Different Body Shapes of Women

All body shapes are beautiful. The bone structure, fat distribution, age, pregnancy, genetic permutation, and hormonal combination determine your body shape. This article breaks down the different body shapes of women and provides useful styling tips. Keep reading!

Body Shapes Of Women

A research study confirms that women’s body shapes broadly fall under five categories (1). Any other body shape is either a mix of two body shapes or a synonym of the five body shapes. Many blogs also interchangeably use the terms ‘body type’ and ‘body shape.’ Read on to know about the different body shapes and types and understand which one you have.

1. The Straight Body Shape

What To Wear

Tube tops or polka dresses would look charming on you. They not only suit the shape of your body but also highlight your features. A nice and snazzy belt along with a tube dress would be a stunner. This will also help you create a slim and sexy hourglass silhouette. Wear bright colors and try different textures and cuts.

What Not To Wear

Do not wear clothes that highlight your waist. Avoid wearing rigid and shapeless clothes.

2. Pear Body Shape

What To Wear

Wear bright scoop-neck and boat-neck tops. This will make your shoulders look wider. Gorgeous bracelets and accessories should be used to highlight the appearance. Also, wear a push-up bra or a padded bra to make your upper and lower bodies look balanced.

3. Apple Body Shape

What To Wear

Wear soft-textured fabrics, A-line dresses, shirts with a tie below the bust line, tops that fall lower than the hip bone, tops with cuff sleeves, well- fitting clothes, V-necks, scoop tops, ruched t-shirts or shirts in the middle to give more definition to your mid-section, flowy dresses from down your bust line, necklaces that come until your bust and not lower or higher, short dresses, dresses which have darker sides and lighter middle section all the way down, well-defined shouldered blazers, summer jackets, jeans coat, boot-cut jeans, flared bottom jeans, jeans with back pockets to give more definition to your hips, low waist jeans, define your waist by wearing high-waisted shorts, heels, sandals with straps, wedges, and platform shoes.

What Not To Wear

Avoid clothes that are tight-fitting, rough-textured, shapeless, and boxy, tight skirts, jeans, or pants that have a minimum or no details near the waist to prevent drawing attention to your waist. Also, avoid turtle or round necks, dresses with waistlines, off-shoulder tops and dresses, boat necks, halter necks, jeggings, boots, kitten heels, necklaces near your neck, and broad belts.

4. Spoon Body Shape

What To Wear

Choose clothes that have lighter color in the upper body region but darker in the middle and lower body region, strapless, boat necks, wide necks, short skirts and shorts to show off your legs, tops with embellishments or patterns that add volume to your bust line, A-line skirts, boot cut jeans or trousers, mid-rise jeans, padded bras, chunky earrings and necklaces, well-defined shouldered jackets, dresses, and tops, well fitted dresses around the waist, bags that come until your hip bone, peep-toes, flats, and ballerina shoes with pointed toes.

What Not To Wear

Tapered ankle trousers or jeans, tops with a tie just below your bust line, shapeless shirts, short sleeves with round neck tops, dresses that are overly ruffled or pleated below your bust, wide stripes near your mid-body region, narrow-shouldered tops, shorts or skirts that end just below your hips, rounded toes shoes, strappy sandals, and kitten heels.

[ Read: How To Pick The Best Prom Dress That Suits Your Body Type ]

5. Hourglass Body Shape

What To Wear

Accentuate your waist and wear clothes that show off your perfect curves. Wear broad belts over your shirt or dress, wrap-around tops and skirts, flowy dresses, skirts, well-fitting tops, fitting jackets, tops or dresses with pleated waist, pencil skirts, ¾ skirts with side or back slits, jeggings, boots, strappy sandals, high heels, peep toes, and necklaces that fall till your navel.

What Not To Wear

Stay away from shapeless and loose tops and dresses and gaudy embellishments.

6. Inverted Triangle Body Shape

What To Wear

Ruffles around the neck, peplum tops, jeans with back pockets, low waist jeans, checks and stripes in slanting angle, front pockets in skirts, satin dresses, V- necks, A-line dresses and skirts, fish cuts, shorts, chunky shoes and earrings, slender necklace, long dresses, high-waist pants, bell-bottoms, and sequined skirts.

What Not To Wear

Baggy and shapeless dresses and tops, pencil skirts, tapered jeans and trousers, spaghetti and noodle straps, ¾ sleeves, horizontal stripes across your shoulders, baggy waistline, and padded shoulders.

7. Oval Body Shape

What To Wear

Wear square neck, V-neck, and U-neck tops or shirts. You can also wear wrap- around tops, skirts, and jackets to slim down your mid-body area, vertical stripes, peplum tops, tunic tops, belted dresses and tops, wide-collared jackets, fish-cut or flared skirts, cargo pants with pockets near your hip, empire-waisted dresses or tops, dresses or skirts just above your knee to show off your legs and make you look well proportioned, high heels, long and slender earrings, and necklaces that fall until your cleavage.

What Not to Wear

Avoid wearing tapered jeans or trousers, loose-fitting tops, wide stripes, ruffles, pleated skirts, baggy jackets, tight t-shirts, high necks, turtle necks, cardigans, chunky earrings and necklaces, round-toed shoes, heavy boots, and flats.

[ Read: How To Dress According To Your Body Type ]

8. Diamond Shaped Body

What To Wear

The key to dressing well would be by creating a wonderful balance with your bust. This will make the waist look lovely. You could also look for clothes that have curves. You can go for pants and skirts that will make you look slimmer. Since you have sexy lower legs, make an effort to show them off! Wear belted tops and dresses, flowy cuff sleeve tops that flow around the buttocks, fluttered sleeves, dark jeans or trousers, off-shoulder or strapless tops, A- line and straight skirts, boot cut and straight cut trousers, well-structured shouldered jackets and shirts, wide belts, chunky earrings and necklaces, medium-high heels, and wedges.

What Not To Wear

Avoid pencil skirts or tapered trousers and jeans, big prints, gaudy embellished tops, vertical patterns and prints, thick scarves that sit around your neck, and heavy boots.

9. Top Hourglass Body Shape

What To Wear

The right way to dress would be by wearing clothes and tops that have narrow V-necks. You should also try wearing dark tops. A couple of jackets and well- tailored shirts would look amazing. This will help you highlight the buttocks as well as the hips. Do remember to try skirts. You can play with the length too.

What Not To Wear

Avoid baggy jeans or jackets, loose-fitting clothes, boxy shirts, stiff clothes, square necks, boat necks, frills and ruffles near your bust line, and wide striped skirts or trousers.

10. Skinny Body Type

What To Wear

Tapered ankle-length jeans or trousers, balloon skirts, and pants, baggy jeans, harem pants, light-colored dresses, belted tops, tunics, and flowy dresses, low waist jeans, push up and padded bra, crop tops, bat-winged tops, flowy fabric, high neck tops with fluttered sleeves, long skirts, pencil skirts, balloon tops, peplum tops, platform heels, pencil heels, wide stripes, broad stripes, thigh- high boots, coats and leather jackets, jeans with hip pockets, sequined belts and shrugs, and colourful flip-flops.

What Not To Wear

Skinny tops or skin-tight dresses, block heels, chunky plastic bangles, loose- fitting dresses and tops, dark color jeans or trousers, and big floral prints.

11. Athletic Body Type

What To Wear

You can wear well-fitting knee-length dresses and skirts. Accentuate your curves by wearing belts above the waist with dresses, wrap-around dresses and tops, off-shoulder tops and dresses, boat necks, tube tops, and high neck tops. You can also play around with sleeve lengths, sportswear, sports shoes, chunky shoes, slender and long earrings, collarbone length necklaces, medium heel pumps, and pencil heels.

What Not To Wear

Steer clear of padded shoulder tops, dresses, or jackets, baggy jackets, boxy shirts, V-neck, plunging U-neck, noodle or spaghetti straps, halter neck, strappy sandals, flats, and chunky earrings.

[ Read: Female Body Shape Calculator ]

12. Lollipop Body Shape

What To Wear

Wear dresses and tops that broaden your hips and shoulders, V-necks, off- shoulders, boat necks, wraparounds, thigh-high slits, pencil shirts, slender and flowy dresses, pseudo-leather jackets, peplum tops, coats with belts, tapered pants, high heels, walking shoes, and wedges.

What Not To Wear

Loose and boxy skirts and tops, long skirts, chunky necklaces, high-waisted pants, bell bottoms, heavy sweaters, empire dresses or tops, bolero jackets, and turtle neck.

Can Body Shape Change?

The body shape might change in women depending on age, pregnancy, eating habits, and lifestyle (2). The main bone structure remains the same, but pregnancy might make your bust line larger or hips wider.

Similarly, an unhealthy diet and lifestyle may lead to abdominal fat, thereby changing the appearance of a pear or hourglass to straight body shape. Also, eating healthy and exercising may cause an apple-shaped body to appear like a square or rectangle (banana) body shape.

Conclusion

Your body is beautiful. There is no ideal body shape that you have to conform to. Your health and happiness are all that matter. If you have any issues concerning how your body looks or feels, talk to your doctor, who can advise the best course of action.

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