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Women Body Shapes

What’s the single most important skill to be able to dress up well?

 

Before we answer that, does this situation sound familiar to you…

 

You walk towards a store ogling at the dress near the windowpane.
In your head, you already have a rough plan about where to wear it, how to style it.
All of this in the thirty-second walk into the store.
You pick it up and strut into the trial room with chin up and chest high!
Everything comes crashing down because the dress looks awful.

Does that sum up most of your shopping experiences?

 

If yes, you’re unfamiliar with the most important skill to dress well. And we don’t blame you. Because this skill is one that gets the least attention in the world of fashion!

 

That skill is Understanding Your Body Shape.

 

Women Body Shapes
Four Common Body Shapes

The physical size and shape of your body characterize the body shape you have. And it goes way beyond tall, short, broad, curvy, or so. You and your friend might both be tall and curvy, but can have different body types. Which is why a dress that looks great on her, might not look the best on you.

 

Bodies come in all different shapes and sizes. That’s part of what makes each of us unique. It’s important to know that there isn’t an “average” or “typical” or “desired” body. Some of us are curvier, some of us have narrower hips or broader shoulders — we’re all a little bit different.

 

Still, most of us can categorize our shape into a few broad categories that help us dress up better. The most common general categories include-

 

  • Pear or triangle body shape
  • Hourglass body shape
  • Apple or inverted triangle body shape
  • Athletic, rectangle or straight body shape

Let’s dig in deeper to understand each of these body shapes.

Pear-Shaped Body aka Triangle Shaped Body

You may be this body type if…

  • Your waist is wider than your bust
  • You consider yourself to have fuller hips
  • You have narrower shoulders in comparison to your hips
  • You have a fuller rear

 

Celebrities with a Pear Shaped Body

Parineeti Chopra and Sonam Kapoor

How to Dress Up a Pear Shaped Body

The pear body shape is heavier on the bottom which creates an imbalance with the upper half of the body. The key to dressing this body shape is to take attention away from the wider hips and to draw it towards the upper body and defined waist instead.

 

You want to create the illusion of volume on the upper body while emphasising the waist and de-emphasising the lower body to create a balanced silhouette.

 

  • Highlight The Upper Body
    Visually adding more weight to the shoulder and bust area de-emphasises the hips and thighs, and balances the silhouette. Some easy ways to do that are-
    ✔️ Wear bright colours on your upper body

✔️ Use eye-catching prints, textures and details strategically to create interest on top

✔️ Wear fitted clothes to accentuate the waist

✔️ Layering on your top half creates visual interest and draws the eye upwards

 

  • Play Down The Lower Body
    De-emphasise the hips and thighs to balance them out with the upper body. Some easy ways to do that are-

✔️Wear darker colours on your lower body

✔️Avoid skinny and tight bottoms that emphasise the wide hips

✔️Steer clear of embellished bottoms that draw attention to the lower body

✔️Avoid details, patterns, pockets on your thigh and hip area and belts on your hips

Three Outfit Ideas for Pear Shaped Body

Now that we broadly understand what are the best dressing tips, let’s look at some dresses for a pear-shaped body.

 

  • Everyday Outfit
    Kurtis suitable for pear-shaped body
  • Workwear
    Office dresses for pear-shaped body
  • Occasional
    Lehengas for pear-shaped body

Hourglass Body Shape

You may have this body type if…

  • Your hips and bust are nearly equal in size.
  • You have a well-defined waist that’s narrower than both hips and bust.
  • Your legs and upper body are considered proportionate.
  • Your shoulders are slightly rounded.
  • You have rounded buttocks.

 

Celebrities with an Hourglass Body Shaped Body

Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone

How to Dress Up an Hourglass Shaped Body

The key to dressing this body shape is to follow its natural silhouette by proportionally dressing the top and bottom of the body while accentuating the waist. You need to ensure that you don’t unbalance the body frame by making it either top- or bottom-heavy.

 

  • Follow the natural silhouette
    This means maintaining the body’s naturally balanced proportions without drawing attention to only the lower or upper body.

✔️ Choose clothing that shows off your curvy silhouette.

✔️ Opt for simple, clean garments, which don’t clutter up the silhouette.

✔️ Avoid drawing attention to the hips and shoulders in order to maintain the natural balance of your body’s silhouette.

✔️ Steer clear of straight cuts and boxy styles, that hide the waist.

✔️ Avoid shapeless and loose clothing as well as eye-catching embellishments.

 

  • Define the waist
    Wearing anything that draws attention to the waist helps bring out the body’s balanced proportions.

✔️ Accentuate the waist with belts or nipped garments.

✔️ Wear darker colours around your waist area – such as a dark belt.

✔️ Steer clear of straight cuts and boxy styles, that hide the waist.

 

Three Outfit Ideas for Hourglass Shaped Body

Now that we have a broad understanding of the best practices to dress an hourglass body, let’s dig into some best outfits for hourglass body shape.

  • Everyday Outfit
    Kurtis suitable for hourglass body
  • Workwear
    Office dresses for hourglass body
  • Occasional
    Lehengas suitable for hourglass body

Apple or Inverted Triangle Body Shape

You may be this body type if…

  • You have rounder, wider shoulder line and flattish bottom
  • You have an average to big bust
  • Your ribcage and back appear somewhat wide
  • There is fullness around the mid-section
  • There’s little to undefined waistline
  • Your hips are narrow
  • You have slim limbs and nice legs

Celebrities with an Apple Shaped Body

Sonakshi Sinha and Vidya Balan

How to Dress Up an Apple Shaped Body

The apple body shape can appear top heavy due to a full chest and upper body with little to no waist definition. In order to balance out the upper body, choose clothes that add curves and fullness to the lower body. In order to de-emphasise the midsection and to create a more defined waist, pull it visually in.

  • Flaunt your assets
    Highlight your best parts – usually the bust and/or legs-to help take attention away from the midsection.

✔️ Keep the clothing line straight to slightly fitted but fabric soft so you avoid unnecessary bulk around the bust, waist and tummy

✔️ Keep details above the bustline and below the hipline – for everything in between keep it plain and simple

✔️ Keep your silhouette fitted under the bust, below your arms, and along your waist

✔️ Wear structured garments, as they hold in and camouflage extra weight

✔️ Wear bright colours on your lower body

 

  • Define the waist
    Clothes that make the mid-section narrower help achieve a more proportional body shape.

✔️ Opt for splits at the waist.

✔️ Wear darker colours around your waist area – such as a dark belt.

✔️ Clothes that skim over the midsection but nip right below the bust lift the chest and make the waist look trimmer.

✔️ Keep your waist free from details that widen and highlight – such as light colours and horizontal details.

✔️ Steer clear of details around bust, tummy, and hips. Keep detail in top and lower third of your body.

Three Outfit Ideas for Apple Shaped Body

  • Everyday Outfit
    Kurtas for an apple-shaped body
  • Workwear
    Office Dresses for an apple-shaped body

  • Occasional
    Lehengas suitable for an apple-shaped body

 

Athletic, Rectangle or Straight Body Shape

You may have this body type if…

  • You have a straight shoulder line and ribcage.
  • Your bust and hips are approximately the same widths.
  • You have a small to the average midriff.
  • You have very little to no waist definition.
  • You have straight hips and bottom.
  • There is a lack of curves throughout the body frame.

 

Celebrities with an Athletic Body Shape

Kangana Ranaut and Anushka Sharma

How to Dress Up an Athletic Body Shape

Add dimensions to your body frame
This means breaking up the straight silhouette to create curves from the waist up and down.
✔️ Wear well-structured clothes
✔️ Play with different cuts and shapes to create curves
✔️ Use prints, textures, and details strategically to create interest
✔️ Wear bright colours on your upper and lower body – but not around the waist
✔️ Keep away from shapeless, oversized, and too large items

 

Three Outfit Ideas for an Athletic Body Shape

  • Everyday Outfit
    Kurtis suitable for rectangle-shaped body
  • Workwear
    Office Dresses for rectangle-shaped body

  • Occasional
    Lehengas suitable for rectangle-shaped body

The Bottom Line

Whatever body shape you have, just remember: You are beautiful in your own Unique Way. Everybody is beautiful. There’s no “ideal” body shape, regardless of what some may try to tell you. What is ideal and the most important is for you to stay happy and healthy and #BEMOREOFYOU. 🙂

Wear Outfits that help you #BeMoreOfYou

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