Why Figure analysis is important?
Forget about the year you were born and dress for the physical shape you are in today! Style should always appear effortless, no matter what it takes. Lasting impressions are formed upon initial impact— make it your best. The starting point for improving the style begins with Figure analysis.
Figure analysis begins with the question : What Type Are You?
The most important point, whatever your size or shape, is to wear your clothing proportionally right for you. Just because a style is “in” does not mean it is a good style for you. You know if you are larger on the top or bottom. This is NOT about hiding your body; it is about complementing your shape with the right proportion and silhouette.
To determine your figure type, during figure analysis process… Just stand in front of a mirror.
- If your shoulders and bust are about the same size, and you seem to curve at the waist, then you have an hourglass figure. For this figure type, you can wear belts and more fitted clothing.
- If your shoulders, waist, and hips are about the same, you have as a straight figure. For this figure type, elongate by using vertical lines, such as longer dresses, V-necks and long jewelry, loose sweaters and tops and draw the eye away from shoulders and hips.
- If your hips and thighs are wider than your shoulders, then you have a triangular figure. For this figure type, you can wear belts; wear fuller sleeves and detailing on top, dark bottoms and A-line skirts and wear shaping hosiery and a girdle if desired.
- If your shoulders are wider than your hips and thighs, you have an inverted triangular figure. With this figure type, you can wear prints and bright colors on the bottom, vertical lines, dark colors on the top; lighter on bottom.
The important thing is to evaluate you. If you lose weight, your figure can entirely change. If you gain weight, your figure will change. Sometimes the figure simply change without explanation! So, it’s very important to do some figure analysis from time to time.
Style selection guidelines to keep in mind:
- The overall goal is to balance the figure—to create as much as possible the illusion of a perfect figure. (Make narrow shoulders appear wider; make wide hips appear slimmer, make the short figure appear taller, etc.) The more your figure varies from the ideal”, the more style limitations you will find you have. This may seem discouraging, but remember that those styles you wear will be your most flattering styles. You can get variety by changing fabric, colors, and design details such as necklines, sleeves, and interior design lines.
- When it is not possible to create the illusion of “ideal” body proportions, then you should look for styles that help to camouflage the problem area(s) and/or focus attention away from that area.
- Repetition and contrast will both accentuate body and/or facial lines. Therefore, you want to avoid repeating or strongly contrasting with any part of the figure that you want to minimize. For example, a full, round face will be emphasized by a rounded neckline that repeats the shape of the jaw line. Likewise, a very square neckline emphasizes facial roundness because of the sharp contrast between the two.
- As a rule, heavy, bulky fabrics, shiny, glittery fabrics, excessive fullness, and a very loose fit all tend to add size to the figure and emphasize the part of the figure they cover.
- In general, styles that fit tightly or fabrics that cling to or otherwise reveal the figure emphasize the part of the figure they cover.
- Generally, medium weight fabrics, matte finished fabrics, medium to dark, or dull colors and moderate fit and fullness all help to minimize the parts of the figure they cover.
- Mostly, intricate, or unusual design detailing and eye-catching accessories help direct the observer’s eye to a specific part of the figure.
- Overall, you want to make the face the major focal point in your total look, so the upper portion of the bodice is important as it frames the face. In addition, interior design lines should lead the eye in the direction of the face.
- Don’t forget that proper skin-care, make-up, and hair styling are also an important part of your total look. The objective is to look attractive and well put-together from top-to-toe, not just from the neck down!
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