The Shape of A Woman

May 7, 2024

Bodies come in all sizes and shapes.  All beautiful and unique.  BUT one of the most common questions is “what should I wear for my photo shoot????”  It’s not just the boudoir sessions that have questions.  The Branding, Siren, and Western Glam babes all have the same concerns.  The reality is that this worry/nervousness is not a “thing” about what to wear.  It is a matter of, what will look good on “me.”  So I thought today I would bring out one of the cool things in my shoot guide:  Body Shapes.    

According to fashion gurus, literature, and just standard understanding, there are 5 standard body shapes.  Now, keep in mind.  Our bodies morph throughout our lives.  So if you knew your body shape as a teenager, after kids, marriage, and life, it might be a different shape.  It’s always good to refresh this knowledge so that we are looking at clothes, shapewear and lingerie with fresh eyes when we go shopping. 

Also, full disclaimer on this topic.  I BELIEVE in bringing attention to your body.  Because IT IS BEAUTIFUL.  This guide will NOT focus on hiding flaws but instead we will talk about enhancing all of you. 

Rectangle: This is a straight-up-and-down silhouette, rectangle-shaped bodies have close to or similar measurements/ratio between shoulders, waist, and hips.  For this shape, the goal is to create the illusion of curves and add dimension to the figure. I recommend clothes that cinches at the waist or create the illusion of a waistline, like belted dresses, peplum tops, and high-waisted bottoms. Also, this is a great shape for a voluminous robe with ruffles that belts.  High hip-cut bodysuits are also a fantastic way to add volume to the hips.

Hourglass: Hourglass figures remind us of Jessica Rabbit.  Well-defined waist and proportionate bust and hips. Contrary to popular belief, the key to dressing an hourglass body is to accentuate the curves.  You do want to keep a balance in proportions but looking sexy as hell is just natural, so flaunt what you have!!  You want to choose form-fitting styles that highlight the waist, such as wrap dresses, fitted tops, and high-waisted bottoms. Fabrics that stretch and conform to your curves are your friend.  A LOT of “curvy” girls are actually hourglass women with fantastic curves.  So don’t be shy.  Curvy looks good from all angles. 

Inverted Triangle: Inverted triangle body shapes are have broad shoulders and a narrower waist and hips. For the triangle girlies, the goal is to balance proportions by drawing attention downwards to those hips, legs, and butt.  This helps to create the illusion of a more defined waistline. Pick items that add volume and fullness to your lower body, like A-line skirts, wide-leg pants (my fave), and dresses with flared skirts. Baby dolls and garter belts are also great for this shape.  You can also look for styles with fun details like rouching, pleats, or embellishments at the hips to bring attention to that area.

Triangle/Pear: Triangle or pear-shaped bodies feature wider hips and thighs with narrower shoulders and bust. Here we focus on balancing proportions and drawing attention upwards (yes to your petite bust) to create a more balanced silhouette. Love my girlies that come in strong with tops that have embellishments, patterns, or bold colors to add volume to the upper body.  boat necklines are super sexy on this shape and all day do the statement sleeves, or off-the-shoulder tops. You can pair all the fun tops with darker-colored bottoms or styles that skim the hips and thighs to create a more streamlined look.

Round/Apple: Round or apple-shaped bodies carry weight around the midsection and have slimmer arms and legs. For my apples, the goal is to create definition at the waist and elongate the torso. Contrary to popular beliefs (and some stores we will not name) wearing muumuus or oversized tops ARE NOT the thing to do.  Again, you need to embrace what you got and accentuate.  So choose clothing that cinches at the waist or creates the illusion of a waistline, like an empire waist dress, wrap tops (which shows that you actually probably have hourglass tendencies), and dresses with V-necklines. Look for styles with vertical stripes, and asymmetrical hemlines, that draw the eye upwards and create a more elongated silhouette.

So here is the bottom line.  STOP HIDING your body.  START embracing your shape and flaunt it.  You are sexy AF and you deserve to celebrate your shape at whatever stage of life you are at. 

Want to learn more about being body positive? Check this blog out: Body Positive Mindset is NOT a Movement

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