Ladies! Do You Know Your Body Type?

If you grew up reading all the fashion advice about what kind of clothes to wear to flatter your body, you know the struggle to actually figure out which prescribed body shape category you fall into is real. Am I an apple or a pear? An hourglass or an inverted triangle? It all kinda sounds like it doesn’t matter, but in reality, there are advantages to knowing what body shape you should dress for.

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To dress your body right , you have to know your body.  According to a study of over 6000 women, statistics show that there are 8 major female body shapes. The major body shapes are:

Straight Body Type

You have the most common body type. Over 45% of American women have a Straight body shape (sometimes called rectangle or ruler body shape).

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  • Your hips and bust are balanced
  • Your waist is not very defined
  • You probably have a bottom that is more flat than round
  • You tend to gain weight in your torso first and then your upper thighs and arms
  • Your lower legs are always shapely and one of your best asset

Pear Body Type

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You are a Pear shaped body (sometimes called triangle). Typical characteristics of a pear body shape are:

  • Your hips are larger than your bust
  • You have a nicely defined waist
  • You have an elegant neck and proportionately slim arms and shoulders
  • You first gain weight in your bottom and legs flowed by your tummy and upper body
  • Your waist is your best asset so don’t be afraid to show it off

Spoon Body Type

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As a Spoon Body type (sometimes called figure 8) is quite common. Typical characteristics of a Spoon Body Shape are:

  • Your hips are larger than your bust
  • You have a defined waist
  • Your hips have a “shelf” appearance
  • You are prone to gaining weight in your tummy and have a tendency towards love-handles
  • While you may gain weight in your upper thighs and upper arms, your lower legs and arms are shapely and your best assets

Hourglass Body Type

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You have the Hourglass body type that most women strive for. Typical characteristics of an Hourglass Body Shape are:
  • Your bust and hips are well balanced
  • you have a beautifully defined waist
  • Your have gently rounded shoulders that align nicely with your hips
  • Your waist is obvious and gracefully curves out to your hips
  • You most likely have a rounded bottom and beautiful side as well as front profile
  • Your upper body is proportionate in length to your legs which are shapely
  • From top to bottom, you are a picture of harmony and balance

Top Hourglass Body Type

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As a Top Hourglass Body Type, you have a beautifully defined waist and bust that is larger than your hips. You have gently rounded shoulders that align nicely with your hips. Your waist is obvious and gracefully curves out to your hips. You most likely have a rounded bottom and beautiful side as well as front profile. Your upper body is proportionate in length to your legs which are shapely.

Inverted Triangle Body Type

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You have an inverted Triangle body shape (also known as an athletic body type). Typical characteristics of an Inverted Triangle body shape are:

  • You have a proportionally larger upper body
  • You have broad shoulders, and ample bust and a wide back
  • Your hips are slim and your bottom may have a tendency towards the flat side
  • Your waist is subtle and you have a tendency to gain weight in your belly and upper body
  • Your beautiful, shapely legs are your best asset

Oval Body Type

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You have an Oval Body Shape (sometimes known as an apple body shape). Typical Characteristics of an Oval body type are:

  • You have a large bust, narrow hips, and a full midsection
  • You have a tendency to gain weight in your stomach, back and upper body
  • Your waist is undefined and the widest part of your frame
  • You also have a full, shorter neck and full face
  • Your buttocks are somewhat flat and your legs are slender
  • Your shapely, graceful legs are your best asset

Diamond Body Type

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As a Diamond body type is indeed as rare as it’s name. Typical characteristics are:

  • Your hips are broader than you bust and shoulders
  • You have a tendency to gain weight in you stomach, back, hips and buttocks
  • Your waist is undefined and the widest part of your frame
  • You carry some weight in your upper legs
  • Your lower legs are shapely and one of your most attractive features
  • You have proportionately slender, shapely arms

Find your body type by most closely matching the description below to your body shape or try out a body shape calculator

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