Let me guess – at some point, you have been asked what your body shape is and you had zero to little idea of how to answer. Don’t worry though! You’re not alone. It can be confusing, really – some compare bodies to fruits, to soft drink bottles (uhm.. ring a bell?), and most commonly, to geometric figures. Through this article, you’ll have a better understanding of the different body shapes of women. Read on and find out more about the topic, which celebrities probably have the same shape as you, and how to dress properly according to your body type.
To give you an overview, there are 6 kinds of body silhouettes: Triangle, Oval, Inverted Triangle, Rectangle, Hourglass, and Diamond: TRIANGLE
This is commonly known as the ‘pear’ shape. You have thin shoulders, a small bust, and curvy hips. Just like Beyonce. *wink, wink*
Style tips: If you have a triangle-shaped body, avoid wearing dresses that are tight around the hips as they emphasize your waist and thighs. Instead, wear dresses that are loose and flowy. Also, avoid wearing skinny jeans as they make your thighs look wider.
The ‘apple’. Resembling the fruit, your shoulders, waist, and hips form a round shape. A celebrity with this shape is Oprah Winfrey.
Style tips: Avoid wearing short, heavy jackets and oversized tops. They tend to emphasize your wide shoulders and large bust. Focus the attention instead on your slender calves and legs by wearing high heels. They are usually the best part of apple-shaped bodies because they are usually slim and fit.
If you have broad shoulders and narrow hips, you fall under the Inverted Triangle category. Sometimes known as ‘the cone’, it’s the most athletic-looking shape among the others. Celebrities with this body shape are Cindy Crawford and Pamela Ward.
Style tips: To achieve a proportional look, wear dark-colored tops and light-colored bottoms. Doing this will help downplay your shoulders and bust while making your thighs and legs look more prominent.
Sometimes referred to as the boyish shape, this is your silhouette if your shoulders, hips, and waist are all aligned. Think Cameron Diaz or Keira Knightley.
Style tips: A-lined skirts and ¾ sleeves will work really well for you. Stay away from skinny jeans, high waisted bottoms, and bodycon dresses. As for most body shapes, be sure to wear a good bra to define your bust.
If your bust and hips have nearly the same size and you have a narrow waist, you have the hourglass body. A perfect example is Kim Kardashian.
Style tips: Most call this the dream figure, it’s the number 8, the 36/24/36 body. Play up this sexy silhouette by wearing clothes that emphasize your already-sexy figure. Wear jeans made of stretch denim as they hug your curves and give you a snug fit at the waist and hips. Mid-rise jeans will work well for you if you have extra weight in the tummy, but low-rise jeans work great for you too.
Wide waist with shoulders and hips that are aligned? You’re a diamond, and you are as rare as the name. Grey’s Anatomy’s Sara Ramirez is a great example.
Style tips: If you’re a diamond body type, go for tops that will allow you to emphasize your shoulders and show off your arms. Cocktail dresses and A-lined skirts will also perfectly display your calves, while hiding your thighs.
Instead of wanting to change your body type – highlight your advantages! Each body type has several beautiful parts you can emphasize, and downplay others if you do not like them as much. Every body shape has its own characteristics, and they need to be considered when choosing your clothes. Not all trends may suit you, but there are so many styles available that there is something available for every shape.
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