First and foremost, it is important as a woman to understand your body type; what shapes and silhouettes flatters it and what DOESN'T. To identify your body type:
1. Stand in front of a mirror and draw an imaginary line from the widest point of your shoulders to the widest part of your hips.
2. Identify if the line is A: A straight line? Or B: If your hips are wider than your shoulders or
C: Vice Versa.
3. Now take a look at the definition of your waist - how far from your imaginary line is the narrowest point of your waist?
Sounds complicated, let's make it easier, use these pictures below to determine what your body type is!!!!!
First is the Pear Shape, which is the most common body type! Hips are wider than shoulders and bust but the waist is pretty well defined.
What to Avoid: Halter necks or high necks make the shoulders look narrow and as a result do not flatter the waist. Avoid ruching or draping in the waist area. Straight cut dresses are in danger of making you look boxy.
Rectangle Shaped Celebs: Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman
Third body type is the Inverted Triangular (or Apple) Shape which is where the shoulders are wider than the hips and waist is pretty defined. This is the shape common with runway models.
|Ciara in Emilio Pucci|
What to Avoid: Very low cut necklines can make you look "all top" unless carefully balanced. Avoid full or very fancy sleeves and wider necklines.
Triangular Shaped Celebs: Chanel Iman, Ciara, Naomi Campbell
Fourth body type is the Hourglass where the hip and shoulder width is fairly equal and the waist is very defined. Most women want this figure (I know I do...I am about 5,000 crunches away though, lolll!)
|Hilson in Dolce and Gabbana|
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