5 Most Common Women's Body Shapes

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The basic body shapes for women - thing which every woman must know. Realizing what body shape you meet, it will help you to choose correct dresses, suits and any other kind of clothing. Every woman has its own charm and a figure that may be highlighted by correct clothing choices. Stand in front of a mirror and take a close look of yourself, it is advisable to do it in underwear, because you can better define your shape then.We suggest you look at all the body shapes to find your closest match.
In this article we would like to share our knowledge and handy tips in clothing choice. This article includes 5 the most common types of women's body shapes.
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An apple shape.


DO YOU?

Have rounded shoulders?
Have fullness in the tummy area?
Have ok/good shaped legs?
Feel uncomfortable when tops are tucked in?

YOUR BUILD IS :

Rounder shoulder line and flattish bottom
Average to big bust
Fullness around the middle
Good legs

 HOW TO CREATE VISUAL BALANCE?

Follow your bodyline - avoid details around bust, tummy and hips. Keep detail in top and lower thirds.
Keep the clothing line straight to slightly fitted, but fabric soft, so you avoid unnecessary bulk around the bosom, waist and tummy.
Keep details above the bust line and below the hip line - for everything in between keep it plain and simple.
The shoulders need attention so you should balance them from the front and side views.
Keep your silhouette fitted under bust and as well below your arms and along your waist.
Splits at waist works wonder.

WHAT YOU SHOULD AVOID?

Wearing belts whether big or small.
Sleeves which finish next to your bust.
Any details, fuss and volume near bust, tummy or hip area e.g. no lapels, double breasted coats or jackets, high-waisted trousers or waistbands.
Skirt above knee length.
Gathered or tiered skirts.
Clothing that finishes at your fullest points e.g. jackets, cardigans.
Excessive fabric in the mid section.
Clutch bags or shoulder bags.
Petite shoes, kitten heels, boots with buckles, Ugg boots.
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The Rectangle Body Shape


DO YOU?

Wear the same size on your top and bottom halves?
Have a small bust?
Have a little waist definition?
Have flat hips and bottom?

YOUR BUILD IS:

Straight shoulder line and ribcage.
Straight hips and bottom.
Very little waist definition.
Average tummy.

 HOW TO CREATE VISUAL BALANCE?

You need to create the illusion of a waist.
Keep your silhouette uncluttered.
Unstructured jackets that gently shape the waist.
Hip and bottom details are good - as long they create gentle curves.

WHAT YOU SHOULD AVOID?

Details at the waist such as noticeable waistband; high-waisted trousers; belted jackets and coats at the front.
Straight lines from top to toe e.g. straight jacket worn with straight trousers/with pin stripes/with a pencil skirt.
Boxy jackets or coats as well double breasted coats and jackets; boxy pleats
Fussy, busy or droopy style in your clothing.
Rectangle shaped bags or clutch bags.
Square toe shoes.
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The Pear Body Shape


DO YOU?

Carry weight on your hips or thighs?
Have narrower shoulders than hips?
Have a clearly defined waist?
Wear a larger size on your bottom half than your top?

YOUR BUILD IS :

Full hips or thighs, maybe saddle bags
A defined waist
Shoulders that are narrower than your hips
A small top half as well as small bust

HOW TO CREATE VISUAL BALANCE?

You need to balance your top half with your lower half by wearing clothes that make your shoulders look broader.
Your jackets and tops need to finish either above or below the widest point of your hips and bottom.
Balance the top with your fuller bottom half. Layering on your top half creates visual interest and draws the eye upwards.
Wear volume, clutter, pattern, colour on your top half, so hips and thighs will seem narrower.
Wear fitted styles around your waist and always accentuate your waistline e.g. empire line, wraps, fitted lines.
Make your shoulders look broader with e.g. shoulder pads, puffed sleeves, cap sleeve t-shirts, boleros.

WHAT YOU SHOULD AVOID?

Narrowing leg, pleats or creases in your leg line, pinstripe suits, turn-ups in your trousers, wide or flared leg lines. Also avoid combat or cropped trousers or culottes.
Details, patterns, pockets on your thigh and hip area and belts on your hips.
Flared or ruffled sleeve lines, straight skirts or pencil skirts.
Bags that sit on your hips.
Ankle straps, kitten heels, delicate footwear, round toe shoes, ankle boots with straps around your calf area, including ugg boots.
Mini skirts or any other hemline (including single or double vents in jackets) that finishes on your hips, thighs or any other full point of your leg.
Dropped waistlines or dropped panels.
Sloping or narrow shoulder lines.
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The Inverted Triangle Body Shape


DO YOU?

Wear a larger size on your top half than your bottom?
Have wider shoulders than hips?
Have a straight ribcage?
Prefer an uncluttered look on top?

YOUR BUILD IS :

Your bottom half is smaller than your top.
Little definition between waist and hips.
Flat hips and bottoms.
Straight and squared shoulder line.

HOW TO CREATE VISUAL BALANCE?

On your bottom half you need to wear clothes that make your hips look broader.
Keep details, fuss, anything that creates volume to your lower half and keep your top half clean and uncluttered.
Straight clothing lines are a natural extension to your body line.
Create the illusion of a waist with waist details such as a wider belt.

WHAT YOU SHOULD AVOID?

Necklines that make you broader on top e.g. boat or bardot, big straps, halterneck tops, big shawl collars.
Styles that extend or accentuate shoulders e.g. details, volume, fuss on your shoulders such as puff sleeves, shoulder pads.
Styles that hide your silhouette.
Patterns on top, scarves around your neck or shoulders.
Stiff fabrics on top and narrowing hemlines e.g. pencil skirts or skinny jeans.
Clutch bags.
Petite footwear.
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The Hourglass Body Shape


DO YOU?

Feel most comfortable in more fitted styles?
Find that a straight skirt rises up?
Find that waistbands are often too large?
Wear a slightly larger size on top to accommodate your bust?

YOUR BUILD IS:

Bigger thighs.
A rounded bottom and hips.
A small waist.
A full bust.

HOW TO CREATE VISUAL BALANCE?

You need to wear shaped and fitted lines in order to follow your body line, but avoid bulk and volume around your feminine curves.
Wear a good supporting bra that will lift our bust and give you a more defined waist.
Bring attention to your shoulder and neckline, wear designs that bring the eye to the centre by wearing wider and lower necklines.
Extend the shoulder past the thickest part of the arms.

WHAT YOU SHOULD AVOID?

You need to wear shaped and fitted lines in order to follow your body line, but avoid bulk and volume around your feminine curves.
Wear a good supporting bra that will lift our bust and give you a more defined waist.
Bring attention to your shoulder and neckline, wear designs that bring the eye to the centre by wearing wider and lower necklines.
Extend the shoulder past the thickest part of the arms.
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