Knowing and understanding your body type and what clothes will accentuate your body, will help you know how to dress in order to flatter your body. But how does one know how to figure out their body shape! It took me forever just to understand it and I still need to look up information on it. I am going to try my best on figuring out your body shape.
How To Measure:
You will need a measuring tape!!
Shoulders– Start from you shoulder and go all the way around to your other shoulder.
Bust– Pull the measuring tape all the way around from your back to the fullest part. Make sure the measuring tape is taut but not tight.
Waist– Smallest part of your natural waist, just above the belly button.
Hips– Starting just below the hip bone and going all the way around, remembering to get the biggest part of your butt.
Finding Your Shape
We will now use your measurements to find your shape. Keep in mind that you could be a couple different shapes. Your top could be much different that your bottom half and you will need to keep that in mind while shopping.
You are an inverted triangle if your shoulder or bust measurements are 5% bigger than your hips.
Shoulders/Bust ÷Hips ≥ 1.05
Women with an inverted triangle body shape, their bottom half is usually smaller than the top with very little definition between their waist and hips and straight, broad shoulders.
What You Should Wear
When choosing tops, go for items that slim your upper half and minimize the shoulders without expunging your curves, such as V-necks and other open necklines, strapless or asymmetrical tops, empire waist tops and large belts. Do not wear shoulder pads or capped sleeves, small prints or horizontal stripes and embellishments around the shoulders and bust.
For bottoms, women with an inverted triangle body should aim to create more curves to attain the perfect balance for your more rounded upper half. Choose from relax fitted pants with embellishments and heavy pockets, A-line skirts or other flare out bottoms and boot cut jeans. Don’t wear skinny jeans or pencil skirts.
You have no defined waistline. Your shoulders, bust and hips are around the same. This one also takes a bit more math! I’m so glad Who What Wear explained it so well. Hopefully I can do the same!
You are a rectangle if your waist is 25% smaller than your shoulder and bust. Your hips, shoulders and bust should all be within 5% of each other!
Waist ÷ Shoulders/Bust ≥ .75
To figure out if they are within 5%, take the largest measurement out of the 3 and divide by .95 If the result is greater than the other 2 measurements then they are all within the 5%!
Women with the rectangle body shape have narrow shoulders, flat or small bust, small and non-defined waists and narrow hips and flat bottoms.
What You Should Wear
When choosing tops, choose one that creates more curves and a more feminine silhouette, like fitted blazers with shoulder pads, pockets and embellishments around the shoulders and bust and tops that are flowy around the bust. Do not wear tops with vertical patterns, square necks and fitted tops.
For bottoms, aim to add curves to your bottom half while keeping balance between the bottom and upper half. Large back pockets, figure hugging, low rise jeans and pencil and A-lone skirts with cinched waists are perfect choices. Don’t pick straight skirts, baggy styles or bottoms with too wide flares.
Triangle or Pear
Full hips or thighs, a defined waist, shoulders that are narrower than hips and a small top and bust, characterize women with a pear shaped build.
If your hips are 5% more or bigger than your shoulders or bust you are considered a triangle/pear.
Hips ÷ Shoulders/Bust ≥ 1.05
What You Should Wear
Tops pear shaped women should wear should show of your slender upper body while creating a fuller illusion to achieve balance with the hips. Opt for tops with large V or U-necks, horizontal stripes, big lapels, crop tops and padding or embellishments on the shoulders. Steer away from tops that do not have any shape or with patterns that cut off on the bottom.
Bottoms should focus on slimming or elongating your lower half. Ideally, darker colors and clean, straight lines such as A-line skirts that are fitted at the hips, wide leg or straight leg pants and jeans. A big no-no for pear shaped women are pencil skirts that cling to the hip and capri style pants.
If you have an hourglass shaped body, your shoulders and hips are the same size and you have a defined waist. This one also takes a bit more math to figure out.
Your hips are 25% smaller than your shoulders or bust.
Waist ÷ Shoulder or Bust ≤ .75
Your waist is 25% smaller than your hips.
Waist ÷ Hips ≤ .75
Your shoulders and hips are within 5% of each other. Take your largest measurement (A) and multiply by .95
A x .95
If your smallest measurement is greater than the result, your shoulders and hips are within 5% of each other.
What To Wear
With a feminine and curvy figure, women with an hourglass shape need to find the right top to emphasize while not appearing compact. Tops such as scoop and V-neck, tops that sit at the waist, jackets and coats that have clean lines, and are well cut and fitted. Unfortunately, women with an hourglass build should not wear tops with higher necklines, shapeless cuts, baby doll and empire cuts and embellishments around the hips and bust.
Just about all bottoms look great on hourglass women when paired with a right top to create the perfect silhouette. Pencil and A-line skirts and jeans that are fitted around the hips and backside are fabulous choices. Bottoms that do not flatter this shape are ones that are baggy and shapeless, overly short skirts and skirts that end at the thickest part of the leg.
Remember, not every trend works for everybody. You need to figure out your shape and embrace your silhouette, rather than work against it. In doing so, you will feel more confident in the way you dress!
I hope I did my best on explaining how to find your body shape. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!