Ultimate Guide to Understanding Your Body Shape and Waist

If you are looking at your body shape and deciding whether or not you have a defined waist, measurements can give you an idea, but they are not necessarily accurate, which is why so many body shape calculators just don’t work as a diameter doesn’t necessarily tell you where the width of the shape is, and body shape is about silhouette.

Determine if you have a balance or unbalanced body.


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A balanced body is an ideal figure where the shoulders and hips are of equal width. Ruler-shaped, hourglass shaped, and apple shaped women belong to the category. On the other hand, the unbalanced body shape implies that shoulders or hips are wider. Pear-shaped and inverted triangle shaped women belong to the category. If you know which body type you belong, it will be easier for you to dress your figure in a flattering way as you know where to add volume to make your proportions look more balanced.

If the natural waist is narrower than the under bust…

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Most likely, you’re an hourglass or pear-shaped woman. If you’re an hourglass, go for clothes that will accentuate your feminine curves. Like fashion blogger Doina Ciobanu, you may go for a keyhole top teamed with a high-waist A-line skirt to show off your figure. Or, add more volume to your frame by going for a draped skirt and fitted top like fashion blogger Dawilda Gonzalez did. On the other hand, if you have a pear-shaped, go for a top that will define your waist, yet with volume on your shoulders to make your unbalanced shape look more proportional.

If the natural waist is wider than the under bust…

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Most likely, you are straight-shaped, apple-shaped, or inverted triangle shaped woman. If you’re an inverted triangle, try to balance your bottom part like fashion blogger Oksana Orehhova wearing a black top with cut-off shorts to elongate your legs. Also, you may wear a plain and light-colored tank top with a printed skirt to add some dimension on your bottom part, as well as going for high-waist full skirt to add more curves to your frame. If you’re apple shaped, think of boxy and long tops that you can wear with skinny jeans, leggings, and even sexy shorts.

If the natural waist is the same as the bust and hips…

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You can be either a straighter shape depending on the difference between hips, waist, and shoulders which are the three defining points for determining body shape. Like fashion blogger Jennifer Selmanovic, you may think of going for an embellished top to add some volume on your top part and a draped skirt to add more curves on your frame. By heeding these tricks, you’ll be able to look more flattering on your outfits as you know how to dress your body type well.

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