You say, "But, Jenna, I don't have the time to read articles and Wiki Hows on how to dress myself, and I wasn't endowed with a bank account fitting a personal stylist." I say, "You are in luck, my fashion hungry friend, for Monroe and Main has developed just the tool for people like us!"
Next, head on over to the Monroe and Main Blog (HINT: you can click the GIF above to be taken straight to the page in reference) and begin your shape and style revolution with Part 1 of their How To Dress For Your Body Type series.
While you're going to want to go directly to the Monroe and Main Blog to view the entire How To Dress For Your Body Type series, I've gone ahead and shared a little of what I learned in the interactive graphic above. Believe me, I don't have visions of walking the Victoria's Secret catwalk; but, in an effort to emphasize that we are all friends, and we are all 100% woman, I've gone and bared a little of my personal reflection with you. Hover over the image to explore measuring tips for the 4 main clothing measurements, and to discover some great videos, shopping links, and more!
I'd like to note I, personally, take my measurements with and without shape-wear on, and always keep both sets of measurements on hand. I find I lose 4-5 inches with a light hold body shaper, which makes a significant difference when wearing a formal fitted dress. If you plan on wearing a fitted outfit over shapewear consider taking your measurements over shape-wear and adding 1-2 inches for the right sizing and fit.
I think I accomplished this precisely with the Scuba Fit 'N Flare dress, perfect for Summer, or that daring Fashionista that just loves to stand out! This zipper back dress comes to my knees and is offered in plus sizing for the truly fierce hourglass figures. I kept with the geometric theme, while breaking up the print, and my waist, with a solid color thanks to a wide red belt I had in the closet. I also paired the dress with an easy on/off solid black 3/4 sleeve shrug that offered a little more modesty, as well as styling as the day progressed.
What Daughter Says: Any woman can be a Fashionista when they know how to flatter their body!
Thanks to Monroe and Main and #FashionistaEvents, one Momma Told Me reader is going to win a "How To Dress Your Body Type" Kit and $185 Monroe And Main shopping spree good on shape-wear, clothing, and accessories!
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Each Fashionista is hosting their own Monroe And Main #DressYourBodyType $185 giveaway so be sure to visit each of the gorgeous women below to see their flattering fit, and enter their giveaway!