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The Most Common Body Shapes for Women and Find out Yours to Embrace

Updated: May 16, 2023

Discovering your body type isn't about fitting into a rigid mold; it's about embracing your uniqueness and feeling fabulous in your own skin. By understanding these common body types, you'll gain valuable insights into how to accentuate your best features and make fashion choices that boost your confidence.

We'll be exploring four of the most common body types: Rectangle, Pear, Hourglass, and Inverted Triangle. Keep in mind that these categories serve as helpful guidelines, but don't be surprised if you find yourself embracing more than one!

1. Rectangle Shape

This body shape often called the straight or ruler body type. A rectangle body shape means that the waist measurements are less than 9 inches smaller than the bust or hip measurements. So, the ones that have rectangle body shape are not particularly curvy, their waist is not well-defined, and their weight is evenly distributed everywhere in the body.

2.Pear/Triangle Shape

Pear/triangle body shape is characterised by the hips that are wider than the bust. Other characteristics of the pear body shape include a well-defined waist, and proportionately delicate shoulders and slim arms. Extra weight is distributed more into the bottom and legs, rather than the upper body.

3.Hourglass Shape

Hourglass body shape characterised by hip and bust measurements that are nearly equal in size, with a smaller waist measurement. This body shape's shoulders are round, and the legs are in proportion with the upper body.

4. Inverted Triangle

The ‘Inverted triangle shape,’ is characterised by broader bust and shoulders, with narrower hips. The body doesn’t necessarily have a well-defined waistline, and it is not very curvy around the hips.

How to Find Out Your Body Shape?

So, grab a measuring tape and a mirror. When measuring, try to be as accurate as possible, even if you don’t like what the measuring tape is saying.

  • Measure Your Shoulders: Secure the measuring tape at the tip of one shoulder and wrap it around yourself. The tape should lay on the top of your shoulders, but it should not cut into your skin, and it should be parallel with the floor.

  • Measure Your Bust: Wrap the measuring tape around your back and across the fullest part of your breasts while you are standing up completely straight.

  • Measure Your Waist: Find the smallest part of your natural waist and wrap a measuring tape around it. Again, the measuring tape should be parallel with the floor, and it should not cut into your skin.

  • Measure Your Hips: Hold the measuring tape below one of your hip bones, at the broadest part of the hip. Keep the tape flat as you wrap it around the largest part of your behind until it meets the starting point.

Now that you've measured your shoulders, bust, waist and hips, you can use those numbers to help determine your body shape.


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