The four basic body shapes are pear, apple, banana and hourglass (no fruit representation?).
For some, it’s easy to determine your body shape by just looking in a full length mirror.
- You have thin legs, small hips and carry your weight around the mid-section: Apple.
- Your lower body, hips and thighs, are larger than your upper body: Pear.
- You are straight up and down with narrow hips and small bust: Banana (also referred to as a “ruler” shape).
- Your upper and lower body are balanced and you have a smaller waist: Hourglass.
I had a hard time figuring out my type by just eyeballing my figure. I knew right away that banana and apple shapes were out. I’m either an hourglass or a pear.
In order to find out, I had to do two things I detest: math and body measurements.
Using the formulas on this website, a calculator and my measurements, I determined that I’m an hourglass. There is a one inch difference between my hips and my bust (there needs to be no more than two). And the ratio of bust to waist is .74 (must be under .75).
Now what do I do with this information?
There is endless advice on the internet telling us how to dress for our body’s shape. It is positively overwhelming! I knew my mind would become a jumbled mess if I tried to change my entire perspective on dressing, de-clutter my existing wardrobe and decide what new pieces to add all at once. I decided on baby steps as the best way to go.
I’m starting this dress-for-my-shape project from the ground level: Shoes! This will be the easiest and therefore, best place for me to begin.
I hauled all of my shoes, Summer and Fall, from my bedroom closet to the living room.
I’ve left that space open for purges. And someday, when my urge to purge has been satiated or I run out of things, I’ll move the coffee table back (if it’s still here by then).
Next, I spent a good hour researching the most flattering shoes for an hourglass shape. And here is what I discovered:
and heels (which I neglected to photo individually).
Here are all the shoes I own that are considered flattering for my shape (I left out my athletic shoes and rain boots which are less about style and more about utility).
Flat lace up:
Chunky heels – Don’t own any.
I’m supposed to get rid of all of these:
But I’m not. There is no way I’m dumping my Old Gringo cowboy boots or my Cole Haan granny boots that I’ve had since the early ’90’s. I love cowboy boots. I think they look good on almost anyone. And, I hate to say this because it makes me sound so old, but I can’t let the granny boots go because “they just don’t make them like they used to”.
But the black and the brown pointy witch boots are outta here!
The only shoe deficit I see in my wardrobe is some rounded toe black pumps and I’d love a peep toe pump in red. I think if I have those two pair, I’ll be set for a while.
The next task on my dress-for-my-shape project is a little more challenging. I’m tackling tops: sweaters, t-shirts, tanks, blouses, button-downs, all of it.
My closet is empty. And all of my clothes have also been dragged to the living room to await their fate. It’s 5:27 p.m., I have no idea what to make for dinner and I haven’t left the house today. What does this tell you about my priorities?
Do you know what shoe styles flatter your shape? Have you ever considered your shape when buying shoes? Tell me, please! It’s been a long day!