In the world of fashion and clothing, trends change almost every month. With so many things to choose from, the choice is not limited, but the fitting may be. If you are not aware of the type of body you carry and the clothes that will fit you better than others, it may be an uncomfortable state of affairs, and you may be missing out on the chance to accentuate your best features.
Everyone has a unique and beautiful body shape, no matter how short or tall you are. Feeling great in what you wear adds confidence to your persona and makes a big difference when you go out or even when you are relaxing at home.
Fashion should be about feeling great in what you wear, click here to find out how clothes can affect mood and behavior. We have some helpful information below that can point you in the right direction the next time you’re in the clothing store looking for something flattering to wear.
4 Common Types of Body Shapes
There are in general, four types of body shapes. Namely:
- Pear-Shaped or a Triangle
- Apple Shapes
If you are not sure which one you fit into, there are a few ways to find out, the best suggestion is to take measurements of your physique, as suggested here: https://www.wikihow.com/Dress-for-Your-Body-Type you can use a tape measure to do this effectively.
The Pear Shapes
Characteristics that make up this body type include a wide waist that is wider than your busy, fuller hips, narrow shoulders and a fuller behind or rear.
The suggested power pieces include scoop neck tops, bell sleeves, plunging V-neck dresses and blouses or even cowl necks.
If you’re not sure if you are a pear or hourglass, the difference is, with the hourglass shapes you may be described as ‘curvy’, because of your well-defined waist and the even measurements of your bust and hips. You may have a fuller bust, hips and thighs in some cases.
Form-fitting jersey knits look great on this physique, as are wrap tops, anything with a V-neck, boat or round neck will look superb, and tailored tops and blouses give you room around the chest area.
The Athletic Body Shape
This is reminiscent of the opposite of a curvy body. When your shoulders and hips are nearly the same and your waist is smaller but straight as opposed to curvy. Athletic body types have their weight evenly distributed throughout their body.
People with athletic build should wear anything strapless, racerback types of styles, round or scoop necklines and halter tops and dresses would look great too.
The Apple Shaped Body Type
If you belong to the apple-shaped structure you would generally have broader hips, not curvy necessarily, and a well-defined waistline, almost like an hourglass. A flowing tunic will suit this shape, as will anything with a V-neck, or a button-up top and A-line dresses or skirts too.
Other things you can do is add layers to the outfits, for instance, a tailored jacket could look fabulous, or a long jumpsuit, such as the ones shown on the Aura website, which come in all colors. You can even add a vest or a jacket on top to complete the piece. You would also need to think about the right shoes to go with your piece.
If it’s winter, then knee-high boots with a knee-length dress is a good combination, otherwise, for summer months you can opt for heels or flats with lace-ups or slip-on shoes. Whatever you choose to wear, make sure you are comfortable in it, there is nothing like wearing a top that’s 3 sizes too small for you, it will look bad and feel uncomfortable too.
If however, you don’t fall into any one of the 4 shapes mentioned above, it is perfectly fine. You can use the guide as a starting point and choose something from each category to complete your outfit. Only after having tried a few options, can you decide which one looks and feels right for you. The only thing we would strongly advise is not to wear too many bold patterns at once!