Every woman has a unique body shape, and that shape determines what clothes look best on her figure. We have all seen makeover shows that transform “normal” women into fashion models with a simple wardrobe change. A woman who starts out looking about 30 pounds overweight ends up looking 40 pounds lighter with nothing more than a set of new clothes. That’s because the stylists performing her makeover know how to dress a woman based on her body type. If you get frustrated every time you try on clothes, it may be because you don’t know what shape you should be dressing for. In this multi-part guide, I’ll help you identify your body shape and learn how to dress to flatter your figure.
Common Body Shapes For Women
No two women have the exact same physique, but most women fit into one of four body shape categories:
Weight loss and weight gain may change your body shape over time, so do not be surprised if you transition from one type to another in your life. The core of your figure will stay the same, but the way you carry your weight will impact how your body looks overall. Keep reading to find out which body shape best describes your figure.
If you have a pear shape body, your upper body is perceptibly smaller than your lower body. You have narrower shoulders, a small bust, and full hips and thighs. You gain most of your weight below the waist. Read “How To Dress A Pear Shape Body” for more information.
An apple shape body is the opposite of a pear shaped body. In this case, you carry most of your weight in your upper body and you are noticeably smaller in your lower body. You have a larger bust, and narrower hips and legs. Read “How To Dress An Apple Shape Body” for more information.
Most women strive to achieve an hourglass figure, and some are naturally born with this physique. If you have an hourglass body shape, you have curves. You have a definitive waist- line, and you gain weight evenly through your body. Read “How To Dress An Hourglass Shape Body” for more information.
If you have a boyish shape body, your body lines are straight up and down. You lack curves and have a minimal bust and rear. You gain weight evenly throughout your body, but you maintain the straight lines with your weight gain. Read “How To Dress A Boyish Shape Body” for more information.