Finding your body shape is important. Remember, not everything fits us all the same way. Get the most bang for your buck and avoid returns by buying clothes that fit your body shape the best. If you don't know your shape, we've got you covered. You'll need a measuring tape, a pen, & paper.
Take measurements and make sure you write them down. Measure your:
With your measurements complete, you can now find your body shape. There are five body types.
Your shoulders, bust, and hips are about the same size, with no defined waistline.
Style Goal: Create the illusion of curves & a defined waist. Fill your hips & balance your upper body.
What Looks Amazing: Skirts/dresses/tops with volume increasing details like ruffles, bows, or embellishments. Belts, skinny jeans, cropped trousers, off shoulder tops, scoop & round necklines.
Stay Away From: Square necklines, crop tops, drop waist dresses/jackets, slouchy jacket/blazers, baggy tops, & tunics.
Your hips are wider than your shoulders by more than two (2) inches.
Style goal: Balance your top half while enhancing your waistline.
What loos amazing: Fit and flare dresses, wide & straight leg pants, A-line skirts, V or U necks, horizontal stripes, shoulder embellishments, crop tops.
Stay away from: Shapeless tops, pencil skirts that cling to the hips, bottoms made of stiff materials.
3. INVERTED TRIANGLE
Your shoulders or bust are larger than your hips by more than two (2) inches.
Style Goal: Achieve balance by using the right clothes to tone down your top half while adding volume & curves to your bottom half.
What Looks Amazing: Go for tops that lighten or slim down your upper half & minimizes your broad shoulders, but without erasing your curves & bust. Create more curves & fullness to achieve the perfect balance to your bottom half. V-neck & open necklines, strapless asymmetrical tops, large belts, relax fit pants, A-line skirts or those that flare out, bootcut jeans.
Stay Away From: Shoulder pads, cropped sleeves, skinny jeans, pencil skirts
Your shoulders and hips are around the same size, with a very defined waistline (anywhere between 8-10 inches smaller).
Style Goal: Highlight your natural curves & proportionally balance your upper & lower body at the same time.
What Looks Amazing: Tops with a feminine & curvy figure, and just about any bottom. Scooped/V-Necklines, tops that sit at the waist, clean lined jackets & coats which are well made & fitted, pencil/A-line skirts, and fitted jeans.
Stay Away From: High necklines, shapeless cuts, baby doll tops & empire cuts, embellishments around the hips/bust, overly short skirts/shorts/dresses, skirts/shorts/dresses that end at the thickest part of your legs.
Your waist larger than your hips or bust.
Style Goal: Elongate the torso, draw attention to your legs & create the illusion of a waist. Opt for structured pieces that will add definition & hide your mid section.
What Looks Amazing: Find tops that enhance the volume to your bust & shoulders while emphasizing & defining your waistline. When browsing for bottoms, stick to those that would enhance your natural curves & shape without adding extra bulkiness. Wear light fabric, vertical, stripes, & block colors. Deep V or wide necklines, nipped in waist semi-fitted or loose and drapey items; shirts & jackets that end at the hips, cargo pants, straight or flared skirts, bottoms that have stretch.
Stay Away From: Tight fitted tops, small prints, embellishments or ruffles around the waistline & bust, tucking in tops, extremely short bottoms & overly tapered trousers.