How To Dress For Your Body Type Giveaway #DressYourBodyType

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This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic.

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Summer is just a month away, which means it is time to shop for summer clothing. I will be honest I am not thrilled to shop for new clothing. I have a hard time finding clothing that looks good on me or that fits my shape correctly. Thankfully, Monroe and Main has come to my rescue. As most of you may already know, I love Monroe and Main. They offer a vast selection of clothing for women sizes 6-24 or Small to 3X. They really have something for every body type including shapewear.
Do you know your body type? I know I wasn’t 100% sure of mine until I followed the Monroe and Main “How to Dress Your Body Type” infographic series. The series includes four essential steps on how to dress for your body type including measurements, identifying your shape, shapewear, and prints and colors. I would certainly recommend following these four steps before you shop. You can find the infographic series HERE.

I had the pleasure of receiving the best tape measure EVER from Monroe and Main. It is has a little clip that you clip the tape in so you can measure yourself without help. I am pretty shy about my measurements and size I would prefer not to have help when I measure myself, and this tape measure allows me to do all of my measurements myself. The first thing I did before making my next order was follow the infographics. I took all of my measurements and moved on to find my body type. My body type is an hourglass. However, my problem area is my lower abdomen between my waist and hips. I have had two serious abdominal surgeries that have caused my abdomen to be misshaped and out of proportion. It is my “nightmare” body part that I do my best to cover up and control. I need shapewear that is going to help me control that area of my body. Shapewear that is ideal for controlling this part of my body is the high waisted brief. It actually helps hold in that part of my body, while also being high enough to create smoothness up to my ribs. It is comfortable and efficient for my problem area.

Monroe and Main
After determining the correct shapewear for my body, I moved on to choosing prints and color for my shape. Having an hourglass figure, it is important to choose colors and clothing that highlights my assets and draws attention to my silhouette. I chose the Royal Rose Maxi Dress because the V-neck, surplice bodice, and empire waist flatter my body shape, while also covering my problem area. The dress is made of polyester/spandex and is machine washable.

Monroe and Main

It features thick straps, so you don’t have to worry about your bra showing when you wear this dress. I paired the dress with my favorite black sweater bolero; it is still pretty chilly in Colorado so I need something that will keep me covered for now. As you can see, the dress accentuates my bust while the pattern draws the eye down the skirt, downplaying my abdomen. I absolute love this dress it is super comfortable and makes me feel more confident when I wear it.

Monroe and Main
Monroe and Main has a great variety of clothing for every shape that is high quality, comfortable, and affordable. If you aren’t sure what will look good on your body shape visit this Monroe and Main’s Pinterest board for outfit ideas. Monroe and Main are generously offering an incredible “How to Dress Your Body Type Kit” giveaway. The “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.

Once you enter this giveaway, proceed to the other 24 blogs participating in this event. 25 blogs + 25 prize packages=25 winners!

My So Called Balanced Life is not responsible for prize shipment or fulfillment.


  1. Emily Endrizzi says

    I learned that I am rectangle shaped. Doesn’t that sound appealing. Lol.

  2. I learned what shape I am and what type of clothes I should wear.

  3. Barb Stenby says

    I learned I was a rectangle shape 🙁

  4. I learned that finding your shape is the key to flattering clothing. And I love the dress you picked

  5. rochelle haynes says

    I commented here

  6. rochelle haynes says

    I learned tha tFor 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.

  7. 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. Bold colors or prints that highlight my assets are flattering for me.

  8. Heather in VA says

    I learned that goof foundation garments are the key to getting a good look after you are dressed.

  9. 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 want to play down a bit!

  10. I’m an hourglass shape and should wear bold colors and prints!

  11. Andrea Darst says

    I learned I’m a rectangle and A-line dresses work best for me!

  12. I really appreciated their focus is on all figures and not just one. I did not realize there were so many choices and it was good to learn there are clothes that flatter all! 🙂

    Thanks for hosting!


  13. Marti Tabora says

    I learned that bold an bright colors should be paired with a more neutral tone. I think I’m guilty of not doing that. Thank you.

  14. Jennifer Herman says

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

  15. I learned im an inverted triangle and that I can pair patterned and colorful bottoms with dark, solid-colored tops for beautiful hourglass-like proportions.

  16. I learned that there are five body shapes and three measurements.

  17. 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.

  18. Dawn Monroe says

    I’m pretty sure my shape is rectangle. They recommend a belted outfit which I always avoid. New advice for me.

  19. Andrea Williams says

    I learned how to properly measure my body and that I should try some bright and bold colors and prints.

  20. Susan Baughman says

    I learned that I need to take my measurements every three months.

  21. Since I’m a Triangle, I should stick with dark bottoms and draw the eye upward by wearing bright and/or printed tops. I love Monroe and Main!

  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. I learned that I have mostly a triangle shape.

  24. Hourglass body shapes are defined by a waist that’s smaller than both the bust and hips.

  25. Dana Rodriguez says

    I learned I am a Inverted triangle and I should embrace styles that accentuate my waist. Your dress is beautiful!

  26. angela B. says

    What a beautiful dress I adore the pattern of colors

  27. Katherine Riley says

    I learned there are 5 basic shapes of the body.

  28. Seyma Shabbir says

    It is important to take your measurements and know your body shape to pick the best clothes for you! I am an hourglass! That was fun!

  29. Michelle C says

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

  30. Cristy Ridey says

    I discovered I have an hourglass figure.

  31. I found that I am an oval. Seems likely, as I am pretty rolly polly 🙂 I think this is such a great way to help women shop. Knowing what looks good with certain body frames, would be really helpful.

  32. I learned that the key to mixing prints is keeping them in the same color family and varying the scale of pattern.

  33. Laurie Nykaza says

    Great info to dress by 4-steps in our How to Dress Your Body Type Infographic series:

    Step #1: Take Your Measurements
    Step #2: Identify Your Shape (you just viewed this one! 🙂
    Step #3: Shapewear
    Step #4: Dress for your Shape with Colors & Prints

  34. Although I see the idea behind mixing different patterns in the same color family, I am still not sure I can pull it off. I like solids with patterns and keeping the busy on top, where I am smaller.

  35. I had no idea there were so many different body types/shapes! I believe I am an oval!

  36. Jennifer H. says

    I’m a rectangle and I finally figured out how to take measurements!

  37. I learned that in order to mix patterns, you just have to stay in the same color family. Sounds easy enough!

  38. I didn’t know that different patterns look best on different body types.

  39. Hannah Avery says

    i learned that measurements can diagnose your body type!

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

  41. I learned how to properly measure my waistline.

  42. heather eg kaufman says

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

  43. rebeka deleon says

    I got to learn the different shapes of women’s bodies and how to use that to dress the way that will flatter that shape.

  44. 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.

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

  46. I learned how to identify my own body shape.

  47. I learned how to correctly identify my shape and make clothing choices based on that.

  48. Chavonne H says

    I learned that for my body type which is Oval, that my waist measurement is larger than my bust and hip measurements.

  49. Amanda Lea says

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

  50. first off i love the dress!!! i am a rectangle not sure this would work for me but its gorgeous

  51. Melinda Stephens says

    If you are an oval shape, you should wear clothes that define your natural waist.

  52. I learned that if you know your body shape, it is easier to find clothes that are right for you online.

  53. Apparently I’m a rectangle — how unglamorous sounding! 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!

  54. I learned my body is a rectangle shape

  55. Monroe and Main has donated thousands of items to Dress for Success,
    a non-profit organization that provides women in need with interview suits
    and career development advice.

  56. I learned that my body shape is an inverted triangle and that I should wear clothing that accents my waist.

  57. Stephanie Phelps says

    I learned that I have the oval body shape and that I should be wearing structured and belted tops or jackets and dresses that help you emphasize a natural waist

  58. 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!

  59. You need to take your measurements every so often.
    That’s a chore I’ve been avoiding.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. I learned how to find my body type, which is a triangle.

  63. 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!

  64. Margaret Maggie Porter says

    Learned I need more bold colors for my hourglass shape

  65. I learned you can have an hourglass figure and be very tiny – who knew?

  66. Ellen Casper says

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

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

  68. sarah issac says

    I learned I am an oval

  69. Laura Ari says

    I have an hourglass shape.

  70. DeAnna Keller says

    I took my measurements and learned that I am hourglass figure.

  71. jeanette sheets says

    i learned how to properly measure myself

  72. brittani adams says

    I learned you can minimize how small your waist looks using a halter top with an empire waist.

  73. Desiree Dunbar says

    I like that they said that size shouldn’t rule your closet.

  74. Danielle D says

    How to measure myself.

  75. Nicole Carter (Weasley) says

    I learned I’m a rectangle type, good to know!

  76. I learned how to help my wife determine her body shape. I also learned that it is easy to dress any body type in more flattering ways.

  77. chickie brewer says

    Dress for your own body type..We are all so different.

  78. I learned that I’m an hourglass when I always thought I was a pear!

  79. crystal gibson says

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

  80. kathy dalton says

    i learned i have an oval shape and i need to crate my own waistline

  81. I learned that I’m an hourglass shape.

  82. I learned that considering what colors and prints you should wear is just as important as how the clothes are cut when you are looking to dress to flatter your body type.

  83. 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 your overall look that is most beneficial to our body type.
    I am an hourglass body type and would want medium support shapewear. Thanks so much for this great opportunity.

  84. Linda Kish says

    Striking colors can boost your self-confidence. Sometimes I feel the need to wear a bright shirt and it makes me feel more alive.

  85. Katrina Angele says

    I learned I am more of an oval shape.

  86. Marnie G (Derrick Todd) says

    I learned that I’m an inverted triangle.

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