#BlogchatterA2Z : “B”- Body Shape Evaluation (A2Z of Image Management)

Hi Everyone

This is my second post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge, where in I am going to share about A2Z of Image Management.

Looking attractive is the basic human need. What you wear is not that important than but how you wear. So that’s when the need of body shape evaluations comes into picture. If a person wear what suites them, that is what makes them attractive. There are eight different body shape: Ideal type, triangular type, Inverted triangle type, rectangular type, Hourglass type, diamond type, Tubular type and Rounded type. Each of these body shapes has their own characteristics which defines them and differentiate each other. Once a person understand what body shape he or she has, it becomes easier to understand what kind of clothes suit them and which all to avoid, they can  choose appropriate colour, texture, style and pattern which suit their body, They can create an attractive and ideal look for various occasion with right message and can save their time, money and effort in shopping for right clothes. No matter what the fashion trends, you are smart to select and wear only those degree of fit that flatter your body and its variation, and that focuses attention where you want it to be.

Every body is unique and few ideal figures existing. Virtually every figure has some figure variations , variations from that so called ideal figure used as a standard for comparison. It does not matter how many people have a particular figure variation. You need to recognize the variation and know how to dress or alter to camouflage or minimise it.

A few specific figure variations occur in typical combination, those having to do with horizontal width or the size of the shoulders, bust, waist, hips and thighs- combinations so typical that we tend to recognize the stereotypical shapes and give them names. Typical horizontal body shapes are often called figure types. They define how body shape parts relate proportionally to one another and to the total figure.

Ideal Figure Shape: (only for women) : They are average in weight, appear similar in width in the shoulders and hips with medium bust size and a small waist. They have a slightly curved abdomen, moderately curved buttocks and slim thighs.

Triangle Figure : They are narrower in the shoulders and wider in the hips/thighs, with a low hip curve. They are often smaller in the bust or chest or chest and waist, narrower in the back and rounder in the buttocks. They have longer torso and shorter legs.

Inverted triangular figure: They are wider in the shoulders and narrower in the thigh/hips, with a high hip curve. They are generally larger in the bust or chest, wider in the back and flatter in the buttocks. They have shorter torso and longer legs.

Rectangular figure: They are average to above average weight range from their height. They are similar in width in the solders, waist and hips/thighs. Their is little to no defined waist. Body line generally appears straight.

Hourglass figure: Have full -rounded body lines with proportionally bust, hips and buttocks and a proportionally small waist. Emphasis is on bust and buttocks but may shift quickly to the contrast in size in the waist.

Diamond figure : They are wiser in the midriff and waist area, narrower in the shoulders and thighs/hips, with a high hip curve and slim legs. The bust and chest is often smaller and the buttocks flatter. Emphasis in on the waist area.

Tubular figure : They are slim to thin and below the average weight range for their height with generally straight body lines and bony angles. They generally few to no obvious curves.

Rounded figure: They are generally above the average weight range for their height. Being larger throughout the figure, body lines are fully rounded curves, with line movements in horizontal directions ans emphasis on width.

Body shape also vary vertically from top to bottom. The figure may have a proportionally shorter head, torso area and longer legs, or longer head, torso area and proportionally shorter legs. Within the torso itself, the upper torso may be proportionally shorter and the lower torso longer here the figure has high waist. The upper torso may instead be proportionally longer and the lower torso shorter in that case the figure has a low waist.


  • Stop referring to your body as having figure problems, faults, flaws, defects, liabilities and abnormalities. These words are self defeating from the start.
  • Be kind to yourself and more correctly call them figure variations.
  • Ignore those social and cultural influences that causes you to feel dissatisfied with your body.
  • You don’t have figure problems rather you have fitting problems. And fitting problem can be solved with the art of dress, and illusions in line, shape, colour, fabric and pattern.

Accept those features about your figure you cannot change and make them part of your individual beauty.Then change what you can and you will learn to camouflage or counter what you can to enhance your figure. This is a wonderful growing experience that leads to self-acceptance and self-appreciation.

This post is written for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge.

@Swati Mathur

18 Replies to “#BlogchatterA2Z : “B”- Body Shape Evaluation (A2Z of Image Management)”

  1. You have perfectly explained all types of body shapes. I strongly agree with the point where you said that it doesn’t matter what you wear, what matters is how you wear. Also, no matter what shape your body is, how positively you mold it and possess it matters the most.

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  2. I am glad dear you had mentioned about social media thing. nowadays, due to social media influence, many women feel inferior without knowing the reality behind it. it is very important to have a feeling of acceptance and self love to avoid unnecessary mental pressure and body shaming.

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  3. This is so true. Body-shaming is a silent killer who faces it. Acceptance is difficult. We must be glad there are few influencers out there like Lizzo who creates awareness about accepting the way we are.

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  4. Have never paid attention to the nomenclature of figure types earlier. Great informative post. And yes, you aptly said that being kind to ourselves is more important. By thinking too much about societal norms, we will never be able to be comfortable in our own skin.

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  5. We buy a lot of clothes from costly shops or costlier designers but hardly ever pay attention to body design evaluation or image makeover. Isn’t that the most crucial part of dressing up and looking good!
    Well done!

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  6. “Looking attractive is the basic human need.” Okay. So you are telling us that food, water, shelter, education are not basic need but looking attractive is?? Looking attractive is far from basic needs of a human. Looking attractive would even matter to a mindful person. I like you explanation of body types and the fact you mention “ideal body type” . I will pass that considering you meant conventionally “ideal”. We at wordskraft believe that all body types are beautiful and body-shaming is wrong. There cannot be any justification for body-shaming some one. Read out blog at https://wordskraft.com/2021/06/02/the-game-of-shame-body-shaming-at-workplace/
    Let us know your opinion on our blog. What do you think does looking attractive fall under basic needs of human?



    1. Here looking good not only means to look attractive but we need to understand where people are loosing confidence due to negative self image and body image one can put little effort in looking good to feel good. except the way you are but little effort can make hell lot of difference. This will bring lot of confidence and improve self esteem. when I say basic need ,as one of the reason people are suffering from mental heath issue is that they are not happy with the way they look, so what’s wrong in looking attractive if that can boost your confidence.


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