Want a one-way ticket to great style? Then it’s important to get to know your body shape.
Why? Because once you know your shape, then you can create balance and great style is all about balance.

Balance is achieved when we create proportions that are pleasing to the eye!

So what happens if your body isn’t in proportion? What if your hips are wider than your upper body? What if your torso is long and you’ve got short legs? Then you can use clothes & accessories to tweak your proportions which will give the illusion of a more balanced shape. To do this successfully, you should understand your shape first.

 

Body-Shapes

 

In an ideal world, the shape of our bodies aren’t labelled as a fruit or a geometric shape however giving your body a “label” like this, does have its merits. Stylists use the term ‘pear’ and ‘column’ shape to give women a quick visual on how their body proportions may appear from an outside perspective. People are visual creatures and giving our body shape a label or something to reference is a simple and effective way for women to quickly visualise their own body proportions to make styling their shape a breeze. Despite what most people think, these terms have very little to do with a persons weight.

For example, if a woman is considered a ‘pear shape’, it’s quite common to wonder whether they’re being referred to as bottom heavy or large around the hips, bottom & thighs. When in actual fact, a pear body shape can be summed up simply by a hip measurement that is roughly 8cm or more than the bust measurement. A lot of the time, if a person with a pear body shape does have weight to lose and they lose it from their hips, bottom and thighs, there’s a good chance they’ll remain a ‘pear shape’ because this label is largely based on the width of their actual hip bones in comparison to the size of their bust, not their weight at all. 

If you’re after a can’t-go-wrong approach to dressing and the satisfaction that comes with knowing your outfits are flawless minus the effort, then knowing and understanding the shape of your body is important to your style.

 

 

 

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