We’re several weeks into the fall season, and that means lots of fall trends!
I must say that fashion and I have been become good friends over the years. Our relationship started when I was a small girl; I’m not sure if there has ever been a time that I did not carry a purse. From having a fashionable mother and grandmother to modeling for local tall girl stores to studying fashion merchandising to merging fashion and theology together for my graduate thesis project, fashion and I definitely have had a thing going on!
Part of what I’m seeking to do with this blog, is to get back to the things I love and enjoy; things that give me life and balance! Unbeknownst to many, I absolutely love predicting fashion trends, mixing patterns and fabrics, and am extremely passionate about women dressing well for their body types. Being a 6’3” woman, a great deal of my body confidence development has come from understanding my body type, and learning what works well-- what makes me feel oh-so-darn-GOOD!
To avoid thinking trends aren’t for you, or limiting your self expression because you don’t understand your shape, let’s talk body types & tips! With these things in mind, you can make any trend uniquely yours!
Full-Figured: typically considered top heavy, tends to carry more weight in the midriff area, and may have broader shoulders-- this shape may be likened to the letter ‘O’, an apple, and in some cases, a square.
Think Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, or Melissa McCarthy.
Highlight your favorite body part, minimize the rest
Bring focus to your face with interesting necklines like a V-neck or boat neck
Choose longer skirts that skim curves, not squeeze
Pear Shaped: smaller waist with hips, butt, and thighs as the most noticeable traits, generally has more narrow, sloping shoulders, may have full and muscular legs-- this shape is also referred to as a triangle or the letter ‘A’.
Think Beyonce, Kim K. or Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Lean: viewed as "straight up, and down", build is considered athletic, and likened to a column or rectangle-- shapes falling into this category may also be likened to the letters 'I’, ‘H’, ‘V’, or ‘X’.
Think Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, or Cameron Diaz.
Give the illusion of curves with ruffles, pleats, and angles
Add shoulder embellishments or ruching at the bodice
Opt for sheath dresses and add sash/belt to create hourglass concept
Hourglass: flattering curves, defined waist, body fat is evenly distributed, hip and shoulder lines appear as the same width when looking in the mirror--this shape is likened to the letter 8.
Think Salma Hayek or Marilyn Monroe.
Wear dresses that follow natural lines of the body to hug curves
Be sexy but avoid a too-short hemline and too-deep V-neck
Wrap dresses are your best friend
Now that that’s out of the way, take a look at my 7 must have fall trends!
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Shining Bright with my Hour Glass,
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Chicago native, Brandi Nicole Williams is an author, speaker, faith leader, and entrepreneur. Since completing her BA Sociology at DePaul University in 2004, Brandi has been speaking, facilitating workshops, and leading small groups for women and youth. Through this work she has demonstrated a commitment to equipping and empowering individuals to discover their purpose in life. Brandi obtained her Master’s in Theological Studies in 2012 and often lends her voice to matters such as self-worth, body image, and self-esteem. She also loves intertwining biblical principles with fashion, beauty, and pop culture. Over the past year, Brandi has expanded her reach as a personal development coach and consultant to communities, and organizations, seeking to enhance confidence in clients and staff. Brandi currently resides in Nashville, TN. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and proudly stands 6’3".