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Complement Your Body Type

Women come in many shapes and sizes. The clothing that you wear should flatter your form. There are five basic body types. Know your body type to help you to choose the shape or combinations of shapes that best "fits" your body. Then, select clothing styles that complement your form.

Body Type A

Body Type A is straight up and down without defined waistline

Body is straight up and down without defined waistline. Top and bottom are almost the same size.

If this is you: Create a gently indented waist

Body Type B

Body Type B carries their weight in the middle, a fuller waistline

You carry your weight in the middle, a fuller waistline

If this is you: Create length and a smaller midsection

Body Type C

Body Type C has broader shoulders and/or larger bust than hips, often thin legs

Broader shoulders and/or larger bust than hips, often thin legs

If this is you: create balance between top and bottom.

Body Type D

Body Type D has broader hips than shoulders

Broader hips than shoulders

If this is you: create balance between top and bottom.

Body Type E

Body Type E has an even width of shoulders and hips with defined waistline

Even width of shoulders and hips with defined waistline

If this is you: keep your proportions as balanced as they appear.

 

What type of clothing looks best on you? We all know the outfits that we look and feel our best in. There may also be clothing that we always get compliments on when we wear the clothing. We all have special body shapes. It is easier to dress appealingly when we know what looks best on our bodies.

 

Worksheet: Choosing the Clothes That Look Good on Me

The purpose of this form is for you to have a printer friendly version of the worksheet, we don't collect any information on this site.

Choose from above. Choose the body type that best describes you. Identify the ideas that you will use in selecting your next outfit:

My best body features are:

The outfits that I like to wear most and why:

I think that my body shape is closest to: (Select from one or a combination of identified body shapes.)

I will do these things to compliment my special body shape by: