Guest Blog: Jana Coke on Body Type

Guest Blog: Jana Coke on Body Type

I believe there is no ideal body shape. Whatever shape your body is, that's perfect for you. I do believe in dressing in silhouettes that flatter your figure—and staying away from clothing that does not radiate your confidence. With that said, let's talk about dressing for your body.

Let's start with the 4 basic shapes. 

Hourglass: This shape is about symmetry. The shoulders and bust are proportioned to the fullness of the hips and thighs. The waist is defined. Marilyn Monroe, Salma Hayek, and Kristina Hendricks have variations of this shape.

Rectangle: You know those billowy tops? They were created based on this shape! Shoulders and hips are the same size and the waist is undefined. Usually called the "boyish" figure or "waif" look. Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, and Cameron Diaz are famous folks with this frame.

Inverted Triangle: Creating balance in the broadness of shoulders and full bust with narrow hips and undefined waist is the goal for this silhouette. This is also know as the "apple" shape. Sherri Shepard, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Demi Moore are Inverted Triangles.

Triangle: Songs about derrieres were created with this figure in mind. Shoulders and bust are narrow and small with a well defined waist and full hips and thighs. Also known as the "pear," Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez, and Kristin Davis play into their Triangle shapes well.

There are petite hourglasses and full-figured rectangles. There are inverted triangles that are very slim. These "shapes" are just a guide for dressing to complement your figure. After 10 years in business as a wardrobe consultant, I've learned that the multitude of variations of body shapes are as endless as the hues in a sunset.

 

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About the Author

As a personal wardrobe consultant, Jana Coke provides clients with the tools to build confidence in their personal style. Her knack for purposeful shopping and coordinating a curated wardrobe was crafted by over a decade of professional experience within the fashion industry as a merchandiser and product developer for many well-known retailers and manufacturers. A graduate of FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Jana is a contributing talent for Demand Media's E-how division, starring in over 100 videos about personal style. Additionally, she wrote and produced a Public Access show about personal style for the community of Long Beach. For more information, visit Jana's website.