What Body Shape Are You?

I came across an article about how South Korea categorises women’s bodies.  Not for them the hourglass, pear and apple.  No, they have the “S” shape, the “X” line and the “D” shape.  It’s all alphabetised using the letters to represent the shapes of the bodies.

I bet you’ve seen lots of different categorisation methods?  Have you wondered about whether you’re a carrot or a vase?  A lollipop or a goblet?  

If you’ve heard me speak, I’ll talk about there being 7 basic body shapes and I show this graphic to demonstrate – but then I get women saying to me afterwards that they can never quite match themselves against one shape.

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum - "What body shape are you?" blog post

What shape are you?

Often this is because women have a very distorted view of their own body shape and they have difficulty in acknowledging their great assets, preferring to focus on what they perceive to be their negative points (Googling “women distorted view of body shape brings up over 2.5 million results!).  To be fair, there are composite bodyshapes, for example, where you might be full busted but with a neat waist rather than a very defined waist but giving you 20 different shapes to look at might blow your mind.  You also have to consider that your proportions and scale also have to be taken into account when working out what the “rules” for your individual shape are too.

This is why working with an image consultant to help you find your shape, scale and proportions is a great idea as you get a truly objective view.  My focus is to help you enhance your great assets, use tricks to disguise the not so great points, and work with you to realise that having great self esteem is possible, irrespective of your shape and size.  Asking a friend or family member for help is all very well, but sometimes you will be told what they think you want to hear, rather than the truth – and what are the potential consequences of that?

So, if you would like to find out definitively, get in touch for a consultation.  Knowing for sure will let you buy clothes that complement you and don’t sit unworn in the bulging wardrobe because you’re really not sure they work for you (in fact you have a very distinct feeling that they do nothing for you) – which is why around 80% of the average woman’s wardrobe is used for 20% of the time.  Can you really afford not to have a consultation?

And if you’re always putting it off till you lose some weight, unless you have several stone to lose, your basic body shape is unlikely to change significantly – and getting compliments about how good you look is a pretty certain way of firing up the willpower to keep to a diet!

I'd love to hear your comments on this post

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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
Gillian Lewis
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D

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  1. […] I’ve said before that I’ve seen lots of descriptions of body shapes, and there’s very little that’s new – just a renaming of different types to create a new model.  What I would like to see are clothes designs that actually work for women’s body shapes in shops – however the body shape might be described. […]

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