“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night to day…”
I didn’t enjoy reading Shakespeare in high school and college but “to thine own self be true” are words to live by when it comes to fashion. No I’m not talking about personal style; we will discuss that down the road. I’m referring to something much more personal to us…OUR BODY TYPES. (Don’t be scared…keep reading) As women we all become aware of them at some point in our lives. Perhaps you read about them in a magazine, discussed your large breasts (or lack thereof in my case) with a girlfriend or heard your grandmother exclaim “girl, look at those hips!” at a family reunion. Even though we are familiar with them, how many of us are ‘true’ to our body shapes in our fashion choices? Does your clothing complement your shape or battle against it? I recently discovered a website, shopyourshape.com, which defines women’s body shapes into eight categories rather than the traditional four. The definitions are:
- Straight Body Type – The bust and hips are basically the same size. The waist is slightly smaller than the bust and hips.
- Pear Body Type – The hips are larger than the bust and the waist gradually slopes out to the hips.
- Spoon Body Type – The hips are larger than the bust and the hips have a “shelf” appearance. The waist is slightly smaller than the bust.
- Hourglass Body Type – The bust and hips are basically the same size and your waist is well-defined.
- Top Hourglass Body Type – The bust is larger than the hips and the waist is well-defined.
- Inverted Triangle Body Type – The bust is large, the hips are narrow and the waist is not very well-defined.
- Oval Body Type – The waist is larger than the bust and hips. The hips are narrow compared to the shoulders. Breasts are ample in size.
- Diamond Body Type – The waist is larger than the bust and hips. The shoulders are narrow compared to the hips. Breasts are small to medium in size.
The website’s motto is “It’s your shape, not your weight that matters!” and I couldn’t agree more. We can all look fabulous at any weight. Take Oprah for example. The world has witnessed her weight fluctuate over the years yet she always looks fabulous (well…except for that infamous lime green suit).
One thing that we must remember is that our body types may change due to a number of factors; age, pregnancy, eating habits, a new exercise program (or a forgotten one), menopause or emotional/life changes are all things that can have an effect on the body and its overall shape. For most of my life I have been a straight body type. However with age, an addiction to french fries, and a forgotten exercise program from time to time, I have developed a bit of a booty. After calculating my body type, I have discovered that I am now a pear shape. (gasp!) Granted I’m not an extreme pear nevertheless I’m using this knowledge to reevaluate existing and new fashion choices. So what’s your shape? Are you attempting to hang on to a body that no longer exists? Do you need to modify what’s in your closet to make a better statement? Use the body shape calculator at shopyourshape.com and let me know how I can help.