Where to shop and what to buy for your body type

by Daisy Lewellyn, The Queen of Effortless Chic

I am thrilled to celebrate my 10th anniversary in the fashion industry this Spring. My new shopping guide Never Pay Retail Again: Shop Smart Spend Less Look Your Best Ever is chock full of tips and tricks that I have learned over the years working for Glamour, InStyle and more. If you love to look great, or perhaps have a desire to boost your personal style, and most of all need to save some cold hard cash, my book is destined to be your new best friend.

All week long, I’m giving you a peek inside the book, with 5 days of excerpts and inside scoop on everything from wearing authentic designer labels for a not so designer price to the best stores for your body type. Follow me over the next 5 days for a fun style trip and learn how to Never Pay Retail Again.

Best Brands and Stores for: Full Hips, Plus Sizes, Petite and Tall Figures

A great way to save time when shopping is to know which brands flatter your body type the best. In today’s excerpt from the book, find out how to unleash your inner celebrity by choosing the famous body you most resemble to help you find the brands that will make you feel paparazzi ready.

If you have: FULL HIPS

Celebrity counterpart: Beyonce, Salma Hayek, Scarlett Johansson

Where/what to shop: Anthropologie, J Crew, INC for Macy’s. No matter the trend reports, these stores always have a selection of full skirts for the ladies with sexy Jessica Rabbit hips.

Silhouettes to look for: full skirts, A-line skirts, dresses with A-line or full skirted bottoms

If you are: PLUS SIZED

Celebrity counterpart: Queen Latifah, Amber Riley

Where/what to shop: ASOS Curve, Nordstrom, Old Navy. Find sexy and stylish picks that start at size at size 16 and up. True style now comes in all sizes.

Look for: stylish dresses, bright drapey knits, playful summer tops

If you are: PETITE

Celebrity counterpart: Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Jada Pinkett Smith

Where/what to shop: ASOS Petite, Ann Taylor, Forever 21. Petite lines are not limited to smaller sizes like 0 and 2, they are actually available in a size range up from 00 to size 16, but are cut specifically for women with shorter arms, legs and torsos. No need for extra rolling and cuffing with these collections, they are cut perfectly petite.

Look for: stylish dresses, pants, suits, jackets, skirts

If you have: LONG LEGS & ARMS

Celebrity counterpart: Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Sharon Stone

Where/what to shop: Gap, Banana Republic, New York & Company. Lines that cater to taller women are cut more generously in places that can make a huge difference in the way your clothes look on you. The cut of the armholes and crotch, length of legs and arms are designed for the girls who don’t need heels to make the 5’8″ mark. Some pieces are available exclusively online.

Look for: long khakis and jackets, pretty blouses, long trousers


For more on shopping the best brands, stores for your body type and shopping events in your town, check out Daisy’s new book: Never Pay Retail Again: Shop Smart Spend Less Look Your Best Ever . Visit DaisyLewellyn.com for more information.

Even better, we’re giving away copies of Daisy’s book to 2 lucky readers of StyleBakery.com. Just subscribe to our newsletter and you’re automatically entered to win!

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