Are you an hourglass?

There are three very common myths about the hourglass body type.

Hourglass (X) means big breasts. False. Actually you can be average and be hourglass.

Any woman with more than 10″(12″) difference between bust and waist and almost equal bust and hip measurement is hourglass. False. You can be pear or rectangle with such measurements. Or you can be hourglass despite the fact that your have less than 10″ difference (petite frame with broad shoulders and hips).

Any garment looks good on X because X is the ideal body type. That’s not true. Actually there are a ton of limitations if you want to look your best.
X tends to look bulky and frumpy in wrong clothes.

What is important is not inches or centimetres, it’s silhouette (profile should be considered, too, but it’s completely different story). The most accurate method of identifying body shape I know described in this post (BTW, if you happened to be pear shaped, I highly recommend the blog). I want to accentuate that breast size isn’t very important for silhouette. It definitely affects fit and it should be considered, but shoulders are more important for styling.
So slim torso, narrow shoulders, waist ~ underbust and curvy hips = pear.
Note that 26J girl most likely is pear or very slim rectangle.
More massive torso with quite broad shoulders, nipped in the waist and curvy hips = hourglass. True hourglasses tend to need larger bands even if they are slim.
Large bum doesn’t count for curvy hips, it’s completely different story.
Shoulders almost equal hips and underbust ~ waist and streamlined silhouette is rectangle. Slim rectangles usually do have a waist. And it could be 12″ difference between bust and waist for larger busts, and nice bum could be responsible for even bigger difference between waist and hips. But it’s still rectangle. Outfit accents should be in totally different places than for hourglass shape. E. g. imperial waist tend to look gorgeous on rectangles with average to large breasts and it’s total disaster on hourglass.
If shoulders are broad and hips are not curvy it’s V shape or inverted triangle. And again, slim triangles have a waist, but there are no curvy hips. Band size tend to be bigger for the same BMI.
As you can see, band size identified correctly could give some hints about body shape, because bigger band size correlates with broader shoulders for low BMIs. For higher BMIs it’s less reliable: it’s not only about skeleton structure as for low BMIs, it’s also about hormones etc. It’s possible to have different body types in different BMIs, but usually we stay the same body type in any weight.

I want to accentuate that there is no ideal body shape actually. Women of any shape can be beautiful, it’s more about how to create outfits which are in harmony with a body. I strongly believe that clothes shouldn’t work against body. I don’t think that we should try to pretend to be another body shape. When pear shaped girl hides her beautiful delicate arms and collar bones under something bulky trying to pretend hourglass and calls it balancing it makes me sad.

I’m more experienced in dealing with hourglass body type, so I concentrate on it, but please don’t take this as discrimination.

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157 thoughts on “Are you an hourglass?

  1. Alicia

    Hello!
    I came across your website and tried to figure out what shape I am but I’m really having trouble. I’ve always been confused as to how to dress my figure and I’d really appreciate your help.
    I’m 5’5, 130lbs, with smallish breasts (B cup)
    My measurements are:
    41- shoulders
    35- bust
    26 – waist
    37.5 – hips

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  2. Alicia

    Hello.

    I recently came across your website and tried to figure out my shape, but had no luck.
    I’ve always been confused as to the best way to flatter my figure and could really use some help.

    I’m 5’5, 130 lbs, B cup
    My Measurements are:
    41- shoulders
    35- bust
    26 – waist
    37.5 hips

    It seems like it would be easy to figure out, but my shoulders always confuse me. I used to think I was an inverted triangle, because my shoulders are my widest point but then I’ve always been fairly curvy as well…to make things more confusing, after considering that I was curvy and my shoulders and hips were pretty close, I thought maybe I’m an hourglass, but with such a small bust and broad shoulders, I wonder If my top half is too athletic for that.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    – Alicia

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    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Alicia!

      It’s totally counterintuitive, but I would say that which body type to choose as basic in your case totally depends on your vertical proportions.
      If your legs are as long or longer than torso I would say go with inverted triangle body type (especially if your 37.5 hips are more about butt than hips). And add some hourglass stuff (in your case it will be about celebrating that 11.5″ difference between waist and hips and the curve it gives you if you want more feminine look (pencil skirt should look fabulous, you can wear wide belts, high waist pants with tacked in blouses – just remember that in your case dark top and light/bright bottom give you better proportion than vise versa). And if you don’t feel like it today you can go with classic inverted triangle combo of longer loose top and fitted jeans.
      If your legs are shorter than torso then I would go with hourglass body type as basic, but incorporate some of inverted triangle body type advice (downplaying shoulders for more classic proportions). In that case you more always make accent on your midsection and go with “pillar of color” rule for bottom (same color from toe to waist – this elongates legs). In this case long and loose tops are no go, because they make your legs look shorter (and the shorter legs compared to torso, the more noticeable this effect). Tacked in and fitted tops which end about 1-1.5″ under belly button are the best for vertical proportions in this case.

      Hope this will be useful,
      Malica

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  3. Tirza

    Hello! I came across your website and tried to figure out what body shape I have, but I had a hard time figuring it out because I’m between a pear or hourglass. I’m 4’12 with 34D bra.
    36in – shoulders
    34in – bust
    27in – waist
    36in – hips

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    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Tirza!

      Pear is bottom heavy and this doesn’t sound like your case (delicate shoulders are never the same measurement as hips). You can be any of the other three. Most likely you are curvylinear, a subtype of Rectangle which has waist, but not extreme curves. I can’t give 100% guarantee because as a said many times people are 3D and two girls with the same measurements might look totally different, because very different shapes can have the same perimeter, so if your waist is more of a circle, so you profile is the same as front and you don’t have much butt you are more close to Hourglass, if you waist profile is smaller than front and not much butt it’s Rectangle and if your 36″ hips are mostly butt it’s Inverted Triangle (which is not very likely, because in that case girls usually don’t consider Pear, but it’s still a possibility).

      Wishes,
      Malica

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  4. Alex

    Hello! I was wondering, to be an hourglass do your shoulder HAVE to meet up with the widest part of your hips when looking from the front perspective? What if there’s only an inch or half inch difference where the shoulders are just a teensy bit wider?
    I have a 9 inch difference between hips to waist, and and 8 inch difference between bust to waist. I’m 5’4. I have an average butt, and my shoulders measure the same as my hips but again, look like they are maybe at the most an inch wider, if that.

    I really am hoping to be an hourglass 😞😭

    Thank you!

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    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Alex!

      Sorry to disappoint you, but given 8″ difference waist/hips you are not hourglass, it’s not enough to give that distinctive steep curve that defines this body type. 1″ or 0.5″ is not that big of a deal, because body types are more about perception (is body bottom heavy or top heavy or balanced? are curves extreme or body is more streamlined?). Most likely you are rectangle, which means that you can easily create an illusion of hourglass with right clothes (keys here are diagonals meeting or almost meeting at waist level and adding little volume to shoulder/bust and hips without adding it to waist), not all clothes which are meant for hourglass would work well on you (because they are often meant to create an illusion of longer legs and more lean and straight body).

      Sorry for being blunt, but I strongly believe that it’s really important to dress the body you have instead of body you want as it’s much easier to love your body when it looks the best no matter what is the body type. Any body type can be truly beautiful if you don’t fight it and accentuate what you love about you.

      Wishes,
      Malica

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      1. Alex

        Thank you, but it was my hip to waist that is 9 inches. The eight inches is waist to bust. Still not an hourglass if the shoulders and hips basically meet? I’m not trying to be a bother here, I just honestly don’t know if that changes anything lol..

      2. nothingeverfits Post author

        Hi Alex!

        If shoulders and hips are basically the same if you look from the front it can be either hourglass or rectangle. The main difference between this two is waist definition. It’s not an exact science, it’s more about what impression body shape creates, so there is no exact measurements or ratios, but typical hourglass difference is 12″ and more. It can be less than 12″ if we are talking about height 5′ and less combined with low BMI and delicate bone structure and/or combination of steep hip curve and flat buttocks. And a girl can be rectangle if she has 12″ difference, but very tall and athletic and/or her 12″ is more about buttocks than hips. So it doesn’t really matter in your case 8″ or 9″.
        But there is a bright side. I would say that rectangle girls are in some aspects more lucky than hourglass. They can create an illusion of any body type with clothes if they want and look good and it’s way easier to find clothes on a rack if you are rectangle. True hourglass girls are super limited in what they can buy to wear without looking super cheap or 10 lbs heavier than they really are if they can not afford a tailor.

        Wishes,
        Malica

  5. safia

    hey…. I came across this website witch is informative and helpful. I always thought I was a pear even though I had broad shoulders I have huge hips witch was a problem for me but after reading this I came to think I might be an hour glass witch means my hips aren’t to big for my body but would you confirm for me please it would mean a lot to me.
    shoulders 40inch
    bust 33inch
    waste 26inch
    hips 40inch
    I’m 5.5feat and 123.5lb.
    sorry for my bad English its just that English isn’t my mother tongue.
    thank you for helping.

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    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Safia!

      From your what you described it totally sounds like hourglass. Your shoulders balance your hips and your waist is really thin. So hourglass is your basic body type. When reading hourglass body type advice, please, ignore everything they say about making your bust look smaller (all about V-necklines and segmenting, no breast pockets, nothing bright/light there, sleeve length at the same horizontal line as bust and so on), in fact you might want to do exactly the opposite. You can wear lower necklines if you want without looking soft-porn (it still will be daring and not always appropriate, but you can get away with more daring styles than girls with G+ bust).

      No worries about your English, mine is also not perfect )).

      Wishes,
      Malica

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  6. Sam

    Hello,
    Could you please help me determining my body shape?
    I am 5’4, and my measurements are 36 shoulder, 35 bust, 31 underbust, 28 waist, 38 hips. I am somewhere in between a b cup or a c cup, but if I had to chose a cup size I’d go with b cup
    I gain weight evenly, my measurements are always the same difference.
    I tried doing the paper test but it was sort of tricky. The pencil kept wanting to curve inwards on my body so I kept restarting. My final result had a 14 or 15 in shoulder, 11 1/2 bust, 9 waist, and a 14 1/2 hips, but I’m not sure how reliable that is.

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    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Sam!

      From pencil test measurements sounds more like hourglass. From first set of measurements it wouldn’t be my first choice, but pencil test tells totally different story (and I strongly believe that it’s much more reliable even if it’s little bit tricky). Gaining weight evenly is also sign of hourglass (hourglass girls usually notice that they gain less to the waist if they gain really a lot, but if it’s 15 lb or less from optimal weight than it’s even).

      Wishes,
      Malica

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  7. Alice

    [Sorry in advance if this comment goes through twice, I wasn’t sure if this was sent the first time. I also added some more things, like my height.]

    Hi! Interesting and informative article. I’m trying to figure out my bodyshape even though a professional stylist told me a few years ago which was hourglass. She mentioned that I was very balanced vertically as well as horizontally with a slight tendency towards long torso/short legs. I guess I believe her, but I’ve also read so many contradicting things since then. I’m quite a bit overweight, more now than then (~20kg/~44lbs from my goal weight) which is influencing my measurements a lot and add to the confusion since I’m not sure many take weight differences into account.
    Truthfully, I feel very much like an inverted triangle or rectangle at the moment: my shoulders are somewhat broad, especially from the back, and nip in to the extreme at my waist, but then my hips flare out to almost align with my shoulders. My shoulders are still broader than my hips if only by a little, and my hips do have an obvious curve to them that my mother (inverted triangle/rectangle) doesn’t. She’s much slimmer than I am though. Weight has been a struggle for most of my life but I’ve always looked curvy with an obvious waist and hips (when I dress properly that is, I have a tendency to cover up everything which really just makes me look bigger than I am. People are constantly surprised by how small my waist looks compared to the rest of me when I wear fitted clothing).
    My measurements don’t fit with a typical hourglass: bust/shoulders 108cm/42.5in, underbust 88cm/34.6in, waist 85cm/33in, hips 105cm/41in, all of which may or may not have to do with being overweight. My height is 5’5.
    My ribcage is fairly big as are my hip bones, so my waist will change the most after weight loss; I don’t really have much of a butt, though my thighs are quite big. Bizarrely enough, even on my childhood photos you can see that I have a ‘wasp-waist’ (this was also when I was at my thinnest).
    It probably reads very rectangle like, but I’m not straight up and down. In fact, the best clothes on me are something like fitted/tight clothing/bodycon, emphasising waist, because the curve of my body stands out. I’m only self conscious about by belly pouch, though I don’t even look as big as my measurements and scales tell me I am. You mentioned imperial waist looking good on rectangles which have always looked like a disaster on me; loose clothing in general looks terrible on me though I don’t know if that’s a feature inverted triangles and hourglasses have in common.
    Should I go with a basic inverted triangle or hourglass? Or something completely different?

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    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Alice!

      Measurements alone totally sound like rectangle, but you are describing hourglass features when you describe yourself. So: are you sure that you are taking measurements correctly? because some girls go with their lower waist measurement as their waist measurement and it’s good only when you are buying jeans, you need the place were your waist is most narrow and hip measurement should be widest point (if you have more thighs than butt your widest might be lower than the most projected point of your butt). From measurements you hips are 25% larger than your waist measurement, this shouldn’t give much curve, typical for wasp waist are hips which 50% larger than waist.

      As a general rule, inverted triangles usually look good wearing loose top and very fitted bottom, rectangles and some pears (subtype with small bust) look ok and hourglass and some pears (sub-type with very delicate torso, but rather large bust) look terrible in loose clothes. It’s also true that seriously loose or oversize clothes usually look bad if you have high BMI. In this case most flattering look you can get from fitted, but not clingy, preferably woven, not jersey (if you wear jersey it’s a good idea to have lining or wear slip underneath).

      If you are self conscious about your belly, you can try to wear open long jackets and waterfall cardigans (they create a “frame” which allow to show waist from front, but they obscure your profile). A-line skirts and full leg pants are also good solutions for this problem. The trick is to have fabric that falls (or in case of skirt even ‘stands’), not hugs your belly from bottom.

      Sorry, I can’t be more help in your case.

      Wishes,
      Malica

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      1. Alice

        thanks, that’s already helpful! Honestly, I’m not 100% sure I’m measuring correctly, I’m taking my waist measurement from about 2-2.5 inches above my belly button where it’s the narrowest. I look thinner from the front than the side and am possibly more ’round’ in the mid section than oval (like if you’d cut me in half at the waist and look at it from bird’s eye view). I don’t know if that has to do with it as well. I do tend to put on weight evenly, and possibly have high hip bones. My silhoutte sort of looks like a v on top of an o, if that helps.

        I guess I’ll start seeing things more clearly once I manage to lower my BMI and weight, but thank you for the advice, I’ll take it on board! πŸ™‚

  8. Elya

    hi,
    I have had trouble figuring out my body shape. At first i thought i was a ‘ruler’ then a ‘pear’ & now a ‘triangle’. Lol how silly does the sentence sound!

    My measurements:

    Shoulder: 38inches around (16.5inch across)
    Bust: 33inch
    Waist: 26inch
    Hips: 36inches

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    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Elya!

      Correlation between BMI and body shape is not high, but it exists, so it can be useful when you are looking at borderline case. I think that your initial guess (‘ruler’ aka slim rectangle) was more close. IMO your case is borderline (slim rectangle and slim hourglass), so you most likely can use any of these two as a base, but one should work better (which one is hard to tell without paper and pencil test). Most likely if your underbust is larger than 28 hourglass would work better and if it’s less than that I would go with rectangle.

      Wishes,
      Malica

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  9. Chu

    Hi!
    My measurements are
    43 shoulders
    36 bust
    30 waist
    38/39 hips
    I have a feeling that this is an inverted triangle but I’m not sure?

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    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Chu!

      From this measurements it looks like you are right, your body shape type is inverted triangle.
      If you have any doubts compare to description of the body type. For inverted triangle it goes like this: top half of the body looks more heavy than bottom, shoulders are definitely wider than hips when looking in the mirror, if they put weight it first goes to upper arms, shoulders and bust, then belly and legs are the last bastion, when they lose weight it goes away in reversed order. There are some additional features that most inverted triangles have: waist to hip curve is not bold, relatively long legs and slim thighs (even when they put some weight). Those features are very common, but not all inverted triangle have them (some inverted triangles have wasp waist and some have short legs).

      Wishes,
      Malica

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      1. Chu

        Thank you for the reply!
        However, I tend to gain weight easily on my thighs and belly(tendency to love handles) while my arms are relatively slim.
        Everything else seems to fit, I think.

  10. Liesha Khan

    Hi.Im Leisha and I need confirmation from professional regarding my shape please. I’m 5’6 and my measurements are as follows. Shoulders: 41. Bust: 39 (I’m 38B though). Waist: 29 Hips: 42. I’m not sure if I’m a pear or hourglass because I have B cup breast. My main problem is that I don’t know my shape and have trouble buying clothes because most of it are suitable for petite ladies…Please help..Thanks you.

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    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Liesha!

      First of all I’m pretty sure that you are hourglass, not pear. One inch difference (41″ shoulders/42″ hips) is not that much of a difference, especially taking into account that shoulders are normally more “flat” than hips, so I’m pretty sure that your shoulders are balancing your hips.
      NB: 38B is an extremely rare bra size and in vast majority of cases professional fitter corrects it to be something with smaller band and much larger cup. In most cases women are fitted in too large band simply because they have wide breasts and bras created for breasts of same volume, but more narrow create ‘orange in the glass’ effect, so you end up with uncomfortable nipple cover instead of a proper bra. If you can go for a fitting to a good place like Nordstrom or reputable lingerie boutique it could help tremendously (as clothes tend to fit much better with a bra that really does its job). Just don’t go Victoria Secret or Platex (most of their ‘fitters’ have no idea what they are doing and just trying to make a sale).
      NB2, with 13″ difference waist/hips and 10″ difference bust/hips are have problems simply because most brands cater for women with much smaller difference (typical difference is more like 4-6″ bust/waist and 6-9″ waist/hips). So you need specifically search for brands which cater for women with hourglass body type (there some brand names mentioned in this blog and there are even more choices you can Google). Good thing is that because your hips are wider than bust you can wear fitted sleeveless dresses and dresses with moved shoulder seam, outwear is also much easier for you than for girls who have bust the same or larger than hips.

      Wishes,
      Malica

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  11. Annabel

    okay so i’ve been super stuck on deciding if i’m an hourglass or pear shaped. my silhouette is definitely hourglass but my hips are really big so i feel like i’m a pear, anyways my measurements:
    shoulders: 45in
    bust: 40in
    waist: 30in
    hips: 46

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    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Annabel!

      No, you are not pear shaped. )) Hourglass hips are not small, they often are as wide as hips of a pear. The main difference between these body types is upper body. For pear it’s delicate and slender compared to her hips. Her shoulders are narrow. So it creates certain contrast. Pear shaped girl can choose either balance it or celebrate it, but it’s definitely there, and hourglass is balanced with very thin waist. And this is the reason why all the recommendations about tops and jackets for pears are not working great for hourglass girls. Those recommendations that should balance upper and bottom halves of pear create an illusion of bulky inverted triangle when applied to hourglass and those recommendations that should accentuate slender shoulders and hands accentuate that hourglass is not slender there at all. And if you look at advice about what to wear for bottoms for hourglass and pear you are going to notice that they have a lot in common.

      Hope this helps,
      Malica

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      1. Annabel

        Thank you this helped a lot! I feel like a lot of sites always focus on bust, waist, & hips and with those measurements I’m almost always a pear so this was interesting to hear! πŸ™‚

  12. Ishi

    hi!
    I really enjoyed your article and I’d like some advice from you. I’m very confused on my body type: If you could help me, it would mean a lot to me!
    I’m very petite and small-framed (5″1-81 Ib), and my measurements are as follows:
    shoulders:-31.5
    bust:28
    underbust:23.5-24
    waist:19.5-20
    hips:31
    I’m also short-waisted with quite long legs (inseam 30, legs length 36 ). Don’t know if it can help…
    I’m not sure if i can really be an hourglass since I’m not really curvy…
    English isn’t my first language, so please excuse any mistakes.
    Thank you in advance for helping me!

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    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Ishi!

      Glad you liked my article.
      I think that your body type is slim hourglass (borderline with slim rectangle, but more on hourglass side). So you can use any or both and look good. If you follow slim hourglass (Vase) advice it will give you more feminine vibe and with slim rectangle you’ll look more sporty and fashion forward, so it’s mostly about personal preferences and goals.
      One thing to keep in mind when using hourglass body type advice: because of small frame and delicate curves you don’t really need any downplaying of bust and hips some hourglass women have to use if their goal is to look professional. And I would go for little bit thinner fabrics. Size of accessories is important: oversized bag or statement necklace (etc) usually makes person look smaller (and if you are 6′ tall it’s usually the goal, but I seriously doubt that this is what you want). And I would pass oversized coats trend for the same reason. In your case high heels can sometimes work the same way (your best bet for formal pumps is most likely 3″-3.25″/7.5-8cm, everything higher requires platform in small sizes to be wearable and looks exaggerated). BTW platforms are good if you want strong and full legs look more slim, but if you are slim and delicate they usually look too heavy.

      Wishes,
      Malica

      PS No need to apologize for your English ^_^

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  13. Carrie

    Hello,
    I’m not a hourglass, but inverted triangle, however what i like in my figure is narrow waist. I would like to dress more feminine and show it, so could you tell me what to wear( especially which skirts/dresses) , not showing disproportion between wide arms and slim hips? Well I think, I would look like a hourglass if I had about 5 cm(about 2 inches) wider hips, so the disproportion isn’t so dramatic. Do you think I could wear pencil skirt, if yes then what should I wear at the top, not to show disproportion? And also I have a small question: do you think loose sleeves makes the arms look narrower?

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    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Carrie!

      The easiest way to balance hips and shoulders is of cause a full skirt, but it’s not the only way and it’s totally possible to downplay shoulders when you are wearing pencil skirt (and why hide slim hips?). Good thing about being inverted triangle is that you can wear large variety of skirts: you can wear absolutely strait skirts (for less formal look) as well as true pencil skirts (more formal) and you can show your knees without risking look heavy. Here is how: first of all you need to invert hackneyed color scheme with bright or light top and dark bottom (it works really great for pears, but it wouldn’t do you any good). You want to accentuate your slim hips, so bright/light (which draws attention and slightly widens goes there). You can also add an additional accent if you want (a contrasting belt e. g.) if you want. Then you are downplaying your shoulders (so dark color, no accents, no shimmer). It’s also good if you create vertical lines dividing your torso (it can be long and narrow scarf, deep V-neck of cardigan or jacket, long necklace, seams or print). IMO dark cardigan or jacket with deep V with lighter top works best (it also accentuates your waist even more). What to avoid: square necklines, tops with spaghetti straps, if you have light complexion then sleeveless tops, because that would create contrast between a dark top and your skin (best sleeve length is 3/4 or long sleeves: ending at waist or hip level when your hands are down), turtlenecks and crewnecks worn solo, high boat necks (if it’s deep enough to show collar bones then it’s ok, not as great as V, but ok, and it can be very useful for layering, because two V-necks usually don’t look good together, for the same reason it might be a good idea to buy some U-necks). Be careful with raglans (they might visually widen your shoulders).

      About loose sleeves: it really depends on length of the sleeve, fabric and amount of looseness. Stiff and long loose sleeves can actually add bulk. Puff sleeves always add bulk. Usually the most slimming fit is when it fits like it was a very tailored fit 3kg back (then our eyes would tell us ‘hey, she looks more slim than her clothes, she is slim!’). If you have narrow wrists then by all means show them! If it’s the only part of your arm that shows from a loose sleeve then it will be assumed that your arm is as slim as your wrist. What to avoid like a plague: cuffs (and bracelets) that cut into your skin and very narrow sleeves. Very wide sleeves could be slimming for your arms, but they might add bulk to your upper body, so you need to see how it all looks as a whole. And it’s quite important avoid sleeves have a lot of volume on top (they would add bulk to your shoulders).

      Wishes,
      Malica

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  14. Deanna

    My shoulders are 17″ 38/39″ around. My band size is a 32 actually smaller than a 32 by a bit like around 30.5″ I have a small rib cage but definitely wide shoulders.. I don’t think my hips are much wider than 12″ if that. Most likely 11 or 10 inches and I think my waist us like 8 ” wide.bust is unknown but they’re big my correct size is like a 32DDD. Gerenally small everywhere except my shoulders and bust my arms and thighs are pretty small too.

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    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Deanna!

      This totally sounds like inverted triangle (V in your case it’s more of a Y). If you have any questions about what to wear, please ask. Just specify your goals because without them it’s hard to give any relevant advice.

      Wishes,
      Malica

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  15. Kenzie

    Hey, I have a question about my figure. I have a insanely curvaceous figure. Im curious how I would fit into a category. My measurements are:
    Shoulders: 38
    Bust: 39
    Waist: 30
    Hips: 46
    I have wide hips and a big butt. I’m also very muscular
    My bra right now is 36C
    What do you think?

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    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Kenzie!

      Most likely it’s triangle aka A aka Pear. There is a chance of Hourglass if shoulders are about the same width as hips when you look from the front, but from measurements and description it sounds unlikely. With such measurements I would say: celebrate your curves! Trying to balance them out in most cases will make you look heavier than you are (the only thing that wouldn’t do it to you is using color, but beware of white top black skirt/pants combo – it’s so waiters uniform, that you need very interesting design and textures to rock it). Instead of just following your body shape advice I would look at celebrities with similar body shape and try to Pinterest what works and what you like on them and create your style from there. You might notice that sometimes things that not advised work and some things that recommended look dated or dull.
      There is also a quite significant factor which may make standard Pear advice not very suitable for your body: your shoulders are not narrow and upper body is not super-delicate. So you might downplay your hips little bit, but trying to make your upper body look more massive wouldn’t do you any good. Most of hourglass advice should work though, it would be quite obvious that you got hips, and it’s actually a great asset (fashion world is not very welcoming curves, but there are women with great style and curvy bodies out there, unique and fabulous).

      I cannot be sure of cause, but 36C sounds suspicious (it can be completely correct, but it’s highly likely that you actually need smaller band and larger cup, Victoria Secret and brands like Playtex are notorious for incorrectly fitting girls in core sizes, so if you band is riding up and/or you can never get proper support and separation I would try fitting in Nordstrom, may be it will be less cleavage and higher price tag, but in my experience comfort of a bra which really fits is well worth it (and you can always get bras online cheap later after you were properly fitted and bought one there). I’m talking from experience: after going from 36B (that was what VS put me in) to 32E bras stopped being torture devices constantly poking me with underwires and shifting every time I moved my arms )). So if you have discomfort from your bras it might be worth a try.

      Wishes,
      Malica

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      1. Kenzie

        When looking from the front it does look exactly proportionate. Even front behind it does too. One time, I measured from one shoulder to the other and one hip to the other. Those measurements were within 2 inches of each other.

      2. nothingeverfits Post author

        Hi Kenzie!

        In that case I would follow hourglass advice. With shoulders frontal width is slightly smaller than hips width light/bright/warm top and dark/soft/cool bottom color scheme should work good (as it works good for Pears), but other than that I would ignore any Pear body type advice.

        Best,
        Malica

  16. Andrea Cruz

    Hi!
    I enjoy reading your article I came across all about body shape articles and blogs but still I don’t know what is my body shape I feel like I have an inverted triangle body shape I really need help to figure out my body shape so here are my measurements

    I’m 5’4 and 99 lbs.
    Shoulders:37
    Bust:32(B cup)
    Waist:24
    Hips:33.5

    What do you think my body shape is? I will really appreciate your reply

    Thank you !

    Reply
    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Andrea!

      You are mix of V (inverted triangle) and X (hourglass), so what you might want to do is to get a little creative using V advice about balancing hips and shoulders (color scheme, full skirts, tricks which make shoulders look a bit more narrow) if you want to look more proportionate, but mostly X, just be aware that some of it would make you look taller with less pronounced curves (same color top and bottom, vertical seams on dresses etc) and some would emphasize curves (wide belts e. g.).

      Wishes,
      Malica

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  17. Shaune

    Hi Malica,
    I have a question about my figure. I’m wondering if I’m a inverted triangle or not. I would also love tips on how to dress.
    My measurements are:

    Shoulders: 38
    Bust: 33
    Waist: 25
    Hips: 34.5
    I’m also a 5’5 and 110 lbs

    What do you think? I would love to know your reply.

    Reply
    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Shaune!

      Well, from measurements alone it definitely sounds like inverted triangle. You are pretty thin and average height, so if you want to balance out shoulders to create hourglass illusion with full skirts it will work beautifully. Usually inverted triangles are advised to hide their (usually non-existent) waist, but it’s not applicable to you, you have nice thin waist, there is no reason to hide it (you don’t need to accentuate it in every outfit, it’s just about what you feel like today). You can read my reply to Carrie who is also inverted triangle with thin waist, it will work for you too. If you want to accentuate your legs more, you can slightly downplay your shoulders (long necklace, deep V neckline, vertical seams) and wear slim jeans. Funny thing about cut out and open shoulders: darker skin tones + light top = downplaying shoulders, very flattering on V body shape, but light skin + dark top = football player shoulders, very accentuated. If you are wearing sleeveless top it’s better to avoid square necklines and thin straps.

      If you have any more questions, please, ask!

      Wishes,
      Malica

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  18. Cy

    Hello, I’ve been pretty confused about my body shape. I store weight in my arms and thighs, my butt is round but average, my waist slopes in but I don’t feel it is noticeable enough. My shoulders and hips match fairly well. My hips are very wide and I feel clothes always make me look larger than I am because my waist gets lost or doesn’t look small enough. I hope you can help! πŸ™‚ Thankyou.
    Shoulders: 42
    Bust: 41
    Waist: 28.5
    Hips: 43
    Bra size 34G
    I’m fairly short at 5’3 and about 145lbs.

    Reply
    1. nothingeverfits Post author

      Hi Cy!

      I’m pretty sure that you are hourglass (weight goes to the top and bottom fairly evenly, waist is much smaller than hips and bust). And yes, all hourglass girls complain about clothes make them look larger than they really are (it doesn’t happen to pear girls who can wear A line skirt and form-hugging top and look super slim and delicate). In your case the main trick is to accentuate your waist, wrists and probably ankles (if they are thin). Same dark/cool color for top and bottom helps with looking thinner and taller. Try to look for brands like Pepperberry and DD-Shop that specialize on clothes for hourglass girls, also you can try to look for Italian brands (many of them cater for hourglass women, and if you go to sites like Yoox and Bluefly during sales you don’t have to pay arm and leg for Italian import, especially less second lines and nonames).

      Wishes,
      Malica

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