Know Your Body Type

Women…the beautiful human beings that make up over 50% of the world’s population. They come in all body types. The question then becomes, ‘how do you find clothes that are flattering your specific body type?’ The key is to know your proportions, and use fashion to accentuate your best features, and hide everything else. Knowing your body type will help you dress and look your best.

Identify Your Body Type:

There are generally 4 body types in women. The curves in a woman’s body will tell it all.  Look at how they connect your bust, waist, and hips. Measure the sizes of your bust, waist, and hip. Depending on the size of each part, you can determine which shape your body is to find clothes that properly fit. Check out the body type calculator here:

The ‘Apple’ Body Type:

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It is generally about 14 percent of women where the bust is three or more inches bigger than the hips. Slim limbs, specifically the arms, but wide shoulders are usually a strong characteristic of this body type. Weight is concentrated around the mid-section and chest, giving the appearance of a bigger bust and protruding stomach. 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.

The ‘Pear’ Body Type:

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It is the opposite of the ‘apple’ body type. This one is bottom-heavy (or triangle) with about 20 percent of women having hips significantly larger than bust. You’ll notice your lower body: hips, thighs, and sometimes your behind are more noticeable. Shoulders are narrower, sloping, and not as broad. It is 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.

The ‘Banana’ / ‘Straight’ / ‘Rectangular’ Body Type:

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It consists about 46 percent 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.

The ‘Hourglass’ Body Type:

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It is the least common with only 8 percent 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. Your curves are flattering in the right places. Fat is usually evenly stored throughout. Looking in the mirror your hip line and bust line 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.

Celebrity Body Types
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Dressing Each Body Type:

Remember that clothes are meant to flatter your body, not your body to flatter your clothes. Actresses, models, and the like dress to look wonderful no matter what the underlying body type is. In fact, models do not necessarily look good in everything. When a designer is putting together a photo shoot or runway show, they pick the model that best shows off the clothes.

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