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Your Body Type, Defined: A Look at the Four Most Common Body Shapes

Ah, body types. There are so many different types, and they can be easily explained using fruit or actual shapes. You are sure to have heard of an “hourglass” figure, or maybe you know someone that considers themselves to be “pear” or “apple” shaped. If you aren’t sure of your body type, you should definitely learn! 


So much of what we wear should depend on our body types. It doesn’t matter if you are a size 4 or a size 14, our body type determines a lot of what clothing “looks” good on us. If you’re wearing something that is totally unflattering for your body type, it can make you feel less than optimistic about yourself!  


Rectangle and Athletic

These two body types are very similar in that they are not particularly curvy. They are usually straight “up and down,” as some people would say. People with these body types generally have their weight evenly distributed throughout the body -- so this means that waist, hips, and bust measurements are generally very close. The only slight difference between the two is someone with an athletic body type has a slightly narrower waist than someone with a rectangle body type.

What to Wear

Your clothing goal: Add curves! Accentuate waist!

  • Tops: fitted, scoop neck, v-neck, detailed collar, peplum, puff sleeves, halter top, tube top, racerback

  • Jackets: trench, duster, belted, vest

  • Pants: belted waists, flared jeans, straight, high-waisted, boyfriend

  • Skirts: A-line, tulip-shaped, cinched waist

  • Dresses: fit-and-flare, belted, ruched, puff sleeves

  • Other: bright colors, involved prints


  • Pencil skirts

  • Vertical stripes

  • Thick fabrics

Celebrities with Your Body Type

  • Nicole Kidman

  • Kate Hudson

  • Eva Longoria

  • Gwen Stefani

  • Cameron Diaz



Someone with an hourglass figure generally has bust and hip measurements that are very similar and a waist that’s notably narrower. The hourglass figure features legs that are proportionate and shoulders that are rounded. It is also very common for hip or bust measurements to be slightly different. If your hip measurements are slightly larger than your bust measurements than you are a “bottom hourglass,” and if your bust measurements are slightly larger than your hip measurements than you are a “top hourglass.”

What to Wear

Your clothing goal: Accentuate your curves!

  • Tops: wrap, keyhole, v-neck, peplum

  • Jackets: moto, belted, cropped, longline belted

  • Pants: slim, high-rise, belted waists, high-waisted, wide-leg, chino

  • Skirts: A-line, pencil, maxi, wrap

  • Dresses: fit-and-flare, wrap, sheath


  • Low-rise jeans

  • Shapeless clothing

Celebrities with Your Body Type

  • Marilyn Monroe

  • Beyonce

  • Sofia Vergara

  • Kate Upton

  • Kate Winslet


Pear “Triangle"

The pear body shape features hips that are wider than both the waist and bust. The waist is probably small as well as the shoulders. This tends to draw more attention to the hips. With this body type, the important thing is to balance out your figure and accentuate the hips.

What to Wear

Your clothing goal: Balance your figure!

  • Tops: cropped, peplum, square-neck, cowl neck, boat-neck, puff sleeves, dolman sleeves, bright or flashy print

  • Jackets: cropped moto or blazer, patterned, textured, wrap, structured

  • Pants: boot cut, tailored / flat-front, high-waisted, slim, straight, 

  • Skirts: A-line, knee or ankle length, 

  • Dresses: A-line, fit-and-flare, wrap, v-neck, off the shoulder, 

  • Other: structured fits, thicker fabrics


  • Bodycon anything

  • Belts

  • Any flashy prints or colors on pants. Also avoid light colors on pants.

  • Tops with sloppy shoulders

Celebrities with Your Body Type

  • Kelly Clarkson

  • America Ferrera

  • Shakira

  • Kim Kardashian West

  • Scarlett Johansson


Apple “Inverted Triangle”

The “apple” body type features wider shoulders and larger bust measurements as compared to relatively narrow hips. Most of your measurements will be very similar, though, and your bust is probably very large. Your goal if you have this body type is to accentuate your womanly features and create a smaller waist!

What to Wear

Your clothing goal: Accentuate curves and create a small waist!

  • Tops: wrap, dolman sleeve, v-neck, peplum, loose-fitting, plain and/or dark-colored tops

  • Jackets: long vest, open-front, duster, long-lapel, single-breasted

  • Pants: flare, high-rise, skinny, straight-leg, bootcut, details and prints,

  • Skirts: short skirts, bias-cut, A-line, full circle, trumpet

  • Dresses: empire waist, shift, off-the-shoulder, wrap, belted, bias-cut

  • Other: vertical details, 


  • Chunky sweaters

  • Baggy pants

  • Tight waisted skirts

  • High necklines

  • Low-rise jeans

Celebrities with Your Body Type

  • Jennifer Hudson

  • Tyra Banks

  • Angelina Jolie

  • Elizabeth Hurley

  • Rosie O’Donnell


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