How To Dress For Your Shape

I just want to start off this blog post by saying I love my body. LOVE! You only get one (body) to live in for 100 years – fingers crossed just make sure you eat your spinach kids – so enjoy it! This blog post is intended to either make you laugh or give you some advice but take it with a grain of salt.

One comment strangers always tell me is that I look exactly like my photo’s (I’d like to hope so) or that Nami and I are different in size in real life when they thought we were the same. In a nice way, I’m gathering they thought we were the same height and dress size. I am a size 10/12 and am also 175cm tall which by New Zealand standard is taller than the average girl. Nami is 168cm and roughly a size 6/8.

Nami and Pascale serendipity ave estee lauder brunch


So the question is, what does one do to look slim when you are with girls who are smaller than you?  How do I come out without looking like everyone’s Mum/Care Giver? Here are my tips:

  1. Get to know your body. Learn what works for your shape and stick with that. Forget about trends and get to know YOU. Dressing in a crop and skinny jeans because you saw a beautiful girl effortlessly slay it on the gram’ won’t make you feel sexy if it’s not your jam. I promise you, you can feel sexy and look stylish at the same time. The best way I found out what suits my body type is by process of elimination, I worked in a clothing store and tried everything new that came in. I mean EVERYTHING. If you haven’t yet found out what suits your body type,  go to at least three different clothing stores and try on everything they have. Jeans, tops, shorts, skirts, crops… Take a mental note what styles looked good, what made you feel good and use those as a base for your everyday wardrobe.
  2. A good quality slip dress is your friend. Well, it’s definitely my friend. Truthfully, I own about 10 different slip dresses in different colors. I have never seen a girl with curves in a plain slip dress look horrible.  They elongate your body and don’t hug you in all the wrong places. I have a few faves here (I love their silk versions), here and here.
  3. Work your ASS(ets) – The right way. I am a size 8-10 on top and a 12 on my lower half. You can bet your ass I’m not wearing a figure-hugging top with tight skinny jeans. Why? Because it would accentuate my smaller upper body, in turn making my lower half look 10 x bigger than it is. It’s all about proportion babes. If I am wearing something more hugging on my lower half, I will wear a baggy top or a jacket to balance it out.  Or if I’m wearing a slip dress that looks like a sack, I’ll chuck on a belt around my waist to give me more shape. It sounds simple but it is where a lot of people go wrong.
  4.  Buy up a size. The best thing you could ever do for yourself. Buy the size up.  It’s more flattering and you can cut the bloody tag out the back. Who cares? Plus there’s more room for food that way.
  5. Choose your colour palette right. This can also make a huge difference in the way you look. For example, lighter colours generally tend to make you look bigger than you are whereas black always makes you look slimmer. That’s just a fact. Next time you try out a new trend and your feeling a little self-conscious, try it in a darker colour. Brands usually make their signature pieces in different shades so if that skin coloured slip isn’t working in your favour, ask the retail assistant if it comes in any other colours.  My favourites other than black are red, dark green and navy. After all black is not the only slimming colour that exists.

If you have any tricks that you apply to dressing, drop us a message and let us know. We would love to hear them!

Thank you for reading!

Love, always Pascale xx

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Pascale at the Hamilton Gardens wearing green slip dress serendipity ave


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