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Shapes, Sizes,and What to Wear to Look Great

Women’s bodies come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and most can be put into one of five categories. Some pattern companies list which body shapes each pattern is best-suited to. In fashion, the key to looking your best is to identify your body shape and learn which styles best flatter that shape. The five basic body shapes are: the Hourglass, the Triangle, the Inverted Triangle, the Slim Rectangle, and the Wide Rectangle.


  • You’d describe your body as curvy
  • You have a well-defined waist
  • Your bust and hip measurements are roughly even
  • You may have fuller bust, hips, and thighs

Hourglass body


  • Your waist is wider than your bust
  • You consider yourself to have fuller hips
  • You have narrower shoulders in comparison to your hips
  • You have a fuller rear

Pear body Shape

Athletic or Rectangle

  • You’re not particularly curvy
  • Your shoulders and hip measurements are nearly the same
  • Your waist isn’t very small or well-defined, but rather straight up and down
  • Your weight is fairly evenly distributed throughout your body

Rectangle body shape

Diamond or Inverted Triangle or Apple

  • You are generally well-proportioned
  • Your shoulders are broader than your hips
  • You are not necessarily as curvy through your hips
  • You don’t have a well-defined waistline (If you do, you’re likely an hourglass!)

Diamond body Shape