Due to changes in hormone levels, the menopause brings about various changes in a woman’s body, including shifts in weight distribution and changes in body shape. This change comes because during the menopause the body gradually produces less and less ‘oestrogen’. This hormone regulates women’s metabolisms, so without it, menopausal women are more susceptible to gaining weight where they may not have before.
Additionally, the menopause reduces the number of ‘high-density lipoproteins’ in the body, the proteins responsible for transporting cholesterol throughout the body. When this decreases, the fat and energy we gain through eating is not properly distributed and builds up into weight gain, particularly around the stomach area.
Bodily changes like unexpected weight gain along with other debilitating menopause symptoms can significantly impact a woman’s confidence, especially when clothes no longer fit, and styles no longer suit.
Dressing in a way that flatters your shape during this transitional period can help boost your confidence and make you feel comfortable and empowered. Here at Bodyline, we want to provide you with essential tips and advice on how to dress to flatter your shape during the menopause.
Understanding Your Body Shape
Before diving into specific dressing tips, it’s important to understand your body shape. The most common body shapes include:
- Apple: This shape is characterized by the body holding weight around the midsection and a less defined waistline. This is a common feature of menopause weight gain.
- Pear: You are pear shaped if you hold fat in the hips, thighs, and buttocks, with a smaller upper body.
- Hourglass: This shape is characterized by a well-defined waistline and balanced proportions between the upper and lower body. Holding weight in the thighs and hips as well as upper body and arms gives you an hourglass figure.
- Rectangle: This shape is characterized by a straighter silhouette with minimal waist definition.
Identifying your body shape will help you choose clothing that accentuates your best features and creates a balanced and flattering silhouette.
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Dressing Tips for Flattering Your Shape
- Focus on V-neck or scoop-neck tops to draw attention to your upper body.
- Choose tops that flow away from the midsection to create a more balanced look.
- Opt for bottoms with a bit of stretch and a higher rise to smooth and support the midsection.
- Choose A-line or fit-and-flare dresses that cinch at the waist and flow away from the midsection.
- Emphasize your upper body with tops that have interesting details, such as embellishments or patterns.
- Opt for bottoms in darker colors or with minimal details to draw attention away from the hips and thighs.
- Choose A-line skirts or dresses that flare out from the waist to create balance.
- Experiment with wide-leg or bootcut pants to create a more proportionate look.
- Emphasize your waistline with belted tops or dresses to highlight your curves.
- Opt for fitted tops that show off your balanced proportions.
- Choose bottoms that hug your curves and accentuate your waistline, such as pencil skirts or high-waisted jeans.
- Avoid oversized or boxy silhouettes that may hide your natural curves.
- Create the illusion of curves by adding volume to your upper and lower body.
- Choose tops with ruffles, pleats, or embellishments to add dimension.
- Opt for skirts or dresses with volume, such as A-line or circle skirts.
- Experiment with belts and peplum tops to create the illusion of a defined waistline.
Dressing During the Menopause
Regardless of your body shape, there are some additional tips that can help you dress your best during the menopause:
- Choose fabrics that are breathable and lightweight to help regulate body temperature during hot flashes.
- Layer your clothing to easily adjust to fluctuating body temperatures.
- Invest in well-fitting undergarments to provide support and enhance your overall silhouette.
- Consider consulting with a professional stylist who can provide personalized advice based on your body shape and style preferences.
Dressing to flatter your shape during the menopause is all about embracing your unique body and accentuating your best features. By understanding your body shape and following the dressing tips provided, you can feel confident, comfortable, and stylish during this transformative period. Remember, the key to dressing well is to wear what makes you feel good and reflects your personal style.
Changing your shape with the help of Bodyline
It is increasingly difficult to lose weight when you are going through the menopause due to a lack of oestrogen. Diet and exercise can only go so far. We offer gold standard medical wellness programmes for those who are going through the menopause. We offer hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and medical weight loss programmes, both fully bespoke and supported by experienced nurses and clinicians who want to help you get back to your best self.
Bodyline is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive medical wellness programs and how we can support you on your menopause journey.