Given the number of people who contact me asking about identifying their body shape (if you’re not sure what body shape you have, do the Body Shape Quiz to find out!), it’s obviously something that is considered to be an important factor in the whole “finding flattering clothing” issue that many women face. I’m here to tell you that yes, it is important, but no, it’s not everything (in fact I wrote a post about how personality is 10 times more important than body shape when choosing outfits and garments). So today I’m going to share with you what knowing your body shape will tell you and how you can use some of my magicians toolbox of rules, to use these illusions to flatter your figure.
Body shape is your outline, from the front (pretty much) it’s your silhouette. We determine your shape based on the differences between shoulders (not bust), waist and hips/upper thigh.
It does not take into consideration your upper arms, your knees or calves, or your body proportions, whether you are petite or tall, the roundness or flatness of your bottom or all the other body variations.
When you are thinking about how to flatter your body shape (which you can find out about ‘diagnosing your body shape’ here, or if you’re still stuck and want more personal attention and my input, it’s part of my 7 Steps to Style program), you need to understand the rules of line and how we interpret and see lines.