Determining Your Body Type
When it comes to shopping for new clothes, it’s always a mixed bag of emotions for me. I love the idea of picking out new clothing. I hate it when at least one of the items I pick makes my arms look flabby, emphasizes my spare tire or makes my butt look like it belongs in another zip code.
What I realized just recently is that I was not shopping for my body type.
You hear it a lot. She has a pear shape body, or I love her hourglass figure. But what the heck is that?
Break Out the Measuring Tape
Knowing your body type is important because it’s going to help you pick out the right clothes; the ones that accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.
Before you go shopping again, grab a tape measure and take these four measurements:
- Measure your shoulders at their widest part. You may need help.
- Measure the fullest part of your chest. For most women, this means the tape measure goes under the arms and across the nipples.
- Measure your waist at its narrowest point.
- Measure your hips at the widest point. Make sure the tape measure goes around the biggest part of your butt as well.
Once you have the measurements, read below to find out what shape you are. Since everyone’s different, it’s possible you fall somewhere between two shapes. That’s okay. Ultimately, it’s your call.
When your shoulders and hips are about the same size, but your chest and waist are larger, you’re most likely an apple shape. Apple shapes tend to gain weight around the waist the most. They’re often bustier and have thinner arms and legs.
Think Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Hudson.
When your chest and hip measurements are within a few inches of each other and your waist is a lot smaller, you’re likely an hourglass shape. This one’s probably the easiest to see when looking in the mirror because you’ll actually see your body curve in at the waist and then back out to your hips. Hourglass figures tend to have amazing cleavage and a round butt. They tend to gain weight in the hips and above the waist.
A good example of an hourglass figure is Kim Kardashian.
When your shoulders are the widest part of your body, even wider than your hips, you likely have an inverted triangle shape. Many women with an athletic build and flat butt have an inverted body shape. Inverted triangle figures tend to gain weight in their torso and back.
Miley Cyrus is a good example of an inverted triangle shape.
Women who are pear shaped are usually widest at their hips. The hips are at least 5% wider than the shoulders and bust. She has a full, round butt and thighs. Pear-shaped women often gain weight in their thighs. They often have a great waistline with a relatively flat stomach and maybe even some stellar abs.
When your hips, waist, and shoulders are about the same size, you likely have a rectangle shape. These women tend to have an athletic build, but their chest area is smaller and flatter than a woman with an inverted triangle shaped body. Rectangle shaped women tend to have straight shoulders and a flat butt. When they gain weight, it’s usually in the upper back and neck.
Anne Hatheway and Cameron Diaz are good examples of rectangle shapes.
Whether you’re a rectangle, hourglass, inverted triangle, pear or apple, KeeWee3 has an outfit for you, plus the accessories to match. Be sure to browse our collection.