Do you ever find yourself asking, what is my body shape?
You may have heard about the different body types, but are you able to relate? When looking at an apple, can you easily say…wow, this totally looks like me! Or what about a banana? Is that more who you are?
I’m a huge proponent of body awareness and knowing your shape, but I don’t believe the answer lies in a bowl of fruit. I also don’t think the tape measure shows the entire picture.
When I’m hired to help a woman with her style reinvention, you better believe we’re going to explore her body shape. Understanding this information is incredibly useful when it comes to refining a style. But women are complex creatures. Our bodies do not easily fall into one category. And that’s why it’s imperative to take a broader perspective when it comes to answering the question, what is my body shape.
The numbers on the tape measure don’t lie. When you wrap that thing around your hips you will see accurately how your hips convert into inches. This may be difficult to do as you may not want to see how your hips translate in the metric system. But having this information (in relation to the measurement of your waist and bust) is useful when it comes to buying clothes. When you know where you stand (literally, where your body stands in space) you can figure out the right sizes and silhouettes that’ll make you look your best.
But the numbers on the tape measure are only one piece of the pie when it comes to answering what is my body shape.
Another factor to consider when determining your shape is how you see yourself. This is where a lot of women run into issues, myself included. I spent my entire 20s seeing a completely different body from the one I actually had. I was thin, but I only saw a flabby middle that created muffin top on my low rise jeans. (Looking back, it’s clear that the low rise jeans were the problem!) This informed the way I dressed as I was always self conscious about my stomach and tried to cover it up. But because I only saw the big belly when I looked in the mirror, I wasn’t seeing my shape accurately. To truly understand your body shape you’ve got to see the whole picture…including your good parts!
If you tend to carry weight in your middle, you may only see extra weight when you look in the mirror. But the reality is, the round middle isn’t the only aspect of your shape. There’s got to be something beautiful about your body. In order to truly flatter your figure you must highlight these areas.
I challenge you to look in the mirror and see your shape honestly. Yes, notice your wide hips, but also look at the rest of your body and find areas you like. This is essential in creating a balanced look.
So to answer the question, what is my body shape…it can be found by taking your measurements. But if you’re asking this question because you want to look amazing in your clothes, seeing yourself accurately is essential. This way you know what to highlight with your wardrobe as well as what you want to downplay.
In the video, from my facebook live, I go through a bunch of figure flattering techniques to help you decide what to wear to add balance to your look. This way if you don’t like a certain area, and you want to conceal it, you’ll see some ideas on how to reveal the parts you want to highlight.