Every woman is shaped differently, and no two are exactly alike. There are, however, five basic categories that most women fit into: hourglass, pear, apple, rectangle, and athletic. Each shape is beautiful and desirable in its own way. The type of figure you have will often determine what type of women's fashions looks best on you. The key to finding your body type is to know your own body's proportions and even take a few measurements to be sure.
Hourglass: The hourglass figure is one of the most desired body types. An hourglass figure is defined by a bust and hips that are the same size and a small waist; the waist measures at least 9 inches smaller in diameter than the top and bottom. Wear clothes that emphasize your waist and don't add bulk, like a straight-cut sweater dress with a belt at the waist.
Pear: The pear figure, also known as the "A" figure, is characterized by wide hips and thighs, but is slender at the waist, bust and shoulders. If you belong to this shape category, you are not alone since it is the most common body type for women. Create balance in your body and wear tops with a wide neckline to emphasize your bust and shoulders. Pair the top with slimming straight-cut black pants.
Apple: Women with an apple figure are typically fuller through the upper body, including arms, bust, and waist, with slimmer hips and legs. The apple figure's strength is slender legs that appear even smaller in contrast to a fuller upper body. Elongate and slim your upper body with V-neck tops and tunic-length tees worn over flared jeans.
Rectangle: The rectangle figure can be any size; it's the shape that determines the rectangle figure type. Women who have rectangular-shaped figures have equally balanced shoulders and hips, but don't have the defined waistline of an hourglass figure. You can create a few curves with figure-hugging layers. A cropped cardigan over a belted tank makes your waist look slim and your bust and hips look curvy.
Athletic: The athletic figure, also known as the inverted triangle, is defined by wide shoulders and narrow hips. The difference between athletic and apple body types is that the athletic shape is typically less full through the bust and waist and has wider-set shoulders. A lightweight, flowy blouse can soften your shoulders, especially when paired with flared or wide-leg jeans, which add dimension to your lower half.