How To Find Your Body Shape

Learn Your Body Type

You you want to know how to find your body shape? I have been asked many times to put together a guide on how to identify your body shape. You can check out the best dresses for an hourglass, the most flattering clothes for an apple shape, and the best jeans for your body shape over on the blog. However, first you need to calculate what your body shape is. 

Calculate My Body Shape

To work out your body shape, either look in the mirror and check out the body shape characteristics below, or calculate your body shape using a tape measure. 


It is important to measure yourself correctly if you are using a tape measure because otherwise the results can be wrong. Use the guidelines below to measure each part of your body correctly. Make sure you do not twist the tape. 

  • Shoulders – Place the tape on top of the shoulders and measure across the back from one should er drop to the other across just below the base of the neck. 
  • Chest / bust – Place the tape about two inches below your armpits. Make sure the measurement takes in the fullest part. 
  • Waist – To measure your waist place the tape around where  you would wear a belt. This is usually the slimmest part of your torso about an inch above your belly button. 
  • Hips – Measure at the widest part of your hips and take in the fullest part of your bottom. 
  • Inner Leg – Measure from the inside of your crotch down the inseam to your ankle. 

The Apple Shaped Body

The Apple Shaped Body

An apple, as the name suggests, is fuller in the middle of the body. If you are looking at how to find your body shape and the following characteristics are familiar to you, then you may well have an apple shaped body. 

  • Your bust and waistline are wider than your hips and legs. 
  • Broad often rounded shoulders
  • Average to large bust
  • Round tummy bigger or equal to the bust
  • Short torso
  • Slim hips 
  • Flat bottom
  • Slim legs

The Bluebell Shape

The Bluebell

The Bluebell tends to be smaller at the top of the body and wider around the thighs and bottom. Check out the characteristics of a bluebell to determine if it sounds like you. 

  • Small shoulders
  • Small breast
  • Slim waist
  • Short waist
  • Big thighs 
  • Big bottom

The Column Shape

The Column Shape

The column shaped body is usually tall and slim all the way down. 

  • Your shoulders are the same width as your hips
  • You have a slim waist
  • Long arms and leg. 

The Cornet Body Shape

The Cornet Body Shape

The cornet can also be referred to as the upside-down triangle. Your shape is wider at the top and goes in gradually into slim, long legs. 

  • Wide shoulders
  • Small breast
  • Undefined waist
  • Slim hips
  • Long, slim legs

The Hourglass Body

The Hourglass Body

The Hourglass body shape has balance in the hips and bust with a short clearly defined waist. 

  • Large breast
  • Slim waist
  • Short waist
  • Big Hips
  • Voluptuous thighs

An Ingot Body Shape

The Ingot Body Shape

The Ingot is also referred to as the rectangle. Essentially you are broad and straight up and down. The Ingot can be mistaken for the Column but Ingots tend to be shorter in the legs. 

  • Broad shoulders
  • A straight undefined waist
  • Flat bottom
  • Chunky thighs 
  • Chunky Calves
  • Average to short legs.

Lollipop Body Shape

The Lollipop Body Shape

The lollipop as it’s name suggests, is larger at the top and slim from there downwards. Lollipops tend to be quite tall too and have long legs. 

  • Large breast
  • Slim waist
  • Slim hips
  • Slim legs
  • Long legs

A Pear Body Shape

A Pear Pear Shape

The pear is also sometimes referred to as the triangle. Your bust is generally narrower than your hips. 

  • Small breasts
  • Slim Waist
  • Flat tummy
  • Saddlebags

The Skittle Body Shape

The Skittle Body Shape

The skittle is slim at the top of the body and then wider at the bottom. 

  • Average breasts
  • Slim waist
  • Defined waist
  • Big thighs 
  • Big bottom
  • Chunky calves

A Vase Body Shape

The Vase Body Shape

The vase is a longer version of the hourglass. Your hips and breasts are balanced but you have a longer waist. 

  • Large breast
  • Longer waist which slowly curves in
  • Large Hips
  • Slim thighs
  • Slim legs

A Violin Body Shape

The Violin Body Shape

The Violin is also similar to the hourglass. Your bust and hips are pretty well balanced but you have big thighs and slim calves.

  • Large breast
  • Short waist
  • Big hips
  • Big bottom
  • Big thighs
  • Slim calves

A Wine Glass Body Shape

A Wine Glass Body Shape

The wineglass might also be confused with the inverted triangle body shape. 

  • Broad shoulders
  • Large breasts
  • Undefined waist
  • Slim hips
  • Long legs
  • Slim legs

Calculate Your Body Shape

To know how to find your body shape it is best to measure yourself as well as to look in a full-length mirror. I have worked with many clients who are sure they are one shape to only discover that they are something entirely different. I alway use both methods to determine shape. Often people can find themselves in between two shapes. If that is you, be honest with yourself and choose the one you think you are closest to. Certain styles and suitability cross over into different body shapes so you will definitely notice a positive change. Check out the How To Dress Your Body Type section on the blog to learn how to find your body shape and for further advice on what styles will suit you and which to avoid

How To Find your body shape
How To Calculate Your Body Shape

What Next?

The information given in the post is the best of my knowledge at the time of writing. If you are embarking on anything new get professional advice if required.

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