Dressing for body types is something very elusive to such a large population of women. At Marissa Collections we are more than happy to accommodate any and every body type and our stylists will coordinate outfits accordingly. There are as many female body types as there are silhouettes in our boutique with so many variations on a theme. In this particular update we would like to take the time to focus on the four main body types: the hour-glass, the cone, the ruler, and the spoon. Follow us weekly as we introduce a new body type and chat about why a particular outfit works and why another does not.

This week we present to you: Antonia and Heather our resident Hourglass Fashionistas.

Antonia is a stylist here at Marissa Collections and offered to style herself for this blog. Being an hour-glass you must pick items that accent your waist line while highlighting curves without pushing them to the point of no return.

Here Antonia has chosen for herself a great Rag & Bone dress and cardigan combo. The grey dress is great fall neutral and creates interest with the horizontal lines, adding the cardigan in a deep green and leaving it open detracts from the bust and hip but creates a line that lengthens Antonia. Her sky-high Miu Miu heels certainly do the trick as well. Paired with a great neutral bag by Celine, and a stunning Alberta Ferreti necklace, speaks to the casual confidence we have come to expect from Antonia.

In this instance you should be able to pick out exactly what is wrong with Antonia’s outfit. From top to bottom this dress is not the right pick for the hour-glass body. The straps are too thin, which actually broadens a shoulder. Opt for a thicker strap and a sleeker silhouette. Speaking of which this tiered column dress only adds bulk and gives Antonia a stumpy appearance compounded by her flat shoes.

Heather is the behind the scenes magic for our website, bringing you all our in-store glamour to MarissaCollections.com. Also an hour-glass body-type we asked our stylists to take her out of her retro-glamour element and throw her into something that works for her body, but isn’t a full skirt and fitted waist.

We started out with a sleek pair of Nicole Miller leggings with great seaming down the front of the leg. The line created by that seam serves to lengthen her body. On top Heather wears a gorgeous silk Schumacher top with an asymmetrical hem and neckline. We cover any areas of concern, but still show a little leg and lengthen her body further with the cut of the neck. The long billowy sleeve ending in a peg still gives shape but enough coverage.

While the outfit looks great on it’s own paired with these Philosophy knee boots, (very in for fall) it still can be softened or pumped up. Add a long feminine cardigan from Allude for a delicate look, or glam it up with a fur vest like this Derek Lam piece. Sunglasses and a great bag also prove that accessories make the outfit.