Clothes shopping would be a lot easier if we know which styles and shapes would suit our body types the best. While anyone can wear any clothes they like, some fits will flatter and compliment your shape more than others. But that’s good! Everyone is different, and the world would be a very dull place if we were all the same size and shape!
Obviously body shapes don’t all fit into neat boxes, but there are basic shapes that you will generally fall into. The main shapes are apple, rectangle, wedge, pear and hourglass.
If you are apple-shaped, you tend to have a wider torso, with a fuller bust and waist. You tend to have slimmer arms and legs, and gain weight mostly around your waistline. When choosing new clothes and fashion, look for items that will narrow the upper half of the body and highlight your slimmer legs and arms.
Famous apple-shaped ladies include Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta Jone and Tyra Banks.
When looking for jeans try low-waist slim trousers. The waistband will sit under your stomach, and the slim legs will elongate your pins. A swing coat is a very flattering fit for apple shapes. The tightened waistband will create shape, with the bottom half flaring out to accentuate your hips. Swing dresses are perfect for a formal look; the slim fitting garment will give you a great shape, but won’t cling too much. Make sure it’s the right length to show off those shapely pins!
Rectangle shaped ladies tend to have similar proportions in their shoulders, waist and hips. With a more athletic build, they tend to go for styles which will create curves.
Famous rectangle ladies are Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway.
A sweetheart line dress is a cute option for a rectangle girl. The neckline will create interest and a cinched in waist with fuller skirt will create curves. Minkpink offer a great range of dresses that would look good on a rectangle shape. Long coats and tight trousers will show off your athletic figure and lean limbs. A pencil skirt and ruffle blouse is a great option for a formal event or office meeting. The soft blouse will create a feminine touch, with the tight fitting skirt showing off your legs and slim shape.
A wedge shape is an inverted triangle, with broader shoulders and torso, and slimmer waist and legs. Your legs are your best asset, so show them off while softening your top half.
Famous wedge’s are Renee Zelwegger, Naomi Campbell and Audrina Partridge.
With a wedge shapes, it’s better to keep your top half minimal and clean, with any patterns and prints on your bottom half. If you have a narrow waist, eccentuate this with a high waisted belt. Fuller skirts will add shape to your hips, this will allow them to balance out your top half. Avoid halter necks and strappy tops as this will make your shoulders look broader.
Ladies with a larger bottom half are described as Pear shape. Your hips are wider than your shoulders, with a rounder bottom but narrow waist. Make the most of your curves by widening your shoulders and highlighting your slim waist.
Pear celebrities are Kim Kardashian, Kelly Clarkson and Nicki Minaj.
When clothes shopping for this shape, look at necklines that accentuate the shoulders and waist. Scoop-neck, halter necks and plunging do this well. These draw attention away from the hips and towards the shoulders. Try fitted blazers which will highlight that narrow waist, and pointy shoes to elongate your legs.
If you’re curvy, with well-proportioned shoulders and hips and narrow waist, then you’re probably an hourglass figured lady. Your aim is to accentuate and show off those curves, and not hide them!
Famous pear shaped celebrities include Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira
Wider necklines will look great on an hourglass, broadening your shoulders and highlighting your narrow waist even more. Belted jackets and coats also achieve this. Crop tops and pencil skirts are very popular at the moment, and suit an hourglass figure really well. A wide leg trouser with high belted waist looks great for a day in the office, combine it with a clean, white shirt for that professional look.
The important thing to remember when shopping for your shape is to have fun and feel comfortable in what you are wearing. Be confident and proud of your body, no matter what shape you are. We’re all beautiful in our own bodies, make sure you keep yourself healthy and happy no matter what the fashion trends are telling you!