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WHAT‘S YOUR BODY SHAPE?
Think Shape, Not Size.
Recognising and understanding your body shape will allow you to make the right choices with clothing that will flatter you and make you look trim and stylish. There are basically four types of body shape: Apple, Pear, Hourglass and Rectangle.
Let’s consider your present shape. You may not be in your ideal weight or as toned as you would like to be, but the bone structure of your body will not have changed that much, unless you are heavily overweight.
What is my Body Shape?
Find out your body shape by standing in front of a full-length mirror on your underwear. Look at the outline of your body from the front and from the side.
Apple shape: You carry all the weight from the shoulders to the hips. Your shoulders are broader compared to your narrower hips. From front perspective, you have curved shoulders, rounded torso and little waist. Fat is mainly distributed in the abdomen, chest and face. When viewing your body from the side, you have a rounded back, flat bottom, little or no indentation in the lower back and somewhat protruding tummy. The big plus for apple shaped women are your lean, long and shapely legs.
Pear shape: Your hip measurement is greater than your bust measurement, with fat tending to deposit first in the buttocks, hips, and thighs. As body fat increases it is distributed around the waist and upper abdomen. You tend to have a larger bottom, robust thighs, and a small (er) breasts.
Hourglass: Your hip and bust are almost of equal size. You have a narrow and defined waist. Body fat distribution tends to be around both the upper body and lower body. When putting on weight, your arms, chest, hips, and rear are affected before other parts, such as the waist and upper abdomen. From the side your body will have a curvy bottom, defined indentation in the lower back and rounded abdomen.
Rectangle: From the front you will see, straight shoulders, no defined waist, hips narrower or about the same width as shoulders, flat thighs. On the side flat of slightly protruding tummy, flat or low bottom, little, if any, indentation in the lower back. Body fat is distributed predominantly in the abdomen, buttocks, chest, and face. Our late Princess Diana is a great example of a beautiful woman with a rectangle body shape.
Watch this Space. Next month more interesting ideas for a Life with Style and Confidence! Etel Harris runs her own Personal Life and Style Coaching business Style in the City, based in Chiswick, London W4. (www.style-in-the-city.co.uk)
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