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These are the basic body shapes that the fashion industry often uses to categorize different body shapes. Using these categories we can more easily find clothing that will flatter your body the most. We will go more into how these shapes can help you find what to wear in later posts. This post will focus on the basics of each shape and how to determine which shape you most resemble. These shapes consider the area between your shoulders and your hips (not head, not legs).
Here are the basic five shapes:
This is typically considered the "ideal" body type according to Western standards. This is an interesting observation as most women do not exhibit this shape. These are the basic criteria:
Triangle or Pear:
This body shape is more narrow at the top and wider at the bottom. This shape has also been called "spoon" or "bell". These are the typical characteristics:
Round or Oval:
This body type is a bit more round in the middle waist area and more narrow in the shoulders and hips. This shape and the Inverted Triangle shape are very similar in the waist. These elements are typical:
Inverted Triangle or Apple:
This shape is larger on the top part of the body and more narrow on the lower part of the body. This shape and the Round shape are very similar in the waist. This shape consists of these details:
Rectangle or Athletic:
The rectangle body shape tends to be more athletic and is considered the opposite of curvy. This shape has also been called the "ruler" or the "banana" shape; there is not a lot of fat on this body type. This is surprisingly one of the most common body shapes for women. These elements are prominent:
During pregnancy your body type tends to be more round in the middle with your expanding baby bump which typically makes your body type either a triangle or a round shape. However, different body types will all carry their babies in different positions in their body (high or low, wide or narrow, closer to the body or not) and that may affect your overall body shape. Using the above criteria as a guideline look in a mirror with tight clothing to determine which shape you exhibit. Ask your close friends for their opinion if you have trouble knowing which shape best describes your body.
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