How To Dress The Inverted Triangle Body Type

We’ve talked about the Apple Body Type, the Banana Body Type, the Pear Body Type and the Hourglass Body Type. Today is our last body type and it’s the Inverted Triangle. 

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Here are the characteristics of the Inverted Triangle Type. Do any of these describe you? 

  • You have broad shoulders
  • Narrow hips and relatively slender limbs
  • Some inverted triangle body types have a straight waist and a flat-ish bottom
  • Others have a defined waist line and curvier bottom
  • Bust size can vary

You are a rare breed because the inverted triangle is the least common body type found amongst women.

How To Dress The Inverted Triangle Body Type

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Here are some guidelines on what the Inverted Triangle body type can wear. Remember these are only guidelines and they’re a good starting point.

Your goal: draw attention to your lower body and minimize your upper body

  • Dresses with the empire cuts, wrap dresses and high-waist puffy skirts will look great on you
  • The best pants for an inverted triangle are bootcut or relaxed fit pants with a wider hemline
  • Pants with pocket flaps on the back will help your bottom look bigger as your body type tends to have a small bottom
  • Keep the lapels on jackets and coats small or mid size and relatively refined
  • Always go for darker colors on the top and lighter colors on the bottom
  • V-neck or scoop-neck tops will draw attention away from your broad shoulders
  • A clean and simple style on the top is always best for this body shape
  • Avoid colorful scarves, and statement necklaces that will attract the attention to your shoulder area
  • Long pendant necklaces will create a focus in the centre of the body

Clothes for the inverted triangle body type to avoid:

  • Oversized collars and lapels tend to make shoulders look broader
  • Don’t wear boat neck tops
  • Don’t wear thin spaghetti-strap tops
  • Stay away from puffy sleeves and shoulder pads

Here are some clothes that would work for the Inverted Triangle Body Type. All these pieces can be found at Macy’s and I added them to my Fashion Over 40 Pinterest Board.

How To Dress The Inverted Triangle Body Type

So have you figured out your body type? You could be a mixture of two of the body types.

Beauty For the Heart~~One of my readers said to share Deuteronomy 31:8 with my daughter, Courtney. It’s a beautiful verse so I thought I’d share it with you too.

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Someone needs to hear those words today!

Have a blessed day!

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Fashion Over 40-Daily Mom Style

I’m beyond excited to have Jo-Lynne guest posting for my Fashion Over 40 post today! She is an amazing blogger and I’m a huge fan of her blog. Please make her feel welcome and say hello to her. Then hop over to Musings of a Housewife where I’m guest posting for her!

I’m so excited to be blog swapping with Cyndi today! I met Cyndi a few years ago at a Blissdom Conference, and I can attest that she is every bit as lovely in person as she is on her blog. We thought it would be fun to swap blogs and introduce ourselves to each other’s audience, so here I am!

A little bit about me — I’m a 40-ish writer, runner and self-professed girly-girl who is obsessed with social media, bacon, sauvignon blanc and skinny jeans. (And I absolutely detest the telephone.) I live and work from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with my husband, three kids, and a terribly spoiled shih ztu named Savannah. Here we are.

Don’t they look charming? Don’t be fooled. My kids think arguing is a sport and that their coats and shoes belong on the living room floor. Which I suppose just makes us an average American family!

Musings of a Housewife is my personal lifestyle blog where I share fashion and beauty advice for suburban housewives like me, wholesome recipes and information on gluten-free living, fitness inspiration from a recovering couch potato and reviews of family travel destinations. I hope you’ll stop over and visit!

Like Cyndi, I participate in the What I Wore linkup over at The Pleated Poppy and post my outfits every week. What started out as an accountability exercise to get dressed every day has turned into a fun challenge to expand my fashion horizons. I feel like I’ve learned so much about what works for my personal style aesthetic, and I’m definitely more inclined to try new trends now that I’ve been recording my outfits for a few years.

Here are a few of my favorite looks from this season. I will provide product links for anything that is still available in case anyone wants to know where to buy them!

How to Wear Leggings Over 40: This outfit has become one of my fast favorites. I picked up this tunic sweater at Nordstrom last fall and these HUE Leggings are absolutely wonderful. The waistband is nice and wide (no muffin top, YAY!) and they are just the right thickness because no one wants see-through leggings, can I get an amen?? The long pendant necklace helps break up the solid top and keeps the look modern. The bag and boots were both sent to me as produce samples. Aren’t those red boots sublime!?

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Raglan Seam Dolman Sleeve Sweater // Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings // JAFA Shoes Style #2040 // Caroline Pendant // Brasilia Crossbody

How to Wear Camo Pants Over 40: I was immediately drawn to these camo pants when I first saw them on Gap.com but I had to wear them a time or two before I was thoroughly comfortable in them. Now I love them. They’re just edgy enough without being too over-the-top. I’ve tried styling them numerous ways, but my favorites always involve denim of some sort — a denim shirt with a colorful scarf or a denim jacket over a neutral such as white, gray, or black, and even burgundy works well. The booties I’m wearing in this photo were another great purchase I made this year. These are so fun, and terribly comfortable. They really update an outfit.

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cropped jean jacket // GAP camo front zip always skinny jeans // Toms Desert Bootie in Sand // gray Essential Short-Sleve V-Neck T // Luxe Statement Necklace

How to Wear Leopard Over 40: Leopard and animal prints in general is a big trend right now, and every woman has to take into account her own personal style aesthetic and determine how much leopard she can get away with before it gets to be too much. I like incorporating leopard into my outfits with accessories. This leopard scarf has been an incredibly versatile wardrobe piece this year.

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LOFT boyfriend sweater // white Essential Short-Sleve V-Neck T // 7 for All Mankind Skinnies {similiar} // Toms Desert Booties // scarf and bracelet {Francesca’s}

I also have a pair of leopard pumps that I enjoy wearing with skinny jeans and a colorful sweater. And I have a bit of a handbag obsession. The bright pink Kate Spade tote was a “Christmas present” this year — I scored it at 75% off on Black Friday. WOO!! Now it’s only available on eBay.

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Halogen High/Low Tunic Sweater (now 60% off!!!) // Black Cords (old) // circles earrings // gold necklace LOFT // Tory Burch Logo Leather Wrap Bracelet // Stella & Dot Gold Bardot Bracelet // Michael Kors Chain Bracelet Chronograph Watch // Kate Spade New York Southport Avenue Linda Tote // patent leather leopard pumps {similar}

How to Wear Colored Jeans Over 40: I love my colored jeans. I have red and green and plum, and somehow manage to wear one or the other at least once a week. They dress up any neutral top and allow you to go bold even when you’re not comfortable putting a bold color near your face. I paired my red jeans with this gray turtleneck and black denim jacket and wore black knee-high boots to go shopping with a girlfriend before Christmas. It’s a simple outfit, but the color combination is striking, and the structure of the jacket along with the heel on the boots create a slender silhouette.

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And I wore my green jeans with this taupe sweater and embellished tank to church one Sunday last fall. Unfortunately, none of the items pictured here are still for sale. But you can find colored jeans at any of your favorite retailers.

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And lest you think I never wear skirts . . .

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I admit, I break out skirts only on rare occasion during the winter months. I do wear dresses and skirts quite a bit during the summertime. This outfit is great for church or a girls lunch out during the cooler months. I received this chevron maxi skirt from ADORNit as a product sample, and I styled it with a basic black cardigan and cream tank. I always feel like maxi skirts need a bit of height so I wore these knee high wedge boots, which were a product sample from The Walking Company.

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Black Cardigan // cream tank {similar} // coral and black Chevron Maxi Skirt // Umberto Raffini Signature Joelle knee high wedge boots // necklace and bracelet, Francesca’s

Hopefully this post gives you an idea of the sorts of outfits I post every Wednesday. Admittedly, I picked my faves. There are days when I’m lucky to get dressed in leggings and a cute tunic sweatshirt, but that’s the life of a work-at-home-mom, I guess!!!! Feel free to pop over to Musings of a Housewife and say hi. In addition to fashion, I also post recipes and product reviews and anecdotes on motherhood and family.

Thanks, Cyndi, for having me guest blog for you today!! It’s always fun getting to meet a new audience!

Linking to the Pleated Poppy.

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What I Wore-Year In Review 2013

Well, Christmas is over and I’m spending the day relaxing! I love staying home and spending most of the day in my pajamas!

This is my second full year of writing about fashion & beauty for women over 40 (I started blogging in 2009 but it’s changed over the last five years).

Most of the fashion blogs I follow are twenty or thirty something women. I love their blogs but I felt like there needed to be blogs for women my age.

We want to look fashionable. We’re not over the hill (whatever that is) but we don’t want to dress like our teenage or young adult daughters either.

I’ve learned a lot and I love sharing the latest trends and styles with you. I’ve had so much fun and I can’t believe how this blog has grown! I’m looking forward to 2014!

Today, I’m sharing What I Wore-Year in Review 2013. It’s a look at each month. All of my What I Wore posts can be found at the top of my blog. Click on Fashion and then What I Wore-My Style.

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Looking back through these posts has made me miss summer! :-) I think June, July and August are my favorite months.

Which season is your favorite? Do you like winter or summer clothes the best?

Beauty For the Heart~~Here’s the deal: God wants everything you have got. Uncontested priority. Every egg in one basket. All your weight on one limb. This very moment He has His fingers gripped on your chin saying “Right here, Child. Look right here. Don’t look right or left. Stare straight into My face. I am your Deliverer. There is none like Me.”  -Beth Moore

Have a blessed day!

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Favorite Fashion “PINS” Friday!

Happy Friday! First let me say thank you for all your help with styling my red dress!! I knew I could count on you all! I’ll share a picture of the changes with you soon.

Also, I wanted to tell you, I  get a lot of emails about my Beauty for the Heart section being one of the reasons you stop by my blog. I cannot tell you how much that means to me. I couldn’t write this blog without sharing my faith.

Please know, I appreciate you all so SO much! You ladies are what makes Walking in Grace & Beauty what it is.

Thank you for being faithful readers. Thank you for sharing it with your family and friends. Thank you for commenting and THANK YOU for being such a blessing to me!

Now, on to some of my Favorite Fashion “PINS” from Pinterest~~

You know I love dresses! Isn’t this cute?

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I also love a warm sweater with a scarf.

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It’s no secret that I love animal print.

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 One of my favorite looks, a chambray shirt with boots.

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 Cute skirt with black boots.

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 Another great sweater!

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Okay, are you all going to kill me for sharing more elbow patches? I can’t help it! :-)

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 This is a cute way to wear ankle boots.

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So which is your favorite fashion “PIN” this week? I don’t think I can’t pick just one!

Beauty For the Heart~~There’s a book I want to read, it’s called, You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado. I love the title!

Have you ever wondered if you’re going to get through a difficult situation? I certainly have. Here’s an excerpt from the book.

“You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or naive. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this.”

“You, who are torn between families? You, who are still grieving the loss of a your precious friend, your loved family member? You, who are wondering if in this season of miracles yours may have been lost?”

“Is it possible that God is using the trials of this season to strengthen you? I think so.”

You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. Genesis 50:20a (NLT)

Have a blessed day!

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Favorite Fashion “Pins” Friday!

It’s Friday and it’s twelve days until Christmas! Yikes! I’m not ready yet. But I’ll be ready come December 25th. :-)

Here are some of my favorite fashion “pins” from Pinterest this week.

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I also love plaid, warm sweaters and boots.

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Cute boots, handbag and vest.

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I don’t wear a lot of camel color but I like it. I also like a long necklace.

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Chambray+glitter.

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Great plaid scarf!

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I have a thing for elbow patches!

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Do you all have a lot going on this weekend? Christmas parties? Shopping?

Beauty For the Heart~~Will all the busyness of this season don’t forget to rest and enjoy the simple pleasures.

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28

Have a blessed day!

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Hey ladies! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite fashion “PINS” from Pinterest today. How did we ever dress before Pinterest?

I love a vest but sometimes they’re too puffy. This one looks perfect and I love the pink color!

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Elbow patches are a cute fall trend.

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Really wish I could wear a hat!

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It doesn’t get any better than chambray.

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Aww……plaid with boots. Love!

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Black blazer, white t-shirt and jeans. All of these are basic wardrobe pieces.

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Preppy with a little glam.

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Which of these looks are your favorite? 

Beauty For the Heart~~

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit. ~Author unknown

Have a blessed day!

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