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Do You Know Which Body Shape You Are?

Sep 11, 2008
Contrary to what many clothing manufacturers seem to believe, not all women are the same shape. Knowing your shape and dressing for it is one of the keys to looking and feeling great. Anyone can look good, no matter what their shape, if they know how to dress for it. Fortunately, some manufacturers have begun to recognize this fact and are making clothes to suit more than one shape. Here are the four basic shapes, and how to tell which group you belong to.

The Straight Body (also known as the banana shape)

Women with little difference between the measurements of their bust, waist and hips are what is known as straight or banana shaped. They more often than not discover that clothing is too large on one area of their body whilst it fits perfectly on another area and selecting well fitting clothes overall proves to be difficult. Empire gowns can be flattering and draw attention to the upper part of the body. Patterns and detailing can sometimes prevent a boxy or rectangular look by breaking up the body shape.

The Pear Shaped Body (also known as bell or spoon shaped)

Pear, bell or spoon shaped bodies are usually larger on the bottom half and have a smaller bust. Slim shaped skirts and tight fitting jeans are not the best type of clothing for this kind of body. Dresses with fitted bodices and full skirts look good and draw attention away from the lower areas of the body and embellishments on the top half will emphasize the bust line. To make the best of this body shape hip and thigh hugging garments really should be avoided.

The Apple Shaped Body

Women with apple shaped bodies tend to have large rib cages and thicker waists. Their bust measurements can be large or small but their hips are usually narrower and they regularly accumulate weight in the areas of the chest, arms, abdomen and shoulder first. Compared to the rest of their bodies their legs are usually slender. Apple shaped women should avoid garments drawing attention to the neckline and shoulder areas, as these only highlight their broad upper body. A fuller styled skirt will help to provide an overall balanced appearance.

Hourglass

Hourglass shaped women are thought of as lucky by many, but they have just as many problems finding off the rack clothes that fit because of their comparatively broad hips and chests. Few clothes that fit in these regions have a small enough waist. Many clothes that fit elsewhere are tight in the hips and bust. Try to find clothes that accentuate your waist, and be willing to have them altered if you need to. Sometimes, moving a button can make a shirt fit better. Avoid a lot of heavy decoration, because it can make you look a lot heavier.

It is important to look good and dressing to suit your body shape can help you to do this. When you know you look good, you will feel good too and your confidence will soar. So, by taking heed of the above tips your clothes shopping need no longer be a nightmare.

To discover local, national and worldwide retailers who are offering clothes for all shapes, simply carry out an on line search. This could be your way of saying goodbye to badly fitting clothes from now on.
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Author: Tessa W. Adachi shares her recommendations for women's mail order and retail fashion on the homepage where you can check out a great collection of clothing designed in New Zealand.
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