WHICH BODY SHAPE ARE YOU ?

We all come in different shapes and sizes which is certainly not a bad thing, imagine if we all looked the same, I mean it would be like looking at a bunch of grapes, but imagine looking at a fruit bowl, its filled with all kinds of beautiful fruit all appetising to the eye. That’s the beauty of different body shapes, being unique and beautiful. There are eight popular body shapes amongst woman, which shape are you?

  • Straight.
  • Pear.
  • spoon.
  • oval.
  • diamond.
  • hourglass.
  • Inverted pear.
  • Top hourglass.

Below are characteristics and ways to enhance each body type.

STRAIGHT: This body shape is the most common around the world, if you have this body type then:

  • Your hips and bust are pretty balanced out.
  • Your bottom is more flat than round and is generally on the small side.
  • You don’t have a defined waist.
  • You generally gain weight on your upper body before moving onto your tights and arms.
  • Your lower legs are well shaped and probably the best asset you possess.

The key to dressing a straight body shape is my enhancing your waist, this can be done by dressing your upper and lower body and adding a statement belt. Below are examples of bottoms and tops that can fatter your body shape.

TOPS: Always look for tops that will create the illusion of a curvy upper body and a defined waist.

  • Wide V & U necks.
  • Boat neck tops.
  • Flutter sleeve tops.
  • Tops that flatter your bust, ensure that your tops have embellishments around the bust and shoulder area.
  • Tops that have belted or gathered waists.
  • Fitted shirts give an illusion of a curvy upper body.

BOTTOMS: when choosing a bottom ensure that it’s something that makes you look curvy and creates an hourglass illusion. These bottoms prove to be the most effective in creating the desired effect.

  • Bubble skirts gives volume to your lower body and pairing it with a shirt or flowing top gives volume to your bust.
  • Skirts and pants that have embellished pockets tend to create a curvy looking waist.
  • Boot cut and flared bottom pants create a curvy waist and creates the illusion of a fuller bottom.
  • The more pockets your bottom attire has the fuller it will make you seem.

So now that you know which tops and bottoms will flatter your figure, what about those days when the sun I bright and the birds are chirping and you decide it’s the perfect day to enjoy the beach, below are some options of swimwear that will enhance your figure and make you look much curvier than you actually are.

SWIM WEAR: The key to choosing the correct swimwear for this body type is ensuring your bottom is fully covered. Light coloured suits will be the best fit. Here are some suggestions that will flatter your figure:

  • Raffled tops and bottoms will create a fuller figure.
  • One piece suits with a criss-cross front.
  • Bright pieces with dark coloured waist and bust bands.
  • Skirt or raffled bottoms.

PEAR: If you have this body type your lower body is larger than your upper body. Here are the main characteristics of this body type:

  • Your bust is smaller than your waist.
  • You have a very well defined waist.
  • Your neck is elegant, and you have slim arms and legs.
  • Your waist is your best asset.
  • You tend to gain weight in your lower body then your tummy and upper body.

The main thing to remember when dressing this body type is to wear clothes that enhance and add volume to your upper body whilst complementing your waist area. Here are examples, of tops and bottoms that will help you achieve the desired effects:

TOPS: Always look for tops that will add volume to your upper body.

  • Bright colors with bold patterns around the bust area.
  • U & V necks.
  • Fluttered sleeve tops.
  • Tops with fitted waists.
  • Off the shoulder tops.
  • Tops with embellished bust areas.

BOTTOMS: When choosing a bottom go for something that will create a slim and smaller looking lower half. Here are a few examples:

  • Line skirts of any length.
  • Skirts that are slim and don’t add volume to your waist and thigh area.
  • Avoid embellished pockets and waist areas as it will attract attention to your bottom and may make it seem large than it actually is.
  • Go for denims and free flowing pants that are dark in color.
  • Straight pants that are in line with your waist from top to bottom.

Here are suggested swim wear choices that will go well with pear shaped body types.

SWIM WEAR: when choosing swim wear choose pieces that will enhance your upper body.

  • Bright tops with bold patterns.
  • Dark bottom pieces that minimize your bottom half.
  • One-piece bathing suits that have a bright bust area and dark waist area.
  • Pieces that cover your waist and bottom are recommended.

HOURGLASS: This body type seems to be the most desired amongst women. Here are the main characteristics that this body that displays:

  • Your hips and bust are well balanced.
  • Your waist is well defined.
  • Your waist curves out to your hips.
  • Your shoulders are round and aligns perfectly with your hips.
  • You have a perfectly round bottom that looks good even from the side.
  • You have well defined breasts.
  • Your legs are well shaped and are proportionate to your upper body.

The key to dressing an hour glass figure is to dressing the upper body while accentuating your waist. A great way to do this is by wearing thick belts, you can wear clothes that add volume to both your upper and lowered body and by wearing a belt you enhance your waist.

TOPS: Always look for tops that will accentuate your waist.

  • Wrap- style tops.
  • Belted tops.
  • Formal tops.
  • Tailored jackets and shirts.

BOTTOMS: Go for bottoms that will create a balanced upper body. The good thing I that you can wear any bottom so long as it complements your upper body. Here is a few example of bottoms that work best with hourglass figures:

  • Boot cuts.
  • Straight cut formal pants.
  • Pencil skirts.
  • Skirt either long or short that will show off your beautiful legs.
  • Skinny jeans.

SWIM WEAR: Having an hourglass shape means you look good in almost all swim wear, the only thing you need to remember is to keep a balance between your upper and lower body. Here are a few examples that will rock your body type:

  • Matching tops and bottoms.
  • Fluttered tops with simple bottoms.
  • One pieces with embellishments on the waist area.
  • Wrap bathing suits.
  • Keep the same color across your hips and bust.

SPOON: having a spoon shape means your lower body is larger than your upper body, it’s also known as the eight body shape, here are the main characteristics of this body type:

  • Hips are large than the bust.
  • Well defined waist.
  • Often gain weight in your tummy and have the tendency of love handles.
  • Lower legs are the best asset.

TOPS: go for tops that will create a balance between your upper and lower body.

  • Off the shoulder U & V necks.
  • Tops with embellishments around the waist.
  • Empire waist tops.
  • Strapless tops.

BOTTOMS: always go for bottoms that will minimize your lower body.

  • Avoid embellished pockets and waists.
  • Go for dark free flowing pants.
  • Pants with straight finishes.

SWIM WEAR: the key to choosing swimwear for spoon shaped women is to focus on the upper and lower body whilst creating ways to make your tummy look smaller. Here are a few ways to do this:

  • One piece retro suits are the best, it creates curves to your bust and enhances your legs.
  • Always go for raffled tops that will create a curvy look to your upper body.
  • If you are comfortable with your tummy go for a high waist bottom.
  • Choose dark bottoms and bright tops.

INVERTED PEAR: if you have this body shape it simply means that your upper body is broad and your legs are on the slim side, this body shape is typical of athletics. The main characteristics of this body type are:

  • Larger upper body.
  • Broad shoulders and wide back.
  • Generally, gain weight in your belly and upper body.
  • Slim hips and a flat bottom.
  • Well shaped legs which are your best asset.

TOPS: always look for tops that will make your waist look curvy and create an hourglass effect. Go for:

  • Tops that are dark in color.
  • Narrow V- necks.
  • Wrap tops.
  • Tailored jackets and shirts.

BOTTOMS: Go for bottoms that will balance out your upper body and add volume to your legs, here are some examples that work beautifully:

  • Boot cut pants.
  • Cargo pants.
  • Free flowing formal pants.
  • Full line skirts.

SWIM WEAR: Here are a few examples of swimwear that will comment this body shape:

  • One-piece swim suits with side cut outs.
  • Bottoms with ruffles and embellishments.
  • Light coloured bottoms.
  • Straight cut bottoms.
  • Simple tops with no embellishments.

DIAMOND: This body type is amongst the rarest. Here are the main characteristics of someone with a diamond:

  • You have slender arms.
  • Your hips are broader than your bust and shoulders.
  • You tend to gain weight in the middle of your body, mainly the belly, back, hips and buttocks.
  • Your waist is undefined and the largest part of your body.
  • Your lower legs are well defined and is considered your best asset.

TOP: look for tops that will create a defined waist, here are a few examples, of what to look for:

  • Tops with belted waists.
  • Embellishments around the bust and shoulders.
  • Fluttered princess sleeve tops.
  • Tops that are full and have raffles around the waist area.
  • Off the shoulder tops, U & V necks.

BOTTOMS: Always look for bottoms that create a lean and slim look.

  • Dark coloured bottoms are the key.
  • Line and slim skirts.
  • Straight pants.
  • Straight slim skirts.

SWIM WEAR: Go for swim suits that enhance you bust and make your tummy look smaller than it actually is.

  • Go for swim suits with raffles and embellishments on the bust area.
  • Swim dresses with line skirts.
  • Strapless one pieces.

OVAL: this body type is also known as the apple shape, typical characteristics of this body type are:

  • A large bust and narrow hips.
  • Undefined waist, waist being the largest part of the frame.
  • Full face and short full neck.
  • Flat buttocks.
  • Well shaped legs which are your best asset.

TOPS: look for tops that will make your upper body look slim and create the effect of a defined waist.

  • Tops with a belted waist.
  • Square necks.
  • Wrap tops.
  • Tailored jackets and shirts.

BOTTOMS: look for bottoms that will slim your lower body.

  • Flared pants.
  • Bubble shirts.
  • Free flowing pants.
  • Cargo and safari pants.

SWIM WEAR: Go for swimwear that will create the illusion of a defined waist.

  • Strap pieces that sit midway.
  • Wrap suits with crisscross effects.
  • Light coloured tops.

TOP HOURGLASS: if you have this figure it means your bust and is larger than your waist. Here are the characteristics for this body type:

  • Wrap tops.
  • Dark coloured tops.
  • Slim fit jackets and shirts.
  • V neck tops.

BOTTOMS: since your lower body is slim go for bottoms that will balance your upper and lower body.

  • Cargo pants.
  • Boot cut denims.
  • Bubble skirts.
  • Free flowing pants with a straight effect.
  • Line skirts.

SWIM WEAR: look for swimwear that will create a balance between your upper and lower body.

  • Retro one-piece suits.
  • Raffled bottoms.
  • Dark coloured tops.
  • Bold and patterned bottoms.

This brings us to the end of this post, I hope you enjoyed it and found it helpful. Remember that you are beautiful no matter the shape or size of your body, we are all beautiful and unique. Thanks for reading loves. Please feel free to express your thoughts and suggestions in the comments box below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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