Well, first we need to determine what body type you are.
Grab a taping measurement and measure your BUST, WAIST and HIPS. Don't be scared! This is the first step to self acceptance and gaining knowledge of how to best dress your body type. All body types have pros and cons. Knowing your body type is about dressing to look your best.
1-) APPLE BODY SHAPE (about 14% of women)
- Generally described as "top-heavy"
- the bust is three or more inches bigger than the hips.
- Just by looking at yourself in the mirror, you can see if you are an apple body type.
- Slim limbs, specifically the arms, but wide shoulders are usually a strong characteristic of this body type.
- Weight is concentrated around your mid-section and chest, giving the appearance of a bigger bust and protruding stomach, at times.
- If you naturally have a smaller bust, then weight can gather around your midriff.
- Just below the mid-section, your waistline can have little definition, thus giving rise to the “top-heavy” description of this body type.
- Though your top may be on the heavier side, your legs should be slimmer.
2-) PEAR SHAPED (about 20% of women):
- bottom-heavy (or triangle)
- hips significantly larger than bust
- You’ll notice if this is your body quite quickly, as your lower body: hips, thighs, and sometimes your behind are more noticeable
- Shoulders are narrower, sloping, and not as broad.
- Usually described as the most “curvaceous” body. It’s a simple one to notice just by looking at your legs as they are sometimes noticeably more wider, muscular, and fuller compared to the rest of your body.
3-) STRAIGHT/RECTANGULAR aka BANANA BODY (about 46% of women):
- the waist is about the same as hips and waist
- Your silhouette isn’t as curvy as the pear or apple bodies. Instead, you’ll look fairly straight up with flat shoulders.
- Unlike the prior two body types; the best way to determine for a rectangular type is to measure. Upon measuring, you’ll notice that your waist is one to eight inches smaller than your bust.
- Standing straight up, you should not notice any significant curves around the waist area.
- Your rib cage will define most of your shape, as there will be no waist definition to add curves.
- Despite being rectangular, you may still have a curvy bottom (similar to a pear bottom), or a wide chest with a little bit of extra weight around the midriff.
HOURGLASS BODY (about 8% of women):
- the hip and bust measurements are usually equal, with a narrow waist.
- unlike other body shapes, the hourglass figure has a significantly defined waist
- fat is usually evenly stored throughout
- looking in the mirror your hip line and bust line (not measurement) are the same width
- you can still have an hourglass body even when: slightly fleshy upper arms, wider looking shoulders, and a slightly fuller bottom
NOW THAT YOU KNOW YOUR BODY TYPE, CLICK ON YOUR BODY SHAPE BELOW TO READ ABOUT HOW TO BEST DRESS WHAT YOU'VE GOT.
WHAT A GREAT FEELING IT IS TO FIND OUT JUST HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU ALREADY ARE!