I’m Every Woman

It doesn’t matter if you’re going to work, on a date, or to any social event on your calendar; what’s important is that you dress to look your best and make an impression.  But here is the problem, you open the closet and just stand there with a blank stare.  The problem isn’t that you don’t have clothes, but that you don’t know which  suit you best. So let’s get down to the basics, strip down to your bra and panties and take a long good look in the mirror and evaluate yourself. When it comes to body shapes most women tend to fall in the same fruit basket; but then there are others whose bodies are from a whole different time zone. The key to successfully dressing doesn’t depend on the fashion trends or fads, but knowing and understanding your body shape and creating an illusion with the right clothing of what you don’t have.

Hourglass Shape

Before we take a bite out of the fruits, let’s take look at the time starting with the hourglass body shape. My curvy sisters, you are full in the bust and bottom, both having around the same measurements in contrast to the waist which goes in at the smaller in the middle; also, your shoulders will be around the same measurements as your hips too.  You have a sexy body by nature so your challenge is to not dress with baggy clothes or deliberately sexy. The hourglass shape is considered to the perfect shape, but contrary to the belief, not all fashion fads will compliment this curvy body as most clothes are designed to fit the straight up and down shapes. But you can still look your best when you wear fitted clothes but make sure they’re not too tight and remember to complete your look with accessories. Stay clear of formless baggy clothing.  Two celebrities with hourglass are Kim Kardashin and Mariah Carey.

Emphasis Your Best:

  • Shoulders: a fitted jacket, or a jacket with puff-sleeves or epaulettes.
  • Bust: a simple shirt tucked in and unbuttoned to reveal a little cleavage.
  • Waist: waist-clenching belts will draw attention to your small waist.
  • Hips: high-waist wide leg trousers or straight legged jeans, skirts especially pencil skirts and draping dresses will accentuate and highlight your curves.

Apple Shape

Now that we have the time in check, let’s look in the fruit basket and take a bite out of an apple. Dressed in the right clothing, you my sisters are pure eye candy, caramel apples to be exact. You have great cleavage and or legs; your shoulders and hips are smaller in measurement in comparison to the waist which is where you carry your weight without a well-defined waistline. So your challenge is to sculpt your midriff, creating a smaller waist which can be acquired with the use of body control underwear pulling you in at the waist or a belt to then draw attention to your best parts. Steer away from boxy jackets and pleated and tiered skirts. Sharing your shape are two celebs, Queen Latifah and Elizabeth Hurley.

Emphasis Your Best:

  • Neckline: drop earrings keep the attention on the jaw line and face.
  • Shoulders: tailored ingle breasted jackets adds an outline to the upper body.
  • Bust: v-necks and scoop neck tops and wrap dresses draw the eye upwards away from the mid-section.
  • Waist: A-line skirts or full skirts will create a smaller waist.
  • Legs: straight or boot cut trousers lengthen the look of your legs.

Pear Shape

You can rock the booty pop my bootilicious sisters, that’s because your weight goes straight to your bottom and legs. My apple shape sisters when you look in the mirror have those large hips which are wider in measurement compared to your bust and shoulders with a well-defined waist. Your challenge is to balance your lower half with your upper half by adding more shape and structure above the waist. Be vigilant of overly tight skirts and pant that make your bottom too big and unbalanced in regards to the rest of your body.  Two pear shape celebrities are Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Lopez.

Emphasis Your Best:

  • Neckline: v-necks, strappy fitted at waist tops as well as, strap-less maxi tops and dresses accentuate your top half.
  • Shoulders: jackets with shoulder pads that fall on the hip line make your shoulders wider and flatter you.
  • Bust:  increase your cup sizes a padded bra for an extra confidence boost.
  • Waist: wear your belt across the smallest part to draw attention to your waist.
  • Hips: A-line skirts, skirts with pleats create curves.
  • Legs: boot-cut jeans will elongate the legs.

Strawberry Shape

Strawberries should bring into your thoughts you, your man and whip cream. The sexist fruit in the basket, you my sisters are voluptuous. Your upper body is bigger than your lower part, because you have large bust, broad shoulders in comparison to an undefined waist, small hips and flat bottom. You tend to look top-heavy, so your challenge is to balance your top half with your bottom half. Shun shoulder pads puff sleeves, epaulettes and halter necks (can be worn if paired with the right jacket) and tapering trousers. Your two strawberry shape celebs are Selma Hayek and Pamela Anderson.

Emphasis Your Best:

  • Bust: wrap tops, narrow v-necks,
  • Waist: a belt to define the waist.
  • Hips: A-line skirts, pants with pocket details to widen hips and      create curves.
  • Legs: boot cut and wide leg pants and makes the legs appear longer.

Banana Shape                                     

Bananas are mainly associated with monkeys, but you my sisters are no monkeys, you go straight up and down and are evenly balanced with no main focus points; all in all the model type body. You have relatively small breast, with hips and shoulders that are around the same measurements and your waist line is undefined with a flat bottom. Some women prefer your shape as most clothes fit you; nevertheless you have a deep desire for curves. Your challenge is to create an illusion of curves on the top and bottom. Avoid low-rise jeans and trousers as they tend to make your upper body longer. Victoria Beckham and Nicole Kidman are two banana shape celebrities.

Emphasis Your Best:

  • Shoulders: jackets with embellished shoulder or shoulder pads will broaden your shoulders.
  • Bust: padded bras enhances the look of larger breast and turtle neck tops camouflage a flat chest      drawing attention to neck and away from the bust.
  • Waist: a belt added around the waist creates curves.
  • Hips: pencil skirts will and form-fitting clothing gives the appearances of curves.


Hopefully this helped you to identify your body shape and gave you some tips on how to create a better you with the right illusions. So no matter your body shape we can all look amazingly wonderful next time we step out.