a fitted cut at the waist with looseness around the bust and hips.
Ruffled trims, special necklines or large breast pockets help to draw attention to the bust. Adolfo Dominguez proposes blouses with draped collars - like this one - to achieve a statuesque look.