How to determine your body shape

This is going to be first in the series of posts on “How to dress according to your body shape.”

Before we directly jump on to determine the female body shapes, you need to understand that there are a number of reasons which states that it is difficult to categorize the shape of a female body –

Firstly, every individual has a different body type which makes it difficult to standardize something which is unique.

Secondly, human bodies are not static objects, it keeps changing over time.

(Disclaimer: this post is not an exact categorization of your body but more about balancing the aesthetics)

Don’t we all like to look at a balanced object?

Human bodies come in all sizes and shapes and that is what makes us all unique. Isn’t it?

Whether you have a ‘rectangle-shaped body’ or a ‘pear-shaped’ it is not important but the main point is that the more balanced the silhouette would appear, the more visually pleasing the outfit would look on you. And fashion could be a great way to highlight the features that you love as well as play down features which you don’t find perfect by opting for the right cuts and fits.

For starting off, the theory of body shapes can be useful to determine the features of your body which need the work of balancing as long as you take it as a rough guide.

Firstly, you need to measure yourself. And while measuring you need to keep the four areas of your body in mind, i.e., shoulders, bust, waist, and hips.

Secondly, there are chances that you may have a primary or secondary body shape and to find that three methods can be used –
1. Determine the shape of your body with the help of the measurements of your hips, waist, and shoulder.
2. Determine the shape of a body with the help of the measurements of your hips, waist, and shoulder.
3. Determine the shape of your body by looking into the mirror and finding out which part of your body does not balance with the rest of the body.

The five basic body shapes –

To determine the shape of your body you need to look at some of the basic shapes. There are various ways in which you can define your shape, but the simplest way is to determine whether you are an –

Hourglass-shaped body

General characteristics of an hourglass-shaped body are that the measurements of bust and hips are nearly equal with a narrower measurement of the waist.

Pear or spoon-shaped body

This body shape is generally characterized by large hips which are wider than the shoulders and bust.

Rectangle-shaped body

This body shape is generally characterized by equal measurements of bust, waist, and hips.

Inverted triangle shaped body

The general characteristics of an inverted triangle shaped body are broad shoulders and the bust which narrows down to the hips.

Apple-shaped body

The typical characteristics of the Apple-shaped bodies are large bust, fuller midsection, and narrow hips.

Many times you would feel that you ain’t fitting well into just one of the categories. Or maybe fit into one but also lean towards another. Yes, this can happen!!

As already mentioned these body shapes are just a rough guide. It is important for you to identify which of the parts make you fit into which category and then work towards playing them down or up accordingly.

I hope this helps you to identify your body shape easily. In my next post, I will be discussing each and every body shape in detail and how you can highlight as well as to downplay your characteristics to get a more balanced appearance.

This Is Our New Reality

It’s a Sunday evening and you’re feeling restless. You are texting your friends, watching movies over your laptop and scrolling through your Instagram on phone. You are distracted, your attention is in ten different directions, yet there’s a voice calling you from behind. Voice: What are you distracting yourself from? You ignore. Scroll again. Click again.

Scroll. Text. Click. Refresh. Click. Scroll. Click. Text. That’s what you do all day. Isn’t it?

Wait a second. What’s happening? Is this our new normal?

The world has been a bit terrifying and unnerving lately. The pandemic has completely taken over the world. Social distancing and self-isolation is our new reality and let’s face it, it’s not very gratifying. Everyone is talking about it, the symptoms, who are more susceptible to getting it, the percentage of deaths in certain countries and globally, and how to prevent it from spreading. Our daily routine is a mess, and we suddenly feel caught up. We can’t do a lot of things that we did on a regular basis, and this somehow leaves us stressed out. I am sure you will agree to this that somehow staying indoors, reading, hearing, and talking about the pandemic all day long is affecting our mental health.

People with anxiety are having a difficult time dealing with things. Thankfully, I and my family are safe and healthy in our home. And, hope you’re too. But, is everyone safe? No, they’re not! Not everyone has the luxury most of us have.

I have isolated myself since 15th March. So it’s been more than three weeks of me being locked inside my home. Social distancing doesn’t feel weird to me as I’m always home. But, sometimes it gets frustrating as I am not used to being around everyone all day. And, I also understand that for someone, who meets a lot of people every day and goes out every single day for work or whatever reason, this is like, detox! But then, of course, this is stressing for them, as well as the people around them.

I don’t know if it’s anxiety or if it’s an empath thing, but it’s been a week since I have slept properly. It’s impossible to stop thinking about what’s happening right now. Yesterday, it was the first time, in a long time, that I really broke down and sobbed (And somewhere down there you may have been struggling to get through the day too). The next morning when I woke up, I noticed how puffy my eyes were, resulting from crying myself to sleep the night before.

I have been keeping up with the news just to hear that things are getting better. Though, I try to keep myself away from all this as much as possible by cutting off all that extra news which can trigger my anxiety.

But apart from the news about pandemic there are a lot of articles on domestic violence (According to the recent reports, there has been an alarming rise in the case of domestic violence). There are a lot of people still going out for nothing at all. A lot of people who can’t go to work but also aren’t able to work from home are concerned about how they’re going to pay for groceries and rent.

We all know that it’s difficult to stay home manage your work, school, college or even pursuing your passion while managing to not get affected by the virus and constantly fearing the health of your loved ones.

Though my work keeps me busy all day, there are days when it gets impossible for me to work too (there’s so much distraction). I listen to music and watch fashion or cooking videos as these perfectly work as a coping mechanism for me. But is this just about me? Every person who’s locked inside their homes or are still out for some reason are dealing with some sort of mental health problem. People are concerned about their mental health.

And with a chance of lockdown to be extended, there’s an added uncertainty about what will happen in the future, and that worries us.

How can one deal with their anxiety now that it’s at an all-time high? How can we, as a society, get all the hardheaded people inside their homes so this stops spreading? Will people ever see eye-to-eye on how we, as a country, should deal with healthcare especially in situations like this? There are a lot of questions on your mind with no trace of answers.

People need to understand that we are dealing with a pandemic and there’s no productivity challenge going on. However, there’s no harm in being productive but you don’t have to give in to the societal pressure, understand what your mind and your body is asking you to do. Understand that all we can do today is to take this opportunity to be in the present, to get courage, and resilience and to overcome this difficult situation. We just need to focus on what feels right at the moment. Shut all your social media platforms if you see a lot of content about this virus, Listen to music that makes you feel good, cook and eat good food, sit on your terrace and feel the breeze in your hair while making note of your breathing.

Despite how it looks right now, things will improve. Life will resume and we will be more appreciative of our freedom and our relationships. The next time we see our friends, it’s going to be extra special. We will treasure physical contact and presence. Activities that we once perceived to be small or just a part of our daily routines will never be taken for granted again.

Just remember we will get through this very soon!

Till then take care of yourself and your loved one.

Sending love and a big hug your way. ❤️

Kiss 2019 Goodbye in Style!

If there is one night to go all out and get heads to turn, it’s New Year’s Eve. And with that to say, the countdown to New Year has begun already!

Have you thought about what you are going to wear to the parties yet?

Whether you’re trying to dress to impress at your office party or look effortless at a friend’s get-together, dressing for the night without looking extra while also staying warm is a CHALLENGE!!

So, I wanted to share some outfit ideas that might help you when you look into your closet this week for something to wear. Keep scrolling!!

1. Festive, comfortable, and warm enough for the winters, a combination of basics from your wardrobe is a classic for a reason.

2. Nothing says “It’s New Year!!” like a chic sequin dress. Edge it up with a blazer, your favourite pair of stilettos or booties and matching accessories.

3. Winter means oversized cosy sweaters! Wearing a sweater as a dress with boots and a cute belt bag is my current favourite combo. It is dressy enough for a holiday party, yet casual enough to grab a cup of hot chocolate with your friends.

4. Live the party. Love the party. Be the party.

Change your short dresses for a metallic skirt and keep the new year glam alive.

Tip: Pair up shades of the same colour to create something beautiful.

5. Pleats, please! One-piece I have been looking forward to styling for the new year’s eve are the skirts.

Get a surprisingly effortless look by pairing your favourite skirt with a turtleneck, a top with statement sleeves, or even a sweater. Top it off with some accessories and boots for a little more oomph.

6. A blazer dress in winter looks undeniably sexy and the kind of outfit that is perfect for the festive season.

Tip: Try something fun for New Year look?
How about wearing the red blazer as a top and layer it with the pink one?

7. The perfect solution for those who hate sparkle is Leather.

Pair your leather pants with a lace blouse and a matching bralette underneath for a subtly sexy look. Complete the look with a pair of classic heels and accessories.

8. Jumpsuits are a great evening alternative if you’re not quite feeling a dress!

Not only the ensemble is incredibly easy to wear, but will also feel like a party game changer when coordinated with the right pair of stiletto and accessories.

9. That fancy matching set you have been saving for a special occasion? Now is the time to wear it!

There is no denying that matching co-ords look classy. And dressing head-to-toe in the same colour does not only saves your time but matching it up with the right accessories can bring out an elegant and flattering look!

I rounded up these 9 outfit ideas for New Year parties, to help you kiss 2019 goodbye in style!

Would love to hear from you guys how you liked these styles. Lemme know if you would try them out!

Stay tuned for the next one, till then be happy and keep slaying.

More love and positivity to you. ❤️