Have you ever anxiously awaited for your dress to arrive in the mail, only to throw it on and let out an audible sigh of disappointment?
How to determine your body shape is an integral first step to styling clothes and choosing clothes that look best on you. We all want the hourglass figure of Marilyn Monroe, the height of a supermodel, and maybe the perky chest of our youth. But, just because we don’t check those boxes doesn’t mean we can’t dress for our body shape and highlight our own best attributes.
Before we go over how to find your body shape (both using measurements and without them), let’s go over the basics of body shape.
What is female body shape?
Female body shape is the proportions of your body in relation to your shoulder, bust, waist, and hip measurements. Depending on your proportions and measurements of your body it will fall into one of the following categories: inverted triangle, triangle/pear, rectangular, oval/apple, or hourglass.
It is possible that you fall into more than one body shape category if your measurements are very close, and if that is the case you should take both body shapes into consideration when shopping and styling yourself.
Taking measurements to determine your body shape
In order to determine your body shape, we need to first start by taking measurements. It’s a quick and painless process, but here’s what you need to start: