‘Understanding Different Body Shapes for Women: A Comprehensive Guide”

ByYvonne Munzuki

Jul 9, 2024

I believe that every body shape should be celebrated with clothes that fit and feel great. It’s important to find the right fit for your body, as everyone’s body is unique. Traditional ideas about dressing for body shape can be restrictive, focusing on “do’s and don’ts” and how to hide “problem areas.” I reject these outdated ideas and instead focus on deciding what looks and feels good on my own body. However, I understand that learning how to identify and dress for your body shape can simplify daily clothing decisions and boost your style confidence.

To help with this, I’ve created an easy-to-use Body Shape Calculator to help you identify your body shape. You most likely fall into one of the five main body types:

Triangle (pear)

You may be this body type if…

  • Your waist is wider than your bust
  • You consider yourself to have fuller hips
  • You have narrower shoulders in
    comparison to your hips
  • You have a fuller rear

2. Hourglass (curvy)

You may be this body type if…

  • You’d describe your body as curvy
  • You have a well-defined waist
  • Your bust and hip measurements are
    roughly even
  • You may have a fuller bust, hips + thighs

3. Heart (inverted triangle or apple)

You may be this body type if…

  • You are generally well-proportioned
  • Your shoulders are broader than
    your hips
  • You are not necessarily as curvy
    through your hips
  • You don’t have a well-defined waistline

4. Rectangle (athletic)

5. Oval (round).

You may be this body type if…

  • Your shoulders and hips are proportional
  • You’re curvy through the midsection
  • Your torso is a wider measurement than shoulders and hips
  • Your waist isn’t naturally defined

It’s important to note that many people may not fit neatly into one specific body shape category, and may be a combination of different body types. The guidelines provided are just a starting point to help you find what works best for your body.

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