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What's your body shape?

Body shapes... ¿Qué? Have you read the style advice for each of our patterns, but still haven’t got a clue what your body shape actually is? Find out with this quick test. When you’re done, you can use the right style advice for your figure!

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    My waist is ...
    • A.
      narrower than my hips and shoulders, but full
      (Correlates to: 8-type / full hourglass)
    • B.
      narrower than my hips and shoulders
      (Correlates to: X-type / neat hourglass, A-type / pear)
    • C.
      not all that obvious, forms a straight line with the rest of my body
      (Correlates to: H-type / wide rectangle, I-type / slim rectangle, V-type / inverted triangle)
    • D.
      not really there, more full
      (Correlates to: O-type / apple)
  • 2.
    My hips are ...
    • A.
      solid and curvy
      (Correlates to: 8-type / full hourglass)
    • B.
      more or less the same width as my shoulders and waist
      (Correlates to: H-type / wide rectangle)
    • C.
      narrow, but just as wide as my shoulders and waist
      (Correlates to: I-type / slim rectangle)
    • D.
      in good proportion with my shoulders, so are a bit wider than my waist
      (Correlates to: X-type / neat hourglass)
    • E.
      narrower than my shoulders
      (Correlates to: V-type / inverted triangle)
    • F.
      narrower than my upper body
      (Correlates to: O-type / apple)
    • G.
      the widest point on my body, significantly wider than my waist and shoulders
      (Correlates to: A-type / pear)
  • 3.
    My bust is ...
    • A.
      full
      (Correlates to: 8-type / full hourglass, O-type / apple)
    • B.
      average to full
      (Correlates to: H-type / wide rectangle, V-type / inverted triangle, A-type / pear)
    • C.
      small to normal in proportion with my shoulders
      (Correlates to: X-type / neat hourglass)
    • D.
      narrow and small
      (Correlates to: I-type / slim rectangle)
  • 4.
    My shoulders are ...
    • A.
      sloped
      (Correlates to: 8-type / full hourglass, O-type / apple)
    • B.
      broad, but still proportionate to my waist and hips
      (Correlates to: H-type / wide rectangle)
    • C.
      narrow, but still proportionate to my waist and hips
      (Correlates to: I-type / slim rectangle)
    • D.
      at right angles and just as wide as my hips
      (Correlates to: X-type / neat hourglass)
    • E.
      considerably wider than my hips
      (Correlates to: V-type / inverted triangle)
    • F.
      considerably narrower than my hips
      (Correlates to: A-type / pear)
  • 5.
    My bum is ...
    • A.
      full and round
      (Correlates to: 8-type / full hourglass, A-type / pear)
    • B.
      narrower than my upper body
      (Correlates to: O-type / apple)
    • C.
      in good proportion with my shoulders, but round
      (Correlates to: X-type / neat hourglass)
    • D.
      narrow and flat
      (Correlates to: I-type / slim rectangle, V-type / inverted triangle)
    • E.
      average to full, but proportional with my shoulders, hips and waist
      (Correlates to: H-type / wide rectangle)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    8-type / full hourglass
    You are an 8-type blessed with feminine curves and a waist! Full hourglasses are characterised by rounded shoulders, sturdy hips, a slender waist, and a short upper body. They’re often fairly busty and have serious curves. It's important to balance out the hips and shoulders andaccentuate the waist. One way to do it, for example, is to tighten the waist a little with a thin cord or belt. Where skirts are involved, a pencil skirt is one of the very best options for this shape. Keep in mind: hard, stiff fabrics are a no go. What you need is a fabric with a fluid drape.
  • 2.
    H-type / wide rectangle
    You are an H-type with beautiful legs! Wide rectangles tend not to have much by way of a waist. Your shoulders and hips are more or less the same width. Given the lack of waistline, the trick is create one or to completely disguise its absence. This shape can't go wrong by combining a top that stops just below the hips with a pair of skinny jeans. It’s the perfect way to ‘lengthen’ the upper body. Knee length dresses are another good choice for the wide rectangle – they put the emphasis on your gorgeous legs. If you're wearing a pair of bootcut trousers or a flared skirt, make sure the shoulder area is a little wider and straighter. That will create the illusion of a waist. Where necklines are concerned, the V-neck is your friend. Wide rectangles should definitely consider stiffer fabrics and straight, graphic prints.
  • 3.
    X-type / neat hourglass
    You are blessed with an X-type! Are your shoulders and hips perfectly aligned and do you have a slender waist? If so, you’re a neat hourglass. You body is naturally well proportioned, so select garments that follow your natural curves. In addition to accentuating your natural curves, be sure to emphasise your waist by tucking it into a top, dress or kimono or wearing a pair of wide-legged or bootcut trousers with a fitted waist. As a neat hourglass, your best option is to go for fabrics with a fluid drape that hug your natural curves. ‘Less is more’ – that goes for accessories too.
  • 4.
    I-type / slim rectangle
    You are an I-type with a narrow figure! The slim rectangle has a slender, straight, and somewhat ‘boyish’ figure. Their shoulders and hips are equally wide, and they tend to lack both a defined waist and curves. Tops with voluminous sleeves, layers, and details in the bust and shoulder areas help create more shape. Ruffles around the lower body will also provide for additional volume, making your silhouette more interesting.
  • 5.
    V-type / inverted triangle
    You are a V-type with an athletic figure! For those of us who are inverted triangles, our shoulders are broader than our hips. Balance out your V-shaped silhouette by accentuating your lower body rather than your upper body. Inverted triangles often have a more ‘athletic’ build with narrow hips, which is why ‘softening’ the shoulders is important. When selecting a pair of trousers or a skirt, bright or light colours and patterns are a great way to give your lower body more oomph. By taking this tack you put the focus on the lower body, which helps camouflage the shoulders. When deciding on the length of top pieces, for example tops or jackets, hip length is your best bet. For the upper body, the inverted triangle should go for fabrics with a fluid drape, but opt for a stiffer fabric for skirts or trousers.
  • 6.
    O-type / apple
    You are an O-type with narrow ankles! The apple has a belly, which also happens to be the danger zone for this body shape. Apples also lack a well-defined waist. However, apples do have delicate ankles and lovely calves. For that reason, it’s a good idea to direct the focus towards your face and slender ankles. You can emphasise the latter with skirts and dresses that have, for example, a slit and by selecting the most flattering length. To draw attention to the face, be sure to rely on eye-catching accessories, a pair of dazzling earrings or a fetching scarf for example.
  • 7.
    A-type / pear
    You are an A-type with feminine curves in the lower body! The pear's upper body is tapered and becomes wider from the hips down. That’s why you should be sure to accentuate your upper body and use our tips to make your lower body look more slender. Use bright colours to accentuate your upper body, wearing subdued clothing as much as possible once past the hips. (For trousers/skirts a darker shade is your best option. Try to avoid prints.) Create longitudinal lines along the lower body to split up the ‘heavier’ zone. Wide-leg trousers that counterbalance the hips look fantastic on the pear.