Building Your Wardrobe ; What Is Your Body Shape?

How are you doing?
Happy new month! How is May starting out for you?
Am I the only one who thinks the year is moving really fast? Four months gone already??.
I’ve not been consistent since I resumed school fully, and I’m sorry about that.
So today, I’ll be starting a series on “Building Your Wardrobe” under the style analysis category.
In this series I’ll we’ll be discussing tips, guides and the basic things you need to know about building your wardrobe.
Some of the things to be considered when building your wardrobe should be your personal style , lifestyle, budget, body shape, versatility and so on. All of this we’ll discuss gradually as time goes on.
Women body shapes come in  and the horizontal proportion and vertical proportion, in this post I’ll be talking about the horizontal proportion, and the next I’ll talk about the vertical proportion.
When it comes to the horizontal proportion here are several types of body shapes but for me these are the four basic types ;


  1. The Ruler/Column shape
  2. The Hourglass shape
  3. The Pear shape
  4. The Inverted triangle shape
The ruler/column shape
  1. The Ruler  or Column shape ;

The waist is not so defined, your
shoulders, waist and hips are within the same width.

You should wear clothes that will add volume to your upper body (shoulder/chest) and to your lower body (hips) and at same time accentuate your midsection (waist) in other create a silhouette.

The hourglass
  1. The Hourglass shape

The upper body and lower body are quite in proportion with each other, and you have a defined waist.

You should take advantage of clothes that enhances your features and accentuate the midsection, avoid ill-fitting clothes.

The pear shape
  1. The Pear shape

The lower body (hips) is the broadest part of the body, most times characterized with small/meduim bust and a small midsection.

Your go-to outfits are those that will add volume to your upper body (shoulder/chest) and accentuate/minimize your midsection(waist) in other to balance it and give you an almost hourglass shape.

Inverted triangle
  1. The Inverted triangle shape ;

The shoulder and chest are the broadest part of the body, sometimes with a small midsection.

You should wear clothes that add volume to your lower body, accentuate the small waist and avoid clothes that tend to add volume to upper body.

There are other types of body shapes which include apple,spoon etc. However,  whatever category of body shape you fall into, the main thing is for you to accentuate your features, play down the flaws and add volume to areas you lack in other to balance your proportion.

What category of these body shapes do you fall into? How do you get to style your shape ?
Please drop your comments, I’d love to know what you think.

This post was just to make known the types of body shapes, as it affect how you style your outfits in general (tops,skirts,pants,dresses e.t.c), how you style your prints, colors and so on. Later, in the series I’ll talk about those areas mentioned earlier on. So hold on tight !

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Yours sincerely,