What is my body shape?
A Guide to Get to Know Your Body Shape - and love her x
It is important to know your measurements and body shape when shopping for clothing online or in a store. Everybody is different and not everybody falls exactly within any 'set' category. This is a guide to help you get to know your body and appreciate your unique features by feeling confident in how to shop and dress for her. Remember you are beautifully unique and your body is yours to cherish, love and care for.
The clothes which will flatter you best will generally depend on your body shape. Today the choice of clothes is so varied that there's something for everyone no matter what size, height, proportion or body shape you are. Make sure you know your measurements; Bust, Waist and Hips - and Shoulders (also see our size guide).
When it comes to looking good, it's not your size or shape that matters, it's the fit of your clothes. Wearing the right clothes shouldn't be about following the latest fashion trends; it should be about choosing what suits you and what makes you feel comfortable and confident. In this way buy clothing that is made well, that suits you and that you will love an cherish for years and years. Quality over quantity is key here!
Knowing your basic body shape and understanding the types of clothes that will accentuate your good features (and minimise your less than perfect bits!), means you'll be able to dress in a way that really suits you. Today there are so many options to choose from so you'll always be able to find something that will complement your body shape, scale, proportions, personality and life style.
The Inverted Triangle
A very athletic body shape, shoulders much broader than your hips, a larger size in the top than bottom with little definition between waist and hips. Generally avoid a cluttered top half, create volume in the bottom, accentuate waist with waist details such as belts, v neck lines work well to create an illusion of narrow shoulders, straight cut jeans and dresses which naturally have an inverted v look will suit. Always keep the top half minimalistic, go for it with your bottoms!
The Lean Column
Do you wear the same size top and bottom? Narrow shoulders and hips, little waist definition and minimal bust, flat hips and bottom. It's about creating an illusion about having curves and a defined waist, bust and hips. Layering can help shorten your long top half, low or high waisted styles, broad shoulders, sloping to the waist line - avoid long straight figure hugging, or too shapeless styles - create the shape!
Usually well balanced from the shoulders to the hips with little definition. Same size bottom and top halves, little waist definition, small bust and flat hips and bottom. To create an illusion of a more defined waist keep your silhouette uncluttered, avoid all straight lines and embrace adding shape and curves, A line skirts and dresses that add definition to your bottom, gently shape the waist, sleeveless and strapless for up top is your go to!
Heavier upper body, fullness around the middle with generous bust, good legs and rounded shoulders. Follow your body line, keep detail in the top and bottom thirds of your body and less around bust waist and hips, keep that pain and simple and avoid anything too baggy or too figure hugging- accentuate your legs they are your asset - A line and empire cuts are your friend!
You carry weight low on your hips and thighs and your shoulders are smaller than your hips. Usually a nicely defined waist line and smaller top half than bottom. Balancing the top half can give the illusion of an hourglass shape by wearing volume, colour, pattern and clutter to balance the bottom half. Accentuate that waist by wearing fitted styles, don't draw attention to your bottom half, keep it plain and simple.
The Neat Hour Glass
Only 6% of women have this shape, and if you do - lucky you - embrace it! You wear the same size top and bottom, your shoulders are the same as your hips and you have a defined waist, your proportions are essentially perfect! You have a defined bust and a curved bottom. Follow your natural body line and avoid anything that hides your waist too much - don't be afraid to show it!
The Full Hour Glass
You have a fuller bust and bigger thighs than a neat hour glass, still a defined waist. Wear a good supporting bra to give lift and help define your waist line and bring attention to your shoulder and neck line. Avoid straight shapes that hide your waist or any fussy styles that create volume around your bust, tummy or thighs. Wider and lower neck lines are better to draw the eye to the center of your gorgeous body!
As mentioned earlier this is a guide, I myself slightly cross over in categories but there is enough general information to make informative choices for what will flatter your body the most. It's all about proportions and what the eye is trained to see (or not see). Above all - get to know your body and shape - your style is something individual and you can now embrace all the possibilities that will be the most flattering. It is also best to check in with your body regularly, take your measurements at least every six months to ensure you are shopping correctly, embrace and love your body always, she doesn't belong to anyone else!