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Wardrobe Overhaul – Part 2

FINDING MY ‘WOW FACTOR’

In Part 1 I figured out how I need my wardrobe to work for my lifestyle. Now it’s all about finding out what clothes will make me look in the mirror and think “Wow”
There are so many different styles of clothes out there, different cuts, lengths, shapes and colours. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just wear anything we saw and look fantastic? Sadly that is not the case. Many of the outfits I see on Pinterest, in magazines and on Instagram would not work for my height or body shape. It’s so unfair!

I have found that I over the last couple of years I have paid more attention to my body shape and my colouring. I am getting better at selecting clothes that compliment. It is not easy though. There is so much conflicting information out there it becomes quite hard to get it right. I believe it is an ever evolving science.

Let’s look at Body Shape. I was a big fan of Trinny & Susannah back in the day. Who wasn’t? I have all their books and I have studied them from cover to cover. They were the ladies who invented a whole new group of body shapes. They tried to make it easier for us normal ladies to decipher what body shape we were and dress to enhance our best assets.

Initially I thought I was a Pear.

I had the hips and a bottom and a small bust. Armed with this information, I followed their advice and dressed for my body shape. They recommended I steer clear of Skinny Jeans, Pencil Skirts and V Necks. So I did and I wore what they recommended Wide Leg Trousers, Bootleg Jeans, Long A-Line Skirts and Strappy Tops. And for the most part I looked…. Ok…. I am not saying I didn’t ever look good because sometimes I think I did, although I am yet to find photographic evidence of where I think I have the “Wow Factor”.

So I plodded along for a number of years feeling average until the arrival of Gok. He made me look again at what I was wearing and suddenly I started to doubt what I had previously thought. Maybe just maybe I was an Hourglass. I had always wondered but had ruled it out. Trinny & Susannah said that Hourglasses were ‘curvy with big bosoms’ (their words not mine) and I definitely did not fit into that category. This summoned up images of But I watched Gok’s TV shows where he told small petite women with small busts that they had an hourglass figure. I followed him with interest but did little more until about 7 years ago I bought one of his books along with the Colour Me Beautiful book and that’s when I discovered the Petite or Neat Hourglass. Yes yes yes that was me exactly….

The first thing I did was ditch the bootlegs and buy myself a pair of Skinny Jeans from New Look. Wow… I was a little late to the game but I was so glad I had finally joined the skinny jean gang. They looked amazing on me… If I may say so myself. The next outfit to try that I had avoided was a Pencil Skirt and Fitted V Neck Jumper. Perfect combination on me. Mr A had a glint in his eye !!

I finally found a new love for clothes again after a number of years of feeling a bit disheartened with my appearance. This was all just before my 40th Birthday and now only a couple of months away from turning 47 I really feel happy and confident with my body shape. This is what is driving this overhaul of my wardrobe. I want the “Wow Factor” everyday not just every now and again.

Once I had discovered my true body shape I started to look at images of other women with the same figure. Again using Pinterest to get ideas for outfits has been a great help and finding a celebrity with the same figure is the best inspiration. I even discovered a tool that lets you put in your body measurements and then tells you who your celebrity body double is. It’s just a bit of fun but if you are the teeniest bit inquisitive try it here.  My results included Eva Longoria and Kim Kardashian. Both ladies whose style I like (although I prefer Kim’s pre-Kanye style which was predominantly skinny jeans and blazers).

Knowing what body shape you are can help you make better decisions when buying clothes and putting together an outfit. I know that if I wear a pair of Skinny Jeans with a fitted shirt or V Neck, Heels and a Blazer I will feel great and receive compliments. Every now and then I try something different because I have seen something fabulous in a shop or on another woman. And most of the time I never feel “Wow” because it is not right for my body shape. The most recent example of this is trying to wear floral maxi dresses. I have tried many on in the shops and to be frank they just look awful on me. So lesson learned. Stick to what I know suits me rather than try and wear what everyone else is wearing.

So the items I will be looking to ensure I have in my streamlined wardrobe are those that show off the shape of my waist and highlight my legs and bust so it’s in with the Skinny Jeans, Slim or Skinny Fit Trousers, Pencil Skirts, any style of dress with a defined waist and fitted Jackets such as Blazers. Out goes any clothing that is baggy, boxy or shapeless such as tunics, flared tops, striped tops, baggy knitwear, cropped jackets and A-Line Dresses. I am already mentally ticking off the items I know I own that will go in the OUT pile.

Do you know what body shape you are? Find out here by using a body shape calculator?

I would love to hear your comments on this subject and if you haven’t paid much attention to this in the past I hope that this has inspired you to investigate what shape you are and which clothes are going to make you look in the mirror and think “WOW”

 Thank you for reading.

Melanie xxxx

Note : The original version of this post first appeared on http://www.wigglewhenyouwalk.blogspot.co.uk in August 2015

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