Thursday, July 11, 2013

What’s Your Body Shape?

Hey Beautifuls!
Today’s post is all about body shapes as well as how to determine what body shape you are and what best suits you and your figure. There are approximately seven types of body shapes: Neat Hour Glass, Full Hour Glass, Triangle/Pear, Inverted Triangle, Lean Column/Pencil, Rectangle, and Round/Apple.
To find out your body shape, look at yourself in the mirror in your underwear. Stand with your legs together and your arms a little away from your sides. Observe the area from under your arms, past your bust and ribcage, over your waist and hips to the fullest part of your thighs. Then compare yourself to the images and review the characteristics of each body type below.

Neat Hour Glass Silhouette
Wears the same size top and bottom or in better terms has the same or very close size at the bust and waist.
● Clearly defined waist
● Defined bust
● Curved bottom

A neat hourglass shape is the classic feminine shape and is most flexible when it comes to wearing different styles and shapes in clothing as long as you opt for more fitted fashion that follows your body lines.
Try to go for styles that define your waist, enhance your bust, and highlight your hips and bottom. Styles and shapes that hide your body figure will add extra volume to your waist.
Wraps, waistcoats, layering and crossovers will highlight your shape and waist.

Believe it or not when you gain or lose weight in certain places your body shape can change. See what other body shape tendencies you might have:
Extra weight around your hips can make you lean towards a pear shape.
Extra weight around your waist can make you lean towards an apple.
A fuller bust, hip and tummy can make you lean towards a full hourglass.

Full Hour Glass Silhouette
Feel most comfortable in more fitted styles
Find that a straight skirt rises up
Usually waistbands are too large
Wear a slightly larger size on top to accommodate your bust
Bigger thighs
Rounded bottom and hips
Small waist
Full bust

Full hourglass shapes needs to wear shaped and fitted silhouettes in order to follow your body line, but avoid bulk and volume around your feminine curves.
Wear a good supporting bra that will lift your bust and give you a more defined waist. Bring attention to your shoulder and neckline; wear designs that bring the eye to the centre by wearing wider and lower necklines like scoop, square or sweetheart. Keep attention around your bust and décolletage line. Example: use embellishments, colours, or pattern.
A high yoke which gathers or draped bodice is excellent camouflage for a heavy busted person.
Crossovers or wraps in soft fabrics; empire lines that go in under your bust, side fastening, and high waist skirts and shorts are excellent for a full hourglass figure.
Try to avoid straight shapes that hide your waist, high necklines that cover up your cleavage and décolleté, and fussy styles and details that create additional volume around your bust, tummy, and thighs.

If you have gained or lost weight many times your body shape can change into another one. See what other body shape tendencies you might have:
A leaner body around your bust, hips and tummy might point you to a neat hourglass shape.
Extra weight around your hips can make you lean towards a pear shape.
Extra weight around your waist can make you lean towards an apple body shape.

Triangle or Pear Silhouette
A small top half as well as small bust
Full hips or thighs
Have narrower shoulders than hips
Wear a larger size on your bottom half than your top
Have a clearly defined waist

Triangle shapes or more commonly known as pear shapes. Pear shapes have fuller hips and smaller shoulders. So you need to balance your top half with your lower half by wearing clothes that make your shoulders look broader.
Try jackets and tops that finish either above or below the widest point of your hips and bottom. Layering on your top half creates visual interest and draws the eye upwards. Wear volume, clutter, pattern, colours on your top half, so hips and thighs will seem narrower. Wear fitted styles around your waist and always accentuate your waistline. Example: empire line, wraps, waistcoats, straight yoke. You can make your shoulders look broader with wider collars, lapels, shoulder pads, puffed sleeves, cap sleeve t-shirts, wide straps, boat neck, big shawls and boleros.
Try to avoid pleats or creases in your leg line, pinstripe suits, turn-ups in your trousers, wide or flared leg lines, combat or cropped trousers, culottes, flared or ruffled sleeve lines, bags that sit on your hips, and sloping or narrow shoulder lines. Also avoid details, patterns, pockets on your thigh and hip.

Other body shape tendencies you might have:
You lean towards a full hourglass shape if your top half looks heavier because of a large bust.
You can lean towards an apple if your weight gain generally goes onto your bust and tummy areas.

Inverted Triangle Silhouette
Wear a larger size on your top half than your bottom
Have wider shoulders than hips
Have a straight ribcage
Little definition between waist and hips

Inverted Triangle figures have fuller shoulders and more narrow hips. Thus, on your bottom half you need to wear clothes that make your hips look more voluptuous.
Keep details, fuss, anything that creates volume to your lower half and keep your top half clean and uncluttered. Straight clothing lines are a natural extension to your body line. Create the illusion of a waist with waist details such as a wider belt.
Just remember simple straight lines, wrap tops, splits on the waist or hips, and layering on hips.
Try to avoid styles that hide your silhouette, scarves around your neck or shoulders, pencil skirtsskinny jeans, and petite footwear. Also avoid necklines that make you broader on top like boat or bardot, big straps, halterneck tops, and big shawl collars. In addition avoid Styles that extend or accentuate shoulders. Example: details and volume on your shoulders such as puff sleeves and shoulder pads.

Other body shape tendencies you might have:
You lean toward an apple shape if you have a bust and weight around your top half.
You lean toward a rectangle shape if you have weight or strong bone structure at your hips.

Lean Column or Pencil Silhouette
Wear the same size on your top and bottom halves
Have a minimal bust
Little waist definition
Narrow shoulders
Narrow hips and flat bottom
● Longed bodied
● Short legs

Lean column figure or more commonly known as pencil shape. The pencil shapes body proportion is usually longed bodied and have short legs. Pencil shapes tend to be straight up and down without many curves so you need to create the illusion of curves around hips and bust, in addition to defining the waist.
You’re very flexible in your neckline so opt for choices like ruffles, cowl, necktie, collars, turtle neck, and scoop necks will give you roundness and put the focus on the centre of your body. Tops that add volume, curves and shorten your top half are best like empire line, yoke line, layering, wrap tops, push up bras, breast pockets, and padded tops. Details and patterns such as horizontal lines; dotty or floral are great as are scarves and shawls. Use layering to shorten your long top half. . Any form that will give volume to your arms like dropped sleeve line, batman like sleeves, flared, cuffed, ¾ length, loose short sleeves are great options. Wear high or low waisted styles with broad shoulders; unfitted jackets, which slope to the waist; highlight your hips and bottom using pockets and pleats
Try to avoid figure-hugging garments, shift dresses with square necklines, dropped waistlines, bulky or heavy textures, double breasted jackets, Shapeless jackets, loose or droopy styles that hang from your shoulders, and long straight fitted lines.

Other body shape tendencies you might have
You lean towards a pear shape if your hips are slightly broader (saddle bags) than your hips.
You lean towards an inverted triangle if your shoulders are slightly broader than your hips.
You lean towards a rectangle body shape if you are of a larger bone structure and have a medium bust.

Rectangle Silhouette
Wear the same size on your top and bottom halves
Small bust
● Little waist definition
Straight shoulder line and ribcage
Straight hips and bottom

Rectangle figures have not much in the way of a waist, having a straight line between their hips and their bust.
Your general rule is to create the illusion of a waist.
Go for simple and clean style lines that add roundness to your neckline or sleeves. Empire line, tops that drape under your bust give the illusion of movement and splits at your waist. Unstructured jackets that gently shape the waist, hip and bottom details are good as long they create gentle curves. Opt for lower, wider necklines such as jewels, and scoop boat necklines this looks even better with details such as embellishments around your décolletage. Loose fit, puffed, cap ¾ sleeves, flared, cuffed or rolled up sleeves are also good options.
Try to avoid straight jacket worn with straight trousers (especially with pin stripes), pencil skirts, boxy jackets or coats, double breasted coats or jackets, boxy pleats, busy or droopy style in your clothing, and square toe shoes.

Other body shape tendencies you might have:
You lean towards a pear shape if your hips are slightly broader (saddle bags) than your hips.
You lean towards inverted triangle if your shoulders are slightly broader than your hips.
You lean towards a column if you have a small bust and are petite in your shape and scale.

Round or Apple Figure
Have rounded shoulders
Fullness around the middle
Feel uncomfortable when tops are tucked in

Round or also known as Apple figures are fullest around the middle. Therefore, the larger, longer, fuller bouquets such as Large Teardrops and Large Cascades work well for this shape as they are very slimming.
 You want to keep the clothing line straight to slightly fitted, but fabric soft so you avoid unnecessary bulk around the bosom, waist and tummy. Also keep details above the bust line and below the hip line, and for everything in between keep it plain and simple. I believe the shoulders need attention so you should balance them from the front and side views.  I find splits at waist works wonders. Clutch bags or shoulder bags, petite shoes (like kitten heels, boots with buckles, Uggs boots), lower and wider necklines (like scoop, square, large V-neck or sweetheart), and empire line or styles that go in under your bust are great guidelines for your body shape. With sleeve lengths, go for a ¾ length, or something above the wrist. Built in shoulder pads, flared or draped sleeves look great too.
You should try to avoid wearing belts whether big or small, sleeves which finish next to your bust, any details that add volume near bust tummy or hip area, skirt above knee length, clothing that finishes at your fullest points, excessive fabric in the mid section, and gathered or tiered skirts.

Other body shape tendencies you might have:
You lean towards a pear shape if your hips are slightly broader (saddle bags) then
You lean towards an inverted triangle if your shoulders are slightly broader than our hips
You lean towards a full hourglass if you lose weight around your tummy and gain a waist instead

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Well that is it, but I really do want to point out that the styles I suggest and say to avoid are my just opinion and my assessment on what would look good on that particular body shape. My tips aren’t law and it all depends on you, on what you like and feel comfortable in. You rock that piece like to other! Confidence is any women’s best fashion staple!

So tell me what is your body shape?

Hope You Enjoyed This Entry. Till Next Time!
(^з^)- Dizzy
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29 comments:

  1. I am Rectangle Silhouette. Nice post dear. :)

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  3. Great post! A little inverted triangle and hourglass shape, lol! Happy friday! XOXO

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  4. I think I am full hour glass lol but not really sure >.<

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    1. Based on your pics I've seen of you, I think you are right!

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  5. i'm not sure, but i think i'm a round figure, haha. ;)

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  6. mmm I don't know...Triangle form maybe.
    Congrats to this post
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    1. LOL! It's okay Hun, the longer we use it the better it will be ... Maybe lol
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  8. thanks for your sweet comment Dizzy :D yes I'm finally back haha
    (now I can finally make blog posts, no more deadlines/assignments :))
    How are you doing?
    I like this post! It's really interesting. I'm not sure about my body shape;
    I think I'm pencil silhouette/lean column and/or triangular.

    See you xx
    Dewi

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  9. thanks for your sweet comment Dizzy :D yes I'm finally back haha
    (now I can finally make blog posts, no more deadlines/assignments :))
    How are you doing?
    I like this post! It's really interesting. I'm not sure about my body shape;
    I think I'm pencil silhouette/lean column and/or triangular.

    See you xx
    Dewi

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    1. Any time Dewi!
      I'm doing pretty good! How bout you? It's been forever since we chatted.

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  10. Ihihihihi I think that I am an Italian pear :DD
    Love this post, I like it so much my baby <3
    Xxx

    Carolina

    www.the-world-c.blogspot.com

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  11. I guess I have a pencil type of body! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  12. I think I'm a Pencil Silhouette - I'm straight up and down. :)

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  13. This is a very informative post. I am still undecided between two shapes.

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