Dressing for Your Body Type: How to Determine Your Shape and Dress for It

Dressing well can be difficult if you don’t understand your body type. Dressing, period, becomes a nightmare if you don’t accept and love yourself just ast you are, not someday when you are thinner, blah, blah, blah. So pull yourself together long enough to measure yourself, lovingly and kindly, and take the shape quiz below.

Shop Your shape has a body type calculator. Go here to get your results: http://www.shopyourshape.com/calculate-your-body-shape.html. This gets you into one of eight shapes:

Your body type is: Straight. You have the most common body type. Over 45% of American women have a Straight body shape (sometimes called rectangle or ruler). This means that your hips and bust are balanced and your waist is not very defined. You probably have a bottom that is more flat than round. You tend to gain weight in your torso first and then your upper thighs and arms. Your lower legs are always shapely and one of your best assets. How to Dress a Straight Body Shape. The key to dressing a Straight body type is to proportionally dress the top and bottom of your body while enhancing your waist. If you are comfortable doing so, you can wear form fitting clothing (such as a tube-type dress) and create a waist by adding a wide, dark belt. However, to create a more curvaceous effect add volume (or the illusion of volume) proportionally to your upper and lower body by mixing and matching suggested separates.

These celebrities have the straight or rectangle body type:

celebs-with-rectangle-body-shapes

Here are some ideas on dressing for your type:

rectangle-pants

rectangle-nipped

rectangle-skirts

Study these shapes and use them for guidelines when you shop.

shape inverted triangle

Here are characteristics typical of an Inverted Triangle body shape: Shoulders are noticeably wider than your hip-line. You may have strong-looking shoulders. Your body figure may project a sporty and athletic physique. Great legs often come with tan athletic appearance, then you’re definitely an Inverted Triangle. Your hips look straight given your shoulders being broad. You have little to no waist definition. Simply put, if you feel like your shoulders are taking the center stage – making your waist and hips look narrow – giving you his body shape.

These celebrities have the inverted triangle body type:

celebs-with-inverted-triangle-body-shape

Check out these suggestions for dressing your body type:

invertedtriangle-bottom

invertedtriangle-nipped

invertedtriangle-skirt

Remember NOT to be literal when looking at the examples. they represent starting points for your best styles.

I reblogged all this amazing stuff from these two sites: http://www.shopyourshape.com/body-shapes.html and http://www.thechicfashionista.com/fashion-advice-blog.html. You should go and learn all you can to inform the way you dress and shop.

Tomorrow, I’ll look at two more shapes and how to dress for them.

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