Which Shape Are You?Marianne Henio
You Are What You Knit
A Guide to Knitting for your Shape and Style
Which Shape Are You?
It’s not about height or weight when it comes to dressing to suit your body shape. Yes, age may play a large part, but that’s ok. Hopefully our taste in clothes changes are we mature. The main thing to consider is proportion and how to accentuate your proportions to your advantage. So, which shape are you?
If we want to categorise body shapes then we could put them into 5 different categories: pear shape, wedge shape, rectangular shape, apple shape, and the hourglass shape. We might be tall, short, slim, athletic or curvy, but we generally fall into one or maybe a combination of two of these body shape categories.
I mentioned in my first blog that the place to start is in identifying your body shape. By really examining your true shape in front of a mirror, from the front and from behind, and in all its glory, you will be far better equipped to knit for your shape. Some of us ladies may struggle with this one. We may not ‘like’ certain aspects of our bodies. Expanding on this issue would take up a whole new volume and much more, so for the time being, let’s just remind ourselves that we are all gorgeous! We are all individual. And knowing our own true body shape will enable us to knit in the shapes and styles that show off all our great features to their best advantage!
So here are the 5 shapes I mentioned but in no particular order, as they say. These are the generalities: I’ll go into depth in future blogs.
Which Shape Are You?
The Hourglass Shape:
Shoulders and hips in proportion with a narrow waist. You will want to show off your best assets which are your curves. The key here is balance – keeping the proportions of your bust and hips even.
For all body types, the fabric and pattern can help or hinder an outfit depending on your shape.
The Inverted Triangle Shape:
The wide shoulders and broad chest are wider than the narrow waist and the hips. Your legs are your best asset and you will want to emphasise your lower body while softening your upper body.
The Rectangular Shape:
The hips, waist and shoulders are similar in width. Your legs and arms will be your best assets. You will want to create curves with your clothes shapes and patterns and show off those great arms and legs. Highlight the smallest part of your waist to accentuate your hips and bust giving more of a curvy appearance.
The Pear Shape:
Your upper body is not as wide as your lower half. Your hips and bottom are rounded and wider than your shoulders. Your waist is well defined. Your shoulders and torso are your best assets and you will want to accentuate your arms and waist and add volume to your shoulders and upper body to balance your shape.
The Apple Shape:
Narrow hips with broad back, ribs and shoulders, and minimal waistline. Your best assets are your legs and you will want to elongate your torso to show off those pins! Minimise your mid section by highlighting your shoulders and legs. Draw attention to your neckline and bust with v necks.
Knitwear, especially if clingy can show off everything, whether we want to show it off or not! This is why many women avoid certain knitted items of clothing. But our aim is to look at ways in which certain garments can be worn by all if worn in the right way to suit your shape.
Over the next few weeks I would like to take each body shape in turn and look at it in more detail.
If you missed my first blog in this series…’You CAN Wear the Red Dress’ then click here…
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