To dress right for your body, you have to know about it, not just guess. The bone structure, age, pregnancy, fat distribution, genetic permutation, and hormonal combination determine your body shape. In this article, we are going to break down the different body shapes of women and provide you with a little test that is going to help you determine which body type is yours.
1. Rectangle Shape
This body shape often called the straight or ruler body type. A rectangle body shape means that the waist measurements are less than 9 inches smaller than the bust or hip measurements. So, the ones that have rectangle body shape are not particularly curvy, their waist is not well-defined, and their weight is evenly distributed everywhere in the body.
2. Pear/Triangle Shape
Pear/triangle body shape is characterized by the hips that are wider than the bust. Other characteristics of the pear body shape include a well-defined waist, and proportionately delicate shoulders and slim arms. Extra weight is distributed more into the bottom and legs, rather than the upper body.
3. Hourglass Shape
Hourglass body shape characterized by hip and bust measurements that are nearly equal in size, with a smaller waist measurement. This body shape’s shoulders are round, and the legs are in proportion with the upper body.
4. Apple Shape
This body shape is also known as the ‘Inverted triangle shape,’ and it is characterized by broader bust and shoulders, with narrower hips. The body doesn’t necessarily have a well-defined waistline, and it is not very curvy around the hips.
How to Find Out Your Body Shape?
So, grab a measuring tape and a mirror. When measuring, try to be as accurate as possible, even if you don’t like what the measuring tape is saying.
Measure Your Shoulders: Secure the measuring tape at the tip of one shoulder and wrap it around yourself. The tape should lay on the top of your shoulders, but it should not cut into your skin, and it should be parallel with the floor.
Measure Your Bust: Wrap the measuring tape around your back and across the fullest part of your breasts while you are standing up completely straight.
Measure Your Waist: Find the smallest part of your natural waist and wrap a measuring tape around it. Again, the measuring tape should be parallel with the floor, and it should not cut into your skin.
Measure Your Hips: Hold the measuring tape below one of your hip bones, at the broadest part of the hip. Keep the tape flat as you wrap it around the largest part of your behind until it meets the starting point.
Now that you’ve measured your shoulders, bust, waist and hips, you can use those numbers to help determine your body shape.
Your body shape is Inverted Triangle/Apple if…
Your bust or your shoulder measurements are more than 5 percent bigger than your hip measurement.
Your body shape is Rectangle if…
…your shoulder, hip and bust measurements are within 5 percent of each other and if your waist is less than 25 percent smaller than your bust or shoulder measurements.
Your body shape is Triangle/Pear if…
…your hip measurements are more than 5 percent bigger than your bust and shoulder measurements.
Your body shape is Hourglass if…
…your shoulder and hip measurements are within 5 percent of each other while your waist is at least 25 percent smaller than your shoulder, bust and hip measurements.