Styling Tips – The Balancing Act


We come in all fabulous shapes and sizes.  Thank goodness, wouldn’t it be boring otherwise.  Some days I’m happy with my body and others not so much, which can be said for lots of the clients I work with.  Sometimes they’re good to go in whatever they wear, other days getting dressed can leave them not feeling their best.  Which is commonly the reason why they book an appointment with me.  They want to understand why they’re feeling this way, get past any issues, and feel more confident.


I believe that if you have clothing that doesn’t make you feel great and isn’t being worn its for one of three reasons – it isn’t the best colour or pattern for you, it doesn’t fit or flatter your body shape, or it doesn’t suit your lifestyle.  Today, I want to tackle the fit.

Styling Can Be A Balancing Act

If you don’t know (and where have you been) there are five basic body shapes – round, inverted triangle, rectangle, triangle and hourglass.  You’ll be one of these, or a mix – our bodies change and can fluctuate in shape during our lifetime.  If you’re a triangle or inverted triangle, you’ll be  wearing different sized clothing top and bottom.  For example someone who is a triangle (pear) shape is wider on the lower half of their body and is narrower in the shoulder.  Someone who is an inverted triangle is the opposite and will have wider shoulders than hips.  Both body types will need to wear differing top and bottom to accommodate this and sometimes it can leave the wearer feeling a little out of balance


Here, if you want to re-dress the balance, I’m going to share some ideas of tops to wear, with examples of what’s currently available in stores. Let’s kick off with ideas for pear body shapes.  The idea is to add more width to the upper half, without losing the waist definition, or, alternatively, drawing the eye up away from an area you might not be comfortable with lots of attention.


So, for example, we’ve got an off the shoulder top from All Saints to add more width; a cold shoulder jumper which highlights and brings more attention to the shoulders.  There’s tops here with more embroidery and pattern on around the shoulders to draw the eye up, puff sleeves, and of course, stripes, which pear shape can wear with ease.  Just make sure you tuck in the tops, to keep your waist on show.

Styling Tips

Triangle (Pear) Body Shapes


If you think about the opposite requirement for inverted triangles (strawberry) body shapes, then the detailing is on the bottom and there’s a desire to tone down the more stronger shoulder line and wider top half.


Simple shirts are a great start, with as little detail as possible on the shoulder.  Button down shirts automatically offer a v neck which is also nice for elongating the neck and breaking up the shoulder line. Scoop neck tops are also good for the same reason and I really like the top from All Saints with the detailing around the neck as it draws the eye in and the top from H&M which does a similar task.

Inverted Triangle (Strawberry) Body Shapes


Just the tip of the tricks that I could teach you.  To find out more consider booking my Personal Style Development and Colour Consultation appointment and become more armoured so that you feel great too.


Gail x