Choosing Lingerie By Body Type: Fitting Lingerie to the Woman

 

Some find the idea of shopping for lingerie a confusing experience. So many styles and colors…What size? We all know that everything does not look good on everyone.

To help you look stunning in your lingerie choices, here are a few things that may help you to decode the mysterious world of lingerie.

 

FITTING THE WOMAN

It is not enough to find a special “sexy” color. Knowing a woman’s body type is the best way to buy complimenting pieces that will look good and more importantly FIT right. Here are some guidelines for women’s body types. This information is general as each Goddess is different. Let’s take a look at each and how to match lingerie styles for them.

RECTANGLE-STRAIGHT-BANANA-RULER-BOYISH-Figure Types

straightA rectangular body or figure type does not mean that you are any less feminine or without sexy curves.

You have the most common body type. Over 45% of American women have a Straight body shape (sometimes called rectangle or ruler). This means that your hips and bust are balanced and your waist is not very defined. You probably have a bottom that is more flat than round. You tend to gain weight in your torso first and then your upper thighs and arms. Your lower legs are always shapely and one of your best assets.

How to select lingerie for a Straight Body Shape

straight-bodyThe key to dressing a Straight body type is to proportionally dress the top and bottom of your body while enhancing your waist. If you are comfortable doing so, you can wear form fitting clothing (such as a tube-type dress) and create a waist by adding a wide, dark belt. However, to create a more curvaceous effect add volume (or the illusion of volume) proportionally to your upper and lower body by mixing and matching suggested separates.
Lingerie to choose: This body type looks great in items that create a waist line, think of breaking your body up into sections. A great example of lingerie for you, would be a bra and garter belt set. Teddies, especially strap style ones are nice for you as well, Chemises can work well in conjuction with sexy demi cup bras. The garter belt creates a waist line, while the bra and panties add color and texture to your bust, and hips to create a hourglass look. Bustiers and corsets also create beautiful waist lines. Baby Dolls are always favored as they cover problem areas and yet are very alluring
Celebrities that have this body type: Gwyneth Paltrow,  Keira Khightly

INVERTED-TRIANGLE-APPLE-CONE Figure Types

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Your waist is almost equal to your chest measurement, and the chest is equal to and a bit larger than your hip measurement. Apple shaped women tend to have fuller bust, and or mid section. Your measurements for your shoulders are wider than your hips. You tend to have a smaller bottom, and slimmer legs. This body type looks great showing off their legs, and wearing items that even out your frame.
Lingerie to choose: A great example of lingerie for you, would be a chemise or baby doll with a tulip cut, or empire waist line. These pieces will add fullness to your hips, evening out your frame, and creating an hourglass look.
Celebrities that have this body type: Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O’Donnell, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liz Hurley

INVERTED TRIANGLE Body Type

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As an Inverted Triangle body type, you have a proportionally larger upper body. You have broad shoulders, and ample bust and a wide back. Your hips are slim and your bottom may have a tendency towards the flat side. Your waist is subtle and you have a tendency to gain weight in your belly and upper body. Your beautiful, shapely legs are your best asset.

How to select lingerie for an Inverted Triangle Body Shape

The key to dressing an Inverted Triangle body type is to balance your broader shoulders, chest and back with your narrower lower body to create more of an hourglass effect. This is achieved by choosing clothes that add curves to your hips and bottom while creating a more defined waist. You have amazing legs so feel free to play with various lingerie hemline lengths, but don’t go too short otherwise you will further a top-heavy look.
Lingerie to choose: A great example of lingerie for you, would be a chemise or baby doll with a tulip cut, or empire waist line. These pieces will add fullness to your hips, evening out your frame, and creating an hourglass look.

Pear-Spoon-Bell-Triangle Figure Types

pearYour waist is close to your chest measurement. Your hip measurement is a little larger than your chest.
pear shaped women have fuller hips and bottoms, with a smaller bust. Your measurements for hips are wider than shoulders.
Lingerie to choose: This body type looks great in square neck lines, sexy push up bras, and ruffled shoulders. These pieces will add fullness to your shoulders and bust area, evening out your frame, and creating an hourglass look.
Celebrities that have this body type: Triangle Celebrities: Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce.
As a Spoon Body type (sometimes called figure 8), your hips are larger than your bust and you have a defined waist. Your hips have a “shelf” appearance, you are prone to gaining weight in your tummy and have a tendency towards love-handles. While you may gain weight in your upper thighs and upper arms, your lower legs and arms are shapely and your best assets.

How to select lingerie for a Spoon Body Shape

spoon-bodyThe key to dressing a Spoon body type is to draw attention to your upper body while downplaying your tummy and hips to create a more balanced appearance and create the illusion of an hourglass figure. Your legs are one of your best assets, so feel free to play with mini, thigh lengths and show them off! To create the most curvaceous effect mix and match our suggested separates.
Lingerie to choose: This body type looks great in bustiers and corsets, plunging necklines, square neck lines, sexy push up bras, baby dolls and gowns with sexy side splits. These pieces will add fullness to your shoulders and bust area, evening out your frame, and creating an hourglass look.

HOURGLASS Figure Type

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Lucky you! You have the Hourglass body type that most women strive for. From top to bottom, you are a picture of harmony and balance. You have gently rounded shoulders that align nicely with your hips. Your bust and hips are well balanced. Your waist is defined and gracefully curves out to your hips. You most likely have a rounded bottom and beautiful side as well as front profile. Your upper body is proportionate in length to your legs which are shapely. Although close to the ideals of perfection, you want to showcase your best assets with your lingerie choices.
Lingerie to choose: Bustiers and corsets, bra and garter sets, open front baby dolls, strappy styled teddies are your friends.
A few famous gals with this body type are: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Scarlett Johansson, Kirsten Dunst, Salma Hayek, Kim Kardashian, 

 TOP HOURGLASS Body Type

tophourglass-bodyAs a Top Hourglass Body Type, you have a beautifully defined waist and bust that is larger than your hips. You have gently rounded shoulders that align nicely with your hips. Your waist is obvious and gracefully curves out to your hips. You most likely have a rounded bottom and beautiful side as well as front profile. Your upper body is proportionate in length to your legs which are shapely.

How to select lingerie for a Top Hourglass Body Shape

The key to dressing a Top Hourglass body type is to balance your lower body with your ample bust while accentuating your enviable waist. This is achieved by selecting lingerie styles that will fill out your lower half. You have great legs so feel free to play with mini and thigh length lingerie pieces.
Lingerie to choose: Bustiers and corsets, bra and garter sets, open front baby dolls, strap styled teddies are your friends

FULL FIGURE-ROUND Figure Types

The “round” or full figure body shape. This body type has a lot of weight around the midsection and will also normally have a larger bust. 
full-figureMany women will find themselves with this body shape because of weight gain or other natural changes in the body that occur with age. Those with round bodies will have shoulders and hips that appear narrow. When someone with a round body shape gains weight, it will deposit around the waistline. But just because you have a round shape doesn’t mean you can’t look great! By just using a few of these style tips you’ll know how to accentuate your assets and down play your problem areas.
Do not wear sizes that are larger than what you are as they can make you appear larger and shorter in appearance to others. Avoid large or busy print patterns as you are a beautiful Goddess and not a walking billboard of icons nor an live advertisement for a floral shop.  Diagonal or horizontal stripes are enemies, instead go for slimming thin pinstripes.
Wear low cut tops. Plunging necklines, v-necks, or halter top styles all will draw attention to your bust line and away from trouble tummy areas. Avoid squeezing into tighter fitting tops as they cause you to emphasize tummy bulge.
Lingerie to choose: Select items that have high waist lines, baby dolls, bustiers and corsets are  great lingerie choices. Each of these draw the eye towards your best features of the face, bust line or legs.
Celebrities that have this figure type in common are Queen Latifah, Raven-Symoné, Emme Aronson, Camryn Manheim, Mo’Nique,

 DIAMOND BODY TYPE

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As a Diamond body type, your hips are broader than you bust and shoulders and you have a full midsection. You have a tendency to gain weight in you stomach, back, hips and buttocks. Your waist is undefined and the widest part of your frame. You carry some weight in your upper legs, but your lower legs are shapely and one of your most attractive features. You also have proportionately slender, shapely arms.

How to select lingerie for a Diamond Body Shape

The key to dressing a Diamond body type is to balance your shoulders and bust with your hips while creating a waist. This is achieved by choosing lingerie that adds curves and fullness to your upper body  that will lean and lengthen your lower body. You have amazing lower legs and beautiful arms, so feel free to proudly feature them.
Lingerie to choose: boy shorts,  gowns with sexy side splits, high waist baby dolls, thigh high stockings, corsets and bustiers 

 OVAL Body Type

As an Oval body type, you have a large bust, narrow hips, and a full midsection. You have a tendency to gain weight in your stomach, back and upper body. Your waist is undefined and the widest part of your frame. You also have a full, shorter neck and full face. Your buttocks are somewhat flat and your legs are slender. Your shapely legs are your best asset.

How to select lingerie for an Oval Body Shape

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The key to dressing an Oval body type is to de-emphasize your midsection and create a more defined waist. This is achieved by choosing lingerie that add curves and fullness to your lower body and tops that taper to a waist. You have amazing legs so feel free to play with thigh high and mini-skirt lengths, but don’t go too short otherwise you will further a top-heavy look.
Lingerie to choose: boy shorts,  gowns with sexy side splits, high waist baby dolls, thigh high stockings, corsets and bustiers

Here at CCGoddess Lingerie we believe in helping you to enhance your Goddess Glow. Please comment if you found this article helpful.

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