The process of finding clothes that flatter can only be described as a journey. Many times you’ll take a wrong turn and end up disappointed by ill-fitting pieces; but sometimes, if you’re lucky, you’ll take a right turn and discover your favorite new outfit. After years of trial and error, we’ve come to realize that knowing your body shape is one of the most helpful ways to ace online shopping. And today, we’re going to teach you the ABCs!
Your body shape is basically the general outline or silhouette of your body and can fall under one of several categories based on your measurements. Many analogies have been made for body shapes (fruits being among the most popular), but we find that geometric shapes are the simplest to understand. Thus, the most common types of body shapes are the following: triangle, inverted triangle, hourglass, rectangle, and oval.

But what does that even mean, you ask? Below, a crash course.

TRIANGLE

What this means: The bottom half of your body is wider than the upper half. Your waist is defined and you have full hips, so your pants and skirts are usually loose around the waist yet snug around the hips. You usually wear one size bigger for your bottoms than your tops.

INVERTED TRIANGLE

What this means: Your body resembles the letter V. The upper half of your body is wider than the lower half. You either have broad, athletic shoulders or an ample bust, as well as a defined waist and narrow hips.

HOURGLASS

What this means: Your body resembles a number 8. Your waist is clearly defined and there is little to no difference between your bust and hip measurements.

RECTANGLE

What this means: Your body forms a straight line, with minimal waist definition and little to no difference between your bust and hip measurements.

OVAL

What this means: Your shoulders and hips are balanced. You have minimal waist definition and a rounded mid-section. You usually wear one size bigger for your bottoms than your tops, or vice versa.

Pro Tip: With our handy-dandy Fit Finder, you can find out what your body shape is by simply inputting your measurements. Don’t know how to do that? Here’s a quick guide..

Now remember, the only person who can determine if something looks great on you is you. To take a direct quote from BeautyMNL’s 10 Fashion Rules, there are no right or wrong outfit choices. Everybody’s shape is different and fabulous in its own way. At the end of the day, your body is a canvas to express your personal style, so just choose whatever that feels right!

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