- Take a real evaluation of what your body type is.
- Look for a celebrity or fashion icon whose style you like and that has the same build as you.
- Study their style. Take note of what is flattering and unflattering on them.
- Act accordingly.
I find that this is the easiest way to evaluate whether or not you can pull off a certain look. Although the key is being honest with yourself about your body type. I find it so confusing when I see women with “muffin tops” and “is she pregnant or nah?” bodies shoved into these super tight body con dresses. I wonder to myself how are they comfortable highlighting such an unflattering part of their body? Especially when it can be easily hidden with a good pair of Spanx. I say this as a curvy woman that has struggled and continues to struggle to lose weight. There is no shame in wearing proper undergarments to hide unflattering features. I am a firm believer that every look is not for every body.
This not only works for choosing looks that are appropriate for your body type, but also color pairing, and makeup tricks. I’m brown skinned, so why would I look to a fairer skinned person for ideas on what colors I can pull off? I look to Tika Sumpter for makeup inspiration, because she and I have similar skin tones. If I for some reason am getting my makeup done professionally I save a picture of her on my phone with a beat that I like, which gives my artist a blueprint for what I want. I do the same when I go into Sephora or Elf to shop for makeup. I pull out my picture and I say this is what I’m going for. It makes their job easier for you to come in with a realistic perception of yourself.