Finding Your Body Type
You can ask any fashion stylist around the world for their fashion advice and, odds are, many of them will tell you how important it is to dress according to your body shape.
A flattering garment can instantly elevate any outfit, while an unflattering one can do the exact opposite.
With so many ever-changing options available in shops and boutiques these days, narrowing down on what silhouettes and shapes look best on you is more important than ever.
Today, we’ll be showing you how to find your body type and how to dress it, complete with style tips to make the most of your fabulous figure.
How to Find Your Body Type
Thankfully, finding out your body type is incredibly easy. Simply grab a soft tape measure and take a few key measurements: shoulder circumference, bust, the smallest part of the waist, and the fullest part of your hips. These measurements will tell you everything you need to find out what your body type is.
If you don’t have access to a proper tape measure, simply take a look in the mirror and make a note of your proportions. Does your body get smaller or fuller at the waist? Do your hips extend past your bust or shoulders? Or are you a uniform shape from top to bottom?
- The bust and hips are approximately equal in size
- Defined waist
- Curvier silhouette
You’ve probably heard that hourglass shapes look great in everything, and there is a lot of truth to that! However, it’s still important to take the time and see which styles flatter your great figure the best.
With the hourglass shape, it’s all about defining that small waist. A-line and fit-and-flare dresses, high-waisted bottoms, and belted coats are all styles to consider when shopping. These styles cinch right at the smallest part of the waist and bring attention there.
For this body shape, it’s best to avoid anything too oversized, slouchy, or shapeless as these styles can make you appear larger than you are.
- Your shoulders and bust are more narrow
- Your waist is larger than your bust
- Your bottom and hips are the fullest part of your body
The pear shape, sometimes called the triangle shape, looks fantastic in many garments, especially form-fitting bottoms. For accentuating this figure best, it’s all about picking the right top.
If you’re looking to balance your figure, the key is to go for a top that draws the eye upwards. Tops with interesting necklines and eye-catching accessories are great ways to accomplish this. Other styles that work wonders for pear body shapes are flare and bell-bottom jeans that hug your curves and create a flattering flared shape at the bottom of your silhouette.
For pear shapes, try to avoid dresses with a drop waist or shapeless bottoms.
- Larger upper body then lower body
- Fuller in the stomach
- You have thinner legs
One of the advantages of the round body type is that you look incredible in many styles that are difficult for other body types to pull off. When shopping, think about garments that are going to play up your favorite features.
Comfortable, loose-fitting tops are always going to look fabulous on an round-shaped figure. Empire waists accentuate the bust while draping in a flattering way. Almost all bottoms look great on this body type, but to draw attention to those legs, try a pair of skinny jeans or slim-fit trousers.
Those with this body type should generally avoid tops that are overly embellished or fitted. You should also steer clear of waist belts, which may create an unflattering appearance.
- Your weight is evenly distributed
- Your hips, bust, and shoulders are all about the same size
- Your waist isn’t defined
The hourglass shape is often considered the easiest to dress, but dressing the rectangle body type may be even easier. Also called the ruler or straight body type, there’s a reason why so many supermodels have this body type. Your well-balanced proportions mean that most clothing looks great on you!
For this body type, take advantage of styles that show off your sleek silhouette. Blazers, jumpsuits, and longer jackets will give you a gorgeous streamlined appearance.
If you’re looking to create the appearance of curves, it’s best to avoid anything shapeless, like sheath dresses or boxy styles.
- Your shoulders are the widest part of your body
- You have narrow hips
- Your bust is larger than your hips
Unlike the pear or triangle shape, this body shape features a broader upper half and slimmer lower half. This body type is the most athletic in appearance.
For this body type, anything bringing attention to your lower half is going to have a balancing effect on your figure. Think flared skirts and dresses, skinny jeans, and pencil skirts.
You may want to avoid tops that are overly busy or voluminous, as it may make you look top-heavy.
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