It can be frustrating when your new outfits don’t fit. We get it. That’s why we understand the value of dressing for your particular body shape to feel comfortable and confident anytime. But what’s your body shape? Could you possibly belong to two different body-shape categories? Have you been shopping all wrong these while?
Here’s a foolproof technique that helps you find your real shape and embrace your silhouette, rather than work against it.
Don’t have a measuring tape near you? Take our quiz to find your body shape!
Step 1: Measure Yourself
To dress your body right, you have to know your body. Don’t just guess or rely on mirrors (mirrors can be deceiving!). Grab a measuring tape and a friend to help you, because it’s very difficult to measure some parts of yourself and get it right. The more accurate you are now, the better you’ll look later.
Shoulders: Measure from the tip of one shoulder all the way around you–like a shawl. The measuring tape should be high up around your shoulders so it almost slips off. This is the widest circumference of your shoulders
Bust: Tighten the measuring tape across the fullest part of your bust and around your back. Don’t pull the tape so taut that things start to squish!
Waist: Measure the smallest part of your natural waist, just above the belly button.
Hips: Start at one hip (below the hip bone) and wrap the tape measure around the largest part of your butt.
Now that you’ve measured yourself (shoulders, bust, waist and hips), use those numbers to help determine your silhouette shape.
Step 2: Find Your Shape
Now that you have your measurements, you can use those numbers to determine your body shape! Keep in mind that no matter your size, you can have any of the below five body shapes; it’s more about how your weight–whatever it may be–is distributed.
Style Theory app users should input your measurements into your Style Profile to get the most out of the Size Recommendations and Fit Score features (download the app, go to Profile > Style Profile to update your measurements)
*For some, your body type may fit into more than one category when you use your shoulders’ measurements versus your bust measurements. These are for those with especially narrow or broad shoulders and especially big or small busts. It’s important to use both measurements and consider both body shapes when shopping.
Body Shape 1: Pear or Triangle
As a rule of thumb, your hip measurement is more than 5% bigger than your shoulder or bust measurements. For example, if your shoulders measure 91 cm/36 inches, your hips are 95.885cm/37.75 inches or larger.
What looks great on you: Fit-and-flare dresses
Body Shape 2: Strawberry or Inverted Triangle
You are a strawberry or inverted triangle body shape if your shoulder or bust measurement is more than 5% bigger than your hip measurement. For example, if your shoulders are 91 cm/36 inches and your hips are 89 cm/34.25 inches or smaller.
What looks great on you: Defined waist fitted jackets, flared bottom styles
Body Shape 3: Banana or Rectangle
Your shoulder, bust and hip measurements are within 5% of each other. Your waist is less than 25% smaller than your shoulder or bust measurements. For example, if your shoulders measure 91 cm/36 inches, your waist will be around 68.58 cm/27 inches.
What looks great on you: Voluminous skirts (look for details that amplify volume like ruffles and embellishments)
Why: They add depth to fill out your slight hips and balance your upper body.
Body Shape 4: Double Cherry or Hourglass
Your shoulder and hip measurements are within 5% of each other. Your waist is at least 25% smaller than your shoulder, hip and bust measurements. For example, if your shoulders and hips measure 91 cm/36 inches, your waist is 68.58 cm/27 inches or smaller.
What looks amazing on you: Wrap dresses
Why: Wrap dresses accentuate your waist and enhance your hourglass silhouette
Body Shape 5: Apple
You’re similar to a strawberry or inverted triangle body shape, though your upper body tends to put on weight first. Your shoulder or bust measurement is more than 5% bigger than your hip measurement. For example, if your shoulders are 91 cm/36 inches and your hips are 89 cm/34.25 inches or smaller.
What looks amazing on you: A-line dresses
Why: They give definition to your mid-section without drawing attention to it, unlike tight fitting clothes.
Step 3: Dress For Your Body Shape
Now that you know your body shape, use that to make smart purchases or rent new outfits that flatter your silhouette and fit you right at the same time.
- Note your measurements down in your phone for easy shopping
- Add your measurements to your Style Theory app for size recommendations (download the app, go to Profile > Style Profile to update your measurements)
- Learn what to wear and remember what to avoid–the latter’s list is shorter!
- Read reviews and ratings on outfits you like and see what other users think of that particular style and cut