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Friday, February 1, 2013

Fashion Friday - Finding your body shape


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There are five main shapes that women can find themselves falling into for their bodies.  That's not to say we all fit neatly into a particular one.  I actually fall between being a pear and an hourglass and I'm sure many other women fall somewhere between two shapes as well.  Sometimes it's a particular outfit that can make you look one shape or the other but standing in your underwear or naked can give a more accurate depiction of your actual body shape.

Height and weight are not really the determining factor.  SHAPE is what you need to look for. I've seen many overweight women who sported a mean hourglass shape as well as a skinny woman.  There are also so many celebrities who are classified by one shape or another dependent upon the style of an outfit or the person writing the article.  

Apple Body Shape
Apple body shapes have wide upper bodies starting from the shoulders tapering down to the hips and thighs. You are larger around the middle, yet still have slim legs.  Your waist may not be defined but you can fake it with the right outfit.  
Jennifer Hudson - Apple body shape

 Hourglass Body Shape
An hourglass body shape has proportional width of the upper and lower body which sets off your tiny waist. You carry your weight equally between your bust and your hips and rump.  
Salma Hayek - hourglass body shape

Pear Body Shape
Pear body shapes have hips wider than your shoulders and you have a smaller bust.  Your rump is rounded and your waist is well-defined.  Pears and Hourglass shapes seem to overlap and many celebrities have been said to be one or the other dependent upon the photo and outfit.

Beyonce - Pear body shape


Rectangle Body Shape
Rectangle body shapes have almost the same width throughout their bust, waist and hips.  There's a somewhat straight appearance they often have an athletic, boxy or boyish figure.  
Hilary Swank


Wedge (Inverted Triangle)Body Shape

A wedge or inverted triangle body shape has a fuller top half in comparison to the bottom half.  We typically see narrow hips and a flatter rump. 

Naomi Campbell
So here you have them.  Each one has it's own beauty and with the right outfit you can really dress up the areas that need filling out or hide the areas that need a little concealment.  In the next five Fridays I'll discuss ways to accentuate your shape starting with the Apple. 

Loving our body shapes Naturals,
Sabrina 
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