quite possibly the most misleading label in fashion. So misleading that they actually had to create a label that reads “one size fits MOST.” So thanks Saks, now I feel even worse when that teeny tiny bare shoulder sweater doesn’t fit. The truth is when it comes to women’s figures, no two are alike! The beauty of fashion comes out when a woman knows how to properly dress to accentuate her figure. Whether that be flaunting curvaceous hips, rocking a crop top to show off a toned tummy, or stunning in a mini skirt to highlight long legs there are fashions that were made for you. Keep reading to learn about the four basic body types and you’re guaranteed to find the styles that will become your go to pieces! You may fit perfectly into one type or find that your body has a few attributes from two body types. No worries, just take the styling tips that work for you from each section and get excited to work your wardrobe in the next step of our 4 part series! As a proud latina woman with big hips, you better believe that I #celebratemysize and I can’t wait to show you how to find your very own signature style!
Now, whenever you get asked this question you’ll have a definitive answer! (Well, at least for your body type.) You’ll see TONS of body types out there, but for now I’m gonna focus on four main types: hourglass, oval, pear, and rectangle. The good news? These body types are not determined by the size you wear! Now that’s something I can drink to. Speaking of drinking, feel free to grab your favorite drink, put on your comfiest pajamas, and keep on reading!
Girl, you won the lottery! (Well, when it comes to your body type at least.) You have an hourglass figure if you have a defined bust and hip that slims down at the waist. Basically, when you look in the mirror you have the silhouette of an hourglass. As I mentioned earlier, you don't have to be a size 2 to fall into this category; however, if you're on the thicker side *raises hand behind screen* you would be a better fit for the full hourglass category. It's exactly the same as an hourglass, but with more voluptuous curves. Personally, I've always been an hourglass girl.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOU'RE FAT! I repeat: you do not need to be plus size to be an oval! You know the song Baby Got Back? Yeah, Sir Mix A Lot may as well be singing about you because you have all the curves he’s looking for. If you have an oval silhouette your body is full figured and curvy. This shape is similar to the full hourglass silhouette, but with an overall fuller figure. As an oval you’ve got a voluptuous bust and curvaceous hips. You know you’ve got curves, so flaunt what ya got girlfriend!
No longer just a juicy fruit; having a pear silhouette means that you have slim shoulders and nice curvy thighs as well! Trust me when I say I mean that as a compliment. Coming from a fellow thick woman; I know it can be a love hate relationship. It's so hard to find the perfect pair of jeans that isn't too loose at the waist, but then once you slip into the perfect bodycon dress you know your curves are bangin'. Long story short, as a pear you have small shoulders and a defined waist that leads to some rockin' curves.
When you’re a rectangle you are what people like to call “flat”. Not necessarily flat chested, but a slim silhouette. As a rectangle your hips line up with your shoulders and you have a very sleek silhouette. The best part of being a rectangle? You have the most options for flattering clothing! Many high end designers create clothing that was made for your body type since most models are rectangles. So the next time someone calls you “flat” hold your head up high because your wardrobe is probably twice as large as theirs!
Phew! Take a second to soak all that in. Part two of our style series, Work Your Wardrobe, is coming soon! I’ll teach you how to dress for your body type so you’ll always be looking your best. In the meantime drop by and say hi on social media, we’d love to hear from ya!