Did you know there are different Female Body Types?
It is another date with QueenBee, and as you already know, dressing well is part of the process needed to boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. So I will be discussing different body types and reliable cloth hacks that work for each and every one of them.
Whether you are overweight, petite, or slim, you have a class of body type that you belong to. How is a body type determined? It is determined by the distribution of fat in your body, with three focal points; Hips, Bust, and Waist.
There are basically four (4) body types in the fashion industry. These female body types guide the fashion industry in designing clothing items. So you see, clothing that fits Angela, might not look good on Debra.
A familiar experience is going to a boutique and seeing a nice dress on the mannequin, which you fall in love with, immediately. But when you wear it, it doesn’t give you the same fit it gave the mannequin, and you are wondering if something is wrong with your body.
No darling, there is absolutely nothing wrong with your body, you just wore the wrong clothing.
Is there anything like wrong clothing?
Yes, there is. If it is not for your body type, it is the wrong clothes.
So you might ask, how can I know the right clothing for me?
It is very easy. The key is to know your body type. Like I said before, there are basically four body types, and they are;
- Apple Body type
- Pear Body type
- Rectangular Body type
- Hourglass Body type
I am going to explain each of the female body types so that you know where you fall under because this is key to shopping for the right clothes and looking your very best.
1. Rectangular Body Type
You are rectangular-shaped if you have;
- Straight hips and bottoms
- Not a lot of curves
- Small to average bust
- Your bust and waist are about the same measurement, while your waist is narrower, the ratio is 4:4:3.
2. Pear Body Type
You fall under pear body type if you have;
- Narrow shoulders with a smaller bust
- Well defined waist
- The lower body is wider than the upper body
- Rounded bottoms
- Full hips and thighs
- The ratio of busy waist and hips is 3:2:4.
3. Apple Body Type
For those with apple body type, there is;
- Average to big bust
- Broad shoulders
- Fullness around the middle, less defined waist
- Narrow hips
- Good legs.
4. Hourglass Body Type
You have an hourglass shape if you have;
- Full breast
- Well defined narrow waist
- Proportionately balanced
- shoulders and hips
- Rounded bottom
- Curvy body
- The ratio of bust, waist and hips is 4:2:4
The goal in dressing according to body type is to flaunt our best features like a narrow waist, or good legs, or full breast, and hide our problematic areas. So now we are going to look at each body type, and see what clothes best fit them.
1. Dressing an Apple Body Type
Flattering outfits include;
High Waisted Circle Skirt
A high waisted skirt sits on the narrowest part of your waist, giving the illusion of curves. The circle hem also helps in giving the illusion of large hips, therefore balancing out your features.
Because this does not cling to the body, it hides problem areas. But it should be above the knee or just below the knee, to flaunt good legs.
Low waisted straight leg pant
Trousers that sit low on the hip will avoid any stomach bulge and is flattering for this shape.
For an Apple body type, avoid these clothes;
- Heavy detailing around the waist
- Body fitted dresses
- Ruffled or gathered skirts
2. Dressing a Pear Body Type
Pear-shaped women should style with the goal to elongate and balance their figure by accentuating the upper body. Best outfits include;
Off-the-shoulder fit and flare dress
Your bare shoulders will take the attention away from your larger lower body, and the flare highlights the smallest part of your waist and conceals wider hips.
Try boot cut trousers
This kind of trousers draws the eyes away from the hips and the largeness of the hem balances out your hips, making them look just right, compared with the rest of your body.
People with this body type should avoid;
- Bias-cut dresses and skirts
- Baggy tops
- Embellishments on hips and thighs
- Pencil, fishtail and tight tube skirts
- Low waisted skinny jeans
3. Dressing Rectangular Body Type
The goal here is to accentuate the smaller waist so that hips and bust appear larger.
Great clothing items to achieve this goal include;
Ruffles make your bust look bigger and your waist shapelier.
Try a cut-out dress
People with rectangular shape are the best people to wear a cut-out dress, as it goes perfectly with the small waist.
The only thing they have to avoid is clothes with no symmetry (shapeless), or clothes that hide the waist.
4. Dressing the Hour Glass Body Type
For this shape, it is quite easy to style as it can hardly go wrong due to the balanced features and a narrower waist.
The goal here is to flaunt the curves, so body con dresses, crop tops, and fitted clothes are best looks for this body type. Other outfits include;
Wide leg pants
This makes you look taller and balances your shape.
The V neckline flatters your bust and the wrap detail highlights the curves.
It is so flattering on an hourglass shape because it accentuates the curves and smoothes out the thighs.
Now that you know the different female body types, you know what to look out for on your next shopping trip. Revamp your wardrobe with clothes that bring out your best features and hide your problematic areas. So that you will look nothing but, your best self.
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About The Author
QueenBee Aurora is a writing coach, publisher, content creator, freelance writer and editor. See more of her at ToriesNg, where she shares amazing and inspirational stories. Check out her story on ToriesNg, Black Widow.