When it comes to how women's bodies are formed, there is no standard. Because we are all built slightly differently, determining our body type can be difficult. Women's body types are currently classified into five categories: Apples, Pears, Bananas, Strawberries, and Hourglasses. The main distinction between these groups is the measurement ratio of a woman's hip, waist, and hips. Knowing which category you fall into can help you choose clothing, especially lingerie. We're here to give you tips and tricks on the best lingerie for all body types to help you feel and look your best in your lingerie.
Here's where the “science” comes in:
According to the science of attraction, the ideal waist-to-hip ratio is 0.7, resulting in the ideal hourglass figure. In reality, only 8% of women have an hourglass figure, with the majority of women (46%) having a rectangle body shape. So the "ideal" may be out of reach for most women, leaving us at The Luxe Nude to wonder if this is a vanity ratio rather than a true science ratio.
A banana or rectangle body shape is one in which a woman's waist is less than nine inches smaller than her hips and bust, and her hips and bust are close in size.
You have a slight curve defining your waistline, which you can emphasise with high-waisted jeans or a bulging neckline.
The apple body shape is defined by a woman's waist measurement of 0.8 or higher, with your waist measurement being larger than your hips and bust. This body type isn't as common as you might think (you may actually fit in pear or strawberry instead).
Your shoulders are wider than your hips, and you have a belly because you carry the majority of your weight around your middle, and you can't seem to get a flat stomach no matter how hard you try. Try high-waisted briefs to define your waistline and a lovely full cup or balconette bra to lift your breasts to accentuate your figure.
The pear, also known as the spoon, is the second most common body shape, accounting for 21% of all females. The hips define the waist ratio in this way. If your hips are 2 inches or more larger than your bust and your waist is smaller than your bust, you have a pear shape. Wear a pair of high-waisted boy shorts or thongs to show off your glorious bottom and own your wiggle, and pair it with a full-lace or push-up bra to highlight your breasts. To flex that behind, you could also try a body with a high leg and thong back.
The strawberry, also known as the inverted triangle, occurs when your chest is wider than your waist and hips by 3.6 inches or more. While you may feel top heavy, you can enhance your figure by drawing attention to your hips and waistline with accents and accessories. Wear a bralette with high-waisted briefs with cut-outs on the sides. Purchase an asymmetrical body with high legs to make your shoulders look smaller and your hips appear larger.
The hourglass figure is the ideal, yet rarest, body type, with a balanced form and a waistline that is 9 inches smaller than the bust and hips. If you are fortunate to have this fantastic figure, you are aware that plus size clothing can easily detract from your smaller waistline and make you appear larger in that area. The same is true for lingerie. The wrong bra shape or brief cut can draw attention away from your waist. Try these complementary looks to help you feel more in control of your body. Wearing a long-line bra with high-waisted thongs or briefs that match can help you show off your small waistline. Alternatively, try a teddy that pulls in at the waist and has a loose French knicker finish at the body.
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