September 30, 2013

Know Your Body Type - Be Fashion Forward In Any Season

Fall Fashion, Holiday Fashion, they're all trending but fashion trends only works for you if you know how to work it right with your body shape. One that I sort of neglected to abide to for years. I just never bothered finding out which fruit my body shape was! I disagree being identified as a fruit. "Oh there's the walking banana!" That doesn't sound right, does it? Or most of the time, I just didn't care. But then, Jimmy Dean's Sun guy and Fruit of the Loom's fruit guys come to mind. Seriously, these guys need a good fashion makeover! And having an odd shape, you sure need the right outfit to not look exactly that, a fruit! Here's how to work it right!

First check what type of fruit [shape] you really are: Body Type Calculator

Are you a Banana, Pear, Apple or an Hourglass?

Banana: The waist measurement is less than 9 inches smaller than the hips and bust measurement. Body fat is distributed predominantly in the abdomen, buttocks, chest, and face. In short, you're considered straight like a ruler or rectangular -- the boy body! 

Apple or V shape:  Have broad(er) shoulders compared to their (narrower) hips. Tend to have slim legs/thighs, while the abdomen and chest look larger compared to the rest of the body. Fat is mainly distributed in the abdomen, chest, and face.

Pear, spoon, bell, or A shape: The hip measurement is greater than the bust measurement. The distribution of fat varies, with fat tending to deposit first in the buttocks, hips, and thighs. As body fat percentage increases, an increasing proportion of body fat is distributed around the waist and upper abdomen. This body type tend to have a larger rear, thicker thighs, and a small bosom.

Hourglass or X shape: The hip and bust are almost of equal size with a narrow waist. Body fat distribution tends to be around both the upper body and lower body. This body type enlarges the arms, chest, hips, and rear before other parts, such as the waist and upper abdomen.

Now, how do you dress the fruit?

Style it.

Banana (Rectangular) - Create an illusion of curves. Thin belts, ruffled dresses or shirts, or anything to break up the straight line. My favorite: Peasant-type blouses with elastic hems. They create a  great illusion of curves.
Apple - The best trick is to create an illusion of a smaller waist. Blouses and dresses with slightly nipped waist and or flared skirt works well. Show more legs!

Pear - Add volume to the top to create balance with your bigger lower body. Wide, strapless, off-the-shoulder, square, deep or cowl necklines works best. Pair your top with dark-colored bottoms or embellished belts. 

Hourglass - Probably the best among all the shapes. Fits in any type of style. To highlight your shape, wear clothing that emphasizes the waist.

You and Your Fruit (shape):
"A study of the shapes of over 6,000 women, carried out by researchers at the North Carolina State University circa 2005, found that 46% were banana (rectangular), just over 20% pear, just under 14% apple, and 8% hourglass. Another study has found "that the average woman's waistline had expanded by six inches since the 1950s" and that women in 2004 were taller and had bigger busts and hips than those of the 1950s." -- wikipedia

"Research suggests that apple-shaped women have the highest risk of heart disease, while hourglass-shaped women have the lowest. Diabetes professionals say that women with a waist measurement of over 80cm (32 inches) have a higher risk of heart disease due to body fat buildup around the waist, which poses a higher health risk than fat buildup at the hips." --

What fruit are you?


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