We’ve already spent some time here talking about the difference between size and shape. Now that you’re clear on that, let’s talk about how to determine your shape and go about choosing flattering styles from there.
Bodies come in infinite shapes and sizes, but they mainly fall into four groups:
- Rectangle- bust, waist, and hips are of a similar width
- Triangle- a wider hip, slightly smaller waist, and even smaller bust
- Hourglass- an evenly balanced bust and hip with a smaller waist
- Inverted Triangle- A wider bust, smaller waist, and even smaller hips
Determining your body shape is really simple- just look in the mirror! Are you top heavy and get narrower towards your hips? You’re an inverted triangle! Totally booty-licious? You’re a triangle like me!
So once you’ve determined your shape, how do you know which styles will work for you?
I’m going to pause for a moment here and say that I actually did not want to write this article. I personally feel that if you love something you should wear it, and confidence is the best accessory. I shared that contradiction with the Impact Fashion Instagram community and the overwhelming response was that this was needed in the universe and would make your lives easier. So here I am! Just remember that these are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Use them as a springboard and don’t forget to let your beautiful personality be the real star.
The magical word that you want to keep in mind is BALANCE.
BALANCE your body by adding details or volume where you are smallest and keeping it simpler where you are widest.
Take me for example. I’m a classic triangle. that means I carry my weight mostly around my hips and butt. So clothes that flatter the hipline and have a tight straight silhouette are always going to be my closet staples. The Jackie dress, Carolina skirt, and Taylor dress are all great examples of that. The details on all of these styles are more concentrated above the waistline. This is especially true when the Carolina skirt is worn with the Rose top, adding details and volume.
Inverted triangle shapes will most likely benefit from adding detail and volume to the bottom half of an outfit, and keeping it simple on top. The Leslie dress, Elle skirt, and Calleigh dress all have fun skirts and make a good jumping off point for you.