How To Determine Your Body Shape

How to determine your body shape


Let’s Have A Look At 5 Basic Female Body Shapes.

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There are several ways to define your body shape. The most basic way to do it is to determine if you are either a

  • Hourglass
  • Inverted triangle
  • Pear (also called triangle or spoon)
  • Rectangle (also called ruler or banana)
  • Apple (also called cone or downwards triangle)

You can split these main categories in sub categories to further customize your body shape, but let’s keep it simple for now.

Characteristics of the hourglass:

  • Well defined (narrow) waist
  • Hip and bust tend to be almost the same and quite big

The hourglass body shape |

Characteristics of the inverted rectangle are:

  • Shoulders are wider than the hip
  • Bust tends to be proportionally large
  • Hips are small

The inverted triangle body shape |

Characteristics of the rectangle are:

  • No defined waist
  • The hips tend to have a similar width as the shoulders
  • You do not have a lot of curves
  • Your bust tends to be small or average


The rectangle body shape |

Characteristics of the pear:

  • The hips are wider than the shoulder
  • Fat tends to accumulated on the hips and buttocks

The pear body shape |

Characteristics of the apple

  • No defined waist
  • Weight tends to form on the stomach
  • Average bust size

The apple body shape |

How To Measure Yourself
Of course, if you are going to figure out your body shape using the calculator above, you will need to measure yourself.

So, how do you do that accurately?

Shoulders – measure from the top of one shoulder all the way around

Bust – measure the fullest part of your bust. Make sure to hold the tape measure tight but not so taut that you squash your bust so your get a smaller measurement than you should.

Waist – measure around the smallest part of your waist, usually just above your belly button.

Hips – start at one hip and wrap the tape measure all the way around at the widest part.

You may need someone to help you to get accurate measurements.

Your Body Shape May Change

All this may well change in the future as many women over 40 get a completely different body shape once they go through (peri)menopause, so in that case the style of clothes you chose may have to change as well.

It may be that you put on some weight around your middle so you end up moving towards an apple shape.

In this case, you are likely to find that the guidelines for your original body shape considered alongside the guidelines for the apple shape could help.

I hope that you got a clearer idea what body type you are?

Finding Your Body Shape Can Be Revolutionary To The Way You Dress
It can be all too easy to compare yourself to a friend or celebrity.

However, determining your own body shape can really help you to dress for YOU, without trying to emulate anyone else.

Don’t Forget Your Vertical Body Shape

Now that you have discovered which of the main body types you are, have you thought about your other proportions.

Everyone also has a unique vertical body type. This is the proportion of your leg length, or the lower half of your body, in comparison to your torso. Using these measurements in conjunction with your body type will help you to find the most flattering looks for you.




Source: 40plussize


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