What's your Body Shape - the best Lingerie for Your Body Shape
Like no matter which size you buy or how hard you try
Something about that sexy piece just doesn't look as flattering on you as the woman on the package.
Women do not all have the same body shape.
Therefore, a lingerie outfit that looks great on a particular body shape may not look flattering on another body shape.
That's why knowing which type of lingerie to wear for your body shape can make all the difference, especially for your luxury glamour photoshoot.
Fashion experts have created 10 body shape categories to guide you when choosing the right lingerie for your body shape.
So, which body shape are you?
Use a full-length mirror and pay attention to your silhouette.
To better calculate your body shape use a measuring tape and note your key body parts below:
Have someone help you measure from the tip of one shoulder all the way around your body. The measuring tape should be high up around your shoulders, so it almost slips off.
Pull the measuring tape taut across the fullest part of your bust and around your back. Don't pull the tape so tight that your breasts start to squish.
Measure the smallest part of your natural waist, just above the belly button.
Start at one hip (below the hip bone) and wrap the tape measure around the biggest part of your butt.
See which body shape your measurements match best from the 10 body shapes below.
Celebrities: Adele, Kate Winslet, Drew Barrymore, Melissa McCarthy
Women with apple-shaped bodies have a waistline that is your widest measurement.
Your hips and bust are not as broad in comparison to your midsection.
Bodysuit lingerie with a deep V-neck cut is for you!
A lingerie that elongates your body's line will work great on you.
If you're busty, look for options with side boning at the breasts or underwire for extra support and coverage.
Avoid any lingerie that will add volume to your midsection.
Pear ( triangle)
Celebrity: Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian
A pear-shaped body is typically characterized by a small frame on top, gorgeous curvy hips, and a full bottom.
Women with pear-shaped bodies typically don't have large breasts, though it's not impossible.
When choosing lingerie for a pear body shape, don't be afraid to draw attention to your ultra-feminine waist and narrow shoulders while letting your backside shine, too.
A strapless corset or bandeau-style bra will help balance out your top and bottom halves, making your small frame on top look a little wider.
Doing so will make you feel like your bum is more proportional. But, of course, in the age of the Kardashian body (ahem, large butts!), you are more than welcome to accentuate your lower half even more!
Celebrity: Kate Upton, Sofia Vergara, Scarlette Johansson
Many "sexy" lingerie isn't designed with the busty woman in mind.
Know your breast type — whether it's splayed, wide-set, a combination of the two, or something else.
Fashionable underwire options are available to you — as long as you know where to look.
A balconette or demi style bra for your shape; the lower-cut cups will tastefully showcase your natural curves.
As for bottoms, try ones with thicker waistbands, like high-waisted briefs or boyshorts, to help balance your larger top.
You have beautiful curves, with your bust being proportionally more prominent than your hips or waist so show them off.
Short torso (short waist)
Celebrity: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, Solange
Your waist is naturally high, and your legs extra-long.
Steer clear of high-waisted bottoms that will shorten your torso.
Instead, craft the appearance of a more extended midsection with low-rise underwear.
In the spirit of "sexy lingerie," try hipsters as a sassy alternative to more basic, low-rise bikinis. The added fabric they provide along your sides helps elongate your line, too.
Congratulations, you have long, gorgeous legs! A longline lace bodice will elongate your upper body.
Carrot Shape ( inverted triangle)
Celebrity: Demi Moore, Angelina Jolie, Elizabeth Hurley, Renee Zellweger
Your body is wider on top and gets slimmer on the way down.
Try switching up your standard matching bra-and-thong routine and layer on a babydoll chemise or slip that will flatter your broader-set shoulders.
Not only are they practical intimates to pair with see-through dresses, but the addition of lace and other romantic details also makes the pieces alluring when worn alone.
The trick is making sure that whatever intimate you choose has a flared bottom to help promote symmetry.
You're blessed with slim legs and ankles, broad shoulders, and a waist and hips that are relatively similar in size.
Think Old Hollywood glamor - insets at the waist and bust will emphasize your curves, and lace at the hem balances out your shoulders while showing off your legs.
Celebrity: Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus
If you don't need much in the way of support on top — and sometimes just go braless altogether.
You have more flexibility than most in the underwear department.
That said, the bras you do wear may have constantly slipping straps that ail you on date night.
Either way, recommended are T-strap and racerback bralettes; they're slightly sporty, flirty, and comfortable enough to wear all day.
Feeling comfortable in your intimates truly does make all the difference.
Whether you're long and slim or otherwise curvy, your bustline is petite.
Long torso ( long-waisted)
Celebrity: Kendall Jenner, Olivia Wilde
If you have a long torso and short legs,
The lingerie style best suited to you couldn't be more on-trend:
high-waisted underwear is all for you.
This retro silhouette is flattering on you because it'll shorten your midsection and elongate your limbs.
Shop a few playfully printed bottoms, then pair them with a black bra on top for an effortless, put-together look.
You have a defined waist to be envied!
Pick a lace bralette insert or an empire waist to highlight your elegant proportions.
Take advantage of wearing a long flowing skirt with spaghetti straps to emphasize your upper body.
Ruler ( Rectangle)
Celebrity: Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lucy Liu, Mila Kunis
As the name suggests, ruler-shaped bodies are straight throughout — without much variation between one's shoulder, waist, or hip.
The key is finding undergarments that'll subtly enhance your curves.
Unlike traditional bras with an inch or two wide bands, longline bras and bralettes extend farther down the torso for a retro feel will help fill out your shape a bit.
They're the crop tops of lingerie and, like high-waisted underwear, are often viewed as an intentional fashion statement.
The good news for you: You have a fabulously long, straight line with similar measurements from shoulder to waist to hip like a supermodel.
Choose an elongated lace bodice but make sure it features lace insets at the hips to give a little definition.
Celebrity: Marilyn Monroe, Salma Hayek, Brooklyn Decker
Hourglass figures are easy to identify because they're symmetrical:
Your chest and hips are equally proportioned, and your waistline is your narrowest measurement.
Use your "classic" shape to your advantage, and add a suspender belt to your bra-and-panty set.
The fancy adornment (its original, intended purpose was to keep one's stockings from slipping) will place the emphasis firmly on your narrow waist.
The finished look it creates is classically sexy, like your shape.
You have a classic pin-up girl shape with a nipped-in waist and full curves in your chest and hips.
Petit & Compact Shape
Celebrity: Ariana Grande, Nicole Richie,
If you're petite all over, you can get away with wearing less-supportive styles that bustier and fuller-figured women might shy away from.
Lingerie sets with soft cups, for example. While underwire offers a tremendous additional shape for you, wireless bras are by no means a deal-breaker. They might actually be your preferred style.
So, go ahead: You have the opportunity to shop the less "functional" pieces some ladies can merely admire from afar.
As a gymnast, petite and compact women are small and mighty in all respects.
Look for spaghetti straps and a deep V-neck inset to elongate your neck and torso.
Need more help? Contact me directly before your shoot so that we can review each of your outfits and make your next glamour photoshoot amazing!
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