Why does the same dress look different on you than on your friend, even though you are the same height and weight? It turns out that you just have different body types. Your specific figure depends on the development / structure of your body muscle, bone and fat. This is mostly due to genetics, but exercise and dieting play a part as well.
Your figure is mostly inherited from your parents as it is more predetermined by genetics than by lifestyle. Exercising and proper nutrition can maintain your figure, while metabolism, fat distribution and muscle structure are extremely difficult to change.
There are no ideal body types, but you can get closer your ideal through sport and proper nutrition. Clothes selection is also important depending on your body type.
How to determine your type of figure
There are 4 main types of female figures:
If you want to know which type you are, all you need is to take three measurements.
- Hips. Measure at the widest point below your waist.
- Waist. Measure at the narrowest point without sucking in your tummy.
- Chest. Measure at the fullest point of your bust.
Now you can determine your body type.
- If the measurement of your hips and chest is about the same, and your waist is 20-30 cm smaller, then you have an hourglass figure.
- If your legs are slender and your tummy, waist and chest stand out the most, then you have an apple figure.
- If your hips and chest are about the same measurement, and your waist doesn’t stand out, then you have a rectangle figure.
- If your shoulders look wider than your hips, and your chest is larger than the lower part of the body, then you have a T-shaped figure (inverted triangle).
- Finally, if your waist is stands out, and your bust measures less than your hips, then you have a pear (triangle) figure.
Hourglass Body Shape
Other names: guitar, figure X, figure eight
You have an hourglass figure if you’d describe your body as curvy and have a well-defined waist. Your bust and hip measurements are roughly even and you may have a fuller bust, hips, and thighs
How to choose the right clothes for the hourglass figure
There are two keys to dressing an hourglass shape 1) define your waist and 2) show off your feminine shape. You have great curves—emphasize them with body-hugging silhouettes and pieces that show those curves off.
- a waist belt as an accessory
- coats, blouses and cloaks with belts
- high rise pants
- dresses and sweaters with a round or V-neck
- pencil skirts
Clothes that are not suitable for the hourglass figure:
- low rise pants
- baggy outfits
Rectangular Body Shape
Other names: square, banana, slender column, H-shaped figure
You have a rectangular figure if you’re not particularly curvy and your shoulders and hip measurements are nearly the same. Your waist isn’t very small or well-defined, but fairly straight. Finally, your weight is fairly evenly distributed throughout your body. When a woman with such a figure gains weight, then her silhouette becomes rectangular or O-shaped.
How to choose clothes for the “rectangular” figure?
- Halter styles
- Racerback styles
- Scoop and round necklines
- Strapless anything
The rectangular figure should avoid:
- oversized or baggy clothes
- pencil skirts
Pear or Triangle Body Shape
Other names: triangle, spoon, trapezoid, A-shape.
You have a pear figure if your waist is wider than your bust and you consider yourself to have fuller hips. You have narrower shoulders in comparison to your hips and a fuller rear.
How to choose clothes for the “triangle” figure?
- Plunging V-necks
- Cowl necks
- Bell sleeves
- Scoop necks
- pencil skirt or trapeze skirt.
To be avoided:
- long straight coats, baggy outfits
- turtlenecks, blouses and tops with a neckline
- tight-fitting pants (especially light-colored)
Apple Body Shape
Other names and titles: O-shape, oval, circle, diamond.
You have an apple figure if you are generally well-proportioned and your shoulders are broader than your hips. You are not as curvy through your hips and you don’t have a well-defined waistline.
How to choose clothes for the “circle” figure
- plain dresses with vertical tucks
- trapeze coats, A-shaped outerwear
- V-neck tops / blouses
- dresses with A-silhouettes
- flared jeans / pants with large pockets
At the same time women with this body type shouldn’t wear:
- tight skirts
- baggy clothes
- tight jeans or low rise pants
- short tops, turtlenecks