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If you haven’t read the previous parts in this guide, I advise you do so first. Now, it’s time to talk about body shape. Body shape refers to the proportions of your body’s silhouette. Recognising and understanding your body shape is an extremely important step towards finding clothing that shows off your natural awesomeness (yes, we all have it, it’s an empirically provable statement). For this section, you’ll need the measurements you took in part 1.

If your waist measurement was bigger than your bust and hips, you are…

APPLE SHAPED

Most common among “Not Curvy” women.

The biggest part of your body is your middle. You are also likely to have a large bust (although this is not required). Your hips/buttocks are likely to be relatively to have a smaller and flatter shape proportional to the rest of your body. It is unknown how common this body shape is. This body shape is more common among heavier women, or women over the age of 50.

If your waist is smaller than you bust and hips by no more than 8 inches, you are…

RECTANGLE SHAPED

Most common among “Slightly Curvy” and some “Regularly Curvy” women.

From your shoulders to your hips, your silhouette has a “straight up and down” look. With 46%* of women having these proportions, this is one of the most common body types.

If your waist is smaller than your hips by at least 9 inches and you have a significantly smaller bust than hips (over 2 inches in difference) then you are…

PEAR SHAPED

Most common among “Regularly Curvy” and “Dramatically Curvy” women.

Your waist typically looks well defined, and you have noticeably large hips. Your shoulders are significantly smaller than your hips (by at least 2 inches). With 20%* of women having these proportions, this is known to be the second most common body type.

NOTE: If you measure as pear shaped but do not have significantly smaller shoulders, you may appear more hourglass shaped. Looking into fashion tips for both pear shaped and hourglass shaped women may be helpful for you.

If your waist is smaller than your bust by at least 9 inches and you have a significantly smaller hips than bust (over 2 inches in difference) then you are…

INVERTED TRIANGLE SHAPED

Most common among “Regularly Curvy” and “Dramatically Curvy” women

You hold most of your weight in the top half of your body. You are likely to have an ample bust and smaller hips and buttocks. With 14%* of women having these proportions, this is one of the rarer body types.

If your waist is smaller than your bust by at least 9 inches and you have proportionate hip and bust measurements (equal to or under 2 inches in difference) then you are…

HOURGLASS SHAPED

Most common among “Regularly Curvy” and “Dramatically Curvy” women

Your will have a well defined waist with a “balanced” bust and hips. Your shoulders are also likely to be a similar measurement to both your bust and hips. If you have ever looked at a fashion guide before, you are likely to have been told you have the “best” body shape and that you will find it very easy to shop and that everything will suit you. If you are actually hourglass shaped, you know this probably isn’t true, and that shopping for curves – particularly dramatic curves – can be extremely difficult. It’s no wonder why – with only 8%* of women having these proportions, this is the rarest known body type.

Women of all shapes and sizes will sometimes or often struggle to find clothing that fits. This blog however caters mostly to women who fall into the Inverted Triangle, Pear, and Hourglass body shapes. However, there are general fit tips that will be explored that will be of use to anybody with a body. So, stay tuned for Part 3!

*I based the statistics in this article off of a study done by the North Carolina State University: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/the-shape-of-things-to-wear-scientists-identify-how-womens-figures-have-changed-in-50-years-516259.html (unfortunately, I don’t have a full link to the study). I also disagree strongly with some dieas put forth in the study, such as the fashion industry constructing clothes for the hourglass figure – this is absolutely not the case.

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