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“What is my Body Type?”

We all come in different shapes and sizes.

With the many styles and cuts of clothing, it is a given that some styles work better on one type of body than another. If there are aspects of your body you want to accentuate then purchasing the right type of clothing for your body shape is a great way to accomplish your goal. Here are some considerations for finding the right pieces for your shape.

Inverted Triangle Shape

An inverted triangle shape is when you have broad shoulders, narrower hips and more slender limbs. Some inverted triangle body types have a straight waist and perhaps a flat bottom, whereas others have a defined waist line and curvier bottom, in either case, bust size may vary. A tailored classic button down or V-neck cardigan are great ideas for tops. While pencil skirts, skinny jeans and wide-leg dress pants are great on your figure!

Triangle Shape
A triangle shape is defined as having your shoulders and hips being narrower than your torso. Good clothing choices include wide-legged pants which make the thighs look slimmer, tailored jackets which play up your shoulders and even out your proportions, boat-neck tops to broaden the shoulders and A line skirts, which do not cling to your legs. Some clothing styles to avoid may be oversize, shapeless sweaters, skinny pants, skinny jeans and skirts in curve-hugging materials like silk.

Hourglass Figure
If you have an hourglass figure, you generally evenly proportioned and curvy. If your body fits into this category, you want to find clothes that move with your curves and not against them. Good choices include high-waist pants which draw attention to your smaller mid-section, wrap dresses, v-neck shirts and pencil skirts. Items to avoid include boxy or shapeless clothes; examples include tunics, baby doll dresses and oversize cardigans.

Rectangle Shape
If you have a rectangle shape, there may be less definition at your waist and your figure is straight up and down; this is sometimes described as being ‘’boyish” or sportier. Generally, styles that fit tightly at the middle and flare out at the end can give the illusion of greater curves. Choose boot-cut pants to  give an impression of general shapeliness while fitted jackets will give you a waist line for the appearance of fuller hips. Feminine tops with ruffles or wispy sleeves make the bust and shoulders look bigger which can help make the waist look smaller and more fitted. Flared skirts can help you achieve an hour glass figure. Stay away from dresses that are tight-fitting all around and clothes that are unstructured around the waist, such as tunics, empire tops and baby-doll dresses.

Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who covers a range of topics. If you are looking for clothes to flatter your figure, many online clothing stores offer a great selection at reasonable prices.

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