A NOTE TO ALL OF MY READERS
For a very long time I’ve felt ashamed of my athletic body type. I build muscle very easily, have always had bigger arms, shoulders, and calves than any of my female friends. I struggled finding my personal style in a sea of photos with beautiful petite and curvier women. Fitness pages give me inspiration, but I see a void in how to style that body type beyond workout clothing. This post is for all of you ladies who feel the same way and want a little inspiration. I’m consistently working on my fitness goals and don’t have the body I aspire to yet, but I’ve learned to appreciate what I have and feel proud of my muscles along the way. Thank you for recognizing my differences and appreciating them anyway.
MORE ABOUT MY BODY TYPE
My body type is athletic. I build muscle easily (when I commit to my workouts), I have a little bit of hip, and not much curvature in my torso. My somatotype is mostly mesomorph with traits of an endomorph (meso-endomorph). Mesomorph body types build muscles easily and tend to gain and lose weight easily. Here’s a great article, a quiz, a guide , and another article that explains somatic body typing in case you’d like to know yours.
SHOPPING DOS AND DONTS BY BODY PART
If you have an athletic body type and are looking to shop for new clothes, here are my personal tips that can help you find clothing that compliments your body. As you go through these, sound off in the comments and let us know if I forgot something or you’ve tried any of these and found success.
NOTE: These tips are geared toward creating a more hourglass appearance.
DO: Buy quarter length sleeves to make your arm appear slender. Go sleeveless to show off your defined arms, or get a sleeve that cuts right above biceps.
DON’T: Buy bat wing tops or tops that don’t fit well around the armpit. They don’t offer much shape and can make your muscular arms appear larger and less defined.
DO: Racerback and Halter Top Cuts. They mimic the cut of a sports bra and show off defined shoulders and arms.
DO: V-neck and scoop neck shirts. This cut draws the eye down vertically and give the illusion of more length.
DON’T: Buy short sleeves that cut horizontally across your deltoids. It accentuates large shoulders and may make your body look disproportionate. Caveat: If you love your shoulders (like I do) and want to make them stand out, there’s nothing wrong with that!
DO: Cinch waist with a belt. This give the illusion of a waist with more curvature on the sides. This helps make your figure appear closer to an hourglass shape.
DO: Wear shirts tied around waist. This accentuates narrower hips.
DO: Midi length skirts with an a-line cut. Just make sure the skirt cut above the knee. If you have extremely narrow hips, wear a belt for added shape. I happen to have small hips, so I love wearing high waisted pencil skirts with a belt. The belt cinches my waist and the tight skirt shows off my bum.
DO: Peplum tops and dresses. As long as the frills fall lower at the the hip, it will give a beautiful hourglass affect. Some peplum sits too high on the waist, so be sure to avoid cuts with peplum that’s too short.
FAKE A SMALLER WAIST
DO: Wear high-waisted or mid-rise jeans. It will lengthen the look of stocky muscular legs and hug the smallest part of your waist.
DO: Pair crop tops with high waisted pants and skirts. The bit of skin the shows is usually at the smallest part of your waist and will make you look even more fit.
DONT: Wear tops that are too wide or have boxy shapes. It will hide the curves you work hard to build and at times make you look bulky and less put together.
DONT: Wear high waisted jeans if you truly have no hips. This will accentuate that fact. Mid-rise is best, especially if you can find a pair with a light wash specifically across the hip area. The light parts on the jeans make those areas look fuller.
DO: Wear thin ankle straps or no straps at all. Wearing styles that are opposite of your physique can help tremendously in the shoe category. If you have wider angles and calves, opt for shoes that balance the look.
DONT: Wear a shoe that’s too chunky around the ankle or too bulky. This one you can take with a grain of salt because I’m all for comfort. However, generally speaking, slender silouettes and pointy toe shoes give legs a more slender dainty appearance. For practicality I’ve included shoes that have the best of both worlds. They offer some more girth in the heel to support stockier muscles, but have a feminine silouette.
RULES DON'T MEAN ANYTHING!
The most important thing is confidence. Acceptance is Queen and if you accept what you have, it will shine brighter than any “trick” you can pull off. Have fun, give these tips a try and share your own tips in the comments below. We all are here to help each other!