This Body Shape Calculator is a manual process and not computerized because there are so many aspects to describing our bodies as women.
As a matter of fact, in this post, for simplicity sake, I summarize our bodies into 6 proportions.
Please understand that there are other fluctuating aspects such as muscle/fat/bone/height proportions that I consider when working with clients or teaching in my online style course.
You can find an easy to use computer calculator online, but just so you know, they’re usually inaccurate.
I don’t want you to feel stuck when it comes to dressing your body shape.
That’s why I have given you this detailed step by step approach.
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This body shape calculator will help you better prescribe what category you fall into out of the six basic body shapes that I teach about in our makeover course.
As an image consultant, I find that many of my clients will think they are one shape when they really are another.
For example, some women will think they are an Apple (O-shaped) when really they are a standard body shape with a full abdomen.
Follow these steps below to accurately measure your body and find out your body shape so you can wear what suits you best!
You will need to take three measurements with a measuring tape for accuracy.
1. Bust: With your arms relaxed by your sides measure around the fullest part of your bust.
2. Waist: Bend sideways to find your waist, which is the narrowest part of your torso.
3. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.
You should now have three measurements. For more help getting your body shape measurements click here.
Bust 40 inches
Waist 32 inches
Hips 42 inches
The Next step is to check and see how your hips appear to be in proportion to your bust. Determine the measurement percentage of your waist in proportion to your bust and your hips in proportion to your bust.
Waist ÷ Bust x 100% = Waist Percentage
Hips ÷ Bust x 100% = Hip Percentage
Waist 32 inches ÷ Bust 40 inches x 100% = 80%
Therefore, your waist measurement is 80% of your bust measurement.
Hips 42 inches ÷ Bust 40 inches x 100% = 105%
Therefore your hip measurement is 105% of your bust measurement.
Now based on the criteria below, look at either Chart 1 or Chart 2 to determine your shape.
If your waist is 7 to 9 inches smaller than your bust, look at Chart 1 and compare your waist percentage.
If your hips are 0 to 2 inches larger than your bust, look at Chart 2 and compare your hip percentage.
Standard: Waist is 75% – 79% of bust
Hourglass: Waist less than 75% of bust
Rectangle: Waist 80% – 90% of bust
Apple: greater than 90% of bust
Standard: Hips 100% – 106% of bust
V-Shaped: Hips less than 100% of bust
Pear Shape Body: Hips greater than 106% of bust
Based on the example measurements that I have given, the example body shape is a rectangle.
If you fall between both charts, complete a visual test.
If the width of your shoulders appear to be significantly wider than your hips, you have a V-shaped Body.
If the width of your hips appear to be significantly wider than your shoulder, you have a Pear Shape Body.
If the width of your shoulders and hips appear to be the same, but your waistline is significantly smaller, you have an Hourglass Body Shape.
If the width of your shoulders, hips and waist appear to be the same, you have a Rectangle Body Shape.
If the width of your shoulders and hips appear to be the same, but your waistline is significantly wider, you have an Apple Body Shape.
If none of the above descriptions apply to you, you have a Standard Body Shape.
Once you have used this body shape calculator, discover more about your body shape in our online courses.
Note: This formula for the body shape calculator was developed by the International Image Institute in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As a personal image consultant, I use this formula to help me calculate the body shape of my clients.
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