Did you disagree with the findings of “Shape Identification?” That could be for a couple of reasons: 

  1. If you measured yourself, get a friend to help. Make sure to measure the shoulders approximately two inches down from the shoulder bone. Do not measure the widest part of your arm! When it comes to your hips, make sure you measure from the widest point. When taking any measurements, the tape should sit close to the body without pulling.
  2. Image Hosting by PictureTrail.comSome people see what other people tell them to see. Your best friend might be an “H” and tells you that you have large hips. They may be larger than hers, but that doesn’t make you larger on bottom than on top.
  3. The clothes you have been choosing can impact your body image. If you are wearing oversized t-shirts and sweatshirts to hide what you think is a large stomach, you may never have noticed you have a waist! Or maybe you wear bright colors on top, causing your upper body to look larger. And if you are still wearing the jeans from the 80s that narrow at the ankle, I’m sure you think your hips look large!
  4. Finally, your body can be seriously impacted by those all important genes—the ones that gave you extremely large breasts, even though your shoulders and hips are small. Or maybe an illness has caused parts of your body to distort the findings.

If you seriously disagree with the findings, then take a good look at yourself and decide where your assets are and your flaws. If your shoulders say your upper body is small but you think it is too large, then look at the suggestions for a “V” or “S” shaped woman. Ultimately, I want you to be happy with what you see in the mirror.

Now that you have become aware of your body shape, take some time to accept it. It is vital that you accept your shape as it is today. You want to be able to put together an outfit today, next month and yet again in six months. Understanding the fundamentals of your shape and how to deal with them will bring you success in the future.

How about those who plan to lose or gain weight in the next six months. Great! But my guess is that your body shape won’t change. In the last 15 years I have lost and gained 50 pounds (due to a medication), and I am still the same old “V” that I was before the cycle began. While it may not be wise for you to invest heavily in clothes, you still need to look good today, which will improve your self-esteem! When your self-esteem is more positive, you will treat your body with greater care—exercising more, eating less or eating healthier. Looking good every day never hurt anyone.