Dubai-based beauty and motherhood blogger and founder of @lifestylemama, Shiza Idrees openly shares the secrets of maintaining a post-baby body, why she finds backless tops awkward and why it’s important to check the weather before you get dressed
Understanding your body is the key to looking good and a trait found amongst all impeccably dressed fashionistas. While people shy away from talking about their bodies, these brave souls explain how they work their anatomies to their advantage
How would you describe your body type?
I would describe my body type as tall – and curvy in the right places!
Has your body type changed over the last five years?
My body type has been quite consistent in the past but has recently changed after having a baby. Although I am back to my original weight before I was pregnant, I can definitely recognize a few differences in my shape now, post-baby!
How has your style changed over the years?
My style has matured and toned down over the years. I used to love wearing sequins and bright colors with patterns (think Miu Miu and Topshop) up to six years ago, but now, the more minimalist and neutral the look, the more sophisticated I feel. I like to dress in neutral colors with statement pieces, for example a gorgeous bag or a one-piece accessory.
In your opinion what is your most troublesome area?
I find my mid-section to be my most troublesome area, especially post-birth. It’s a difficult area to tone up but with targeted exercises like MuTu, (every mom should check this exercise program out), and dressing for one’s body type (like wearing high-waist pants and skirts), it really helps!
In your opinion what is the biggest mistake a person can make while dressing here?
Not dressing seasonally. It’s really embarrassing if you’re wearing flip-flops and its raining and cold, or if you’re in a jacket and it’s completely sunny outside. I am a huge believer in situational dressing.
What silhouettes suit your body the most?
Accentuating my upper body and keeping the focus away from my mid section and lower body helps with dressing my silhouette. Think high-waist everything and lots of flare!
What is the one piece of clothing that you shy away from wearing and why?
Backless tops and dresses, because seriously why? Where’s the support there? Awkward.
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