The final step in creating a timeless closet is knowing what looks good on your body. Knowing your body type can make all the difference when investing in quality clothes you plan to wear for years – particularly when you can’t try things on first.
The best way to find out your body type is to take measurements of your chest, waist, and hips to identify where your body is narrowest and widest, or take a selfie in the mirror standing up straight.
There are five basic body types: The inverted triangle, the rectangle, the circle, the pear and the hourglass.
Inverted Triangle - If your body is widest at your chest, and narrowest at your hips, you are an inverted triangle. Your best feature is likely your slender legs, but you may feel challenged by your large chest or flat butt.
- Ideal pant: Straight or skinny leg pants
- Ideal top: Fitted tops, rather than loose or baggy
- What you can rock like no one else: shorts or mini skirts
- Avoid: flare and wide-leg pants, these will make you look wider
Rectangle – Rectangular body shapes have shoulders, waist and hips that are all about the same size. You likely have an athletic body type with a long torso and slender legs, but you may find it hard to dress your narrow hips and small butt.
- Ideal pant: Straight leg pants, boot cut or flared
- Ideal Top: Shirts with built in belts to create a waistline
- What you can rock like no one else: Bold Accessories like scarves, statement necklaces, and belts. They will add dimension to your body shape.
- Avoid: Straight dresses. You want to add curves, not take them away.
Circle – A waist that is wider than shoulders and hips indicates a circle shape. Your assets are your soft, feminine shoulders, trim hips and slender legs, but you try to hide your round stomach and undefined waist.
- Ideal pant: Pants with a high rise with the zipper on the side
- Ideal Top: Tailored in the chest and shoulders, but not the midsection
- What you can rock like no one else: A-line dresses
- Avoid: Clingy fabrics
Pear – If the widest part of your body is your hips, you are a pear. You likely have a beautifully defined waist, slender torso, along with curvy womanly hips. You may struggle to find comfortably fitting jeans or dress pants.
- Ideal pant: Wide leg or flared
- Ideal Top: Something catchy to draw the eye to your top. Breast pockets, big collars and patterns are your friend.
- What you can rock like no one else: Dresses with tailored waists
- Avoid: Skinny pants, unless pairing them with boots
Hourglass – The hourglass shape was the coveted figure of the 1950s, with a full chest, a trim waist and curvy hips. In terms of measurements, hourglass figures tend to have chest and hip measurements that are about the same, but a waist measurement that is significantly smaller.
- Ideal pant: Bootcut trouser
- Ideal Top: Fitted to your body, but not too tight
- What you can rock like no one else: Belts! Add them to skirts, dresses and pants to accentuate your waistline
- Avoid: Ruffles, fringe and embellishments on shirts that add bulk
Next I will suggest a few pieces from our current collection for each body type and provide styling tips. Stay tuned!