Know your body type: A Basic Guide|Inverted Triangle Shape and Rectangular Shape|Concept of Petite.

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Inverted triangular shaped body type.

If your bust is the fullest and you somewhat have really broad shoulders, this means you have an inverted triangular body shape. This is usually achieved by sporty and trained ladies. Examples of Celebrities with this body shape include Naomi Campbell and Demi Moore.

Rectangular shaped body type
If your bust, waist and hips are almost the same, especially when there is a similar width throughout your body from shoulders to waist then you have a rectangular body shaped type. Models are usually of a rectangular shape because it is easy to fit clothing on a rectangle as it is a dress form. Examples of celebrities with this shape include Kate Moss and Princess Diana.

It is worthy of note to clarify that Petite isn’t a body shape type. Petite refers to stature not weight. Petite is the term used in the fashion industry to describe a woman who is 5’3 tall or under. Celebrities who look petite include Zoe Kravitz, Demi Lovato, Chidinma Ekile, Nicole Richie and Salma Hayek.

Always remember, there is no best or worst body type. All body types have pros and cons. Knowing your body type is about dressing to look your best. Just know yours and dress it the best and proper way it should be dressed.

Dreaming Caucasian Brunette Woman With Crossed Hands Over Gray

3. Wear Your Colors. Like most little girls, I grew up wanting to be a princess. Of course, all princesses wore pink. And not just any pink. Bubble gum pink, a rosy shade that looks great on most white people. But it washed out the richer tones of my chocolate skin. Sadly, that didn’t stop me from wearing it religiously for the first 30 years of my life.

And then I got my colors done. My color therapist at the time, Jennifer Butler (whom I met in LA when I started working on-camera) didn’t just look at my skin tone. Over the course of two hours, she studied my eye color, hair color and bone structure in natural light. She asked about my life, passions and personality. Pulling from a treasure chest of thousands of color swatches collected over decades as a painter and stylist, one by one, she held up colors that made me shine. Wearing my authentic colors not only changed how I saw myself (as more beautiful), it changed how others saw and related to me.

Eventually, these swatches became my color palette, which I swear by to this day. I know exactly what shade to wear on any occasion: my relationship color with friends and family, romantic for date night, power color in the board room, and the perfect shade for everything in between. It helps me pop on-camera, makes shopping and dressing a snap, and causes total strangers to come up to me on the street just to say hello.

4. Keep it Real. Great style isn’t just about clothes, it’s about wearing your heart on your sleeve. If you’re sad, do you pretend to be happy? If you’re hurt, do you pretend not to care? Being a fake is never attractive, and somehow, other people can spot it a mile away. On top of that, being inauthentic prevents you from confronting and resolving deep-seated issues that may be crimping more than just your personal style. When was the last time you inventoried your strengths, weaknesses, and dreams? Telling the truth to others can be easy, but only if you’re willing to be honest with yourself first.

5. Be Courageous. Authenticity can take a tremendous amount of courage. The courage to be vulnerable. Courage to follow your unique spiritual path. Courage to let go of trends and beauty standards that don’t measure up to who you are. Courage to be seen and heard; to walk to the beat of your own drum even if nobody else hears it. Though being rejected is harrowing, there’s nothing scarier than looking in the mirror and not knowing who you are. After all, no matter how much time, money and energy you invest in looking like someone else, deep down, those around you know who you really are. Most importantly, you do too.

6. Have Fun With It. Many of us have developed such a phobia of being judged by the “fashion police” that we play it safe and stay stuck in a style rut. As a little girl, I have fond memories of playing dress up in my mother’s closet, sporting her dresses, shoes, accessories and make-up. No matter how clownish I looked, I had so much fun playing with the textures and colors in her wardrobe, like paint on an artist’s palette. Today I’m all grown up, but I approach fashion in the same way: like a fun game of dress up that’s fresh every day.

So don’t take yourself too seriously. Each outfit is a chance to experiment with your personal style, unleash your inner child, and express your soul. Screw the fashion police. Go ahead, make yourself smile: wear stripes with plaid, mismatched socks, a frivolous hat or even a colorful wig the next time you have a big event. I dare you. Playing it safe will get you nowhere. At best, you’ll discover a new part of yourself you didn’t know existed. At worst, you’ll be remembered.

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