Every stylist will agree, the best fashion advice is to dress for your body type. But how do you know what your body type is?
GET OUT THE MEASURING TAPE!
The numbers don’t lie. 8 out of 10 women I have consulted with over the years (and there have been thousands) tell me at first blush their body-shape is X or Y. And, most of those women are wrong. Rather than argue with them, I’ve learned to get out the pink measuring tape, a piece of paper, and a stick drawing of a woman…and start measuring!
Got your measuring tape? You will want to take measurements of:
- Your shoulders (with your hands to your sides) – you might need some help with this one
- Your bust line
- Your rib (right under your bust line)
- Your high waist – natural waist
- Your low waist – belly button high
- High hip (about at your hipbone)
- Low hip (about mid booty)
Be sure to plot all of those numbers on a diagram. Below is one that will be helpful to you:
NOW, DEFINE YOUR SHAPE
Look at the numbers – you will see a shape appear. Remember (again) your shape has to do with your proportion, not your height or weight.
HOURGLASS or ‘X’ SHAPE
The hourglass figure is curvy with hips and shoulders about the same width. The hourglass has a defined waist, about 9 inches smaller than the bust or hips. Lower hips are wider than high hips. The thighs are full but narrower than the lower hips. Shoulders and hip measurement are about the same. The ‘X’ gal has a cleavage, and sometimes – an ample bust line. She also gains weight proportionally – those few extra lbs. are distributed everywhere.
RECTANGLE or ‘H’ SHAPE
The rectangular body type has an undefined waist, with similar bust, waist, and hip measurements. The waist is less than 8 inches different from the hip or bust measurement. Rectangles may carry weight through the upper back or neck. This is someone who has an athletic build, and a small bustline.
APPLE or ‘O’ or DIAMOND SHAPE
The apple body is rounded in shape. She has a full bust, waist, and upper back and sometimes a prominent tummy. This body type appears top heavy, usually with a pronounced midriff and flat rear. The high hip is wider than the lower hip. The bust and/or midriff are larger than the hips. People with this body type tend to be short waisted, with the thighs/hips being the narrowest part of their bodies. Generally the Diamond gal has no booty; she holds her weight in her midsection.
PEAR or ‘A’ or TRIANGLE SHAPE
The pear-shaped body type has wider hips and thighs than shoulders and bust. The curvy lower hips and rear are the biggest part of the body. The waist is at least 8 inches smaller than the hips and the bust and shoulders may be on the smaller side. The legs are average to large in size, and the face and neck are slender in relation to the overall body size.
INVERTED TRIANGLE or ‘V’ SHAPE
This shape is one whose measurements show that shoulders are about 8-9 inches bigger than the measurement of her waist or hip. Many “H” gals might also fit into this category. This is also an athletic build, but different from the “H” in that these gals have boobs. Inverted Triangles don’t have hips, and carry weight through their torso and back.