How to Dress Your Body Type with Monroe And Main & $185 Giveaway

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Monroe and Main Shapewear

Dressing your body type is quite easy thanks to Monroe And Main. Don’t worry I am going to walk you through my journey to dressing my body type. Starting with taking my measurements, then identifying my shape, choosing the correct shapewear and how to wear prints and colors. I highly recommend heading over to Monroe and Main’s “How to Dress Your Body Type” Infographic Series to help guide you through your journey.

Monroe and Main is my resource for help dressing to fit my style needs, balance my shape, and flatter my figure. Especially as my body ages. It’s important to take your measurements again every three months. We all know how much our bodies can change in a short period of time.

Monroe and Main is the industry leader in clothing that fits various body types in size 6-24 or that fits various body types. I received an amazing Monroe and Main measuring tape and that made the first step in learning to dress my body type so easy. Check it out below.

Monroe And Main Measuring Tape

I didn’t need any help from anyone using this measuring tape. First I measured my bust. Making sure my arms were at my sides, I measured the fullest part of my bust, underneath my arms. Waist was up next, so I leaned to one side which allowed me to find my natural crease and/or the narrowest part of my waist. I then wrapped the measuring tape around my waist bringing the ends down in front ending at my belly button. I know this seems weird and I had never measured my waist this way before but Monroe And Main are the experts here. Now for the hips, standing with my feet should width apart I measured the fullest part of my hips. My measurements you ask? Bust: 36 1/2 inches Waist: 35 inches Hips: 38 inches

Once I had my measurements it was time to identify my shape. I had a hard time deciding if I was an hour glass shape or a triangle. To be a triangle your hips are wider than both your bust and your waist while your shoulders are visually narrower. Well my hips are wider than my bust and waist but I was unsure about my shoulders. So I looked at the hour glass shape definition which is you are wider at your bust and your hips and are visually broader in shoulders. Needless to say I needed help with this one. I asked my husband if my shoulders were narrow or broad. I do visually look broader in my shoulders so I am an hour glass shape.

Although I am smaller in the waist, I do have a spare tire as some call it around my stomach that I absolutely hate. While I have been exercising and trying to shape it up myself it does take some time. So choosing my shapewear was easy for me. I knew I wanted my tummy slimmed. That being said, I choose Monroe And Main’s Front Corset Cincher. Let me just say I absolutely love this shapewear. I am very comfortable and it really does it’s job.

For my hour glass shape Monroe And Main recommends that I draw attention to my silhoutte by wearing a bold color or print to highlight my assets. If I wanted to downplay my curves I should use a more monochromatic look with darker neutrals. The later was my choice. Let’s see what you think.

Monroe and Main Collage

I choose two tops and one pair of pants. The tops were both prints and the bottom is a neutral. I am really loving the results. Below is my second top choice.

Monroe And Main Collage

The tips I received from the Monroe and Main “How To Dress Your Body Type” Infographic series were amazing. I must say I am a loyal Monroe and Main Fashionista and adore their style. Be sure to also check out their How To Dress Your Body Type Pinterest board.

Monroe And Main Collage 2

Which outfit do you think looks the best on me? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section.

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One very lucky Mommy Who Loves Giveaways reader will win a “How to Dress Your Body Type Kit” which will include the Monroe and Main measuring tape and a $185 Monroe and Main shopping spree for shapewear and an outfit. Now for the AWESOME NEWS! There are 25 total “How To Dress Your Body Type Kit” Giveaways to enter! Be sure to hop around the linky (below the rafflecopter form) to check out all my fellow Fashionista bloggers’ stylish outfits and enter their giveaways. 25 chances to win is way better than one. Giveaway is open to US Only! Must Be 18 years and older to enter. Please enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Be patient, it may take a few seconds to load. GOOD LUCK!!

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  1. Jeanine says:

    How to tell my body type, which is triangle

  2. rochelle haynes says:

    I learned that For oval body shapes, the waist measurement is larger than the bust and hip numbers. This is a very common body shape – if you have it, add some definition to your body by wearing structured and belted tops or jackets and dresses that help you emphasize a natural waist. Tops that highlight the thin area just below your bust will add instant definition.

  3. Angela W says:

    I took my measurements and I found out that I have an hourglass shape and I how I wear my clothes to flatter that shape is important.

  4. Heather in VA says:

    I learned that I’m probably an oval but I have to take proper measurements to be sure.

  5. Twitter:
    I learned that I am more of a rectangle shape. I also learned that once you know your shape, it’s easy to understand which areas to highlight and which you might not want to!

  6. Twitter:
    I learned that you should take your measurements every few months.
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  7. Andrea Darst says:

    I learned I’m a rectangle shape and A-line dresses work best for my body!

  8. tammy shelton says:

    I learned that there are different body shapes and mine is hourglass.

  9. Twitter:
    I learned that i’m a triangle shape !:)

    Thanks so much! xoxoxo

  10. Marti Tabora says:

    I learned that you should pair bold and bright colors with a more neutral color, I never do so I probably look like a clown. Thank you.

  11. Jennifer Herman says:

    I learned that once you know your body type, it’s easy to understand which areas to highlight!

  12. Twitter:
    I learned that body shape really matters for clothes shopping.

  13. Robin W says:

    Learned how to properly take my measurements and learn my body type so I can easily find better fitting clothes that look more flattering on me.

  14. I learned that I’m a triangle shape because I have somewhat narrow shoulders. I always thought I was an hourglass because I’m so busty. (PS-Love the animal print top on you!)

  15. Alice F says:

    I had no idea there so many different body types! Also, I the first step in determining body type is to start with your body’s measurements.

  16. Andrea Williams says:

    I learned how to measure my body properly and that I should wear more bright solids and prints.

  17. Alison Gibb says:

    I learned that once you know your body type, it’s easy to understand which areas to highlight and which you might want to play down a bit.

  18. Twitter:
    Wearing dark pants or skirts and bright and/or printed tops, will draw the eye up from my big backside up to my top. I’m a triangle more than an hourglass.
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  19. Dawn Monroe says:

    I learned that an A-line dress would flatter my shape.

  20. Francine Anchondo says:

    hourglass means that your bust and hips are bigger then your waist.

  21. I am a triangle 🙂

  22. Sara Theissen says:

    I learned that I’m an oval shape, and I can add some definition to my body by wearing structured and belted tops or jackets and dresses that help emphasize a natural waist.

  23. Alona Y says:

    I learned that I am closest to a triangle shape and should wear bright tops and dark bottoms.

  24. chris z says:

    i learned how to take measurements

  25. Soha MOlina says:

    If your hip measurement is considerably larger than your waist and bust measurements, and your shoulders appear more narrow than your hips, your body type is considered a triangle. Highlight your narrow upper body with colorful or printed blouses that draw the eye upward and downplay wider hips with straight-cut or wide-leg pants.

  26. Michelle C says:

    I learned that to downplay the curves of an hour glass type, you can wear monochromatic outfits.

  27. Seyma Shabbir says:

    The first thing you should do is to take your measurements and determine body shape, I am an hourglass.

  28. Cristy Ridey says:

    I discovered I have an hourglass figure.

  29. AlexisB says:

    I had no idea there were so many different body types/shapes! I think I’m an oval.

  30. I really like how the longer pink shirt with the tie looks on you! Very lovely.
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  31. Twitter:
    I learned that in order to mix patterns, you just have to stay in the same color family. Sounds easy enough!

  32. Hannah Avery says:

    i learned that your measurements can diagnose your body shape!

  33. Laura G says:

    I learned that different patterns work for different body shapes.

  34. Julie L says:

    I learned that I’m an hourglass shape! I was surprised to hear that!

  35. I learned the right way to measure my waistline.

  36. Emily Endrizzi says:

    I learned that I am rectangular shaped.

  37. heather e.g. kaufman says:

    I learned that I am an inverted triangle. I have never even heard of this shape.

  38. Tania Brock says:

    I learned that I am more of a rectangle shape. I really needed to learn some of the things that this website has to offer..

  39. Tish Wilson says:

    I learned that I am an hourglass shape. I also never heard of the way they demonstrate to measure your waist, but I will be trying it.

  40. M.Clark says:

    I learned that knowing your body’s shape is the perfect foundation for dressing well and choosing clothes that flatter.

  41. Twitter:
    I learned how to identify my own body shape.
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  42. Dandi D says:

    I learned how to correctly identify my body shape and make good clothing choices.

  43. Kirsten Payne says:

    Thanks so much I learned a ton of new stuff

  44. Amanda Lea says:

    I learned how to take proper measurements and that I am pear shaped.

  45. Amanda Lea says:

    whoops meant hourglass on my comment 🙂

  46. amy rouse says:

    Women with inverted triangle body shapes will have larger bust measurements than their waist and hip numbers, and visually their bodies will appear more narrow at the hips than the shoulders. <<< that's me!

  47. i am just a plain ol rectangle!!! lol

  48. Paol Trenny says:

    I learned that I might be a hourglass but not sure because I am 50 pounds overweight. It is hard to find clothes that fits me nevertheless works well with my body shape. But, I like the simplicity that Monroe and Main have done to finding your body shape.

  49. Melinda Stephens says:

    I learned that if you have an inverted triangle shape, you can look good in sheath dresses.

  50. Katherine Riley says:

    I learned there are 5 body shapes and I am an hourglass.

  51. Wendy R. says:

    Love the pink top on you!

    I found that for shapewear, a body briefer would be best for me. I am also an hourglass shape.

  52. Danielle says:

    Apparently I’m a rectangle — how unglamorous! Interesting that I’ve always found empire waisted dresses to be the most flattering on me but they aren’t even mentioned here for rectangles!

  53. Twitter:
    I learned that by body is rectangle shaped
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  54. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    I’m trying to figure out what my figure is, I thought I could just look at the pics and pick one. Nope, I’m going to have to actually measure to see. How interesting!

  55. Michele P says:

    I am pretty sure I am an oval body shape, and according to the infographic I should add some definition to my body by wearing structured and belted tops or jackets and dresses that help me emphasize a natural waist.

  56. Beth Hill says:

    I learned that I am just barely an hourglass, but I feel more like a rectangle. I like to wear belted dresses or elastic waist to create a more defined waistline.

  57. I love those blouses! So pretty! I learned that, while I am still an hourglass shape, the ratio between my waist and hips is ever lessening. One of these days, I will be a rectangle! But when that happens, I will be happy because I’ll know how to dress, thanks to guides like the one at Monroe and Main!
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  58. Ellen Casper says:

    I learned that I’m a hourglass shape and should wear bold colors and prints to accentuate my assets.

  59. Twitter:
    I learned how to properly measure to find my body type which is hourglass.
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  60. Cindy B says:

    I learned that according to their infographic my body type is a triangle.

  61. Hourglass body shapes are defined by a waist that’s smaller than both the bust and hips. You have an hourglass body shape if your bust and hips are visually wider and similar in measurements, and if your waist measurement is smaller than the other two.

  62. sarah issac says:

    I learned I am an oval

  63. Laura Ari says:

    I learned I am an hourglass figure.

  64. DeAnna Keller says:

    I took my measurements and learned I am hourglass figure.

  65. jeanette sheets says:

    ive learned how to properly measure myself

  66. Twitter:
    I learned how to tell my wife’s body shape. I also learned that there are very flattering ways to dress all body types.

  67. Holly S. says:

    I learned that I’m an hourglass, but I sure could use some new shapewear!

  68. Nicole Carter (Weasley) says:

    It says I’m a rectangle type, good to know!

  69. “It’s a good idea to take your measurements every few months anyway – our bodies are always changing”.
    Sad but true.

  70. I’m so glad there’s no “pear shaped” option. I hate that term!!

  71. crystal gibson says:

    I learned that I am an oval and need to wear structured or belted jackets and tops to emphasize my waist.

  72. kathy dalton says:

    I learned that I have an oval shape and need to create my own waistline

  73. I learned that the color or print of the clothing is just as important as the cut of the clothing when you are trying to choose clothing to best flatter your body type.

  74. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    I have read a post similar to these on Monroe and Mains blog but it wasn’t as detailed but I find it so interesting how different patterns, colors, shapes can influence our overall appearance/look and flatter or not flatter our body shape, and by all means we prefer that they flatter!!
    I am an hourglass body type and would want medium support shapewear. Thanks so much for this great opportunity.

  75. Linda Kish says:

    Your shapewear shouldn’t be restrictive! Make sure you can breathe and move around easily, even in corsets and other strong-control shapewear styles.

  76. Katrina Angele says:

    I learned I am closest to an oval shape.


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