2014年05月09日

How to make your shoulders & upper arms look slimmer in 3 mins

Did you know that rolled shoulders (a.k.a. hunched shoulders) make you look fat?
Well, this is the picture which prooves that.

Rolled shoulders make your arm look fatter

The lower picture was taken 3 minutes apart, after doing some quick exercises to releave my rolled shoulders. By doing this, my shoulders look slimmer and better toned.
(The orange strip is there to show that the width of my neck is constant)

The Exercise I Did


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2014年05月16日

How to dress top-heavy bodies

Any woman with an inverted triangle body shape must have experienced difficulties when they tried on clothes that's supposed to flatter her. Well, I have and no wonder why; Most street clothes are designed to fit and flatter bottom-heavy, pear shaped women: the dominant body shape among the female sex. Clothes that are made for bottom-heavy women accentuate the top half of the body and minimize the bottom half of the body. So, when we inverted triangle women wear them, they exaggerate features we want to hide!

The Realisation


Few years ago, I was extremely confused about clothes. I performed countless Google searches of "Women inverted triangle body fashion", "Apple shape fashion" and "Top heavy body what to wear" and became super-conscious about my body shape.

I noticed I had a short torso (I have a tiny gap between my rib cage and hip bone), which made the difference between my waist and hip small. No matter how hard I tried to shrink my waist, it felt impossible. So instead, I decided I have to choose what I wear carefully.

Thinking about body shape


I am Asian, and like most Asian women, I am also petite (petite = below 5'3). But when I look at people around me here in Japan, I don't see other women like me. Most petite women seem to have longer torso than me, and have nice curvy waists.
(Japanese underwear commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_KfNnHhMAA )

So I differentiated the typical inverted triangle body shape in two 3 types.
Types of inverted triangle body shape

The left body is an example of a woman with balanced torso to leg ratio, and average Caucasian height.
The middle body is an example of a woman with long torso, short legs and average Asian height (petite for Caucasian).
The right body is an example of a woman with short torso, longer legs and average Asian height (petite for Caucasian).

They are all top heavy (inverted triangle), but because their proportions are slightly different, clothes that best flatter their body will be different.

(The bodies may appear to have unrealistic, exaggerated features, but it is easier to explain how to dress them)

Shirt and Pants


For example, let's look at how would they look if they wear a simple shirt and pants.
What inverted triangle women are not supposed to wear

Features that are supposed to be avoided


Lighter colours on top and darker colours on the bottom: This type of contrast makes your body look top heavy.
Short sleaves that cuts horizontally: This type of sleave goes right through the arm at chest level, and exaggerates how large your breasts are (not good for those who want to look "modest"); And the arms look fatter with this type of sleave.
Short shirt: Because there is not much length in the vertical direction, the horizontal width looks comparatively greater.
Slim, dark pants: Makes the leg look skinnier, making your torso appear fatter.

But just simply reversing the above features won't completely solve the problem.
Why clothes does not flatter your body

Especially for the body with short legs. The long pants accentuates her short legs, making her look out of proportion. A body with long torso and long legs should feature its best body part: the waist. People with long torso tend to have tiny waist, so they should utilise this asset and wear a belt at waist level or wear pants with a waist-marking feature.
And to disguise the shortness of its legs, women with short legs should wear a short pants that flows outward. Also, tucking the shirt in should be effective to disguise how long the torso is.

Recommended T-shirt and long pants combination for inverted triangle women

Other considerations


Wearing shoes that stand out helps to balance the body proportion: Volume needs to be reduced at the top but needs to be added at the bottom. Also, wearing a long necklace would help to produce an illusion of a narrower shoulder. Necklaces that have large pendants bring attention to the lower part of the body, away from the breast, and are great to make large breasted women modest if they want less attention to their breast!

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2014年05月23日

How does a petite goblet body type woman look like wearing a dress?

When I was looking for a nice, flattering dress, I got really frustrated. That's because I have a large breast, undefined waist and small hips. Finding out what body type I am helped a lot: goblet body type, based on Trinny and Susannah's grouping method.

After finding out that I was a goblet body type, I looked at multiple Pinterest boards and googled "Goblet body dress" but most women that appeared on the websites seemed to have smaller breasts than me, and were mostly taller than me.

However, after several trial-and-error (e.g. the Issa wrap dress), I seemed to have found a flattering silhouette for me, and I would like to share this.

(Dresses sold in Japan are somewhat different from those sold in US, UK, etc. But I thought it could be a good guide for someone out there)

The dresses


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