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Pear Shapes Unite!!! HOURGLASS HOTTIES Style Tips

I think first and foremost, "pear" shaped doesn't provide an accurate description of what this shape is, so I will from now on say hourglass hotties.  Because that's what you all are who share this rockin' female body type.

So now that you know what you body shape you are (recite hourglass hottie, hourglass hottie) here are some really great tips to highlight your best feature, your tiny waist and shoulders, and balance out your already naturally feminine bottom half.  Let's get started.
1.  The Upper Body is your best friend if you are part of this category.  Don't shy away from bright colors, big patterns and fabulous necklines.  Sweetheart, scoop and boat necks are ideal for your petite upper body.  If these necklines feature embellishments, like studded details, ruffles, or hardware, that is fantastic!  The key to working this shape is to DRAW THE EYE UP. You always want to highlight your waist and shoulders.
2. Length is key!  How long your shirt is can make or break a look for an hourglass hottie.  Not sure which length is the best for you?  Just remember to be either short (at the waist) or long (mid-thigh).  No in between for you. 
3. Fit! Fit! Fit!  I feel I say this a lot at the store, but the better it fits, the better it looks.  Form-fitting looks are ideal for the hourglass hottie because of that rockin' shoulder and waist.  So grab a top that seems closer to your frame and see tip 2 above for the right length and you will be set.
4.  Layer.  Hourglass hotties have the advantage of layering because you need to add a little volume to your upper body to balance out your lower half.  To avoid looking bulky, grab a belt to cinch in your small waist to bring out the hourglass look while wearing layers.
5.  Sleeves = Weight and that's a good thing!  Look for bell or wider sleeves, specifically sleeves that open up at the elbow.  If you add weight to your arms by including a wide sleeve, you make your hips and thighs look balanced and in proportion to your shoulders.
6. Pants - color & fit are specific.  Always, always, always go for darker washes in pants, especially denim.  It's the old rule of thumb, if it is a darker color, it automatically looks smaller, which is what hourglass hotties need in the lower half.  Plus, darker colors will automatically compliment any color top you wear. 
Fit in pants should stay within straight, flair or boot cut - I always tell my customers that if their pant is slightly wider than the width of their calf or ankle, attention is drawn from your mid-section.  Avoid skinnies or cigarette style.
BUT, the one thing I have to say for anyone with a wider bottom, AVOID, AVOID, AVOID, embellishments on your rear when wearing any kind of bottom.  You are drawing attention to your widest part, and unless you are rockin' a booty like Beyonce or Jennifer Lopez, I doubt any woman really wants their bottom half to look wider.  Not rounder, not tighter, but wider.  Big difference. 
7.  Skirts - have some fun with your itty bitty waist ladies!  Throw on a knee or ankle length to highlight your legs and draw attention to your waist. 
8. Dresses are made for the hourglass hottie!!!  Look for dresses with tighter waists in a bunched or rouched style and a neckline (see tip #1) made for you.  Slightly cover up your shoulders with wider shoulder straps and you are immediately rocking the most feminine shape around - an hourglass!  Be sure to keep the bottom half of the dress in an A-line or tulip style skirt.
Those are my tips and tricks for my hourglass ladies.  If you have any questions, be sure to drop me a line at whiteliliboutique@gmail.com OR comment on Facebook!
Keep it stylin'!

STRAIGHT SHAPED (Athletic or Rectangular) STYLE TIPS

I love this category of body type.  It's not just because I happen to have broad shoulders, minimal hips and am pretty much straight up and down, it's because it makes me feel like I'm built to really take on a situation if needed.  Like running.  Or lifting.  Now, I haven't really done any of that per say, but I feel I have the body type for it.  I digress :)



So here's the thing fellow straight shapers...we struggle with the following things:

Minimal to no hips - I can just see my pear shaped beauties rolling their eyes and saying PUH-LEASE, but trust me, having no hips isn't as easy as it sounds.  Think of it this way, if you have no hips, then if gain any weight in the midsection, you are at risk for a muffin top.  Even if you are the leanest, meanest, fashionista around. 

Broad shoulders - I think most of us who struggle with this really try to hide it by having a subtle slump to our stance, which as much as I am guilty of this, actually draws attention to our shoulders.  Or having to buy a size up because EVERYTHING else fits, but the shoulders are causing some issues across the chest, which cause a pull, which make us look like we're trying to fit into something not made for us.

No Waist - alas, this one is so frustrating.  I have broad shoulders.  I have no hips.  Why didn't I get a little bit of a waist to make me look like a saucy little minx?  Wanna know why?  If an athletic builds has a defined,small waist, guess what would look bigger? Yup, you guessed it.  YOUR SHOULDERS.

So...what to do...do we cover up?  Do we throw on the biggest, bulkiest things around? NO!  Here are some tips on accentuating our best and creating the illusion of a figure any woman would desire.

1. Create a silhouette.  V-neck t's like the Raven T-Shirt, scoop neck or extreme V cuts create an optical illusion.  Pair tops with belts to cinch in the waist and always draw attention to your gorgeous shoulders with tanks (make sure to do wider straps, spaghetti straps look a little too minute and strapless is not for us with broad shoulders).  Tops with collars, ruffles or fun embellishments around the neckline are PERFECT.

2. Cinch where you can.  A wrap dress is your best friend and sheath styles with embellishments really create the illusion of an hourglass figure.  And bonus, they are super comfy.  Here are two of my favorites: Black Wrap Dress & Aztec Sheath.  

3. Pants are our thing.  There's really no pant that doesn't flatter the straight shaped.  Wide leg, straight leg, boot cut or skinnies all highlight the athletic shape of the leg.  Pair with a bootie or a wedge during the day and glam up with a fun heel at night.

4. Long and lean baby.  Long and Lean.  Create height with longer jackets and tops to flatter the rectangle shape.  Even better with a great layer.  Throw a long jacket on, pair it with a v-neck t and skinnies for a sophisticated look.

5. It's okay to use support.  Not just bras, but if a little extra something under your top makes you feel better - GO FOR IT!

6. Be confident.  That's really for anyone, but if you throw those fabulous shoulders back and smile like you love yourself, you are going to look even better!!! 




Dressing For YOU!

It's a daily statement I hear in the store - "I wish I was skinny" or "I wish I could wear boutique clothing". 

Here at WLB it's not about the size.  It's about the fit.  As women, we forget that those little letters or numbers telling us which category we fit into is reflective of what we should think about ourselves.  I'm just as guilty as anyone, but it's knowing what is your best asset and dressing to highlight it that can help you step out of that negative internal dialogue on appearance.

Here's a little insight - women who are extra small worry about fit just as much as my curvy ladies who are concerned about their mid-section or upper arms.  The lady you are comparing yourself to is actually dealing with her own internal thoughts on what she should be doing to make herself look better.

This week at WLB, I'll be highlighting some of the most common body types for women and how to style yourself at home to look even more beautiful.  Maybe that will help us begin to embrace our so-called "flaws" and start to feel gorgeous.