Which Body Shape Are You?

Oval: If your waist area is wider than your shoulders or hips then your silhouette is an oval.

Triangle: If your shoulders are narrower than your hips your silhouette is a triangle.

Inverted Triangle: If you have shoulders wider than your hips your silhouette is an inverted triangle.

Rectangle: If you have balanced hip and shoulders and no defined waist then your silhouette is a rectangle.

Hourglass: If you have a balanced hip and shoulder width and a defined waist then your silhouette is an hourglass.

How to Take Your Body Measurement

These are the most important measurements to determine your predominant body shape/silhouette. These will also help you use the size charts. You might need someone to help you or stand in front of a mirror to make sure you are taking the measurements accurately.

Hip Measurement

This can be any area below your waist-not necessarily at your hip bone. Find the widest part of your bottom half- this is the part that represents your hip size. Looking in the mirror you should be able to determine the widest part. Use a tape measure to take your measurement, making sure it’s snug but not so tight. Measure around the entire fullest part.

Waist Measurement

Measure the smallest part of your waist, this is usually about 1 inch (2.5 cm) above your belly button, not at your belly button like many people think. When you bend sideways, it is the part that indents. Use a tape measure to take your measurement, making sure it’s snug but not so tight as to give a false result. Measure around your entire waist. 

Shoulder Measurement

Place the end of the measuring tape at the place where your shoulder meets the top of your arm, the boniest part of your shoulder. From there, holding the tape taut,  stretch the tape straight across to the tip of your other shoulder blade, measure all around not just straight across. 

Bra Sizes

Bra sizes are made up of a number and a letter. The number represents your back/band size and the letter represents cup volume.The letter (cup) does not represent one single size (i.e. not all B cups are the same size). The letter represents a difference (in inches) between the back and bust measurement.

Bust Measurement

Place the tape measure directly below your bust, ensuring its level and snug. This will become your back/band number. Then measure loosely around the fullest part of your chest, at nipple level. Subtract your band size from your bust size. eg. 34 (bust) - 30 (band)= 4. This is a D. Your size would be 30D.

Cup Size









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— Hubert de Givenchy

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