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Apples, Pears and hourglass: Know your body shape

Every body shape is different and it is always best to know what body shape best suits your figure. Different body shapes suit different styles of clothing, so what would fit one body and look stunning might not upon another. It is all about dressing what you have in order to accentuate the perfect figure of your body. There are eight main body shapes:

Straight body type
The bust and hips are basically the same size but the waist is slightly smaller than both the hips and bust.  The secret to dressing a straight body type is to proportionally dress the top and bottom of the body while accentuating the waist. Tending to gain weight in the torso then the upper thighs and arms first but the lower legs are always shapely and are one of the best assets of this body type. It’s possible, if comfortable, to wear form fitting clothing and adding a wide belt in order to create the perfect waist.
The tops should have:

Nipped or belted waists
Off the shoulder, boat-neck, wide V or U necks
Structured shoulders, princess or flutter sleeves
Embellishments around the bust and shoulders
Full, rushed or flowing around the bust.
 
The bottoms should have:
Full or moderately flared legs
Embellished pockets or flap pockets
Full, Tiered or bubble skirts
Pronounced hips and rear pockets
Mid to low-rise waists with a wide waist band

Pear body type
The hips are larger than the bust and the waist is seen to gradually slope out to the hips. First seeming to gain wait in the bottom and leg area followed by the stomach and shoulders, however the waist is this body types best asset.The secret to dressing a pear body type is to enhance and to create the illusion of volume to the upper body while emphasizing the waist and de-emphasizing the lower body in order to create a balanced figure.
The tops should have:
Nipped or fitted waists
Off the shoulder, boat-neck, wide V or U necks
Structured shoulders, princess or flutter sleeves
Embellishments around the bust and shoulders
Bright colours and bold patterns
Bottoms should:
Fall straight from the widest part of the hip
Avoid details should as embellished pockets
Be A-line skirts
Be a lightly gathered skirts that skim the body
Have darker colours, clean lines and simple stitching

Spoon body type
The hips are larger than the bust and the hips tend to have a ‘shelf’ appearance but the waist is slightly smaller than the bust.  This body shape is prone to gaining weight around the stomach area but the lower legs and arms are by far the best assets.  The secret to dressing this body type is to draw attention to the upper body while attempting to deemphasize the stomach and hip area in order to create a more balanced appearance and creating the illusion of an hourglass figure.
Tops should have:
Empire waists
Off the shoulder, boat-neck, wide V or U necks
Rouching or embellishments around the bush
The ability to skim the midsection without adding volume
A strapless design to show of the shoulders
Bottoms should:
Have straight legs
Avoid details such as embellished pockets and flap pockets
Have solid colours in darker tones
Show off the legs: Miniskirts are your friend
Have a wide waist-band

Hourglass body shape
The bust and hips are basically the same size but the waist is well defined. This is the body shape that most women strive to have as the gently rounded shoulders aligned nicely with the hips and the waist is obvious and curves out to the hips, often with a rounded bottom.  The main asset of this body shape is the perfect balance that should be accentuated. The secret to dressing this body type is to keep the top and bottom balanced while still accentuating the small waist.
Tops should:
Be belted
Have a banding or nipping shape at the waist
Be form-fitting
Have a wrapped style
be tailored shirts and jackets
Bottoms should be:
high-waisted or pencil skirt
boot cut and straight legged
able to show off the legs
skinny and tight fitting with a balanced top
cargos or flap pocket with a balanced top

Hourglass body type
The bust is larger than the hips but the waist is still well defined. Much like the typical hourglass the rounded shoulders align perfectly with the hips and the waist curves out to the hips creating an almost perfectly balanced body shape. The upper body is proportionate in length to the legs which of course are shapely and a wonderful asset. The secret to dressing this body type is to attempt to balance the lower body with the ample bust while accentuating the waist.
Tops should have:
narrow V-necks
banding or nipping at the waist
a wrap-style
a possible tailored appearance
a dark colour
Bottoms should have/be:
embellished or flap-style pockets
boot cut or slightly flared legs
full or a-line skirts
cargo pants
whiskering  at the hips

Inverted triangle body type
The bust is large but the hips are narrow and the waist is not well defined. Broad shoulders, ample bust and a wide back mix with slim hips and a possible flat bottom complete the inverted triangle body shape. The secret to dressing this body shape is to balance the broader shoulders with the narrow lower body but choosing clothes that add curves to the hips and bottom while creating a well defined waist.
Tops should have/be:
Narrow V-necks
Banding or nipping at the waist
Wrap-style
Tailored
Dark in colour
Bottoms should have/be:
Embellished or flap-style pockets
Boot cut or wide legs
Full or A-line skirts
Cargo pants
Whiskering at the hips

Oval body type
The waist is larger than the bust and hips as the hips are narrow compared to the shoulder. The breasts within this body type are ample in size. In this body type there is the tendency to gain weight around the stomach and upper body but still your legs are slender and shapely. The secret to dressing this body type is choosing clothes that add curves to the lower body and taper to the waist.  There by creating an illusion of a slimmer waist.
Tops should have/be:
Nipped or belted at the waist
Square, wide V or U necks
Wrap style
Vertical details
Flaring at the hips
Bottoms should have/be:
Full or wide legs
Embellished pockets and flap pockets
Full, tiered, flared or bubble skirts
Cargo or safari pants with pronounced hip and rear pockets
Mid-rise waists with a wide waistband

Diamond body type
The waist is larger than the bust and hips also the shoulders are narrow when compared to the hips. In this body type the breasts are normally small to medium in size. There is a tendency to gain weight upon the stomach, hips and buttocks of this body type meaning that the waist is undefined but the lower legs are shapely with proportionately slender and shapely arms.  The secret to dressing this body shape is to balance the shoulders and bust with the hips while also creating a waist. Choose clothes that add curves and fullness to the upper body, while choosing bottoms that with lean and lengthen the lower body, in order to create the illusion of a perfectly proportioned body.
Tops should have/be:
Nipped or belted waists
Off the shoulder, boat-neck, wide V or u necks
Structured shoulders, princess or flutter sleeves
Embellishments around the bust and shoulders
Full, rushed or flowing around the bust
Bottoms should have/be:
Legs that fall straight from the widest part of the hip
Dark in colour
Simple back and hip pockets
Lightly gathered or A-line skirts that skim the figure
Straight skirts that fall from the widest part of the hip
 

Everybody is different but now with these simple body types explained it should be a little easier to find clothing that suits your body and creates a perfect figure no matter your size or shape. Why not flaunt what you have by accentuating the best features of your body for everyone to love.

 

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