The following are the four most common female body shapes:
•Apple (triangle downward)
Apple-shaped women have broader shoulders and bust, and narrower hips. Most of your weight accumulates above the hips,Your back, ribs and shoulders are broad, and you may feel wider than other body types.
Your best asset: Those legs!
Your fashion goals: Elongate the torso, show off your legs and use fashion to create the illusion of a waist.
Dos and don'ts
If you have an apple body shape, then you want to elongate your mid-section and create the illusion of a smaller waist.
- DO go for monochromatic looks.
- DO go for v-neck tops to create the illusion of a longer torso.
-DO wear a bra that offers good lift and support.
-DO conceal tummy bulge by wearing empire tops and dresses.
-DO wear boot cut and flared jeans to create an even line from the shoulders down.
-DO wear shorter skirts (not mini skirts)..lol to show off your legs and draw attention away from your midsection.
Banana, or straight (rectangular)
Banana-shaped women's waist measurement is less than 9 inches smaller than the hip or bust measurement. The waist, hip and shoulder widths are similar and are usually on the slim side. Slender rectangles have an athletic look about them.
Your best assets: Your arms and legs — and you don't have to minimize any body features.
Your fashion goals: Create curves and show off slender legs and arms.
Dos and don'ts
If your body is rectangle-shaped,then you want to create curves where they don't necessarily exist.
-DO wear scoop neck and sweetheart tops to create curves.
-DO wear tops with collars, ruffles and details to flatter your chest.
DO wear blouses, dresses, or skirts that have peplums...they go a long way in achieving a more curvy look.
-DO wear a good bra( preferably push-ups) especially if u have a smaller bust, that will make the most of what you have.
-DON'T wear overwhelming styles.
-DO layer (like adding scarves, mufflers)to add more dimension
-DO have fun with colorful bottoms... feel free to experiment.
Pear or bell shape (triangle upward)
Pear-shaped women's hip measurements are greater than their bust measurement (like me)....lol. Your lower body is wider than your upper body — in other words, your hips are wider than your shoulders. Your bottom is rounded and your waist is well-defined.
Your best assets: Shoulders, torso and flat stomach
Your fashion goals: Emphasize your waist and arms, add volume to your shoulders and upper body and minimize your hips.
Dos and don'ts
If you are pear body shape, then you want to minimize your lower half and focus attention upward.
-DON'T wear clothing that draws attention to hips and thighs, such as cargo pants or print skirts.
-DO try a-line skirts, which camouflage wider hips.
-DO keep hems of pants, skirts and dresses wide to balance the hips.
-DO experiment with light-colored tops and dark-colored bottoms for contrast.
-DO look for boat neck tops, square and cowl necklines.
-DO wear strapless dresses to show off arms and even out proportions.
-DO try styles with ruffles on top.
-DO wear jackets that hit right above the waist.
-DO opt for pointy-toed shoes to elongate your legs.
-DO add bulk around your bust area, by using neck pieces of all kinds and shape...don't go too crazy tho
Hourglass Shape commonly called "figure 8"
Here, the hip and bust are almost of equal size, with a narrow waist.Your shoulders and hips are similar in proportion and set off by a tiny waist.
Your best assets: Curves, curves, curves!
Your fashion goals: Show off your curves... without going overboard.
Dos and don'ts
If your body is hourglass-shaped,then you're a lucky girl!( Not that other body shapes are inferior) Your shape is all about tastefully showing off those curves: not too baggy, not too tight.
-DON'T hide your curves with baggy clothing.
-DO wear a good bra and showcase your bust.
-DO wear a belt at the waist to enhance your hourglass shape.
-DO try wrap dresses.
-DO go for high-waisted skirts to show off your hips.
-DO pick thin, lightweight styles and fabrics.
-DO wear skinny or straight leg jeans.
-DO wear mermaid gowns..they show of this body shape perfectly
A study of more than 6,000 women conducted at North Carolina State University in 2005 revealed that 46% of women were banana-shaped; just over 20% were pear-shaped; just under 14% were apple-shaped; and only 8% were hourglass-shaped. The hourglass is normally accepted as the "ideal" female shape in Western countries.
Everybody always sees something they want in others,I being pear shaped myself always want bigger boobs, while some of my friends just want my hips...I've come to accept myself the way I am. You are PERFECT just the way you are and I always say..."Variety is the spice of life".if we were all banana shaped or all hour- glass shaped, I'm pretty sure this world would have been very boring....right???