How to Figure Your Figure for Your Best Fit

People come in many shapes and sizes.  Because we are all different, everyone has a unique style of his or her own.  But what looks best on you?  Do you already have a wardrobe that rocks your best features?  Or perhaps you’re still looking to find what fits, both physically and stylistically.  Where do you go from here?  How do you find your perfect look?  Whether you’re looking to revitalize your style or find clothes that fit just right, Boxercraft is here to help!

Finding Your Body Type

The first place to start is to find your body type.  While most people will have a good idea what shape they are, ShopYourShape.com has a useful Body Shape Calculator perfect for learning the exact classification of your figure.  From there, you can find the kinds of outfits and accessories that will enhance your natural beauty and have you looking your best!

Are you an hourglass?  An apple?  A pear?  Perhaps a wedge?  Or a rectangle?  Maybe you’re an oval or diamond.  While the names might vary, it’s clear there are plenty of fashionable options out there for you.

The Different Types

shutterstock_183444164If you have shoulders and hips that are closely proportionate in size and a tiny waist, you are an Hourglass.  Hourglass figures are blessed with curves, so you will want to emphasize those features.  Avoid baggy clothes.  Instead, you’ll want to wear clothing that enhances your shape, like a fitted dress, wrap dresses, a belt around your waist, high-waist skirts, and skinny or straight jeans.   Some other options include crop tops, pencil skirts, and wide-leg pants with a belted waist.

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The Apple shape is defined by narrow hips and a more robust upper body.  If this describes you, you’ll want to draw attention to your legs while finding ways to make your torso appear longer.  Some great options include V-necks, empire tops and dresses, shorter skirts, boot-cut and flared jeans, and a belt worn at the smallest part of your waist.  You may also consider a swing coat, a flowy top, or a high waist circle skirt.

shutterstock_147296273For those of you with a bottom that is wider than your upper body and a well-defined waist, you will be looking at clothing options best suited for the Pear shape.  A person with a Pear body type will want to increase shoulder and upper-body volume while drawing more attention to the waist and arms.  Options that will accomplish these goals include strapless dresses, ruffles, jackets hitting just above the waistline, A-line skirts, wide-hemmed pants, wide dresses and skirts, and pointed-toe shoes.  You might also try a structured jacket, an embellished top, an off-the-shoulder fit-and-flare dress, or boot-cut pants.

shutterstock_249528403.jpgsmallA Wedge (or Inverted Triangle) body type is characterized by a larger bust, broader shoulders, wider back, and smaller hips and waist.  Should you belong to this category, you will want to seek out options that redirect emphasis from your upper body to your lower body.  This can be achieved with wide-legged pants, full skirts, high-waist apparel, and brightly colored bottoms.  You may even want to try cargo pants or jeans with whiskering at the hips.  Whatever you do, avoid boat neckline and spaghetti-strap tops.

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If your hips, waist, and shoulders are similar in width, you are a Rectangle (or Straight) type.  Rectangles want to showcase their arms and legs while seeking attire that embellishes curves.  The best way to do this is to wear long jackets, sweetheart and scoop neck tops, dresses with ruching, and multiple layers.   Pants with full or moderately flared legs, full, tiered, or bubble skirts, and billowy tops are also great options.  Keep your styles relatively tame – avoid what may appear overwhelming.

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Oval body types have a full waist with a large bust and narrow hips.  For Ovals, the goal is to create curves for your lower body to reduce the emphasis on your midsection and further define the waist.  Some great options for you include tops wi
the vertical patterns, tops with flared hips, square and scoop neck tops, pants with full or wide legs, fuller flowing skirts, and mid-rise waists with a wider waistband.  You can also wear the same bottoms that other small-hipped types wear, like the cargo pants and full, tiered, flared, or bubble skirts.

As you read this, you may ask, “What if my hips are the widest part of my body?”  If such is the case, you may be a Diamond shape.  Diamonds typically have more volume in their midsection and hips, while their shoulders and bust are narrower. This body type will want a style that creates a balance between the upper body and lower body while establishing a waist.  Structured shoulders, princess sleeves, flutter sleeves, full, rushed, or flowing bust tops, off the shoulder tops, straight skirts, lightly gathered skirts, and A-line skirts are perfect for the Diamond figure.

shutterstock_403687618No matter what your body type is, you’re sure to find something perfect for you at Boxercraft.  With men’s and women’s apparel ranging from XS-2X depending on style, and youth from YS-YL, we’ve got everyone covered. Seek out the style that compliments your look best, and be ready to proudly wear clothing that shows the world your unique, beautiful figure.

Fashion stylist and blogger, Anne Dofelmier, founder of Daily Fashion Muse, says, “Whatever your body type, a good rule to follow is to strive to balance the hips and shoulders while nipping in the middle. Visually, this is most pleasing to the eye. Another tip to follow is to visually create a 1/3 to 2/3’s ratio. Meaning, the lower half should appear 2/3’s longer than the upper half. Essentially giving you legs for days. Using the tips given in the article will achieve this balance.”

 

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