I’ve always envied women who can slip on a tunic, wear it as a mini dress and show off their great gams. Alas, I am not one of those ladies as my legs are the last feature I am willing to display in a public setting.
But that does not stop my love for the garb and my passion for finding options that will flatter my figure. By the definition on Dictionary.com a tunic is a “a woman’s upper garment, either loose or close-fitting and extending over the skirt to the hips or below.” Ultimately the cut of the garment plays against our natural shape as it may get stuck on our hips and not show our delicate waistlines unless it is accessorized and styled properly.
Luckily there are ways to tweak the top that will allow us to still don a tunic stylishly. The ingredients for this style recipe include a tunic, leggings and a great, bold belt. Are you having trouble picturing this look? Let me make it simple. For the tunic you can choose any color, pattern or embellishment you want as long as the main details appear on your upper torso, not on your hips. This top from Black Hearts Brigade ($54 Bluefly.com) will do the trick:
The shape is boxy, but the cut is full enough to cover our shapely rears and accommodate all our curves while channelling a “rocker” vibe.
Step number two for the ensemble is pair it with leggings. Newport-News has tons of options available from boot leg to skinny and as long as you don black and choose a full length style, either cut will have a slimming effect. The ones that are featured have the added benefit of the retailer’s “Shape FX” line as the leggings have been built for support, control and slimming your rump.
A great belt will provide the final detail, but the key is getting a large enough sized accessory so it can be worn at your hips, not at your waist. Although they are primarily known for their jeans, Lucky Brand has awesome accessories and this Ashe Belt ($69) would complete the outfit:
If you choose to wear this belt at the waist, the only thing you would succeed in doing is drawing attention to your pear shaped figure. Don’t believe me? Michelle Obama recently made a mistake we can all learn by:
By moving the belt down a couple of inches, you can blouse the top, thus adding some bulk onto the narrowest part of our bodies. Plus the slimming effect of the black leggings will allow us to best mimic the style of the skinny girls, but customized for a pear shaped figure. Whether you pair this outfit with sandals in the summer or boots in the winter, you now have the inside scoop on how to wear a tunic.
Of course no look would be complete without an plug for Hurricane by Jane Jewelry and would recommended the Duotastic Necklace because the piece will add a splash of gold that would compliment the olive tone of the shirt while tying in the silver buckle of the belt:
What a difference a year can make. Bad hair cuts can seem to mend themselves, pounds can be gained and lost, and the First Lady has established herself as a style icon. The best thing about Michelle Obama are her curves and the fact that she is a tried and true Pear Shapely kind of gal. Yes she is fit. Yes, her arms are worthy of praise. And, oh yes, her hips are bigger proportionally then her upper torso.
Harper’s Bazaar is currently paying homage to our luscious first lady by highlighting her fashion accomplishments for the past year. She knows how to rock her figure by highlighting her curves with a great synch belt and by wearing appropriate shapes for her figure:
She knows how to drape her figure for any occasion:
and in general, she is a healthy role model for women of all shapes, sizes and colors.
This First Lady certainly seems to have it all. The only thing that appears to be missing from her life is some great jewelry from Hurricane by Jane. I’m sure if she were to know about little ol’ me, she would choose some pieces that were unique and shimmering from the Icicle Collection (Necklace $92 and Earrings $52).
Why wait until she takes the plunge? Be ahead of the fashion pack and buy yours now! If you are interested in the complete set feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com and I’ll make you and offer you can’t refuse.
One of the best features for Pear Shapely figures is our all around curves, thanks to our little waists. One of the best ways to define the feature and get an awesome workout is through hula-hooping. Using a hula-hoop provides an aerobic work-out that burns up to 200 calories per a twenty minute workout while challenging the core muscles, hips thighs and butt. There is no better workout that compliments our pear shaped body. The cost of the activity ranges from about $5 for a real hula hoop to hundreds of dollars in the Wii game system fitness package.
Hoops have been a popular form of exercise since times in ancient Greece. During the 14th century hooping became one of the favorite pastimes of Great Britian children. Hula-hooping gained popularity in the 1950’s and at that time, everyone jumped on the bandwagon. In 1958 Wham-O sold over 100 million devices in their first year of distribution and since that time there have been additional highs and lows for the trend.
Since Michelle Obama twisted her lovely pear shaped figure in yesterday’s White House event, the style icon is going to ensure that the activity will once again gain speed.
Regardless of your political viewpoints, everyone can agree that Michelle Obama is in excellent physical shape and really knows how to work hear pear shaped figure. With a little practice and dedication most anyone can twist their hips to keep the momentum of a hoop going. Challenging yourself to learn the new skill of hula hooping will burn calories, help you tone up and maybe even help you channel your inner child.