What body shape are you?

Maybe you’ve been looking around my blog, or you’ve come to this page from Pinterest, but no matter how you got here, the first step in becoming a more confident, stylish you is to work out what shape you really are – your wardrobe (and your self-esteem) will thank you!

Grab a pen and paper to answer the 5 simple questions below to find YOUR wonderful shape. There are no right or wrong answers – be honest with yourself and about your shape and you’ll get the most out of this test and the information it brings you (and I’ll also be able to help you better).

Take this test standing in front of a full-length mirror, wearing either your underwear or tight-fitting clothes that don’t distort your natural shape – stand front on to the mirror.

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As you answer each question, write down the shape/s that corresponds to that answer. The shape you write down the most is YOUR shape:

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See not so hard was it? OK, now look at how many times you have written down each shape – the shape you have answered the most is YOUR SHAPE!


Now lets verify your shape…Click on the SHAPE you think you are and see if the attributes sound like you!

Hourglass Shape

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Hourglass Attributes

Shoulders and hips are about the same width apart

Medium to large bust

Smaller waist

Curvy hips and bum, but slender thighs

 
Pear Shape

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Pear Attributes

Small to average bust

Neat waist

Shoulders are narrower than hips and thighs (may have to buy a size larger on the bottom half)

Carry your weight down on your thighs as well as hips and bum

 
Apple Shape

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Apple Attributes

Broader back and upper body

Medium to large bust

No defined waist and a slight tummy

Slim hips and thighs with slender legs and ankles

 

Column Shape

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Column Attribute

Shoulders, waist and hips approx same width

Not much of a defined waist

Average to small bust

Long, lean limbs

 


What you should do next

I can help YOU build an amazing and flattering wardrobe based on YOUR body shape. Whether you live near me or not, there is a way for us to work together to get you looking the best for your body shape.

Click on the option below that suits you to book NOW!

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OR………..

Want ongoing help and inspiration on how to dress for your shape delivered to your inbox twice a month? then sign up to StyleMail, my new digital guide to dressing for your body shape – find out more about it HERE



 EDITORS NOTE: Hey guys! Thank you so much for the amazing comments! I’d love to try and help EVERY ONE of your dress the best for you shape but I just can’t get to all the comments about your amazing shapes. Why not look into one of the options above? Or if you are STILL really not sure what shape you are, shoot me an email with a quick description, and a full length photo if you can: Email me


Please understand that I don’t offer specific advice on what to wear via email as that is what I do for a living, and the above options cover that for everyone, everywhere! Thanks for understanding, and remember – these shapes are just a guide to help you work out the best bits of your body! So embrace the shape you have and work it

Cait xoxo


227 Comments on What body shape are you?

  1. Amanda
    September 23, 2014 at 7:02 pm (1 week ago)

    wow, this explains everything so much clearer! I’m still slightly confused, my measurements are:
    Shoulders” 36.5
    Bust: 34
    Waist: 26.5
    Hips: 37
    Even though my bust is smaller than my hips, my shoulders are quite wide, so i’m not quite sure between hourglass and pear

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      September 23, 2014 at 7:25 pm (1 week ago)

      Hey Amanda, sounds like you are more in the Hourglass camp. It’s all about your frame shape so if your shoulder and hips are about the same, that pops you into the Hourglass category
      Cx

      Reply
  2. Heather
    August 31, 2014 at 7:21 pm (1 month ago)

    Hi :) Ive tried asking for help over a year ago but had no response so I am trying again. I’ve taken many tests and quizzes like the ones above and I’m still struggling to dress mysel to look more propartionate. My measurements are..
    Shoulders 42in
    Chest 38.7in
    Waist 34in
    Hips 40in

    I habe a clear but not large dip in my waist but I also have a tummy. I have relateive slender thighs but my upper thighs touch. My shoulders are slightly larger than everything else and my arms are a little chubby at the top.

    I am 5″3 and now 156 lbs since I’ve gained quite a bit of weight. Please help me if you can. I’m having such a hard time finding clothes I feel good in that I rarely leave the house in anything but sweats lol. Ill be patiently awaiting your response

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      September 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm (1 month ago)

      Hi Heather, I’m really sorry that you haven’t received a reply – I get inundated with questions and unfortunately I just can’t get to them all. I’m a stylist for a living and spending all my time giving my advice away for free just doesn’t work for me so I get to them when I can!

      It sounds like you are an Hourglass shape – what answers did you get in the quiz can I ask? The other thing to remember is that the shapes are just a GUIDE – they are there to help you work out the BEST bits of your own body.

      Once you know the best bits, you can then dress to show the off (which in turn will distract from the bits you don’t like so much)

      If you would like some more individual help, I offer Skype sessions on a one-on-one basis where I can assess your body shape, help you work out your best bit, and give you tailored tips to help you find things that work for you
      Check out the details here: http://chasingcait.com/online-styling-sessions-skypegoogle-hangout/

      Reply
  3. Rebecca
    August 29, 2014 at 7:27 am (1 month ago)

    Hi :) So I am 5’1 and 93 lbs. My measurements are
    Bust – 32”
    Waist – 25”
    Hips-33”
    I’m confused :/ The body shapes in my family are a mix , my mom is an Apple, my nan was a pear my other nan was an hourglass. :S please help ;-)

    Reply
  4. Kay Nuriddin
    August 15, 2014 at 10:26 am (2 months ago)

    My answers were c,a,c,a,b. Does this make me a pear or hourglass? I used to try the style tips for pear shapes but they make me look horrible (esp those wide leg/bootcut jeans). My broad shoulders/barely there bust combo throw everything off haha.

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      August 15, 2014 at 10:35 am (2 months ago)

      Hey Kay, broad shoulders straight away suggest an hourglass rather than a pear (a pear generally has slimmer shoulders) – but if you buy the same size top and bottom, maybe your shoulders aren’t too much wider than your hips – again, pointing to hourglass more.
      You don’t have to have a bust to be an hourglass, it’s more about the proportions of your frame – there is also a difference between carrying your weight on your hips and bum, and more down on your thighs (think saddle bags) like pears do.
      Stick to slimmer fitting bottoms if they wider ones make you feel bigger – skinny jeans and pants are actually super-flattering on everyone if worn the right way, plus by the sounds of it, slimmer pencil skirts etc are better for you too.
      The biggest tip I can give you is think about you BEST bits and draw attention to them, this will(by default) hide the bits your not such a fan of.
      Hope that helps
      Cx

      Reply
      • Kay Nuriddin
        August 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm (2 months ago)

        Thanks for clearing that up for me :D

        Reply
  5. Jess
    August 7, 2014 at 10:02 am (2 months ago)

    Hey Cait!

    I have shoulders that are a bit wider than my hips but my hips and bust are the same measurement and my waist goes in a little (not a lot, about 6 inches)

    I’m confused on what I could be because of my wide-ish shoulders, your opinion would really be appreciated!

    Thanks for your amazing blogs :)))

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      August 7, 2014 at 10:15 am (2 months ago)

      Hey Jess, thanks for the email – so nice to hear that you love the blog! I have so much fun writing it :-)
      Ok, lets try and work out what shape you are….. You say your waist doesn’t come in a lot, but 6 inches is HEAPS! It sounds like maybe you are a little Hourglass – (the wide shoulders can be a slight “column” feature too).
      You don’t have to be all Marilyn Monroe-ish to be an Hourglass, it’s really about the proportion of your frame – so if you go “in – out – in” then you probably are an Hourglass (most women are)
      Does that help a little?
      Cx

      Reply
      • Jess
        August 7, 2014 at 11:12 am (2 months ago)

        Thank you so much, that has really helped a lot! :)

        Reply
  6. zoey
    August 1, 2014 at 7:49 pm (2 months ago)

    Thank you! Now I realize why I don’t” fit the pattern” of a specific body shape …so it’s not all about the measurements. your tipes make a lot easier for me right now:))

    Reply
  7. zoey
    July 31, 2014 at 10:42 pm (2 months ago)

    Hi again, I have taken your quiz and found out that 3 answers correspond the hourglass shape ( board shoulders,defined waist and a large bust) but the rest of them correspond to the pear shape ( thick thighs and bigger size on the bottom half). However I’m still confused if i’m Slightly a pear or an hourglass shape? I would love to read your opinion :)) thanks!

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      August 1, 2014 at 11:14 am (2 months ago)

      Hey Zoey, thanks – that makes it a little easier for me :-)

      You CAN definitely be a combination of shapes – in fact my old boss (a designer in Australia) used to say that she was an Hourglass with Pear tendencies (meaning she had a shape similar to yours it sounds!)

      The trick is to treat each half of your body like the shape it is….
      So apply all the tips and tricks for a Hourglass that relates to a larger bust, defined waist etc, and then take more of the Pear advice for the bottom half (ie. A-line skirts, wide leg pants etc)
      Does that help a little more?
      xx

      Reply
  8. zoey
    July 31, 2014 at 6:25 am (2 months ago)

    Hi, I’m 35-26-37,what body shape do I have? (I have board shoulders),thanks in advance :))

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      July 31, 2014 at 10:04 am (2 months ago)

      Hi Zoey, I need more than your measurements – please go back and have a look at the body shape quiz :-)

      Reply
  9. Arden
    July 24, 2014 at 5:14 pm (2 months ago)

    Hey, I’ve always had trouble figuring out what my body type was and after answering your 5 questions I’m still confused. I ended up getting every one of the options twice and having a perfect 4 way tie! I have wider shoulders, a waist that comes in, most of my weight at my stomach, i buy the same size for top and bottom and i have an average sized bust. Is it possible that I’m just partly every type? oh and I’m 16 years old and 5’5 at about 120 pounds.

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      July 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm (2 months ago)

      Hi Arden, thanks for the comment – it sounds like you are a little hourglass there (maybe just with a little more of a tummy) BUT you are also only 16 and your body still has a lot of growing to do.
      Remember, the quiz is just a GUIDE as are the body shapes. What I want you to do instead, is write me back and tell me the three favourite parts of your body…… GO!

      Reply
  10. Vibe
    July 8, 2014 at 10:41 am (3 months ago)

    Hi Cait, thanks so much for this blog, it’s amazing!

    But I just can’t figure out my body type. I feel like I am something between a pear and an hourglass.. I’m about 5’6, and I have quite broad shoulders but a small bust (a cup), and both of these are traits that I dislike about my body. My hips are nearly the same width as my shoulders, and I do have a defined waist. The trouble is, I feel like my upper body doesn’t really match my lower body, but that it’s much skinnier, while instead I carry all my weight below the waist, in a large bum and thighs… Also my hips aren’t smoothly rounded between the pelvis bone and hip bone (though i think my hips are wider than the pelvis, the pelvis bone is quite pointy), but instead there is a little “dip” or “indent”. Which body tips are best to follow?

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      July 8, 2014 at 9:27 pm (3 months ago)

      oh hey there! I TOTALLY know what you mean about the “dip” I think most women have it to be honest, I know that I do!
      What I would say is that follow the PEAR rules most of the time.
      If you feel that your body is a little out-of-balance, then you need to dress to give it balance back. The idea of following the guidelines for dressing for a Pear, is that we focus on making your upper half match your lower half, making your overall shape look more in proportion (whilst at the same time, drawing attention away from your lower half haha!)
      Have a look at signing up for StyleMail: The Pear Edition – it’s an online premium styling service that is SPECIFICALLY written to help you dress vest for your shape. Every two weeks, you get an email showing you the best ways to wear ONE item for your shape, so it’s really specific – have a look HERE

      I hope that all helps a little?
      Cait x

      Reply
  11. Evolet
    June 26, 2014 at 3:15 pm (3 months ago)

    I have always had issues with my body, not in I want to change it, more of clothes don’t ever fit right. My bra is 32DDD but I only look like a B cup because my breasts are set about three inches apart (and that’s with a molded bra). Do you have any tips on how to accentuate the fact that I actually have breasts, it’s just no matter what I wear they’re always hiding somehow. In addition, I have two other problems. The first is my stomach. I am a slim weight of about 135 pounds on a 5’7 frame, however, my stomach protrudes about three inches! Whenever I wear a fitting shirt I look a few months pregnant, and if I even dare wear a dress I look about 6 months pregnant. (I have had many people assume I was pregnant, even if I wasn’t wearing a tight shirt or dress). Is there any way to combat this? My second problem is that my waist is so much smaller than my butt and when I wear pants they either have a few inches of room above my butt in the back and fit around my thighs/hips/butt, or they still have a few inches of room above my butt and are too tight around my thighs/hips/butt, or they sort of fit everywhere (with a belt) but my belt digs into that three inches of tummy.

    Do you have any advice for any of my clothing issues?

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      July 8, 2014 at 9:40 pm (3 months ago)

      Hey Evolet – thanks for the email.
      So the first thing I would say is invest in a pair of PONTE PANTS! they are stretchy, but structured, so they will fit your shape but stretching over the bits they need to, and coming in where they need to also.
      Tummy is always a tricky one! try wearing long scarves and necklaces that camouflage it by creating a long line down your body. Draw the attention back up to your face, that way people aren’t focused on your tummy (and won’t make that awkward assumption you’re expecting!)
      Hmmmmm boobs are always a hard one! Park of me wants to say DON’T wish them bigger! A larger-looking bust is always hard to disguise, but I would say try wearing slightly higher necklines (it will create more surface area over your bust) and then again, the scarf or the statement necklace over the top will add more detail to your bust area too
      I hope that helps a little?
      If you want more one-on-one styling help, you could either look at booking a Skype session with me, or sign up to StyleMail, my online styling service specifically tailored to your body shape

      I hope that helps a little?
      Cait xo

      Reply
  12. Emma
    June 14, 2014 at 8:10 pm (4 months ago)

    Hi, I’ve taken your quiz and I think I’m more a column ( I’ve done some online calculators as well and thats what they say) I just don’t feel like one. I have always had a bigger bust , feel like my shape goes in the does like a little ballon at my belly button then goes sharply back in to my legs which are always a good shape no matter what I weigh. I’ve always found that I have no bum and find it hard to keep pants up sometimes but when I use a belt to hold them up that doesn’t work either. I always get the builders crack when bending down which I hate (especially with having 3 young boys and doing things at kindy etc I kneel down alot) I find alot to the styles out now just do not suit me even when I follow the column rules ( I hate wear belts to pull in my waist I just see the extra fat spilling out over the top, I must more prefer clean lines) I’ve got a wedding coming up as well as my 30th so want to look nice can you help?

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      June 17, 2014 at 9:49 am (4 months ago)

      Hi Emma – ok, let’s work out some things we can do. The body shapes are just a guide, and it’s more about the proportions of your body – so even though you feel like you have more of a bust and tummy than maybe some other columns – you are right, clean lines are for you!

      First of all, you don’t always have to wear a belt to define your waist – you can use the shaping in clothes, like jackets and dresses that have paneling and darts to create more shape. I totally hear you re belts! I’m not a massive fan either because of the tummy issue.

      In terms of pants, there is a style out at the moment called Ponte Pants (read this blog here: http://chasingcait.com/2014/06/winter-essentials-series-ponte-pants/) as they have a bit of stretch in them, I suggest a) going down a size, and b) looking for a style that is a little more high waisted.

      The other pants that would be AMAZING for you are these: http://www.sachadrake.com/stretch/shop-stretch-solutions/SSCORESKP1BK/SKINNY-PANT.html they have a higher panel in the front that will cover your tummy and the back of the panel has stretch so it fits to your body and doesn’t gape at the back.

      In terms of your 30th, look for a dress that, like I said before, has some structure to it – a thicker fabric, or something with not too much stretch, more tailored – a dress with a contrast panel, something like this: http://www.asos.com/a-wear/a-wear-contrast-panel-dress/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3391790&clr=Blackwhite&SearchQuery=contrast+panel+dress – it will give the illusion that you have more shape, but you don’t have to wear a belt.

      I hope that all helps a little? The other suggestion that I have is that you think about signing up to my online styling service, StyleMail – it gives you specific tips for the Column shape every fortnight, each email is on one specific item and your shape, it gives you constant access to my advice and styling tips :-) You can have a look at it here: http://chasingcait.com/personal-styling/welcome-to-stylemail/

      Good luck!
      Cait

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      • Emma
        June 17, 2014 at 10:30 am (4 months ago)

        Thankyou I will have to try try try on those ponte pants ( I tried a couple at glassons the other week and they weren’t right so went a little off them) My mummy tummy is the killer I found with the ponte pants but I’m working on losing it now my youngest is 5 months and sleeping through the night.

        I think I found a dress from principles for the wedding but wasn’t confident I was making the right choice so need to take friends with me next time and need to start saving to build a new wardrobe. I’ve got you on my favourites now so will keep follwing your blogs thank you

        Reply
  13. Monica
    June 9, 2014 at 2:21 pm (4 months ago)

    Hi, I’m 5’5.5 , I have recently gained a lot of weight , im now 135 lbs. I have no clue what body shape I am because I fall under different categories. I’m 14 if that makes a difference.

    Hips: 35.5
    Boobs:34B/C
    Waist:29.5
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      July 8, 2014 at 9:34 pm (3 months ago)

      Hey Monica, thanks so much for getting in touch! Shapes are definitely tricky, especially when you are still young! Don’t worry about putting on weight right now, your body is still doing lots of growing and changing. Being 14, you’re body still has a lot of changes to go through, so its hard to put yourself into a category.

      The most important thing at 14 is to be fit and active, and be a kid! Don’t worry too much about your shape, it will keep changing over the next few years. Think about and re-assess your shape again when you are a little older, and your body has finished developing.

      my biggest tip for you? LOVE the body you have, and wear what makes you feel good xx

      Reply
  14. Cheryl
    June 7, 2014 at 3:56 pm (4 months ago)

    Hi,

    I have broad shoulders, big arms, 12-14c bra, narrow defined waist, curvy hips that aren’t as wide as my shoulders but definitely not straight up and down, a small but curvy bottom, the tops of my thighs are wide (no thigh gap for me ;)) and finally slender calves.

    I feel like I am a combination of an inverted triangle on top with an hourglass bottom. I have a ton of clothes, yet nothing to really wear as I have no direction while shopping.

    Please help!

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      July 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm (3 months ago)

      Hey Cheryl, thanks for getting in touch! You can totally be a combination of shapes, like you suggested.
      The body shapes are just a guide to work out the BEST bits of our bodies (and just a side, just because you don’t have a thigh gap, does not mean your thighs are wide – it means they are NORMAL…. just sayin)

      I would work off the mainly Hourglass angle, but try and avoid things that broaden your shoulders too much.

      It’s hard to tell you what kinds of things to look for without actually seeing your shape – you know that if you aren’t in Auckland, New Zealand, we can have a Skype consultation? Normally I catch up with someone over Skype, then send them a capsule wardrobe to shop online, then have a followup Skype call to see how it all went. If that’s something you are interested in, check out this page on the website
      Cheers
      Cait x

      Reply
  15. Dani
    June 5, 2014 at 7:53 am (4 months ago)

    Hello!

    I just can’t find my body type please help me I want to know for sure what clothes and stuff I should go for!

    This is what I look like:
    My shoulders: 92 cm (36)
    My bust: 87,5 cm (34 in)
    Waist: 60-61 cm (24)
    Hips: 91 cm (36)
    Height: 162-163 cm 5″4
    Wrist: 15 cm (6 in)

    I have a small waist so I can’t be a Apple or colum. I have round butt but my bust are not the same size as my butt. Does this remove me from the hourglass shape? I carry moust of the weight at my hips, butt and a little at the bust and thights. My forarms are small also my ankles and calves.

    This is my answers on the questions:
    1: a
    2: a
    3: A or C here I’m not quite sure..
    4:a
    5:b

    What shape am I hourglass or pear :S

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      July 8, 2014 at 9:44 pm (3 months ago)

      Hey Dani – i would suggest you are an hourglass through and through (almost all your answers were Hourglass). The Hourglass shape doesn’t REALLY have a lot to do with your bust size, more about your shoulder to hip ratio, which sounds like yours is the same. So bang on Hourglass!
      If you’re after some more specific advice on how to dress the best for your gorgeous Hourglass shape, why not sign up to StyleMail. It’s my online premium styling service that offers specific solutions on wearing different items for YOUR shape – check it out and sign up for a free trial issue here.
      I hope that helps a little?
      Cait xo

      Reply
  16. Neha
    June 4, 2014 at 3:35 am (4 months ago)

    Hey!! I am an apple body shape… I am always struggling on ways to hide a bulging tummy – My biggest problem area for as long as I can remember! I am tall 5’7″ and have long slender legs. I always wish to wear dresses but they never look good on me… What kind of dresses should I go for?

    Thanks :)

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      July 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm (3 months ago)

      Hey Neha – Nice job on working out your body shape! It can be tricky. If you want specific tips on dressing for your gorgeous Apple shape, why not sign up to StyleMail, my premium online styling service. You can get a free trial issue, and then sign up HERE.

      Reply
  17. Lorii
    June 3, 2014 at 5:15 am (4 months ago)

    Hi
    I did the quiz I seem to be closest to apple shape and it fits except I have heavy arms and upper thighs? I am so confused… I suffer in pain want to lose weight currently 152 I am 5’3 47 yrs old. I am now a grandma and would love to be healthy i eat right no sugar no artificial just honey at times with tea. Please help doc says my hormones are fine thyroid is fine…
    L.

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      July 8, 2014 at 9:49 pm (3 months ago)

      Hey Lorri – you’ve got it bang on, sounds like you are the yummy apple shape. Now just remember, everyone is different, so you might not fix the EXACT profile of the Apple, but close enough is good enough with these shapes – they are just a guide remember!
      The biggest tip I can give you to look slimmer is to create VERTICAL LINES down your body – use scarves, necklaces and jackets to create them.
      If you’re interested in getting more useful tips and advice on dressing for your Apple shape, why not sign up to StyleMail, my premium online styling service - check it out here and get your free trial issue
      I hope that answers your question
      Cait xx

      Reply
  18. Jess
    March 31, 2014 at 10:54 am (6 months ago)

    I’m 19 years old about 5’6 very slender(skinny as my mum says) i only weigh 8stone but i have an hour glass figure but i find clothes designed for the hourglass figure are to baggy but anything for a column shape is not long enough in the leg or tops wise lifts off my stomach

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      April 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm (6 months ago)

      Hey Jess, try looking for garments that have a little stretch in them (like jersey or ponte) as they will stretch in the spot they need to in order to fit you. Or try looking for separates that you can tuck in (ie top and skirt) that will define your waist a little more.

      I hope that helps a little?
      Caitlin

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      • Alanna Olson
        May 27, 2014 at 8:04 am (4 months ago)

        Okay so I’m 15 and I am 5 feet and 1 inch, well i have all of the things for the hour glass figure except the thighs i have a little big thighs? Is that just because I’m short? Or am i really just not an hourglass figure?

        Reply
        • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
          July 8, 2014 at 9:51 pm (3 months ago)

          Hey Alanna – sounds like you are the perfect hourglass shape! Remember, the shapes are just a guide – we all have slightly different bodies. The most important thing is to work out the parts of your body you like the most, and dress to draw attention to them :-)

          You are also only 15, and your body is still changing – stay fit, eat healthy and make the most of your young bod – you’ll miss it when you get older, trust me ;-)

          Cait x

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  19. Francesca
    March 30, 2014 at 6:16 pm (6 months ago)

    I am still confused about my body type because I mostly fall under the hour-glass type but I have a bit of a tummy. I am 5″7 and 160lbs and am working on loosing about 20lbs. I have broad shoulders that are about the same width as my hips, 34D bra size, 30″ waist, and 43″ booty, and my legs are a healthy size that match my butt. What type of formal dress would fit best with my body shape?

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      April 1, 2014 at 1:21 am (6 months ago)

      Hey Francesca, it’s ok, having a little tummy is a very common Hourglass trait so sounds like you are bang on a typical hourglass.
      You want to look for a formal dress that gives you shape through the waist, but possibly with some rouching through the tummy area.
      Try a cap sleeve with a sweetheart neckline to break up your bust, and aim for something that is more fitted through the skirt rather than a big princess style.

      I hope that helps a little?
      CX

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  20. Liz
    March 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm (6 months ago)

    Hello,

    I’m having trouble with your questions. Mostly because I knew that my answers to them wouldn’t fit me into any category- something I have struggled with all of my life. I’m 5’6, age 29.

    Here are my answers:
    1. A
    2. A
    3.B
    4.C
    5.B.

    As you can see, I don’t fit into any of the usual body shape categories. I have the hourglass shoulder/hip ratio, but my tummy is big and very round in front. My bust is small without a padded bra, and my natural waist although is narrower than my hips, is augmented by the big tummy in front.

    Most dresses that I try on, when I turn to the side, make me look extremely pregnant. This hasn’t been too much of an issue as I’ve simply avoided dresses in my daily life, but I am getting married and would like to find something flattering without struggling to lose weight- which really wouldn’t help anyway as although my tummy would shrink, it would still be there.

    Do you have any advice? I really don’t want to look pregnant when I get married, and I certainly don’t want to wear pants lol.

    Reply
  21. angel
    March 26, 2014 at 11:41 pm (6 months ago)

    I am a 38dd bra and a 16pants I’m a combo of hourglass and pear its very hard to shop I get so frustrated please help me.

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  22. Katie
    March 24, 2014 at 6:45 pm (6 months ago)

    Well, I’m trying to figure out what shape I am, but it’s not working very well. Maybe I’m doing it wrong? I think I’m kind of a cross between an hourglass and an apple, which makes no sense. I don’t know. I’m pretty heavy right now so it’s kind of hard to tell. I’m working on losing some weight, but I want to look nice in the meantime. I’m almost 17 so I was going to use this info for a better over all look, some date night clothes, and maybe a prom dress. Maybe I could use some help? Ugh, my brain hurts just thinking about this stuff. I would rather be playing Devil May Cry or Assassin’s Creed right now, but I figured I would improve some things about myself before I escape to a virtual world. lol :)

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      April 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm (6 months ago)

      Hey Katie! Sorry for the delayed reply, there are SO many comments to answer and only one of me! OK SO, its totally ok to be a hybrid of two sizes and Apple/Hourglass is actually a common one. Also, most hourglass shapes have a little tummy anyway. haha I love that you want to get out there and make the most of life (before escaping to the computer anyway haha!)

      The big tip I can give you for a prom dress is to look for something that is made from a STRUCTURED, or stiff fabric. Anything floaty is not going to define your waist, and is going to make you feel really tummy conscious.
      You also want to look for something that has ruching (which means all the scrunchy fabric) across your tummy. It will pull it in, and give you shape through the waist. You also want to wear something that shows the real you, so choose a colour that you really like (not one that everyone else tells you to wear). I’m a huge fan of people dressing to show off their personality, rather than just wearing what’s on trend.
      something like this maybe? http://www.promgirl.com/shop/dresses/viewitem-PD971492
      I hope that helps a little – let me have a little bit of a look around the web more for a few more examples :-)

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      • Katie
        April 4, 2014 at 9:17 pm (6 months ago)

        Haha Better late than never! Jk, It’s understandable that you might not reply right away, I mean, you have a lot of things to do and a lot of people comment on here. We can’t try to monopolize the person helping us all or get angry over something so small as “you didn’t reply right away.” That’s just silly.

        Anyway, thanks for the reply! What you had suggested is pretty much what I was thinking to. I like wearing more fitted clothing because it makes me feel skinnier. lol I was looking at dresses similar to the one in the link you posted as well. I do have a few problems though. I don’t really like showing my arms, and I would like to find something with a higher back. I don’t want to look weird but I also don’t want to feel self conscious. Sadly, my personal taste and the way I look it my personal taste don’t always go together. :/

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  23. Ruth Clarissa
    March 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm (6 months ago)

    I am really confused about my figure.. I have tried taking the quiz but I still can’t figure out what body type I have.. I already given birth to my first child 3yrs ago and that made me gain a lot of weight.. I tried dieting and some walking to be a little thinner but still I have a lot of things to work on to to regain my previous shape.. Hehe.. People say that I have a broad shoulders, undefined waist but still go in and I have larger bum and hips maybe due to giving birth but my shoulders are a little larger than my hips.. Hehe.. Please help.. Thank you very much! Godbless..

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi Ruth, thanks so much for commenting! Can I ask what the main shape you got on the quiz was? It sounds like you might be a bit of a Apple/column Hybrid? Let me know how you went and we can go from there! Cheers, Cait xoxo

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    • Ruth Clarissa
      April 2, 2014 at 7:27 pm (6 months ago)

      In the quiz I usually got column and pear.. Please help me on what to wear on different occasions..

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  24. strawrose
    March 21, 2014 at 11:33 am (6 months ago)

    I don’t know about this. Technically, my friend and I are the same measurements at 38/26/38, but her shoulders are much narrower. Our hips are different shapes, too. I don’t think slender shoulders automatically puts them in the pear category, because their bust may be very large. Another woman from Thin & Curvy also has narrow shoulders.

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi, people can definitely be the same measurements but different sizes, that’s why there is much more to it than JUST going off measurements. I’ve also created the body shape quiz for exactly that reason. As I have said before, THE SHAPES ARE JUST A GUIDE AND EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT! A pear CAN have a large bust, being a pear shape relates to where her weight is distributed on the lower half of her body also – you can’t just go off one attribute of each shape.
      Maybe you should go back and read the page again and also the answers that I have given people and understand a little more about how I deal with body shapes before you start questioning it.

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  25. Beth DiGiacomo
    March 21, 2014 at 6:12 am (6 months ago)

    I am an hourglass shape . Large busted on top. Small waist and my hips are a tad bit smaller than my shoulders. What type of wardrobe should I buy for the summer?

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 22, 2014 at 3:09 pm (6 months ago)

      Hey Beth! That’s awesome that you have worked out your shape! Can I suggest signing up for my online style coaching service, StyleMail for specific advice on what to wear for you shape? It’s aimed to be season-neutral so people from anywhere around the world can use it, but there is definitely some great advice you can take with you when shopping for summer clothes, cheers Caitlin

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  26. antara
    March 18, 2014 at 9:19 pm (7 months ago)

    i have column attribute . can u tell me how can i get perfect figure and how to dress.
    height- 5″2
    age -26

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  27. Katie
    March 18, 2014 at 7:36 am (7 months ago)

    Hmm, I’m curious about my body shape too.

    Shoulders -14.5 inches across
    Bust -32D, but ideally closer to 30DD.
    Waist -Varies, but usually 23-25 inches.
    Hips(including butt) -33-35 inches.

    I usually gain weight in both my arms and legs(on my upper arms, and inner thighs, usually. My lower arms and wrists are fairly thin, as are my knees and ankles. I also gain some weight in my bust, along with a little belly pouch beneath my belly button. My upper arms have some amount of muscle(from lifting weights) as do my thighs and especially my calves. My hips are definitely wider than my waist, but still on the slimmer side. I gain more weight on my butt than I do my actual hips. I’m far more likely to develop a “bubble butt” than saddle bags.

    I’ve always been a little uncertain of my body shape—I’m only 17, so it might change a little(although I’m in my late teens, so probably not that much) and I’ve guessed myself to be anything from a rectangle, to a pear, or an hourglass. I once thought I was a rectangle just because I was skinny, and my hips didn’t seem round enough—I always thought curves went with thicker girls(probably because in general they were far more likely to be curvy around the bust, butt, and hips than skinny girls.)

    I also guessed myself to be pear shaped because my butt sticks out so much—sometimes I thought, disproportionately so because I’m such a small, thin girl. I’m only 5’1″ and 3/4 and usually wear XS-S pants, shirts, and dresses, with a couple of mediums in certain shirts(like button ups.) I have a proportionately long, defined skinny waist with shorter, muscular legs. So my proportions seem to make my upper body seem even more skinny, and my lower body seem thicker than it is. My actual upper thigh is pretty small–it’s usually 19.5 inches, and my calves are a little smaller than average–13 inches, with the average being 14.5 inches. But looking at me, my legs don’t look twig skinny because my inseam is closer to 28 than 31 inches.

    Now, I’ve been told I’m hourglass by plenty of people, but I’m not sure to believe them. Sure, my shoulder and hips are fairly equal in width, my waist is narrow and defined, my bust and bottom are *a little* curvy, but it’s just that I feel I’m a little too skinny to be one. I guess when I think of hourglass, I think of bigger ones—like 36DDD-30-42, rather than my little self. I guess body shapes come in all shapes and sizes, but I’m still confused. Can you help?

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 22, 2014 at 3:27 pm (6 months ago)

      Hey Katie,
      for a start, you hit the nail on the head – body shape has NOTHING to do with size! So don’t feel that you can’t be an Hourglasss because your aren’t “curvy” enough. Can I also just say, curvy means just that – you have curvy, like ALL women do, no matter what size or shape they are. We need to stop using it in such a negative way. I call myself curvy – have you seen pics of me on the blog? I’m NOT a big girl (I’m not tiny either, but I am almost 6ft tall!) but I have curves – and I LOVE that I do!

      the WHOLE point of working out what your body shape is, is to DEFINE THE BEST BITS OF YOURSELF! Working out what shape you are just points you in the right direction. Style is ALL about playing to your strengths and being confident in the skin you are in – own it! You are they only person with your beautiful and unique shape so work it!

      So saying all that, it does sounds like you are a gorgeous little Hourglass – own it! Show off that tiny waist, embrace that booty! (can you say Beyonce!?!?). In regards to your upper body feeling longer that you lower body, try doing things to elongate your legs – wear high-waisted skirts and pants (then no one knows where you legs start) dress are good for this too.

      I hope that helps point you in the right direction a little? let me know
      Cheers
      Cait xoxo

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  28. Jesse
    March 17, 2014 at 7:53 am (7 months ago)

    Okay… I wasn’t going to comment but I’m so confused by this. I have no idea what my body shape is, I feel like I could be any of them. I carry most of my weight in my stomach and thighs. I’m so confused, and if you could help me out a little, that would be absolutely wonderful. I’ve been trying to find out my body shape for years and I just can’t.
    Shoulders: 35″
    Bust: 33″ (30D)
    Waist: 26″
    Hips: 34″

    I’m so confused by my own body I have no idea what’s going on. It would be much appreciated if you could help.

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Jesse,

      thanks for the comment, let’s see if we can help. Like I said before, its a little hard to tell just off your measurements, but it sounds like you are the Hourglass – what shape did you come up with when you took the quiz?
      Regardless, all the shapes are just a guide – the most important thing to do is work out the parts of YOUR body you like the most, and dress to suit those!
      Let me know if hourglass sounds about right?
      Cheers
      Caitlin

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      • Jesse
        March 19, 2014 at 3:52 am (7 months ago)

        In the quiz, I got three for column, three for column, two for pear, and one for apple. Beginning to feel like my body is an enigma of shapes.

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  29. Lynne Pilot
    March 17, 2014 at 5:38 am (7 months ago)

    Hi Cait, stumbled on your website and all I can say is – Halleujah…totally love it. So thank you!!!

    I need help figuring out my body type… I’m think I’m 2 shapes (Hourglass-apple). Never been to super confident of my body shape as I am short (5Ft), large busted and I have been described as curvy and this has always made me feel heavy set as opposed to petite :)

    I have put on a bit of weight and Im sitting at 4 sizes over my ideal size. If I can figure out my body type at least I can have the confidence to start dressing accordingly and get some extra confidence to get keep on track.

    Most of my weight gain has been across my back, bust, hips. I have also placed a fair bit of weight across my middle section. I do have a defined waist and my legs are quiet muscular. The weight gain in the tummy and back throws me off and I have a flat bottom – does this make me an Apple?

    My shoulders are about the same size as my hips I do a defined waist (although not as small as it used to be)

    My outer thighs and calves are very muscular but I have gained weight in my inner thighs.

    Sorry to do the type and describe job but I am just hoping that maybe you can help. Thank you

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Lynne!
      thanks for your comment – don’t apologise! It’s much easier to work off a description than just plain measurements anyway :-)

      I think maybe we could call you an Hourglass with Apple tendencies? What do you think haha! SO what that means is that you apply all the Hourglass rule and advice to your shape, but also include a few Apple ideas in there too (mainly the middle section stuff).

      Being petite is almost a shape in itself too! You do have to dress slightly differently again than you would if you were taller. My BIGGEST tip to you is to a) create VERTICAL lines down your body, and to still define your waist.

      I tell you what, send me a direct email, and I’ll send you a free issue of the latest StyleMail ( that I wrote all about creating vertical lines, see if it’s helpful at all!
      My email is caitlin@chasingcait.com

      look forward to hearing from you
      Caitlin

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  30. maggie
    March 17, 2014 at 4:16 am (7 months ago)

    So I have looked at multiple websites trying to determine my body shape. Ive even taken some quizzes and they come up with different shapes. My sizes are 36b-27-40 but my shoulders are about 39″ so my shoulders and hips are about the same but my bust is smaller than my hips. So I was curious to see what you think, if its pear or hourglass shaped. Thank you!

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 17, 2014 at 8:28 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Maggie, thanks so much for your comment! If your hips and shoulders are about the same, sounds like you are more of an Hourglass than a Pear. Pears are generally a size smaller on the top – but by the sounds of your shoulders, you’d be the same am I right?
      Let me know if that clears things up

      Cheers
      Caitlin

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  31. Neasa
    March 16, 2014 at 2:57 am (7 months ago)

    Hi :)
    I thought I was a column shape but when I did you’re quiz it said I was an Apple. Except for the last one (I have small boobs) every other question I answered was apple. (sorry if this sounds confusing :/ ) Do you have to have big/ medium sized boobs to be an apple? My legs are very thin and I carry practically all my weight on the top half. Also, my shoulders are broader then my hips. :) thanks xx

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 16, 2014 at 9:47 pm (7 months ago)

      Hi Nessa, thanks so much for the comment, as I mention a few times, the shapes are just a guide, not every single attribute will apply to every single person, but by the sounds of it, and Apple is the right shape for you :-)

      some Apples can have a smaller bust, it more about your frame, so wider shoulders and slimmer legs are common attributes for the Apple shape.

      I hope that helps a little?
      Cheers
      Cait

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  32. ugo
    March 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi, my shoulders is 42 inches and bust is 36 inches,waist is 31 inches and hips is 38 inches , pls what shape is this?

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  33. amanda
    March 8, 2014 at 9:50 am (7 months ago)

    Hi , I just found your blog today. I love it , but i’m still confused about my body shape. I have very thick legs. I carry most of my weight on my bottom. I do have a waist. I’m not in shape. My shoulders and hips are about the same size. My bust is 34 , waist 26, hips 36, my shoulders 37. 1 website said hourglass, 1 said pear, and another said column. Please help me.. I have been buying alot of clothes that don’t flatter my figure, and most of them just sit in the back of my closet.

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi Amanda, thanks so much for the comment! I’m so glad you found my blog! Did you take the body shape quiz at the top of this page? Give it a go and tell me what the shape you come out with the most answers is :-)
      Cx

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  34. Nade
    March 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi,
    I just found your blog today and I am a 38DD i have a waist but its not very defined (if i wear a tight shirt or naked you see it), I’m pretty chubby all around my body. I have big hips and thighs and i have a tummy.
    What shape does it sound like I am??

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 5, 2014 at 12:13 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Nade! How did you go taking the body shape quiz above? It’s a pretty good indicator of your shape :-) It’s a little hard to tell people’s shape just off your measurements, without seeing you….

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  35. Emma
    March 5, 2014 at 1:21 am (7 months ago)

    Hi,

    I just wondered if you could give me a little bit of advice. Whenever I answer questions to know my body type on different websites, I end up being hourglass.
    However, I do find that a lot of the clothing tips don’t suit me because of my belly. Also, I don’t consider my thighs to be slim at all.

    What clothing items would you reccomend for me to look for? I’m starting a new job in a few weeks and would love to renew my wardrobe.
    Personally I love blazers, but they never look good on me. Any other tips to create a nice and sophisticated look?

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  36. Bree
    March 2, 2014 at 10:33 am (7 months ago)

    Hi Cait,

    I just found your blog today, but I really like it so far. I’ve always been super confused about my body shape. I’m 5’3, a 34DD, my waist is about 27 and my hips 34. But I have no butt to speak of, longer legs, a shorter torso and relatively narrow shoulders ~35. Most of my body fat goes to my stomache. Its super hard to find things that fit and look good. What body shape do you think I am?

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 2, 2014 at 10:45 am (7 months ago)

      Hey Bree, welcome to the blog first of all!
      hmmm ok, lets try and work out what shape you are. It’s always tricky going JUST off someone’s measurements, because they can be deceiving. I want to say that you are either an Hourglass or a Column – do you have a defined waist? So do you go OUT at your shoulders, IN at your waist and then OUT at your hips? (regardless of bum) making you an HOURGLASS….. OR do you feel that you go more straight through? with less of a defined waist? Maybe suggesting you are a COLUMN?

      All the shapes come down to is helping women identify their BEST physical attributes and working towards showing off those bits of your body – by drawing attention to your GOOD bits, no one is looking at your bad bits.

      let me know if either of those shapes sound familiar?
      Cheers
      Cait

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  37. Rose
    March 1, 2014 at 10:08 am (7 months ago)

    Hi Cait,

    Love your blog! Wondering if you could help me out. Confused about how how to work out my body shape. Depending what site I go to I could be rectangle, pear or even inverted triangle!
    I’m 5 foot 7, measurements 39in shoulders, 32B bust, waist 26in hips 36.5in. I’ve got quite square muscular shoulders, long torso with slim legs. I get fit issues in that skirts either gape at the waist or if they fit the waist are tight around the hip, jeans are often too baggy round the thigh & butt area, and tops which fit round my shoulders tend to be baggy round the bust.

    It’s frustrating trying to buy suitable work clothes as structured clothes don’t work very well on me. Grateful for any tips.

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Rose! thanks so much for your email and I’m glad you love the blog!

      It can be a little confusing to work out your shape sometimes, and it’s OK not to fit into one shape or another straight away! By the sounds of what you are saying, it sounds like maybe you are basically a column, but maybe with slightly broader shoulders, does that sound familiar? So you tend to go straight through, without much of a defined waist, or curvy hips and bum, but maybe your shoulders are a little wider?

      So what you need to do is basically work off the principles of a column, but avoid things that add bulk to your shoulders, like shoulder pads in blazers, or tops with detail or ruffle on the shoulders.

      In terms of work clothes, you want to look for dresses that have some drape to them, perhaps they are made of jersey. Check out this dress for example:
      http://www.sachadrake.com/SHOP_ONLINE/DRESSES/SDWI14CO01TB/CONSTANCE-CAP-SLEEVE-FAUX-WRAP-DRESS.html

      Also, these pants will stop the gap thing happening:
      http://www.sachadrake.com/Stretch/SHOP_STRETCH_SOLUTIONS/SSCORESKP1BK/SKINNY-PANT.html

      Or when you are buying jeans, look for jeans that have A LOT of lycra in them, they will stretch to YOUR shape, rather than you having to fit into it!

      I hope that helps Rose?
      If the column DOES sound like you, consider signing up to StyleMail The Column Edition, and you can get more specific advice on dressing for YOUR shape directly to your inbox: http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/
      Cait xx

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      • Rose
        March 3, 2014 at 12:20 am (7 months ago)

        Hi Cait, thanks the jersey wrap dresses seem to be the way forward! I found quite a few on Banana Republic as well so I thought I’d give them a try. You should publish a book on body shape queries as it’s such a popular topic.

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        • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
          March 3, 2014 at 8:29 am (7 months ago)

          Hey Rose – glad that helped! I would LOVE to publish a book some day, but in the mean time, why don’t you check out StyleMail? It’s an online styling guide for your shape, with new tips and tricks directly from me to you every fortnight :-)
          http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/
          CX

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  38. Charlene
    March 1, 2014 at 10:02 am (7 months ago)

    Hello Im only 12 right now but want to know my basic body shape.
    My bust is 30 inches
    My hips are 31 Inches
    My waist is 26inches
    All around my shoulders are 34 inches
    So thanks! I really love this page but I cant figure out my body shape. xxxx

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:02 pm (7 months ago)

      Hi Charlene, thanks so much for your comment!
      So when you are 12, it’s really too early to think about what body shape you are as you probably haven’t gone through all those changes yet that will give you the shape you will become as you get older. You body will go through so many changes in the next few years (and then for a long time after that too!) that it’s really hard to say now.

      The shapes I talk about are more for ladies who have gone through a few changes and have stopped growing – you still have so much growing to do, and your shape will change so it’s hard to say what shape you are now, and what you will become.

      The MOST important thing is that you are fit and healthy and that you remember that your shape will change at a different time and pace than your friends so don’t compare. You are beautiful and wonderful in YOUR body, and it’s ok to become any of the shapes. You are amazing as you are – changing body and all OK?

      I hope that helps you a little
      Cait xx

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  39. Lisa
    March 1, 2014 at 6:11 am (7 months ago)

    Hi there. My name is Lisa and im roughly 5ft 2ins. I only carry the weight in the stomach area and im thin everywhere else. The arms,the legs,my butt sticks out and I have hardly any hips. Do you know what body shape I am.

    Thanks

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Lisa, it sounds like you are a yummy Apple shape! Show off those slender arms and legs, and there are definitely some easy tricks for hiding a tummy. In fact, I’ve just started a series called StyleMail, where you can sign up to get styling advice directly to your inbox based specifically about your shape – it would be perfect for you as there are heaps of tricks I know to help Apples dress well for their shape – you can sign up here: http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/

      I hope that helps some?
      Cheers
      Cait x

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  40. Jessica
    February 28, 2014 at 9:58 pm (7 months ago)

    I just found your blog I have been searching for along time please help broad shoulders big breast very big tummy no hips or butt super skinny legs what shape am I PLEASE help I feel I look awful in jeans and have a hard time finding clothes that flatter me

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:07 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Jessica, it sounds like you are a yummy Apple shape!

      If jeans are hard to find, look for ones that are a) skinny – yep! You’ve got the slender legs so why hide them in baggy jeans, and b) have lots of STRETCH in them. That way the waist will fit around your tummy, but they will also give your leg a nice shape.

      I’ve just started a series called StyleMail, where you can sign up to get styling advice directly to your inbox based specifically about your shape – it would be perfect for you as there are heaps of tricks I know to help Apples dress well for their shape – you can sign up here: http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/

      I hope that helps a little?
      Cait x

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  41. Lori Fiscus
    February 28, 2014 at 8:37 am (7 months ago)

    I am the apple shape and am looking for a prom dress and was wondering what things I should look for in my dress to give me a slimmer look. im 5’11 230lbs. wear a size 16 in jeans and im 40in under my bust. I have a chubby back but absolutely NO booty!

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:12 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Lori – Prom! How exciting!

      Ok, you want to look for a dress that gives your body BALANCE. If you have no butt, look for a dress that gives you one. Did you know that Catherine Zeta Jones is an Apple shape? and HOW amazing does she always look on the red carpet. One tip I have is GOOGLE “Catherine Zeta Jones red carpet” and have a look at the styles of dress she wears – then try and find one is a style you like too!

      A one shoulder would be amazing on you, it would draw the eye UP the body, but not broaden your shoulders, plus look for something that gives you shape through the waist (so with ruching and lots of fabric pulled across the tummy) but then flares out over your hips – you want to give the illusion that you have an Hourglass shape by give yourself a waist, and adding some bulk on your hip – does that make sense?

      I hope that helps a little?? I’d love to see pics of your prom so please feel free to send them to me!!!

      Cait x

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  42. Sebrina
    February 28, 2014 at 2:00 am (7 months ago)

    Alright I have been looking for a prom for forever but I don’t know exactly how to dress my body …

    See I’m really short (4’9″) and I have DD boobs, a bit of a tummy, but curves are there, and thick thighs but from the knees down they appear to be slimmer …

    I don’t know if I’m an apple or an hourglass and I don’t know what kind of dress to get that will hide my chest and tummy because all of the dresses that I look at draw attention to either the chest or show off how long a person’s legs are or how slim they are and I am none of those.

    I want a dress that hides my chest, defines the curves I have, hides my tummy, and makes me appear to be taller (or at least makes my legs look longer) …

    What kind of shape am I?

    Is there a dress out there that can accommodate my shape or am I trying to hard to find a “miracle” dress?

    PLEASE HELP! Thank you!

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:17 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Sebrina! Ok, I’ve just replied to another gorgeous girl about prom dresses and sounds like you guys have the same kinda problem – I’m going to cut and paste a little of what I just said to her because it applies to you too OK?

      But in terms of shape, I think you are slightly more of an Hourglass, but the same thing below applies for you. The BIGGEST tip I can give you is DON”T WEAR A STRAPLESS DRESS!! Look for either what I suggest below, or a dress that has gorgeous cap sleeves and a sweetheart neckline, like this one: http://images.mirror.co.uk/upl/m4/dec2009/0/3/catherine-zeta-jones-pic-getty-image-2-97241309.jpg

      PERFECT for your shape! The other tip is, wear a darker colour, it won’t show every lump and bump as much as a lighter colour.

      OK, here’s what I told Lori – same applies to you (except not the Apple, you’re an Hourglass)

      Ok, you want to look for a dress that gives your body BALANCE. If you have no butt, look for a dress that gives you one. Did you know that Catherine Zeta Jones is an Apple shape? and HOW amazing does she always look on the red carpet. One tip I have is GOOGLE “Catherine Zeta Jones red carpet” and have a look at the styles of dress she wears – then try and find one is a style you like too!

      A one shoulder would be amazing on you, it would draw the eye UP the body, but not broaden your shoulders, plus look for something that gives you shape through the waist (so with ruching and lots of fabric pulled across the tummy) but then flares out over your hips – you want to give the illusion that you have an Hourglass shape by give yourself a waist, and adding some bulk on your hip – does that make sense?

      I hope that helps a little?

      Reply
  43. Shina
    February 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi. I really like your blog. It is very informative and useful.

    I am confused about my body type. I am short (Height – 5′ )

    My tailoring measurements are:

    Shoulder – 14.5″
    Chest – 37″
    Waist – 32″
    Hips – 38.5″

    I have lots of fab around my waist. earlier I used to wear Small size – 26 size jeans

    What is my body type? Do I have broad shoulders? what to wear?
    Thank you

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:20 pm (7 months ago)

      Hi Shina, thanks for your comment – I’m so glad you like the blog!
      It’s sometimes a little tricky to tell someones shape just off your measurements rather than being able to see you, however it seems like you are a slight little hourglass there. Most hourglasses carry a little weight around their waist.
      Because you are quite petite in stature, the most important tip for you is to wear things that are quite tailored, otherwise you will get lost in all the fabric!

      Have a read of this blog post I wrote a little while ago for dressing if you are little:
      http://chasingcait.com/2012/11/body-shape-basics-petite/

      I hope that all helps?

      Cait x

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  44. ugo
    February 27, 2014 at 7:54 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi, catlin..I am wondering what shape I am..I’m 5ft 7, my xhoulder is 16 inches, my waist is 31 inches, my boobs is 37 inches and my hips is 38 inches…please what shape is that and I have tall slender legs..not fat at all and small bum bum..still doing aquats for it lol..thanks

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  45. Emma
    February 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi I’m a little confused on my shape as well.. I’m 5’6″ 36DDD, 35″ waist, 40″ hips

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:25 pm (7 months ago)

      Hi Emma!

      As always, it’s kinda hard to tell just off your measurements rather than seeing you in person, but you could either be an Hourglass, or a Pear with a large bust. Now they sound kinda the same, but you have to dress a little differently if you are a Pear as you will carry your weight a little lower down your leg (like on your thighs).
      Now if your shoulders are about the same width as your hips (totally ignoring boob size) then you are more likely to be an Hourglass, however, if your actual shoulders are quite narrow compared to your hips, then Pear it is.

      I Hope that helps distinguish between the two? Let me know if you have any more questions
      Cheers
      Cait x

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  46. Rebecca
    February 27, 2014 at 1:52 am (7 months ago)

    I have no idea what my shape is! I have very thin legs, small boobs (34A), 30″ waist, Tiny bum and hips?? I’m definetely not an hourglass or pear but I really hate my body because it’s boyish :( please help ?? :-D thanks

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:28 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Rebecca!
      First of all, DON”T hate your body!!! There are girls out there who would KILL for your frame! Everyone has a different shape, and they are ALL amazing – you are only given one body to work with in this life, so the best thing you can do is make the most of it!

      So by the sounds of it, you are what we call the Column shape – and thats an AWESOME shape to be because you can either really work the slender angle – wear skinny jeans and a tee OR you can give yourself pretend curves by wearing dresses with belts and things like that.

      Have a read of this blog post, it will give you a few more ideas about how you can ROCK your shape: http://chasingcait.com/2012/11/body-shape-basics-the-column/

      I hope that helps
      Cait x

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      • Rebecca
        March 2, 2014 at 1:38 am (7 months ago)

        I forgot to tell you that I’m only fourteen so I still have lots of growing to do and thanks so much this really helped :-)

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  47. Hulda
    February 26, 2014 at 2:39 pm (7 months ago)

    I just turn 15 and would like for you to help me to determine my body shape ; I do not know my measurements but however I shall describe my body . I have a flat stomach like really flat that I can eat for centuries and won’t gain weight …My boobs are medium size but I am a size 36D. I am 5’8. My Upper body is proportion to my lower body. I gain weight in my thighs and my chest. My hips have not yet expand neither my waist have not got larger. What Body shape shall I have when I am reaching Woman-Hood and How should I dress?
    Thanks very much for reading this and helping me !!

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Hulda, well it sounds like you have a little Hourglass shape going on there! You will find those as you keep growing your shape might keep changing and that’s ok too!
      While you are young it’s really important NOT to focus on your shape (sounds weird I know) but to just focus on being fit and healthy and having fun!!!

      Enjoy your youth (you’ll miss it when you’re older haha!)
      Cait x

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  48. Joche
    February 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi, I think I am a coloumn shape but my waist is smaller than my bust and hips but then my hips are slightly smaller than my bust. I do not know if I am totally a column shape??

    Thanks for reading! :)

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Joche – it does sound like you are Column shape, nice one for working it out! – but it’s also important to remember that these shapes are just a GUIDE – not everyone will fit exactly into one of the four shapes I use. It’s just to give you a general idea.

      So you can loosely use the Column principles, but the most important thing is to work out your favourite attributes and just draw attention to those, no matter what they are!

      read this post, it might help you out a little:http://chasingcait.com/2014/02/learn-to-start-loving-yourself-this-valentines-day/
      Cheers
      Cait x

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  49. Linn
    February 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm (7 months ago)

    Hey! I don’t know if you’ll reply to me, seeing as the earliest comments up here are 2 years old, but I would be very grateful if you did!
    I’m struggling to find out what body type I am.. All the pages say different things.
    Here are my measurements if they help:
    I’m 5’6 tall,
    shoulders: 37
    Bust: 33
    waist: 25
    Hips: 38

    I’ve got long legs with thighs on the big side and what we call “soccer calves” – calves with well defined muscles on the back side.
    I’ve got too little bust to be a hourglass and too broad shoulders to be a pear, and maybe too much of a waist for column. I don’t know :(

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Linn!

      thanks so much for the comment – let’s try and see if we can work this out :-)

      OK, first of all, it’s important to remember that that shapes are just a GUIDE! There are heaps of people that don’t fit exactly into one of the shapes and that ok too – it’s just to give you an idea. But looking at your measurements, I’d say you are still an Hourglass, but just with smaller boobs – and thats ok too!

      It’s really about your frame, and your shoulders and your hips seems to be about the same width apart, with a narrower waist (so think about the shape of a hourglass – out, in, out) sounds like you?

      Your legs sound EXACTLY like mine (except my bestie and I call them ‘dancers calves’) – and can I tell you, I wouldn’t trade my legs for the world! They look awesome in a pencil skirt and pair of heels, and I’m guessing yours do too!

      So Hourglass it is, even without the boobs (you’re not missing much, trust me haha!)
      I hope that helps a little?
      Cait x

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  50. Casey
    February 19, 2014 at 9:25 am (7 months ago)

    Hey Caitlin, I’m having trouble figuring out my body shape. My shoulders are broader than my hips, I have a defined waist, and I’m short waisted. My measurements are 34-26-36 and I’m 5’3. When I put my measurements into body shape calculators I get pear. I know this is not true because like I said, my shoulder are wider than my hips. I’m honestly really confused what my body shape is. I’m also only 15 so I know my body will change more.

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Casey! Firstly, you are SO right! You are only 15 so your shape will definitely still change :-) Also, when you just look at the measurements you have me, they do say a little bit Pear, little bit Hourglass as you bust and hips are about the same, with a defined waist.
      Now remember, your measurements don’t have to be EXACTLY spot on, and your hips and shoulders don’t have to be EXACTLY the same width to tell you your shape, the measurements are just a guide.
      Now I can’t see you (cause you’ve only given me your measurements) but I’m guessing that I would still call you an Hourglass – think about the shape of an hourglass: Out, In, Out – and that sounds like what your body does, even if not exactly the same.
      Does that all make sense? If it doesn’t, please feel free to let me know and we can keep working on it together!
      Cait x

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  51. Anastaysia
    February 17, 2014 at 7:02 am (8 months ago)

    Hi, Caitlin I am wondering what body shape I have, i am 5’4.5… my measurements are:
    Bust – 30 inches (30A)
    Waist – 22.5
    hips 31.5
    My legs are long, most of my leg weight is on my thighs and i have shapely calfs
    my shoulders are average and my arms are long and slim
    I am only 14 so maybe my shape will change when I’m older?

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      February 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Anastaysia, sounds like you are a little hourglass :-) But yes, you are totally right, your shape will change as you get older and thats ok! Its really important to remember that you are still young, and your body is changing, as it everyone else’s around you so don’t spend time and energy comparing yourself to them ok?

      The MOST important thing now is that you are fit and healthy and appreciate all the amazing things that your body can do! Exercise and eating well will always make you feel good inside and out.

      Fashion can be fun, and can also make you feel good, but it’s also really important not to get focused JUST on how you look :-) I’m sure you are beautiful just as you are and as long as you remember that, you’ll be great! xx

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  52. Nicola
    February 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm (8 months ago)

    After doing heaps of different research looking for my body type, I’m still kind of confused. My bust and hips (both on the larger side) are literally only a cm difference between them, but my waist is only 8 inches smaller than them. Some websites were saying that to be an hourglass shape your waist must be 9 inches small at least. Please help?

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      February 12, 2014 at 8:57 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Nicola, it definitely sounds like you are an hourglass – they are no set ‘rules’ about how much of a difference your measurements have to be to fit into a certain shape. Some women are slight hourglass shapes and others (like me) are really obvious, but there is no right or wrong. I hope that helps? Cx

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      • Nicola
        February 18, 2014 at 8:29 pm (8 months ago)

        Thanks heaps, that helps a lot.

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  53. shayla
    February 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm (8 months ago)

    Hi, i have a small bust but a defined waist and bum. I’m size 1 in juniors but for tops i’m still in kids, unless i wear a tank top underneith. I know it sounds weird that a 14 year old is worrying about her body, but i would like to know how to dress for my body. I already know how to dress for my style, but not my body styles. if you could please tell me, or give me ideas of what I should do. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:45 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Shayla, so honey, you totally said it yourself!! You already know how to dress for your style and thats THE most important thing! I’ve had quite a few young girls come on here and ask me what shape they are, and I have told them all the same thing – it doesn’t matter yet!! You haven’t finished growing, so the shape you are now might be different in 6 months time, so there is no need to worry about it!

      The important thing is that you are fit and healthy in your body, and that you understand that YOUR body is the only one you have, so be kind to it! Don’ worry about what that other girls are saying about their bodies, or what they look like, they are not you, you are the only you so embrace it! (which it sounds like you’ve already done ;-) )

      My biggest tip? Wear what you love!! but can I also let you in on a little secret – the things you love to wear and also they things that suit your shape! You like them because they flatter you, so you feel good in them! Make sense??? Keep having fun with clothes and don’t worry about your shape for a few years yet ok??
      Cait x

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  54. Cathy
    January 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm (8 months ago)

    I have a short tiny waist with long muscular legs though i’m short what do i wear

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Cathy,
      thanks so much for the comment – I’m probably going to need a little bit more info to help you work out what to wear! Have a quick read through the shapes and see if any of them stand out to you? Or have attributes that sound familiar? For instance, you have a little waist, but are your shoulders and hips the same width apart? Or is one wider than the other? Do you have a neat or large bust, do you carry weight on your bum? or hips and thighs?

      Let me know and we’ll see if we can work it out!
      Cheers
      Caitlin

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  55. ruby
    January 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm (9 months ago)

    Hi im so unsure of my body shape!! Im a size 12 UK, i have chubby arms, big bum..big thighs!! carrying a little weight on the belly i cant work out if im hourglass or apple?!

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Ruby, Sounds like you are more of the Hourglass shape (Apples tend to have slim legs, with broader shoulders). It’s typical for Hourglasses to carry a little weight on their tummy too but still have a defined waist – does that sounds like you?
      If you’d like more info on how to dress for your shape (now that we have worked out what you are) why not sign up to StyleMail: The Hourglass Edition. It’s my online styling guide I’ve just launched – click here to get more info: http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/

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  56. Fiona
    January 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm (9 months ago)

    I am not fat or skinny. I have dd boobs and a little pouch of stomach fat. However from the back I feel I look straight up and down. No definition of waist with my hips and thighs and shoulders. What body shape is that and what clothes I should avoid?

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 2:36 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Fiona,
      Sounds like you could be a little bit of a hybrid shape – maybe an Column with Hourglass tendencies. Saying that, I would mostly look for things that suit the Hourglass, as big boobs (typical of the Hourglass) can be one of the hardest body parts to dress.
      I would suggest on your top half, wear things that minimise your bust – lower necklines, darker colours, and use jewellery and scarves to create a vertical line down your body.
      But if you don’t have much definition around your waist, or your hips aren’t wider that your waist, give yourself balance buy wearing things that broaden your hips (it will make your waist look littler and balance out your boobs). Look for pants that have pockets or detail on the hips (those draped pants that are in fashion right now are awesome for that!) or skirts and dresses that are fuller on the bottom (rather than straight skirts)
      I hope that helps a little? If you are after some ongoing advice, how about you sign up to my new StyleMail? It’s an online styling service specifically built around dressing for your shape (I’d sign up to the Hourglass Edition) here are the details: http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/
      Cheers
      Cait x

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  57. Kathleen
    January 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm (9 months ago)

    I am 50 lbs overweight, mostly in stomach. Small breat, big waist thin hips and legs, 5’8″. What are the best styles for me. I assume I am apple shape. Thank you.

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 2:41 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Kathleen,
      sounds like you have nailed your shape already! Nice work!
      So couple of things you could do for your shape… on the top half, you want to do what I call ‘divide and conquer’ the surface area over your boobs. You can do this by wearing v-necks, scoop necks and any other necklines that DON’T add a lot of fabric over your bust area. The other way to do this is to wear necklaces and scarves that create a V shape down your body.
      On your bottom half, you’re best tip is to show off those legs!! tights under dresses rather than jeans, skinny jeans rather than baggy pants, those sorts of things!
      I hope that helps a little? If you want more advice, I’d love you to sign up to StyleMail, my new online styling service I’ve just launched… more details here: http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/

      Cheers
      Cait xx

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  58. ola
    January 8, 2014 at 1:19 pm (9 months ago)

    Hi, I don’t know what body type I am, I have big arms, medium bust, a slight tummy, wide waist but I my hips are bigger than my waist and big thighs

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 2:43 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Ola,

      thanks for the comment – if you hips are a little wider than your thighs you could either be a Pear (if your shoulders are narrower than your hips) or an Hourglass (if your hips are about the same width as your hips). Do either of those sound like you?? Let me know and we can go from there!
      Cheers
      Cait xx

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  59. Emma
    January 5, 2014 at 7:18 am (9 months ago)

    Hi! I have no idea what my body type is and could use some advice! I’m 5’10.5. My shoulders and hips are about the same (34 and 33.5 in) and my waist is my asset (25 in). I have a really really small bust and butt, though, so can I still be hourglass? Underbust 29 in and bust 32 in. Also, my legs are really long (my inseam is 37 in) but my thighs aren’t very toned (about 21 in. around the biggest part). Any idea of my shape/what could be good to wear?

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Emma! it totally sounds like you are an Hourglass! You don’t have to have huge boobs to fit into that category – it’s more about the structure of your shape. Your height will totally work to your advantage so make the most of it with skinny jeans and maxi dresses!
      So I’ve just started a new online styling service called StyleMail and it sounds perfect for you! It’s based on body shapes and you get 2 emails a month specifically on how to dress for your shape for only $10!! There’s some more info here: http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/
      I hope all that helps!
      Cait xx

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  60. Crystal
    January 3, 2014 at 10:22 am (9 months ago)

    Hey Cait, I’m having trouble figuring out what body shape I am! I have medium to large shoulders, a nice bust, medium sized hips, distinctive curves, a nice bottom that i cant complain about, and legs with a little thigh gap. Oh, and I’m around 5’3ft. My measurements are 38.5-29-36. Half of the body calculator website say that I am an inverted triangle while the other half say that I am an hourglass. It is getting really annoying and I don’t know which body type I am really anymore.If you could help me it would really make me less anxious. Thankyou!

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Crystal! It’s so confusing when different sites tell you different things hey! That’s why I just like to stick to the 4 basic shapes and just use them a a guide, there is no right or wrong shape!

      I would say just from what you have told me you are the perfect little hourglass! Go girl! The biggest tips are to show off your curves, particularly your waist and just be really proud of the body you have!

      I’ve also just started up an awesome new online styling service that I think would be awesome for you! It’s called StyleMail and it’s based on dressing specifically for your body shape (you’d sign up to the Hourglass Edition) here’s some more info on it! http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/

      I hope that helps!!
      Cait xo

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  61. Trying to help
    December 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm (9 months ago)

    Came across this blog, love that you answer direct questions!
    So I’m trying to help my best friend the tomboy find her fem side: she is 230lbs, size 20 pants.. Shaped with a big belly, muscular legs, big breasts 44c or d but someone told her B, no backside.. What shape is that??!? We are trying to find her some fem outfits that will help tame all the extras..?

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey there, it sounds like she is the Column Shape. Columns tend to go straight through in the body, with not much of a defined waist, but they can be big or small busted so that sounds like her.
      If you are looking for some feminine outfits, look for things that give her the illusion of shape. Jersey dresses with a defined waist will work, or even adding some feminine colours or jewellery to her existing looks might work?
      I hope that helps a little? Let me know if you have any more questions?
      Cheers
      Cait x

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  62. Freya
    December 27, 2013 at 9:39 am (9 months ago)

    Hi, please help! I have no idea what shape or combination of shapes I am, neither does my friend. I am about 5ft 4 an generally a UK size 12. I have large calves, curvy thighs and a big bum. I have large breast and no defined waist at all. When I put weight on it generally goes to my belly bum breasts and thighs. I don’t really have broad shoulders, they are the same as my hips and I have quite big arms. I have been told I have quite a sporty physique but I really do not know what styles I should be wearing. Please help… Thanks xx

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 2:58 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Freya, It sounds like you are a Column Shape if you have no defined waist, but something tells me there’s a little bit of Hourglass in you there too! Do you think that maybe you don’t feel like your waist is little because you have a bit of a tummy? Maybe get your friend to look at you from the back and see if you waist comes in, even just slightly, from your hips.
      I think the biggest thing for you is to not hide behind clothes – look for clothes that show off your shape with some structure (there is difference between structured and ‘clingy’!). Don’t wear oversized clothes that hide your shape because you’ll actually end up looking bigger than you are.
      Have a read of this blog on dressing for an hourglass and see if any of this would work for you: http://chasingcait.com/2012/11/body-shape-basics-the-hourglass/
      I hope that helps a little
      Cait x

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  63. anne
    December 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm (9 months ago)

    i have a “perfect” butt as my friends tell me and i have normal sized toned thighs. But i have no hips and a normal sized waist and I’m a 32b so what am i bc I’m not a pear bc of the hip thing like there isn’t anything there accept butt!! thankssss

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  64. Sim.S
    December 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm (9 months ago)

    I’m very confused, can I have some help please? I have medium/small hips (rounded diamond shape), a large bust (38C but it isn’t done growing), thin stomach, long limbs (I’m 5’10 at 16), and I could say broad shoulders. I have no clue what this is but this has got to be the ugliest body type in history.

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 3:05 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Sim! first of all, there is no such thing as an ugly body shape! We all have bits and pieces of our shape that we don’t like, but often what we don’t like about ourselves, someone else is admiring!
      It sounds like you are growing into a gorgeous Hourglass shape! Embrace it honey! The Hourglass is a beautiful shape to be!
      One of the most important things to remember, is that we can’t change our fundamental shape – it will pretty much always stay the same no matter how much weight you put on, or lose.
      What I’d love you to do, is think of three things about your body that you LOVE! Dress to show those bits off! and WORK your height! I’m 5ft10 and I lOVE being tall – it means you can pull off some wicked fashion that others cant.
      I also really want you to read this post – I think it is really important that you learn to love you body – it’s the only one you’ve got
      http://chasingcait.com/2014/01/why-wait-a-body-love-campaign-from-marie-claire/
      Cait xx

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  65. Erica
    December 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm (10 months ago)

    Hi i reckon my shape is an hourglass however i aint certain however i have big thighs,small tummy with no curves

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:58 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Erica,
      thanks so much for the comment – I’m probably going to need a little bit more info to help you work out what to wear! Have a quick read through the shapes and see if any of them stand out to you? Or have attributes that sound familiar? For instance, you have a small tummy, but are your shoulders and hips the same width apart? Or is one wider than the other? Do you have a neat or large bust, do you carry weight on your bum? or hips and thighs?

      Let me know and we’ll see if we can work it out!

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  66. karla
    December 16, 2013 at 5:44 am (10 months ago)

    Hi

    Im loving your blog hun its fab!!!
    Im totally confused about my body shape
    Clothes are my enermy :/
    Getting dressed is so hard
    Im 15 stone
    I have wide hips
    Massive thighs
    I think my sholders are as wide as my hips
    I think i have a waste just, im more wide than belly, my boobs are average id say not big or small, im a nomal heigt too.

    Please help me, i cant stand to see my self in a mirror clothes on or off, i always compare my self to other well dresses girls makes me feel worse, im clueless at clothes :(
    Sorry for ranting
    Xxx

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 3:10 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Karla!
      First of all, don’t every aplogize for ranting at me!, you’ve read the blog – I just rant at you haha!!
      Ok, let’s work out your body shape – it sounds like you are a gorgeous Hourglass shape (just like me!)
      The trick to always looking good is to dress well for YOUR shape! I’m sure the girls you look at and want to look LIKE have totally different shapes from you, and probably look amazing because they are just wearing what works best on them :-)
      I have a few homework assignments for you ok?
      1) I want you to tell me 3 things you LOVE about your body (it might be hard, but you can do it)
      2) I want you to read this post: It’s all about loving the body you have! http://chasingcait.com/2014/01/why-wait-a-body-love-campaign-from-marie-claire/
      3) Sign up to my new online styling service called StyleMail – it sounds like it’s exactly what you need! It’s a body-shape based subscription that will give you specific tips and advice from me on how to dress best for YOUR shape! Have a bit more of a read here: http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/

      I hope all that helps just a little?? You can look just as amazing as those other girls – it’s just about tweaking a few things and dressing best for you shape!!
      Let me know if you have any other questions
      Cait xox

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  67. Nancy
    December 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm (10 months ago)

    i m totally confused about my shape.. First i thought it should be the column. But i have big calf muscle and small butt which makes my body unfit for skirts and short dresses.. And also i m lil short in height.. What shoud i do??

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 3:14 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Nancy,
      you could totally still be a column – don’t be scared of skirts and short dresses. You might think your calves are big, but I PROMISE you, no one else is thinking that. We are all too aware of our own perceived faults, but don’t take any notice of others – so remember that!
      But if those are two styles your definitely DON’T want to wear, how about putting some opaque tights under the short dresses? the black will distract from your calves a little.
      Another great style to try for you would be those draped kinda pants that are around at the moment (I’m wearing a pair in this post: http://chasingcait.com/2014/01/what-i-wore-today-colour-burst/) they are great for giving you the illusion of a bum, whilst hiding your calves.
      I hope that helps a little?
      If you want some more advice specific to your shape, why not sign up to my new online styling service called StyleMail! Each month, you get two emails specifically tailored to YOUR column shape – it will be full of advice that I would normally just give to one-on-one styling clients here in NZ, but it’s now open up to anyone in the world! There’s some more info here: http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/
      Cheers
      Cait xo

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  68. Amy
    December 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm (10 months ago)

    Hello,
    It is very difficult to say my shape! I am short (5 ft 2), large chest, small waist but a little extra around the stomach and a reasonable sized backside and thighs, but slim legs. Can you help me figure out my shape?

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Amy, sounds like you are bang on the Hourglass shape! You’ve got a great shape so don’t be scared to show it off, plus if you are petite, wear things that follow your shape, not swamp it!
      I’ve just started a great online styling service which might be good for you to get expert tips and tricks on dressing your shape – check out StyleMail here! http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/
      Cait x

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  69. Lia
    December 12, 2013 at 2:17 am (10 months ago)

    Hi so I think I am a apple/column but I have a little bust and huge shoulders and my sides to my legs have no shape to them its sort of just straight but I have a tummy and my legs aren’t really long but are kind of big but not overly big its like muscle and mix of fat big lol because I used to play sports as a kid so my thighs and calves I wouldn’t necessarily call lean… Help! lol I have the hardest time ever finding clothes that look flattering on me especially big of my ridiculously large shoulders, and I know some people over exaggerate but i know theyre big because as a kid i remember all my uncles were like you could be a football player look at those shoulders and i was like know I am a girl so its always been tough, thanks!

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 3:22 pm (8 months ago)

      Haha hey Lia – I love your description of yourself! I think it’s best to think of yourself as mainly an apple (but without the bog boobs – which is totally ok!)
      What you really want to do, is dress to give your shoulders some balance. Avoid anything that draws them out, like cap sleeves, wide necklines, and details such as shoulder pads etc
      Then on the bottom half, what you want to do is broaden your hips ( I know, it sounds weird, but work with me here) to balance out your shoulders. this will also make your waist look smaller.
      Those kind of draped pants that are in fashion at the moment are great for doing this. I’m wearing a pair in this post: http://chasingcait.com/2014/01/what-i-wore-today-colour-burst/
      Skirts and dresses that are fuller in the bottom half are good too, and wear shoes on the more solid side, delicate, thin, strappy shoes can make you look top heavy. Its all about balancing out your top half!

      It might also be useful for you to sign up to my brand new online styling service, StyleMail! It’s a subscription email service based on YOUR body shape. Twice an month you’ll get an email with specific advice and tips on how to dress for your shape – The Apple Edition would be perfect for you! There’s some more info here: http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/

      I hope that helps a little!
      Cheers
      CAit x

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      • Lia
        January 30, 2014 at 5:13 pm (8 months ago)

        Someone told me that I should try leggings as pants and I have never worn leggings I was wondering what you thought and if it might help my hips stick out more or would it hide it? its sorta whats in style now and I was thinking about buying some just don’t know lol

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        • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
          January 30, 2014 at 5:17 pm (8 months ago)

          Hey!
          So I only have three rules when it comes to style… and one of them is leggings are not pants haha!! Saying that, wearing leggings with a LONG top, or tunic over the top of leggings is TOTALLY fine – and great for your shape!

          So my rule for that is to make sure that you woo woo and haa haa are covered by the top and then you are good to go! Make sure you buy leggings that are THICK enough too!

          Does that make sense?

          Cait x

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          • lia
            January 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm (8 months ago)

            bahaha! yes I wouldn’t wear anything that didn’t cover the woo woo and haa haas lol and that’s what I was thinking about doing wearing a long shirt with them I just don’t know a lot about what your supposed to wear or fashion anything I kinda guess so yea thanks!!

          • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
            January 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm (8 months ago)

            haha phew!!! Seriously, the awesome thing about fashion now is that as long as you feel good, anything goes! Send me a pic of how it turns out!!

            Seriously though – StyleMail would be awesome for you because some of it will be about how to wear the latest fashion FOR you shape too!

            Cx

  70. Reema
    December 9, 2013 at 10:00 am (10 months ago)

    I am short about 5.2 tall.
    My shoulders aren’t the same width as my hips.
    Large bust but a small back.
    My waist is medium
    I really carry weight on my hip but not on my butt (It is only wide)
    My thighs and calves are very muscular, but my inner thighs are large (I do gain weight there)

    My Measurements:
    Shoulders: 14
    Bust: 34.5
    Waist:29
    Hips:35.5

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    • Reema
      December 9, 2013 at 10:06 am (10 months ago)

      I forgot to add that i am not sure what shape I am , so sometimes I trend to dress wrongly especially with the jeans. That’s why I would like you to help on that regard. thanks

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 3:29 pm (8 months ago)

      Hi Reema, thanks so much for your comment! It sounds like you are a little Pear Shape, with a bigger bust, which is quite common.
      Ok, first of all, jeans. It might sound silly, but look for skinny jeans!! they will be good for you as you are petite, but the trick is to wear them with a top that will just cover that part of your thigh that you are not happy with, so something slightly longer (but not too long, it will swamp you).

      Then, with tops in general, you want to look for tops with deeper neckline to minimise your bust – v-necks, scoop necks are always good options. Try and avoid high necklines as this makes your bust look bigger, or if you want to wear a higher neckline, use a large necklace or a scarf to create a V-shape, like the top I’m wearing in this post: http://chasingcait.com/2014/01/what-i-wore-today-colour-burst/

      Skirts and dresses will be your friend more than pants as they will hide the parts of you that you don’t like, but at the same time, give you definition around your waist.

      i hope that all helps a little? Let me know if you have any other questions
      Cait xx

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  71. Brooke
    November 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm (10 months ago)

    Hi Cait, I love following your blog and facebook page. I used to really love clothes and my body pre-baby. I was very much an hour-glass, hips and shoulders much the same with a well defined waist, D-cup boobs and average (or just above average) thighs. I have really struggled with what to wear since having my baby though. Who is now a toddler. My body has really changed shape-and my favourite assest- my waist has gotten a lot less shapely. I still think of myself as an hourglass but maybe I’m just kidding myself. I pretty much live in dresses and tights these days. But I can’t go on like this forever.- advice?

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      December 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm (10 months ago)

      Hey Brooke!
      Thanks so much for the comments – I’m so glad you love the blog :-)

      You definitely still sound like an hourglass, your waist doesn’t have to be super-defined, just come in a little from your shoulders and hips to be an hourglass.

      Even though I haven’t had kids yet, I relate some-what! Even though my waist comes in, I don’t really like my tummy (I’ve ALWAYS has a little belly!) so I try and do things that show off my waist, but hide my tummy!

      First off though, there is NOTHING wrong with dresses and tights! Dresses rock! Maybe try taking the tights off and adding a wedge or pretty sandal in summer to make yourself feel more feminine – look for dresses that have shaping through the sides or back, rather than a waist band that may accentuate your tummy – the shaping will still give you a defined waist.

      Alternatively, when it’s a little cooler, try some ponte pants (there’s a whole post on them here – http://chasingcait.com/2013/06/why-you-need-a-pair-of-ponte-pants/) they are great with a looser top and a fitted blazer – again, the blazer will give you shape without clinging to your tummy.

      The other thing you could do is use distraction! Scarves, necklaces etc – anything that draws attention up to your lovely face (and away from the bits your are not so keen on) always helps – plus a long necklace or scarf will create vertical lines up your body which is the single most flattering thing ANYONE can do :-)

      I hope that helps a little? Keep an eye on styles that I wear in posts as it sounds like we have very similar body shapes

      Let me know if you have any other questions
      Cait x

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  72. Sam
    November 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm (10 months ago)

    I can never quite figure out my shape. I’ve got broad shoulders, large chest (34G), and long torso. People assume I’m an apple or inverted triangle but my hips are not much smaller than my bust and I have a defined waist. A feature that is often obscured because I have to get tops in larger sizes due to my large chest.

    Have any insight? My measurements always describe me as an hourglass– 41x30x39.5 BUT I’m quite sure that isn’t quite right because my shoulders are visibly my broadest feature and are larger than my hips. I’m pretty muscular as well with definition and bulk visible–a feature not often associated with an hourglass shape.

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 5:04 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Sam,

      thanks for your comment – I think you could still class yourself as an hourglass, you don’t have to be all soft and curvy to be an hourglass, it’s more about proportions of your body, which sound bang on for Hourglass going off what you have told e, but maybe try a couple of things to help narrow your shoulders and define your waist.

      try and avoid tops that have cap sleeves, t-shirt sleeves or broad necklines. They will all draw attention to your broad shoulders. T-shirt length tops are the worst for boobs as they finish inline with your bust, drawing the eye across your chest.

      Sleeveless tops that cut in slightly (but are NOT skinny straps) are a good shape for a larger bust (like the top I’m wearing in this post) http://chasingcait.com/2014/01/what-i-wore-today-colour-burst/
      See how it brings my shoulders in, and then I have broken up the large space across my bust with a big statement necklace in a v-shape.

      Also, go for pants that add a little bulk to your hips, this will make both your waist and shoulders look more in proportion (again, like the pants I’m weraing in the post above).

      try blazers and jackets that are cut with some shaping through the back – they will define your waist (rather than a boxy jacket that will add bulk) but try not to get ones with shoulder pads – you definitely don’t need those~

      I hope all that helps a little? Let me know if you have any more questions, or feel free to sign up to my new online styling service called StyleMail – go for the Hourglass Edition, it’s specifically tailored with info on how to dress for YOU shape! http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/

      Cheers
      Cait x

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  73. Audrey
    November 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm (10 months ago)

    I’m a pear body shape, but I am still in middle school so I have a dress code. All I have in my closet are skinny jeans and a few tight shirts. I always feel fat, but my dad says I’m not. I need to know how to dress so I don’t feel that way.

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:51 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Audrey – you are NOT fat for a start, I’m siding with your dad on this one. First of all, skinny jeans are not the best for a Pear, but if you are going to wear them, try them with a longer tee or tunic that give your hips and bum a little more coverage?
      Also, if you are allowed to wear dresses? they are your friends! You want to show off your little waist, and skim over your butt and thighs – anything along these lines is what you want to look for: http://www.asos.com/au/search/skater-dress?hrd=1&q=skater+dress&SearchSuggestUsed=true

      Here are some more tips on dressing for a Pear shape
      I hope that helps and sorry for taking so long to get to your comment! There was a LOT on here!
      Cait x

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  74. Emma
    November 23, 2013 at 11:20 pm (10 months ago)

    Hi please help I’ve struggled with what type of body shape I am for years although I think I’m a mix… Can you help me work out which one I lean to?
    My measurements are 35 (a cup) 26 35, I am 5’11 and 130lbs my shoulders are slightly wider than my hips but not really hugely broad.. My stomach, hips, arms , bum and face are always thin and proportioned and although I have long legs that is the place where any weight goes, I have a thigh gap but my thighs still seem to be wider than my hips? So I was leaning towards a column / pear… But I always felt a pear had narrow shoulders and bigger hips , where as mine are broad and thin… So confused!!

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Emma!
      It’s ok, you can be a mix of shapes! (heaps of women are) but then looking at your measurements, I would say you sound a little like an hourglass – your bust and hips almost match exactly and your waist is much smaller – just to confuse you a little more haha!

      I guess the most important thing about dressing for your shape is to work out the bits of your body you like the MOST, and then dress to show them off. So for you it sounds like you are super-tall (me too, LOVE being tall) and have a shape that is in proportion! Make the most of that! show it off!. If you are a little worried about your thighs, look to wear dresses and skirts rather than pants, but sounds like your legs are pretty bangin’ anyway so skinny jeans would be cool on you too!

      The moral of the story? If you can’t work out your shape, it doesn’t matter – you shape is unique to you, so find your good bits and show them off!
      I hope that helps?
      Cait x

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  75. Alice
    November 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm (11 months ago)

    Helpppp!
    So my shoulders are a little bit bigger than my hips (most people think they’re the same size though because I have ‘love handles’ and gain weight there very easily) but I have a pretty small waist. I also have small boobs and a normal bum.

    Im so confused! Some people tell me I’m a pear, others say an hourglass and some say a ruler.
    Pleaseeee help clarify! :)

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:48 pm (7 months ago)

      Hey Alice,
      It sounds like you are the gorgeous Hourglass shape.:-) So it’s ok that your shoulders are a little bigger than your hips, it’s still the general shape your are dealing with. Think about the actual shape of an hourglass – it goes OUT, then In, then OUT. it doesn’t have to be exact, just a general idea. It’s also quite normal for an Hourglass to have a small bust (half your luck!) – it’s more based on your frame, than your bust so I would go with Hourglass

      I hope that helps? And sorry to take so long to reply!
      Cait x

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  76. Michelle
    November 19, 2013 at 9:34 am (11 months ago)

    Hi I am a double d in bras and 12 in tops, jeans dresses etc … I thought I was a hourglass but now im unsure im extremely curvy I mean I put beyonce to shame I have a flat tummy but wide hips and slightly big thighs but have most of the hourglass requirements . what am I help?!!!

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 30, 2014 at 5:14 pm (8 months ago)

      Hey Michelle – thanks for the comment! It sounds like you are smack bang on an Hourglass! The more curves the better! Work your shape, most women would kill for it!
      Also, if you are unsure how to dress for your shape then I’ve just started offering online styling services through StyleMail – it’s a subscription email service where you get emails tailored specifically you YOUR bodyshape (The Hourglass Edition is the one you want) http://chasingcait.com/welcome-to-stylemail/

      Let me know if that is helpful at all!
      Cait x

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  77. Rosemarie
    November 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm (11 months ago)

    Hi, after a recent illness i have put on a lot of weight, i dont know what shape i am anymore but i am 152cm tall bust is 101cm waist 97cm hips 101cm one extra tummy above the waist is 98cm one thigh 60cm i weigh 11st 7lbs i have several Christmas functions to attend and need to wear evening dress help what should i buy to look good i know its a tall order but HELP……………………… Please

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 1, 2014 at 4:52 pm (7 months ago)

      Hi Rosemarie – firstly, I apologize for not replying sooner! There are so many comments on this page it’s hard to get to them all!

      It sounds like after your illness, your body has turned into the Apple shape. Here are some tips on how to dress for your shape:
      http://chasingcait.com/2012/11/body-shape-basics-the-apple/

      I hope that helps a little and that you found something amazing to wear to your Christmas functions

      Cait x

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  78. Gabrielle
    November 11, 2013 at 4:58 am (11 months ago)

    Please help! I think I’m a ruler as I have no butt or breasts, but I have a much bigger butt than breasts and waist. I’m really thin, like a 13 year old body. So am I a ruler or maybe a hybrid between ruler and pear? My measurements are 26, 24, 32.5.

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  79. Devon
    November 10, 2013 at 11:37 am (11 months ago)

    Hmm… So far most calculators state that I’m a column. Here are my measurements:

    Bust – 36
    Waist – 28
    Hip – 34

    I am 5 feet, 5 inches tall. I weight 130 pounds.

    For the most part, I do look like a column – my shoulders are only slightly wider than my hips. I do not have a large bust, just an average one. However my hips are shaped such that you can easily tell where the waist starts at. I tend to carry most of my fat in my lower abdomen (around the hips) and a bit in my thighs, although my calves are pretty average/a little thin for the most part. Should I just say I am a column, or can I consider myself a combination of column and hourglass?

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      November 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm (11 months ago)

      Hey Devon,
      I would say just by going off what you’ve said that you are actually a typical hourglass. It doesn’t matter that your bust isn’t large, it’s more about the ratio of your shoulders to waist to hips and it sounds like your waist is definitely defined.
      Give this a read and see is that helps you with you shape a little more:
      http://chasingcait.com/2012/11/body-shape-basics-the-hourglass/

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  80. shani west
    November 10, 2013 at 11:07 am (11 months ago)

    i am 5ft tall i am a size12 on the top and a size 6 to 8 on the bottom i am 57 and do not know what to wear i am so thin on the bottom i look hideous in jeans or trousers

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      November 12, 2013 at 4:21 pm (11 months ago)

      Hi Shani – thanks for the comment!
      Sounds like you are a little Apple shape there – you need to look for things that give balance to your hips. Full skirts, or skirts with draping over the hips are a good start. Dresses that are that ‘fit and flare’ style (ie fitted around the top and then fuller in the skirt) are also good for you.
      One type of trousers that you could try are wide-leg linen trousers – again, the theory is that they will make your legs and hips look fuller and balance out your top half.
      Let me know if that helps at all!
      Cheers
      Cait x

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  81. Andria
    November 2, 2013 at 10:42 am (11 months ago)

    I was an hourglass but my hips are going and my waist doesn’t look as defined because of it what shape am I know can I get my hips back or
    My waist more narrow too look like an hourglass again ?

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      November 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm (11 months ago)

      Hi Andria, it sounds like you are still an hourglass there! Even if your proportions have changed a little. If you want to get your shape back, look for things that widen your shoulder, like shoulder pads in jackets, and embellishment on shoulders of dresses and tees. By making your shoulders look wider, it will make your waist look narrower.
      The same applies with your hips. Try peplum tops and dresses – this will accentuate your hips, and again, by-proxy, make your waist look smaller.
      I hope that help!
      Cait x

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  82. cher
    October 4, 2013 at 12:04 pm (12 months ago)

    skinny arms and legs, no bum, quite short with medium size bust! and not very defined waist! what shape am I?

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  83. rosxy
    September 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm (1 year ago)

    i have d same issue.. Finding my shape is a problem.. I have broad shoulders and my stats z 96cm,71cm n 96 cm.. Most of my lower body fat goes to my butt and nt my hips and i feel straight.. Its confusing im a a vase, hourglass ruler or apple?

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      September 28, 2013 at 11:15 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey! Just from what you have told me, it sounds like you are a classic hourglass (which is kinda the same as a vase!) Your measurements seems to suggest that you come in at the waist, so maybe try to show that off more to stop you feeling so straight through? Here are some more tips on dressing for an hourglass: HOW TO DRESS AN HOURGLASS SHAPE

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  84. Phoebe
    September 19, 2013 at 7:50 am (1 year ago)

    Hey, i’m not one of these! I have kind of wide shoulders (but they’re not so wide that it’s super obvious but they’re wider than my hips) , my bust and hips are small and the same size AND i have a defined waist. HELP.

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    • Phoebe
      September 19, 2013 at 8:03 am (1 year ago)

      also i am quite short, my upper legs are lean on the sides but my inner thighs wear the weight. i also have an average butt (not too small but also not like butt everywhere) and my arms are kind of longer than most but not quite as lean as i’d like them! my tummy is semi flat and i almost forgot, i have lean calves. i suspect that im a banana but my shoulders are a little wide and my waist has definition. i am really confused.

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      • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
        September 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm (1 year ago)

        Hey Phoebe!

        Sounds like you are primarily an hourglass shape, perhaps with just a slightly wider shoulder – that is ok! The shapes are just a guide to give you an idea on how to recognise the best parts of your body.

        The biggest thing it sounds like you need to do is give your shoulders some balance.

        You can either add some shape to your hips – ie. wear more flared, a-line skirts, or those fuller draped harem-style pants that are around at the moment. OR you can narrow your shoulder – wear sleeveless tops (not shoe-string straps though) avoid cap sleeves and tee shirts as this will broaden your shoulder again. Look for v-neck and lower cut necklines – the draws the eye in, and away from your shoulder. Alternatively, use long, large necklaces (or thin scarves) to create a vertical line down your torso – this will draw the eye up and down your body, rather than drawing attention out to your shoulders.

        Also avoid anything with a shoulder detail such as embellishments, puffy sleeves and shoulder pads as these will just add more bulk.

        The other tip is still wear things that show off your waist. Don’t hide it with floaty tops that will just hang off your shoulders and make you look bigger. Look for fitted tops, and dresses that have a ‘fit and flare’ shape – ie. have a fitted bodice and flare out to a fuller skirt. This will give your body perfect balance!

        I hope that helps a little?

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  85. Qhamisa magqazana
    August 29, 2013 at 5:23 am (1 year ago)

    I ahve huge breast,big tummy,no bums no hips.and broad shoulder.am nt sure about my shape.plz help me

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  86. Taylor
    August 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi,
    I think I’m mostly an hourglass figure but my thighs are really narrow. I’m still trying to decide to go with fitted skirts or to stick to flowing skirts I have a normal/medium bust and have a normal/small waist but I’m just stuck on weather to wear the bodycon skirts
    Thanks,
    Taylor

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    • Taylor
      August 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh & also my thighs are small but narrow.

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      August 21, 2013 at 11:50 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Taylor, thanks so much for your comment! It sounds like you are one of the lucky ones that can wear both types of skirt you were talking about! If you have nice, slim thighs, you can get away with the more fitted, body-con skirts to show that off. But if you feel sometimes that makes you look top-heavy, a more a-line, flowing skirt can help you balance out your top half by adding bulk to your hips and thighs.
      Make the most of it girl! You can get away with both!

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      • Taylor
        August 21, 2013 at 7:15 pm (1 year ago)

        Ok thank you so much Cait!

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  87. Michelle
    July 26, 2013 at 1:38 am (1 year ago)

    I need advice about my shape. I’m fat. I’m more of an apple. I have a big bust, average shoulders, big stomach and big thighs with no butt (my shape sounds HORRIBLE!!!). Should I follow the tips for apples and pears (since I have big thighs)? If I follow the pear tips, what can I do to make my butt look slightly bigger?

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      July 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey Michelle – to start with, none of this ‘fat’ talk!! We are all different shapes and sizes and that is ok :-) Dressing for you shape is all about recognising your good bits and drawing attention to them (and thus, distracting from the not-so-good bits :-)

      So it sounds like you are a little apple shape (maybe with some pear tendencies) – the BEST piece of advice I can give you is to create VERTICAL LINES down your body – like I’ve said to others before. Use scarves, necklaces and open jackets and coats to create long, thin lines running down your body.

      So if you want to hide your thighs and make your butt look bigger (haha most of us would wish the opposite!) try wearing wide-leg pants or a-line skirts. This way, no one will know if it’s you or the clothes creating those shapes! Does that make sense?

      I hope that helps a little – let me know if you have questions about your shape :-)

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  88. Jonesy
    July 19, 2013 at 10:23 am (1 year ago)

    I’m kind of confused… I have very wide shoulders for a woman (24″ across from shoulder blade to shoulder blade), large arms, I wear 36 C, I do have a smaller waist but it’s not tiny, and I wear 25W 30L in jeans. My shoulders are definitely a lot wider than my hips, I know I have a long torso and relatively short legs and my thighs touch. I’m 5 ft 5 in tall… Which, if any category, or mixture of categories, do I belong in? I don’t think I fit any!

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    • Jonesy
      July 19, 2013 at 10:24 am (1 year ago)

      Oh and I do have a big bum!

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    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      July 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey there! It’s important to remember too that these shapes are just a guide, it’s all about recognizing the best attributes of your body and working with them so don’t be disheartened if you don’t think you fall easily into any of the categories!

      So saying that, sounds most like you are the Apple shape, (btw, everyone’s thighs touch – it’s part of being a woman, embrace it :-)) The best advice for apple shapes is to create VERTICAL LINES down your body – this will draw the attention away from your broad shoulders but also make you look taller. Scarves, long necklaces, open vests and jackets and long cardigans will work well.

      Vertical lines will also draw the attention up to your face (which I’m sure is beautiful :-) – it’s always your best asset so show it off.

      I hope that helps a little? Here is a post I wrote about dressing for your shape as an apple: http://chasingcait.com/2012/11/body-shape-basics-the-apple/

      Reply
  89. Lauren
    July 6, 2013 at 5:41 am (1 year ago)

    I have a flat stomach, average shoulders, small bust, tall and have quite a bum ! What am iiiii?

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  90. Jodie
    July 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Cait,

    I am an apple EXCEPT that I have chunky calves before I get to my slimmer ankles – seriously, I can’t even buy normal knee high boots in winter, the zips just won’t do up! You haven’t mentioned calves anywhere in your post. Any tips?

    Jodie

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      July 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey Jodie, thanks for the comment! Ok, three tips for calves…
      1) make sure NOTHING ever finishes on your calf. It’s the widest part of your leg and you’ll draw attention to it if hems finish there- this means NO 3/4 pants, no longer skirts and dresses. Everything should finish either just below the knee, or just on your ankle.

      2) Make friends with ankle boots! A good pair of ankle boots can be incredibly slimming, plus they should always fit you because they don’t reach your calf (makes sure they are quite neat around the top, not loose and open if that makes sense). If you are wearing skirts or dresses, wear your ankle boots with a pair of tights in the same colour. It will give the illusion of a higher boot, but will also give your leg a much for flattering shape.

      3) If you must have knee-high boots, try and find some that have some elastic in them, like these ones (you might not be from NZ, but it gives you the idea). The elastic at the back will make it easier to accomodate your calves.

      I hope that all helps a little?

      Reply
  91. Nina
    June 30, 2013 at 6:40 am (1 year ago)

    How informative! I am a sad mix of a column and an apple. I can stay at a relatively column-like state as long as I stay rail thin, BMI lower than 18. At normal weight I carry all of it on my stomach, but none on my butt or bust. Essentially I’m the inverted pyramid, or V-shape, where I have big broad shoulders, no bust, no waist definition due to very small buttless hips. At the end of the day, I just look like a man.

    Not very favorable position for someone who would die for beautiful feminine dresses. Sigh.

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      June 30, 2013 at 3:38 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Nina,
      Don’t be so down on yourself! All shapes are just different, none are better or worse than others! I know heaps of people that would kill for smaller hips and bum haha.
      You can totally give yourself more of that feminine shape you desire though by balancing out your hips with your shoulders – wear full skirts, use blazers and jackets to give yourself shape through the waist.
      No more sighs!

      Reply
  92. Liz
    June 18, 2013 at 9:14 am (1 year ago)

    Hi, I have nooooo idea what body type I am (and my friend). Can somebody help us out? Here are our measurements:

    Me:
    Bust, 36
    Waist, 28
    Hips, 36

    Friend,
    Bust, 33
    Waist, 28
    Hips, 34

    It would be great if somebody helped us out! Thank you :)

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      September 28, 2013 at 11:17 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey guys! thanks for your comment, it’s hard to tell without actually seeing you, but just from your measurements, it sounds like you are both the classic hourglass shape. Here are some tips on dressing best for your shape:
      HOW TO DRESS FOR AN HOURGLASS SHAPE
      I hope that helps a little.

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  93. Jen
    June 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks so much for responding!!
    Hourglass it is, time to start loving and highlighting my curves :)
    <3

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      June 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm (1 year ago)

      it certainly is!!! Us Hourglasses have curves others would kill for :-)

      Reply
  94. Nermisha
    June 17, 2013 at 6:13 am (1 year ago)

    Hi. Please help! I have no idea what my body shape is and I have given up on body shape calculators on other sites as they say they have no answer to my body shape??? I am a 36 bust, 32 waist and 35 hips… some times a 34 hip.

    Many thanks and I love your blog, so happy that I have found it.

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      June 17, 2013 at 10:10 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Nermisha, so glad you love the blog! thanks for commenting.

      Ok, sounds like you are the classic Hourglass shape, but it’s a little hard to tell just off those measurements – are your shoulders about the same width apart as your hips? If you have a slightly narrower waist, then this sounds like your shape.

      If your hips is a little smaller that your shoulders and bust (because you said sometimes your a 34 hip), but you still have a defined waist, you could be an Hourglass with a few Apple traits too – this just means that you should be wearing things that widen your hip slightly to balance out your top half – wide leg pants, a0line skirts etc will be good on you, so long as you still show off your waist, I hope that helps a little?
      Cait

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  95. Jen
    June 15, 2013 at 4:40 am (1 year ago)

    Sooo I need help… I’m think I’m like 3 shapes! lol
    (Pear-Hourglass-Column)

    I am short about 5ft tall.
    Average breasts but a wide back.
    My shoulders are about the same size as my hips.
    My waist is normal, not to big and not super small.
    My hips are pretty big and curvy. My butt isn’t big just wide and muscular.
    My outer thighs and calves are very muscular as well. But my inner thighs are kind of large.
    I tend to gain wait in my inner thighs.

    What do you think I am?

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      June 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey Jen – you sound like the hourglass the most :-) People CAN be a hybrid of a couple of shapes, but mostly you are a classic hourglass. My biggest tips are show off your waist with everything you wear – fitted skirts will be ok on you as they will hide your inner thighs but skim over your outer thighs giving you an awesome shape.

      I hope that helps a little? Here is a post on the Hourglass for you. Cait x

      Reply
  96. Mollie
    May 29, 2013 at 9:35 am (1 year ago)

    I need help I don’t know what shape I am tall broard shoulders small hips average bust so please help honeys I need to know !! Xx

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      May 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Mollie – sounds like you’re a bit of a hybrid shape,but mostly a COLUMN I would say. The biggest thing to watch with broad shoulders is to not draw more attention to them with shoulder pads, and details on the sleeve. You also need to wear more a-line skirts and dresses to make your hips look fuller to balance out your shoulders.

      I hope that helps a little

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  97. Mia
    March 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey, I was wondering what shape I am. I think I’m a pear I have a small (32 in) and waist (25 in) and and my hips are (36 in). But, I think I have broad shoulders. Help!!

    Reply
    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      March 12, 2013 at 4:31 pm (2 years ago)

      Hey Mia! It’s ok to be a hybrid of two shapes – if you are small in the bust, but have broad shoulders, you pretty much follow the Hourglass advice, but you can add more detail (like ruffles and embellishment) to your bust area.
      If you have broad shoulders, try and avoid things that add detail (like puff sleeves or shoulder pads) as they will make your shoulders look broader.
      It also depends where you carry your weight on your lower half – if it’s all hip and bum (but not so much thigh) then opt for more fitted skirts and pants. However, if you carry more of your weight further down (like on your outer-thigh, think saddlebags) then aim for more A-line skirts and dresses and wider leg pants!
      I hope that helps??
      Cait xo

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      • mina
        November 3, 2013 at 3:46 am (11 months ago)

        hi I need help.I have broad shoulder .big boobs.wide waist .small hip .skinny legs without any bottoms means my ass is too small and my arms are tiny but better than my legs.I am not very tall 159 cm.what is my body shape?do you think a waist corset training can help me?plz help me plz plz

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        • mina
          November 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm (11 months ago)

          a lot of thanks for your answer.do you think a waist corset training can help me?i want to have a smaller waist but not un natural apperance

          Reply
          • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
            December 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm (10 months ago)

            Hi Mina, I’ve never heard of that before – but maybe combining that and dressing to give yourself more of a waist could help?
            Cait

  98. Rikki
    November 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Beautiul Cait,

    I am thouroughly enjoying your blog!!!! Especially on the body shapes…I too thought I was an hourglass, however I am not well endowed in the booby area, so does that make me a pear???? My shoulders are proportionate to hips…I have a waist…could you please assist me to identify my shape…or just follow the waist rule too…big hug of thanks to you xxxx

    Reply
    • Caitlin
      November 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh hi Rikki!!!!!! So glad you are following the blog – you know you can get it emailed to your inbox every time there is a new post? (sign up on the right hand side of the blog with your name and email address).

      You can TOTALLY be a hybrid shape! (Sacha calls herself an Hourglass…. with Pear tenancies!) Like I said to Sheree, you could just apply the Pear rules to your top half, and the Hourglass rules to your bottom half. The only thing maybe I would say is to go from tops that have details on the FRONT to enhance your bust, rather than tops with details on the SIDES – if your shoulders are wide enough (like an Hourglass would be), you don’t need to widen them any more like a pear would to balance out their hips… does that make sense?

      Besides, I know you have exceptional taste because we always like the same Sacha Drake frocks haha!! Take care honey!! xx

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  99. Sheree
    November 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I don’t know which body shape I am! I thought I was hour glass but my thighs are a little on the big side!! Otherwise I have the attributes. Is it possible to be a cross between shapes lol?

    Reply
    • Caitlin
      November 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi hon! you can TOTALLY be a combination of two shapes! If you are little worried about thighs, follow the pear tips for your bottom half, and the hourglass tips for your top half – basically, anything with a WAIST is good for you!! xx

      Reply

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