Two Easy Steps to Finding Out Your Body Shape
We’ve talked a lot about finding out your body shape—to us, knowing what looks good on your figure is one of the key pieces of information that should inform your personal style. About a month ago, we dove deeply into the subject with an admittedly mathematical method—percentages and division abounded! So, for all the non-mathematically-inclined folks in the house (ourselves included), we figured a simpler approach might be appreciated as well. This Reddit thread on determining your body type turned out to be particularly useful with a two-step solution for finding your shape.
Find our your true type below, and then shop our picks for every shape!
Your figure: You have broader shoulders and are fairly straight up and down from your waist to your hips.
The piece that looks amazing on you: Fitted jackets and coats with a nipped-in waist.
Why: The defined waist helps create the illusion of lower-body curves and will help balance out your shoulders.
Our pick: Anine Bing Corduroy Blazer ($299)
Your figure: You usually have thin, shapely legs, and carry weight around your stomach.
The piece that looks amazing on you: Drop-waist dress or swing dress
Why: These dresses are relatively loose over the stomach area, concealing your mid-section. This makes your torso appear longer and leaner.
Our pick: Assembly New York Black Pleat Dress ($388)
Your figure: You have a thinner upper body and are curvier around your hips and thighs.
The piece that looks amazing on you: The fit-and-flare dress.
Why: It will show off your trim top half, highlight the smallest part of your waist, and skim over your curvier bottom half.
Our pick: Réalisation The Diane Dress ($195)
Otis & Maclain Parker Long-Sleeve Dress ($140)
Your figure: You have a small waist, curvier thighs, and a full bust and/or broad shoulders.
The piece that looks amazing on you: Anything that enhances your natural waist.
Why: These items enhance your hourglass figure by highlighting the smallest part of your waist.
Our pick: Otis & Maclain Parker Long Sleeve Dress ($140)
Your figure: Your silhouette is fairly straight up and down. This body type is also referred to as banana-shaped.
The piece that looks amazing on you: Skirts with volume-increasing details like ruffles or embellishments.
Why: They make your slight hips look curvier, which helps balances your upper body.
Our pick: A.L.C. Loren Fringe-Trimmed Mini Skirt ($100)