Your body is your business!
Working women should not have to worry too much about their wardrobe - they need their brains for more important thoughts. There are two possibilities: doing it like Steve Jobs and wear the same, boring clothes every single day. Or shop accordingly to your body type!
You have probably heard about female body types before. Some people out there have made a whole science out of it - but basically, there are five different female body types in which you should find yourself. The theory goes that if you manage to dress accordingly to your body type, you will look more feminine, no matter your weight. Yes, I know, it is not all about looking perfect, and a woman should wear whatever she wants, regardless if it´s flattering or not. But, in fact, life - especially business life - gets much more relaxed with some no-brainers in your closet that work perfectly with your physical assets. For every businesswoman, there are a few staples that strengthen her strong features and get the attention away from her weaknesses. So get your measurement band and find out what body type you are: your business outfits should make you feel comfortable and secure after all, so you can focus on your work!
Type No. 1: The inverted triangle
Your shoulders and/or bust are more extensive than your hips. Awesome - your body alone tells people you can burden a lot! You want to look strong, but not like an Iron Lady or Grace Jones in the movie Boomerang, right? No worries, it is all about balancing it out: create the illusion of curves on your lower body.
Your boss woman jacket: A fitted blazer, with a nipped-in waist and flared bottom. Keep in mind that the jacket ideally should be loose around your shoulders because everything too tight makes them look larger than they are - just like anything with large shoulder pads, 80ies style!
Other Do´s: Knee-length A-line skirts and flared pants. They create a good balance when you team them with sweaters or blouses.
Type No. 2: The rectangle
Your shoulders, bust and hips are around the same size, with no defined waistline. This is why you never really feel comfortable in suits: they just make you look masculine. So to make you feel more feminine, for you, it is all about creating a waistline where there isn´t one. Then you don´t have to care about the rest!
Your boss woman jacket: a belted blazer with a longer bottom and with slightly larger shoulders
Other Do´s: Jackpot - you are the one that should wear what every woman loves: skirts with volume-increasing details, like ruffles, pleats or pockets because they balance your upper body in the most flattering way. Wide, high-waisted pants also work perfectly to put on some volume to your hips.
Type No. 3: The apple
Your waistline and bosoms tend to be larger than your shoulders and hips. But let me guess: your legs are amazing - long and lean. So instead of desperately trying to create a waistline with belts - which only puts the attention to your weakest body part and is not comfortable either, work with your legs and focus on slimming silhouettes.
Your boss woman jacket: A double-breasted blazer. It is slightly nipped in at the waist and will create an elegant curve without squeezing too much.
Other Do´s: Blouses without front pockets, fitted sweaters with V-collars. Coat dresses that you can wear solo or over flared pants.
Type No. 4: The pear
Your hips are more extensive than your shoulders. So I guess you regularly despair about your prominent bottom while searching for trousers. In fact, trousers for pear types are complicated (especially when they have pockets that spring open the moment you put your pants on). So for you, the new rule is to concentrate on your upper body and accentuate it.
Your boss woman jacket: the oversized 80ies blazer with defined shoulders will emphasise your upper body and get the attention (mainly your own) away from your hips.
Other Do´s: Fit-and-flare dresses - they will show off your feminine, slim upper body part and always have enough room for your curves. If you like pants, avoid high waists and wear low-slung, loosely fitted cigarette pants instead (they work quite nicely with your blazer, too).
Type No. 5: The Hourglass
Your shoulders and hips are around the same size, with a very defined waistline. Congrats - you have the figure of a goddess! There is only one problem: the office is not a red carpet. So while the most flattering way of dressing for you is anything fitted around your waist and bosoms, at the same time you should concentrate on not overdoing it. You want everybody in your team focused on the important stuff, after all.
Your boss woman jacket: Very fitted with no to little cleavage and small lapels. It will accentuate your silhouette but not look teasing.
Other Do´s: Midi-length shift dresses with round collars or a slight boatneck line. If you like trousers, some ankle length pants paired with shorter jackets in a Bolero shape will do the trick.