This is the introduction to a six part series on Maternity Portrait Fashion 101.
A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to create a comprehensive guide for choosing what to wear at a maternity portrait session. I wanted to put in all of the basics of fashion and design into the guide. I had originally planned on this guide existing as one blog post with helpful tips and outlined simply but in the time I have been creating the guide it has exploded with all types of information that is all so helpful. So to make everything as clear and concise as possible I'm going to break it up into more manageable sections (and post in reverse order just so it's easy to read as you scroll). This guide will mainly cover more elegant or semi-formal wear. I have tried to make sure to stick to explaining the basic concepts as simply as I was able in a blog series. Enjoy!
Here's the rundown of what to expect. Click the link to access the post:
Part 1: Body Type - the basics on how to determine your body type.
Part 2: Dress Line - different styles of dress lines and which ones are best for each body type. Bonus gown style examples.
Part 3: Neck Line - different styles of neck lines and which ones are best for each body type. Bonus gown style examples.
Part 4: Sleeve Type - different styles of sleeve types and which ones are best for each body type. Bonus gown style examples.
Part 5: Color - the basics of color mixing and which colors to wear based on the seasons.
Part 6: Accessories - extras to wear with your outfit or have in your maternity portrait.
For examples of my favorite maternity dresses be sure to check out this "Maternity Dress" board on Pinterest. For more examples of maternity styling check out my "What to Wear" board on Pinterest @jesplinphoto
This is part ONE in a six part series. Check out the series introduction here for links to each post.
These are the basic body shapes that the fashion industry often uses to categorize different body shapes. Using these categories we can more easily find clothing that will flatter your body the most. We will go more into how these shapes can help you find what to wear in later posts. This post will focus on the basics of each shape and how to determine which shape you most resemble. These shapes consider the area between your shoulders and your hips (not head, not legs).
Here are the basic five shapes:
This is typically considered the "ideal" body type according to Western standards. This is an interesting observation as most women do not exhibit this shape. These are the basic criteria:
Triangle or Pear:
This body shape is more narrow at the top and wider at the bottom. This shape has also been called "spoon" or "bell". These are the typical characteristics:
Round or Oval:
This body type is a bit more round in the middle waist area and more narrow in the shoulders and hips. This shape and the Inverted Triangle shape are very similar in the waist. These elements are typical:
Inverted Triangle or Apple:
This shape is larger on the top part of the body and more narrow on the lower part of the body. This shape and the Round shape are very similar in the waist. This shape consists of these details:
Rectangle or Athletic:
The rectangle body shape tends to be more athletic and is considered the opposite of curvy. This shape has also been called the "ruler" or the "banana" shape; there is not a lot of fat on this body type. This is surprisingly one of the most common body shapes for women. These elements are prominent:
During pregnancy your body type tends to be more round in the middle with your expanding baby bump which typically makes your body type either a triangle or a round shape. However, different body types will all carry their babies in different positions in their body (high or low, wide or narrow, closer to the body or not) and that may affect your overall body shape. Using the above criteria as a guideline look in a mirror with tight clothing to determine which shape you exhibit. Ask your close friends for their opinion if you have trouble knowing which shape best describes your body.
This blog will feature new parent advice, what to expect when working with my business, as well as an ongoing series about safety when interacting with newborns
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