Do you know your body shape?

Knowing your body shape provides you with a good dressing arsenal to start feeling more confident on your own skin. As you will see below in the information I’ve put together I haven’t labelled each shape. I personally think that by sticking a name to your shape you could be mislead by all tools information in the media. So, have a look to each description and see which one gets closer to your body. And when dressing or looking for a particular outfit don’t forget to accentuate your best bits rather than concentrating on camouflaging the areas of your body you don’t like.

1st Shape: You have little waistline, a tummy and generous bust

Apple Shape

No                                                                                Yes

Your aim is to accentuate your waist and minimise your tummy. So, wear a supportive bra that gives you lots of lift, look for soft, fluid fabrics and then add a single tailored piece like a jacket, for structure. Opt for empire cut dresses (cut below your bustling) in solid colours gently fitted to give you shape while skimming over your curves. Don’t forget to show off your legs.


2nd Shape: You have a very defined waistline, and generous hips that balance your upper body well.

Hourglass Shape             No                                                                                Yes

So make the most of your waistline. Good underpinnings, tailored pieces and belted clothing are great to highlight your waistline. Opt for deeper necklines to flatter your bust line.


3rd Shape: You have fine shoulders, a smaller bust and waist, and generous thighs and hips.

Pear Shape

No                                                                                Yes

So you want to increase your upper body while minimising your lower. You can achieve that by wearing bright colours, prints, embellishment and jewellery on your upper body or anything  that will attract attention to your upper body. Keep your lower half as streamlined and plain as possible.


4th Shade: Your shoulders and bust line are the widest point of your body. Your hips are narrow and legs slim.

Inverted triangle shape

No                                                                                Yes

So you want to add a bit of volume to your hipline so it balances your broader upper body. Keep your upper body as simple as possible. Wear pants and skirts in colours, prints and patterns that feature some kind of details such as pockets, gathering, pleats, zips, etc. They will enhance your hips and bottom area, so your upper body will look better balanced.


5th Shape: You are straight up and down through the upper body and a small to moderate-sized bust line.

Rectangle shape

No                                                                                Yes

So you want to define and add interest to your waistline with belts, embellishment, swathed fabric, clothes with panels and layering looks.

If you feel confused about your shape, please give me a call or visit me at the Style Lounge, Adelaide Central Plaza for a complimentary “Body Shape Analysis” session.

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  • Mina

    I love these photo comparisons. It really does makes a difference when you dress for your body shape.

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