Similarly, would you put a round tablecloth on a square table? Certainly not, because it would look awkward!
It works exactly the same on the firm structure we call a BODY FRAME.
CURVED hips need CURVED shapes and fabric that drapes.
STRAIGHT hips need STRAIGHT shapes and fabric that's more crisp and tailored.
If you don't understand your body frame and get it wrong then your clothes may feel uncomfortable and look awkward.
If something doesn't fit it's not your fault, it just means that it's not made for you!
Whatever your dress size, 6 or 26, your Body Type will be the same because the shape of your body frame doesn't change even if you gain weight.
you will easily recognize whether your hips are CURVED or STRAIGHT. Of course not everyone is built exactly one way or another but it's a pretty good guide and you should be able to tell which one you are closest to.
Look at the widest points of your HIPS and THIGHS. Some will have their widest point high close to the waist and some of you will have the widest part on your thighs, several inches below the waist.
This indicates whether your Hips are CURVED or STRAIGHT.
If you have a curvy body then you need curvy shapes and fluid fabrics to fit around your body frame. A skirt needs to drape around your hips and, of course, you can still wear a pencil skirt and pants but the shape needs to allow for the fact that your widest part is usually about 7 inches down from your natural waist.
If you have straight hips then you need straight shapes with little hip shaping because your hip bone is high and close to your waist and your thighs are lean and straight. If you've ever found excess fabric in the thigh area it's because it's not cut for you.
There's always an anomaly of course - the Apple shape is a bit of both. You will have STRAIGHT HIPS but feel more curvy at the top of your body.
Getting clothes to fit is like learning to piece together a JIGSAW. It's easy when you know how to fit the right shapes together.
It takes just 2 steps to find your generic Body Type with the BODY TYPE QUIZ.
First of all you decide your hip shape then you look at the relationship between your hips and shoulders. It has nothing to do with weight.
These 5 basic Body Types can be attributed to practically everyone and you will find styling tips for each body type to help you to dress your figure.
Although there are only 5 generic Body Types, we are all different with a unique and individual Body Shape of our own.
So once you find your Body Type you can address your own figure challenges and discover how to Dress your own Body Shape.
FACTS about YOUR BODY TYPE
It has nothing to do with your weight - fat or thin!
If you're size 8 or size 28 your bone structure IS your Body Type
No matter what you do you cannot change this basic bone structure
STRAIGHT bodies have STRAIGHT HIPS and need STRAIGHT shapes
CURVY bodies have CURVED HIPS and need CURVY shapes
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