Figuring out your body shape is as simple as taking a few simple measurements. What many struggle with when determining their body shape and trying to dress for it, is understanding what details to go for to fit and flatter, and which styles to avoid. The fear of making mistakes often deter us from trying out new styles. If you often find yourself limited to minimal styles because you’re afraid to put on something that doesn’t flatter and you want to stay in the “safe zone”, you’re in the right place to solve dressing-for-your-body-shape woes.
Approximately one-third of women fall into the banana body shape category. You may also know it as the rectangle body shape. How do you know if you have a banana body shape? Generally, your curves are evenly proportioned with a less defined waist.
If you’re still unsure, go ahead and measure yourself using our guide below.
If your waist is less than 25% smaller than your shoulders or bust measurement, you’re in the banana shape club! For example, if your shoulders measure 91cm, your waist measurement should be 68cm or more. Another criteria is that your shoulder, bust and hip measurements must fall within 5% of each other.
It’s one of the easiest body types to dress, so don’t worry! Look out for pieces that can give you shape and more prominent curves.
- Wrap Tops: Wrap tops are a great staple to have in your wardrobe as they give an illusion of a faux waistline, thus creating a more defined waist for your straight body shape.
- Scoop Neck Tops: Deeper and wider than round necklines, this flattering neckline helps to lengthen your neck and accentuate your collarbone.
- Dramatic Tops: Choosing tops with ruffles, ruching, pleats and embellishments help to create the illusion of a bigger bust, giving you added shape.
- Pencil Skirts: Form-fitting pencil skirts, especially those that end at the knee, can make your hips appear curvier.
- Ruffled Skirts: Skirts with details like ruffles, bows, or embellishments help to create volume at your lower body area.
Must-Try One Pieces
- A-Line Dresses: A-Line and shift dresses are safe options when it comes to dresses. They don’t draw attention to your boxy figure, and are great if you don’t like figure-hugging dresses either.
- Tie-Waist Pieces: However, if you want to highlight your waist, go for pieces with belts that can cinch in at the waist. They’re versatile and fit for both casual and dressier settings.
- Cut-outs: Besides drawing attention to your waist, pieces with cut-outs can also give the illusion of a smaller waist.
- Short Fitted Jackets: If you’re more petite, short jackets are a great way to create curves for your body.
- Belted Jackets: If you’re on the taller side, go for longer jackets that have a belt at the waist to accentuate your waistline.
Go for wide and slouchy bags instead of boxy bags, as they can help add curves to your body.
Rent from the Infinite Bag Wardrobe: Loewe Barcelona Tote, Celine Small Cabas Tote with Tassel, Louis Vuitton Neverfull Damier Ebene MM or Gucci Large Shopping Tote
When it comes to shoes, you have lots to choose from. Most styles suit your body shape! Your best bet are a classic pair of pumps to elongate the legs.
When it comes to deciding your outfit, you should always play to your strengths and pick out the perfect one for you. Don’t limit yourself because you’re afraid clothes don’t fit as well.
Rent fuss-freely at Style Theory with our fit algorithm and size recommendation tools, ensuring your Infinite Wardrobe is always fitting!
Use the fit algorithm within the app to achieve the best fit for your outfit choice. Here’s how it works:
- Measure yourself
- In the app: go to Profile > Style Profile and input your measurements
- Go to Profile > Settings to toggle on “Size Recommendations”
Not a banana body shape? Check out our guide to:
It is important to note that you may fall between two body shapes and there is no rule that states you belong in only one category of body shape.
Don’t know your body shape? Take a quick read here and measure yourself.