What Is My Body Type?
Describing the shape of your body helps us personal stylists offer guidance around what type of clothing suits you best.
Whether we like it or not, our BODY TYPE has a huge part to play in defining our personal style.
We’re not going to wear sleeveless tops all the time if we don’t like our arms, are we?
Benefits of Understanding The Shape of Your Body
- A mind shift – identifying your best bits helps see yourself positively rather than criticizing the worst, see a client visual makeover diary here
- Increases body confidence
- Knowledge is power
- Clothes can then help to highlight or conceal
- Understanding what clothes & design details flatter you when shopping saves time & effort
- Acknowledging that you can’t always wear what your friend wears but instead find styles that flatter YOU
- Avoiding costly mistakes when buying clothes
- Accepting that sometimes alterations are necessary
- Aligning yourself with a similar sized celebrity or blogger for inspiration
” I see lots of non-size 10 people looking awesome and I wanted to be that person, and now I am! I now know where to shop, what to look for, as well as what to avoid. This process was LIFE CHANGING ” – Trudy McGowan
Body Type Analysis
Click here to read more about my body shape analysis service to help you make the most of your figure and check out my portfolio for how I’ve transformed my clients using simple strategies you can try too.
How To Dress For Your Body Shape
Google ‘how to dress an apple body shape’ and the fashion advice is generic, generally for a larger apple body and they don’t take in to account body proportions (discussed below), lifestyle or personal style!!
In fact, a slim apple shape should wear quite different things to a rounder apple, that’s why obtaining PERSONAL style guidance around what is right for YOU is vital, read on…
Types Of Shapes
There are different ways to define different body types, ie. geometric shapes or ‘fruit’, but they all reflect the same theory.
Female Body Types
All women fit in to these 5 body type categories but in my experience, many can straddle 2 and that’s when it gets very tricky when a client asks ‘what is my body type’ as it’s not so clear cut. I’ve worked with an ex-model who struggled to dress well because she couldn’t work out what physique she had… until I told her she had a combination of 2!
I asses body type horizontally AND vertically
Read my descriptions below plus click on my PINTEREST boards for outfit inspiration including WHY these garments suit that particular body type:
Different Female Body Types
HOURGLASS Body Type
(8.5% of women)
When shoulders/bust and hips are similar in circumference and your waist is significantly smaller
INVERTED TRIANGLE Body Type
(14% of women)
When shoulders/bust are wider than hips so you can tend to look top heavy or broad
ATHLETIC / RECTANGLE Body Type
(46% of women)
When shoulders, waist and hips measure similar creating a straighter torso
PEAR / TRIANGLE Body Type
(20% of women)
When hips are wider than shoulders so you can tend to look bottom heavy
APPLE / OVAL Body Type
(11.5% of women)
When you carry your weight over your tummy area but with narrower shoulders and hips
Now, we could get caught up in specific measurements to calculate exact ratios between hip & bust etc, but to be honest, it all gets a bit technical so I like to keep it simple, however if you don’t identify easily with one of these, read on..
How To Identify Your Body Type
So if you can’t identify yourself easily through the imagery, then take a tape measure and note down your measurements to help categorise the shape of your body.
It’s about understanding the fullest part of your body, compared to your narrowest.
It’s also really interesting to do this as often it can yield different results than what you might think.
Body Type ‘Blockages’
Many of my clients wrongly self diagnose their body type, when people have lost weight and struggle to re-identify themselves for example, or maybe a childhood hang up follows us in to adult hood? We need to strip back and start again as a lot of the ‘rules’ that used to block us when deciding what to wear, no longer apply
Now, to throw a complete spanner in the works, body SHAPE is not the only factor, BODY PROPORTIONS is the other KEY driver of why you will look good in some styles versus others.
This can include a long body or long neck/sloping shoulders which would mean that your physique is slightly out of proportion and would benefit from certain styles.
Petite Body Shape Personal Shop
” I had NO idea what to wear or where to shop. Within a few hours Kim had completely kitted me out with a new wardrobe full of my most flattering bright colours I love, that mixed and matched that would take me anywhere, I had no idea it could be that easy! I now know what brands to shop at that fit my PETITE FIGURE. THANK YOU! “ – Sally Dance
Book in a PERSONAL SHOP to find clothes that flatter YOUR body type here
Other Different Body Types
We also need to address the following groups of ‘non-standard’ sizes:
Petite : under 5ft 3″ Tall : over 5ft 8″ Curvy : over a size 18*
*Concerning as the average Australian dress size is 14-16, so categorising plus-size to start at size 18 isn’t representing a typical Aussie woman as *plus* sizes should be starting around a 20-22!
So you can see that the subject of body types can get quite complicated for some, although not all, for some it’s quite straight forward as they will look good in most styles and this is where the science stops and the art begins as personal style takes over in the decision making.
That’s why my bespoke body shape summary gives you exactly the right guidelines for YOUR body type AND your personal style.
Changing Female Body Types : Mummy Makeover
So many of my female clients struggle to dress their new body after giving birth, read about my MUMMY MAKEOVER service here
” After having 2 babies and gaining 30kgs I had no idea how to dress my new body and felt completely depressed – I couldn’t even bring myself to look in the the mirror. I was especially dreading going back to work after mat leave and having to look professional. Then along came Kim and it was COMPLETELY LIFE CHANGING ” – Sarah-Luisa McAneney
My Industry Insider Body Shape Article For MamaMia
A huge issue regarding body types and sizing that makes working as an Sydney personal shopper a little more challenging is because there’s… cue gasp…
NO INDUSTRY SIZING STANDARDS IN AUSTRALIA!!
Yes, you heard me right!!
So please don’t ever blame YOUR body. It’s chaos out there so contact me so I can help you!
Let’s Continue This Conversation…
1/. Client journey – a visual diary of her mindset transformation
2/. Fashion designer industry insight
3/. My top 10 tops to flatter your body type