Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 4:
In this series, I’m teaching you how to build your ideal Capsule Wardrobe with only 22 pieces that will mix and match to make hundreds of outfits. Today, we’ll chat about how to determine your Body Type.
How Do You Determine Your REAL “Body Type”?
Even though there are 5 standard body types, there are unlimited varieties and combinations. If you’ve ever entered your measurements into one of those online body type calculators and are still frustrated or confused, there’s a good reason!
Every body is different!
So please do not get hung up on calling yourself a pear, apple, rectangle, apple, or hourglass shape. You’re far more unique than that!
In the Style Academy, we guide you through 8 various factors to determining your body type — and actually, in Part 5 of this series I’ll discuss more unique facial and body characteristics in addition to what we’ll discuss here.
So you see? In order to determine your real body type, you’ll need to take into account more than just your bust, waist, and hips.
Factors to Consider
Here are some of the factors to take into consideration:
- Bone structure
- Bra/cup size
- Torso length
- Body proportions
- Bust/Waist/Hips Measurements
- Gain/Lose Weight
- Height and Weight
Let’s start where everyone starts — your measurements.
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First, take your bust, waist and hip measurements.
To determine body type, you need to know the DIFFERENCE between them all.
- Bust minus your waist (36 – 24 = 12)
- Hips minus your waist (38 – 24 = 14)
- Hips minus your bust (38 – 36 = 2)
But again, this is just one of the 8 factors to consider. Next, we’ll look at your Silhouette.
Your silhouette will reveal a few bodily characteristics that don’t show up in measurements.
For example, wide shoulders, high or low bust line, unique characteristics of your waist, hips, or thighs, torso and leg proportions, or what most of my clients worry about — a mommy tummy.
Next, when you gain or lose weight, where does that happen?
This is easier to see by watching the video (or watch it at the bottom of this post).
But don’t worry! I have more detailed explanations that will help guide you through all of this!
If your hips are larger than your bust, you’re probably a Pear shape. But if you gain weight in your bust, you’re secondary type will be an Hourglass. Or, if you gain weight in your mid-section, your secondary type will be an apple.
If your shoulders are larger than your waist and hips, you’re probably an Inverted Triangle shape. But if you gain weight evenly in your waist and hips, you’re secondary type will be a Rectangle. Or, if you gain weight in your mid-section, you’re secondary type will be an Apple. Or, if you gain weight in your hips, your secondary type will be an Hourglass. See how this works?
A pure Rectangle shape will have measurements that are within 1 to 2 inches of each other. But if you gain weight in your shoulders, you’re secondary type will be an Inverted Triangle. In the middle, an Apple. And in your hips, a Pear.
If you carry most of your weight in your mid-section, chances are your primary body type is an Apple. But if you gain weight in your hips, you’re secondary type will be a Pear. Evenly in your bust and hips? An Hourglass. And gaining in your bust, upper arms, and shoulders, makes your secondary type an Inverted Triangle.
And finally, an Hourglass has a waist that is significantly smaller than the hips and bust. Gaining weight in the hips? Your secondary is a Pear. In the middle? An apple. And evenly all over makes you a full Hourglass.
So can you see now why those online calculators don’t tell you the full story?!?!?
And guess what? There’s even more!!!!
Part 5 of this series I’ll discuss more unique facial and body characteristics that help determine what to
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