It’s true! Nearly everybody’s figure can be classified as one of four shapes - Apple, Pear, Hourglass or Rectangle. This means that regardless of your height, weight or size, you share a body shape with a screen siren or a pop princess.
No one body shape is “better” than any of the others – we are all perfectly unique and beautiful.
However, there are so many benefits to understanding your body shape - you can find outfits that highlight your best bits and downplay your “problem” areas; shopping for clothes becomes easier and more enjoyable; and your wardrobe will only contain items which suit you – and you love!
Let’s take a look at the shapes in a little more detail:
Ladies with an “Apple” shaped body tend to hold weight around the stomach; they are top heavy with an average to large bust; have broad shoulders and no defined waist; and their hips are narrow with slender legs.
Famous “Apples” include Elizabeth Hurley, Angelina Jolie, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Melissa McCarthy.
“Pear” shaped women tend to hold weight around their bottom and thighs; are bottom heavy with a larger bottom and thighs; typically have a smaller bust, slim waist and narrow shoulders; and the majority have wider hips than shoulders
Celebrity “Pears” include Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Kate Hudson and Rihanna.
Girls with the coveted “Hourglass” figure tend to hold weight proportionally between the hips, thighs and bust; have a bust and hips which are a similar size; have a small waist; and are curvaceous and voluptuous but still in proportion.
Marilyn Monroe is the most renowned of all “Hourglass” shaped women, but other celebrities include Kate Winslet, Salma Hayek, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria and Kim Kardashian-West.
If you have a “Rectangle” shaped body, you’ll tend to hold weight around the stomach and arms; your waist, shoulders, bust and hips will all be about the same width; you’ll have a small to medium bust; your waist generally isn’t very defined; you’ll have not much of a bottom; and you’ll be not very curvaceous but have shapely legs.
“Rectangle” shaped ladies are in good company, as Queen Latifah, Anne Hathaway, Cara Delevingne and Keira Knightley are all also this shape.
Were you surprised to find out that the famous actress you would have assumed was an “Hourglass” figure is actually an “Apple” or a “Pear”?
These stars understand how to dress their bodies to make the most impact – how to play down the parts of their bodies they don’t like and how to accentuate their “best” bits.
They also have stylists who understand exactly what suits their body shape; and whose job it is to pick clothes to flatter their client’s figure.
Doesn’t that sound amazing? Insider style knowledge and someone who knows what they’re doing to help you choose outfits?
If it does, then I have a couple of treats for you…
The S.W.A.L.K. Fashion complimentary Body Shape Guide. This workbook Includes a visual guide of each of the body shapes; details of how to work out which shape you are (no measuring tape required!); and advice on the best things to wear for your body shape – and what to avoid!
Download your free Body Shape Guide here:
The S.W.A.L.K. personal styling team. Join the exclusive Facebook group to get FREE access to your very own personal stylists.
If you’re not sure how to dress your body shape, or if you have any fashion questions, post your query with the #askthestylists hashtag (or message us anonymously, if you prefer) and our independent style gurus will dispense their professional advice!
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It’s my mission to make sure that women don’t just look good, but that they feel good too. That they can shop with confidence. That they love their wardrobes. Because, to paraphrase that gorgeous hourglass shaped lady, Marilyn Monroe, “Give a girl the right shoes / dress / top / trousers, and she can conquer the world.”
Please, download the body shape guide and get any advice you need from the personal styling team – and then go and conquer the world!