One of the goals that I recall having the year before last was to get more (or back) into fashion. I don't follow a lot of new trends, or wear a lot of makeup. However, I have always liked looking nice, though. Chic, maybe? I have always liked building a wardrobe that serves as an extension of who I am, my particular style, my flavor. I see it as not a way of buying certain brands, fitting in and being trendy, but as an art form of self-expression. I've never particularly cared much for what was "in style" as much as what made me feel good when I wore it.
Confidence is important. When we feel good in what we're wearing we tend to shine a little brighter from the inside. It's why I always feel a little sad when I hear ladies say that they're waiting to lose weight to buy some new clothes. No. Go get a few pieces that make you feel wonderful NOW. Boost that confidence. Let yourself glow now and the better you feel the better you'll find you'll do at everything you truly want to do. When you're feeling good you'll feel like doing better, because you'll feel like your value has been raised. It's a silly trick, but it works for most.
In my quest for building a basic wardrobe that I really liked I kept running into a few snags. One of them was that I would buy some pieces and get them home, and find them to be not very flattering on me. I would know that they go together. I do understand basic fashion rules, so it wasn't that I was not picking out the right outfits to match. They were also not too big, or small. I loved the style, but something was just.... not right.
I knew about all the tips and tricks for pear, apple and whatever shapes. These were not helping. I still found that my ability to determine whether an outfit was going to look decent on me was going to be a hit or miss. Sometimes it wasn't that noticeable until I was in a mirror from far away, or at another angle besides one that was directly in front of me, or perhaps I saw myself in a picture.
Then I happened across some videos on YouTube about the David Kibbe body typing system. It was totally different than any of the other kinds before. All of the others were so basic compared to Kibbe's system. They relied on a couple of questions that predominately were based on flaws of the body and how to cover them up.' If you have an X shaped body wear this to balance it out and bring the eye to here' sort of thing. Up until this point it treated the female form as a punishment of curves and lines to balance and correct. Kibbe was way before his time as his book debuted in the late 80's, I think it was. He sees the human body with an artist's eye. Very unique, he has 13 types that begin at Yin and stop at Yang. They are based on bone structure and how the flesh sits on the bones. (I will share a quiz at the end of this post, so you can see which one you are.)
This was hard for me to understand at first when I took the quiz and I think I made it all way more complicated than it needed to be. I had to learn about it quite a bit and revisit the quiz after awhile before understanding the whole process, so if you don't get it right away don't be discouraged.
The thing I really loved about this whole system is that there are examples of models, and actresses for each and every category. There is no one prized body shape that is better than another. they are all beautiful.
So, once I was able to ascertain which body type I am I was able to finally see which styles, fabrics and designs look best on me. I can see why some of those outfits I kept trying to wear was not happening for me. Many were best suited for women on one side of the body type line when I am on the complete other side! So yes, I was putting together some real nice outfits, but they were never going to look great on me. Some were bulky materials, which here again, not the best kind for my type. So now I know before I buy. I have a better idea what patterns and colors to look for, too.
Here is one of the videos I used:
Here is one with plus size examples. Also, I want to note that weight loss or gain does NOT change your type. Your Kibbe type is based off of bone structure and how your flesh sits on your bones. It will not change through out adulthood.