Are You Dressing for Your Body Type?

Do you ever go shopping with your girlfriends, pick up similar items, try them on, but step out of the dressing room looking completely different? Well, you could be admiring things that although are admittedly cute, may just not be for your body type. In fashion there are about 4-8 most commonly used figures to represent every woman’s body. These basic figures are not exact, but we do tend to lean towards one of these figures, only a given few are exact. Are you ready to discover which one you are to help enhance your future shopping experiences? Without further adieu

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Oh, and the other Misses

knowing your body type

Have you identified your type? 

Characteristics of the hourglass:

  • Well defined (narrow) waist
  • Hip and bust tend to be almost the same and quite big

Charateristics of the inverted rectangle are:

  • Shoulders are wider than the hip
  • Bust tends to be proportionally large
  • Hips are small

Characteristics of the rectangle are:

  • No defined waist
  • The hips tend to have a similar width as the shoulders
  • You do not have a lot of curves
  • Your bust tends to be small or average

Characteristics of the pear:

  • The hips are wider than the shoulder
  • Fat tends to accumulated on the hips and buttocks

Characteristics of the apple

  • No defined waist
  • Weight tends to form on the stomach
  • Average bust size

“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.”

Hubert de Givenchy

Determining your body shape with measurements

If you know the measurements of your bust, waist and hips you can also use this online calculator which will give you a general idea. Please note that we are all different and the mentioned shapes above are just the basic shapes. For example when I changed my bust size with just 1 cm, I got different results. But we are all leaning towards one of these basic shapes.

How to dress a Pear shape body


Katt Banks

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