Body Shape

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Your Body Shape

Understanding your body shape helps you determine your best clothing silhouettes, and know where to place horizontal and vertical lines. Most clothing has two shapes: curved or angular. When you hold up a blouse, jacket or dress, the silhouette will reveal which of these two shapes it is.

Angular silhouetted clothes tend not to show a waistline. The shape is often rectangular or square.  Curved silhouettes curve in at the waist. Typically, curved silhouettes have darts and princess lines going through the waist. Princess lines are seams with vertical orientations, which help the fabric translate from a two dimensional object to a three-dimensional one. So, if your goal is to have a curved silhouette, make sure you select clothing with a defined waist.

Within the six different body shapes, curved and angular shapes each have three distinct silhouettes. These shapes are described in many ways: as geometric objects (rectangle, triangle, inverted triangle), and fruit shapes (apple and pear). I really like the description in Lizandra Vega’s book “The Image of Success – Make a Great Impression and Land the Job You Want.” In her book she describes body shapes in terms of alphabetical letters. Her body types are:

 

Angular

Curved

H

Shoulders, waist and hips appear to be the same.

A

Hips appear to be wider than the shoulders and waist.

O

Waist appears to be wider than the shoulders and hips.

S

Waist appears to be much smaller than the shoulders and hips that are curvy

V

Shoulders appear to be wider than the waist and hips.

X

Waist appears to be much smaller than the shoulders and hips that are angular.

 

What is your body shape?