We are all built differently, and that is WONDERFUL news. The bad news is it seems most designers do not consider all of our different body types when they create clothing. There is literally not one human on the planet that can wear everything (not even runway models!). The key is that we FIRST learn our body type and then SECOND learn what to do about it.
When determining your shape, think of your body in two halves, with the line being drawn horizontally at your natural waist. I will refer to above the line as “top” and below the line as “bottom.” Your “top” includes the width of your shoulders and your bust. Your “bottom” includes your hips, rump, and upper thighs. The secret to looking fabulous is to learn how to balance our silhouette!
- Pear: You have a smaller top than bottom. You want to buy dresses that have tops that are more voluminous and/or have more detail than the bottom half, while ensuring the bottom has room for your hips.
- Apple: You have a smaller bottom than top. You want to buy dresses that have bottoms that are more voluminous and/or have more detail than the top half.
- Curvy: Your top and bottom are both full and approximately the same size. Since you already have a balanced silhouette, you want to buy dresses that are similar on the top and bottom to keep your balance intact.
- Straight: Your top and bottom are both narrow and approximately the same size. You want to buy dresses that have detail on both the top and bottom or do not have detail anywhere on the dress. This will keep your balance intact.
Andrea Graye :)