Everybody is unique with body and mind. It is very hard to standardize something that is unique. We are not looking for to categorize your body, our aim is to show you how to create a balance by using your daily outfits. The more balanced your silhouette appears, the more visually pleasing your outfit will be.
Embracing our body with positive vibes leads to more openness, confidence and extroversion in your daily encounters. You can enhance your look by following basic guidelines but the most important thing is feeling good about your look, wearing what you love and being yourself. If you don’t consider yourself in any of these descriptions, no worries, many women have combinations from several which makes us all unique.
In this guide you will find:
- Body Types (Somatotypes)
- Body Silhouettes (how to find your silhouette)
- Dressing guide for your body silhouette
- What to wear if..
Our body analysis starts with defining your body type. Body types are based on the concept of Somatotypes. The term Somatotype was developed by William Sheldon to describe three basic body types: Ectomorph, Mesomorph and Endomorph.
Straight, angular, lean, skeletal, has narrow bust or hips, minimal fat deposits and fast metabolism. Bones are thin and visible, body lines are vertical, characterized as linear and delicate.
Average size, fairly lean and musculature, has medium size bust or medium size hips, most likely to show muscle tone. It’s an athletic and well-structured type, legs and arms are muscular and well-defined.
Full and curvy body with a large bust or wide hips, has slow metabolism, muscles are not defined.
There are many variations between Ectomorph and Endomorph and you may be at the border of these Somatotypes. It does not matter; they are only used to give us some basic indications about your body type to start with.
How to dress according to our Somatotype?
Ectomorph : Structured tailored and boxy styles; double breasted tops and layers with high neckline or collar; pockets, ruffles, puffs and straps are recommended. Straight or pleats at the bottom with crisp fabric (gabardine, twill, velvet, taffeta, denim, leather); stripes or check patterns.
Mesomorph : Classic semi fitted style single double breasted tops and layers with moderate neckline or collar. Classic style bottoms made of natural drape fabric with flat front and minimal pleats.
Endomorph : Soft fabric, fitted style single breasted tops and layers with low neckline; without collar, pockets or ruffles. Curved patterns like floral or paisley on flowing style long bottoms with light weight draping fabric (chiffon, light silk, jersey, rayon, thin cotton, crepe silk or wool).
Your body silhouette is the outline of your structure. It helps with mapping clothes to make sure they fit beautifully and proportionately and enhance your look. We give our recommendations about which clothes you should wear according to your silhouette, we will not try to create any illusion to throw your proportions off and change your shape into something else that you don’t want.
You may not fall into simply one category, but you can explore the characteristics of each silhouette below and decide which one you fit in the most. For example you may have big hips like in teardrop, also wide shoulders like in triangle type. You can decide which one is more dominant to represent your primary body silhouette or you can read our “what to wear if” guide to find your perfect outfits to look more balanced.
Please keep in mind that your body type has nothing to do with your weight, it’s about your bone structure.
How to find your body silhouette?
First you need to do some measurements. Bust, waist and hips are the important components of your body measurement. The relationship between these measurements will identify your body silhouette. Using a cloth tape is better than a metal one. Let the tape be neither too tight nor loose.
To measure your bust:
Measure around the widest part of your bust, do not make it too tight, you can measure it over your favorite bra.
To measure your waist:
Measure around the narrowest part of the waist, this is usually between the belly button and the hips.
To measure your hip:
Measure around the widest part of the hip, typically where the leg breaks.
WHAT TO WEAR IF
Whether you want to play up your curves, highlight your legs or accentuate your upper half, there are some strategic pieces that will help you do just that:
If you are tall (>5’6”)
Tops: Long length tops with low necklines; large scale, single or double breasted layers with waist definition; long and wide sleeves like belle sleeves, open backs. Large details like collar, lapel, belt, pockets, patterns; bright colours and over-sized accessories (large tots, statement necklaces, chandelier earrings etc.) are also welcome.
Bottoms: Skinny jeans; wide leg style with slight flare, flat front or pleated bottoms with low waistline or long maxi-waist style skirts or waist-cinching belts to break the length, peplum dresses; use different colours for top and bottom and pair narrow bottom with wide top or vice versa.
If you are short (<5’4”)
Tops: Short length tops with high neckline create taller appearance; we recommend single breasted, slim style layers with short and narrow sleeves, without collar, lapel or pockets; crop tops; peplum style is also ok. Avoid tunics, multi layers, over-sized accessories.
Bottoms: The higher the hemline, the taller the person appears. Therefore stick to short length or mini flat front, narrow style, structured skirts (high waistline, no waistband) or dresses with no pleats or statement belts; high waist shorts; wrap dresses; flare or structured pants with vertical lines and solid colour on the top; straight or skinny denims. Pair a high-waist bottom with a tucked-in top; ankle boots, low-cut wamps or pointed toe nude shoes. We recommend monochrome style, because sticking with one color creates a vertical line and gives flow to your entire body. Avoid loose fitting jeans; boxy and square shape outfits; chunky shoes, knee high boots or ankle straps.
If your torso is short
Tops: Fitted tops, high necklines; single breasted long jackets with 3-4 buttons without belt or narrow belt, avoid details such as horizontal yoke or pockets. Avoid cropped jackets, belts.
Bottoms: Knee length flat front skirts and pants without waistband; drop waist dresses; empire or shift dresses; solid colours; low rise or mid-rise jeans; avoid pleats and gathers; high waist pants; tucking your shirt into pants.
If your torso is long
Tops: Unfitted, flowy, short tops; crop tops; V necklines; peplum style tops; double breasted jackets with 1-2 buttons, wide belt or waistband and horizontal details like yoke and pockets; longline coats. Avoid bulky layers.
Bottoms: Shorter skirts, pleats or gathers on pants and skirts; full, flowy, A line skirts with low block heels; medium rise jeans or high waist dark colour jeans; tights; fit and flare dresses ; apply monochromatic look from waist to toe and don’t forget to tuck in your tops.
If your arms are short
A short sleeve allows the arms to appear longer and narrower. Therefore we recommend tops with short and narrow sleeves with high armhole cut; raglan and cropped sleeves. Avoid details like elbow patches, cuffs; dropped shoulders.
If your arms are long
Long and wide sleeves with low armhole cut or dropped shoulders; patterned sleeves or cuffs de-emphasize length. Avoid elbow patches, raglan sleeves.
If your arms are narrow or wide
For both, use loose long and fitting sleeves, like dolman, kimono, bishop, bat-wing style sleeves with low armhole cut. Try v neck or high neck tops and dresses; loose fitting bracelets but avoid cuffs.
If your legs are short
Tops: Short and unfitted tops; double breasted jackets with small details like yoke and pockets, pair cropped tops with high waist bottom; use accessories, statement necklaces and printed tops to draw attention to upper body. Avoid tunics.
Bottoms: Short hemline allows the legs appear longer. Therefore prefer short, fitted, flat front, narrow skirts or dresses; straight pants, capris, skimmers, shorts with high waistline and narrow waistband; skinny jeans, high waist wide leg pants with heels. If you want to use belt, wear above the waist, avoid details like pockets and cuffs. Vertical lines or monochromatic style make your legs appear longer. Avoid unfitted baggy styles, low rise bottoms, pleats, cuffs, big or low pockets.
When wearing boots with bottoms, choose the small ones instead chunky, also shoes without ankle strap and matches your skin tone allows your legs to appear longer.
If your legs are long
Tops: Long and fitted tops; single breasted jackets without any detail.
Bottoms: Short hemline or mini skirts and dresses, long and wide pants with low waistline and wide waistband. Details like pleats, yoke, pockets, cuffs are welcome.
If your legs are thick
A narrow skirt and narrow heel make wide legs appear wider. Therefore better to have skirts with wide skirt hemline; flat front, straight or A-line skirts with no pleats or gatherings. Skirt length should be just below or above the knee. Wide leg dark solid colour pants without pockets or cuffs; straight leg or boot-cut jeans; flared trousers with vertical lines. Use chunky shoes with pointy toes; low wamp heels and dark textured hose. Avoid ankle straps, flat shoes, skinny pants, cropped pants, capris.
If your legs are thin
Narrow hemline, straight or pleated skirts with cuffs and pockets; mini or short skirts that end at your mid-thigh or mid-calf; pencil skirts; skinny jeans; leggings; bold patterns, fitted maxi dresses; narrow leg pants with shorts delicate light weight shoes; skirts with knee high boots fitted in the calf. If you like to have wider looking legs, than use straight leg or boot-cut jeans and pants. Avoid heavy chunky shoes, flared cut skirts and dresses.
If your shoulders are narrow or tapered
Dropped shoulder tops and dresses; horizontal, wider necklines like boat or square or wide v necks; layers with narrow collar and lapel; spaghetti straps; gathered, puff or cap sleeves; accents on the shoulder; jackets with structured shoulders or epaulets; shoulder pads, shoulder yoke. Avoid raglan sleeves, halter tops.
If your shoulders are wide/square
Tops with soft draped fabric that follow your natural shoulder line; v neckline; wrap dresses; halter style with wide shoulder straps; raglan sleeve; vertical details in tops such as cascading ruffles; dark colour layers with wide collar and lapel; full skirts like tulip to draw attention to your bottom half. Avoid top or dresses with crisp fabric that defines shoulders; boat necks and bardots; boxy or straight cut shift dresses; horizontal shoulder lines; shoulder pads.
If your neck is short or wide
Open and low neckline like scoop neck or v neck; short or open collars with low slope; open buttons; cross over styles; low front chest closure; off shoulder tops; long necklaces, short earrings. Avoid details at neck area like ruffles, big stand up collars.
If your neck is long or thin
High neckline, like turtle neck, mock neck; long collar with high slope; close collars like sailor or mandarin collars; high front chest closure; ruffles, rolls or any other bulk will complement your long neck; use scarfs or short necklaces like choker style.
If your bust is small
High neckline (like mock, turtle or crowl neck), double breasted boxy jackets with 2-3 buttons; high front chest closure; crop tops; crisp fabrics with details like collar, lapel, pockets, ruffles and yoke on the top; fitted style tops with embellishments around the collar; horizontal stripes, prints and pattern on the top; strapless, snap wrap, open back, side open or nipped waist dresses; sleeveless tops and singlets; halter or spaghetti strap tops and dresses; empire waist dresses; scarfs, thin, long chains and chunky bracelets.
If your bust is full
The deeper a V neckline, the smaller the bust will appears. Therefore we recommend low V-neck, scoop neck or sweetheart necklines; low front chest closure with max 1-2 button; single breasted fitted layers; draping fabrics; long sleeves; drop shoulders; raglan sleeves; wrap dresses; fit and flare styles; A line skirts with short hemline or straight wide leg pants to balance the proportion; shirt dresses; low rise jeans with narrow belts. Avoid horizontal details like collar, lapel, pockets, yoke, ruffles, frills and bulky scarfs; skinny jeans; high necklines; lower armholes like dolman sleeves or bat-wings, stiff fabric, boxy blazers; large knit sweaters; empire lines; halter neck tops.
If your midriff is full
Tops: Draping fabrics, tops loosely drape over your belly (no clinging) ; v neckline; crossover or draped styles; some embellishment close to your face and neckline like ruffles; off shoulders; asymmetrical tunics; open front long cardigans or vests; layered tops; similar tonal shades with top and bottom; crop tops that loosely falls on your tummy; vertical stripes; full long sleeves; scarfs and statement necklaces.
Bottom: Leggings or skinny with long shirts ; unstructured skirts and pants with drop waist; flat front or sewn-down pleats; tummy tucking jeans; dresses with a draping element around the tummy area like cascade wrap, draped or empire vest dresses; sleeves which end above your belly or below at your hips. Avoid tucked in tops; belts; bottoms with pleats, gathers, pockets in midriff area
If your hip is wide
Tops: Embellished tops with patterns, ruffles and bright colors; strapless or halter tops; cowl or off the shoulder necklines ; long length shirts; shoulder details like shoulder pads; straight cut jackets with hemline falls below the hip line; statement necklaces. Avoid items that end at the widest point of your hips; heavy, thick fabrics; tight tops; crop tops.
Bottoms: Dark colour bottoms; vertical color-blocking; straight or tapered skirts; A-line skirts or dresses just above or below knee high; bottoms with high waistband and have soft gathers at waistband; high waist skirts; empire waist dresses; wide leg or boot-cut jeans. Avoid belts and horizontal lines; skinny, low waist pants and skirts; details like pleats, patterns, pockets, embellishments, light colours on the bottom.
If your hips are narrow
Tops: Open necklines like V or scoop neck; short or long and loose jackets; peplum style; plain and fitted styles; dark tones , asymmetric cuts; bell sleeves or kimono sleeves. Avoid blazers, padded shoulders.
Bottom: Flared skirts with draping fabric like trumpet skirts or pleating (A-line) skirts made of structured fabrics; pencil skirts; low waistband or no waistband; horizontal lines and color-blocking with light colours, mini or short hemline dresses and skirts; body-con dresses, waist-cinching styles, fitted sheath dresses, boot-cut or relaxed fit jeans with a wider hemline, low rise jeans and pants with details like pleats, patterns, pockets, bold prints, embellishments; tall boots.
If your buttocks are flat
Tops: Tops and jackets can cover derriere, horizontal lines or fullness over derriere
Bottoms: Body-hugging dress or skirts; short hemline; structured pleats with sturdy fabrics; fit-and-flare dresses; trumpet skirts; style that cinches at the waist; skinny fitted jeans with high back pockets, mid-rise boot-cut pants; light bright colour on the bottom. Avoid shift dresses; low rise, loose cut jeans
If your buttocks are full
Tops: Embellished tops v or boat necklines to draw attention to the top. Tops and jackets should end above widest part of your hips; peplum style tops; broad shoulder jackets with shoulder pads, edge-sleeved tops.
Bottoms: Fit-and-flare or A-line styles dresses and skirts, pencil skirts with sturdy fabrics; hemline below knee or longer; shirt dresses; empire waist styles; color-blocked dress that is dark on the bottom and light on top , maxi dress with a deep v-cut ,dark colour; straight leg or boot cut mid-rise jeans; longer sleeves. Avoid baggy or shapeless skirts; details like pleats, patterns, pockets, embellishments, light colours on the bottom.