Detect your body shape type. You need to know both your horizontal and vertical body shape type to best balance your outfit. Dressing for your body shape means camouflaging and highlighting features to please the on-viewers’ eyes. This tool serves to identify your body shape.


  1. Instructions to Determine Your Horizontal Body Shape
  2. Horizontal Body Type Analyzer
  3. Detect Your Vertical Body Type
  4. What’s Next


Instructions to Determine Your Body Shape

Your body shape is your horizontal body type.

  1. Wearing a regular bra (i.e., a non-padded bra, and not a minimizer or Wonderbra) measure your bust circumstance at the height of your nipples with a fabric or fiber tape. Write the measure down.
  2. Measure your natural waist at its slimmest point. This point should be below the rib cage and above the navel. Record the measure.
  3. Measure your hip at its widest point as seen from the front and side. Typically, this point is right at the fullest part of your butt at the height of the hip bone. Again take note of the value.
  4. Start the analysis by clicking the button, and then answer the questions.


Horizontal Body Type Analyzer

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Detect Your Vertical Body Type

Are all four quadrants of your body about the same lengths within plus minus and inch or so (±2.5cm)?

Is your torso length longer than your leg length?

Is your torso length shorter than your leg length?

Are your torso and legs of the same lengths, but the sum of the lengths of your second and third quadrants (aka mid-section) is shorter than the sum of the lengths of your first and fourth quadrants?

Identify your vertical body type
Four balanced quadrants
You have a perfect vertical body type! You are lucky! Your vertical body type is well balanced and have the same length. This means most clothes will fit you without having to see the tailor to nip in/let out darts etc. Even when you gain weight you will still have a perfect vertical body type.
Long torso, short legs
For this body type a major goal is to create vertical balance between her upper and lower torso. This means to create the illusion of longer legs. High heels or wedge heels are great options to balance this vertical body type. Skirts and dresses are your best friend as they hide where your legs begin. More on wearing knit dresses and sheath dresses as well as in general dresses as instant outfits. When you prefer pants over skirts and dresses, see this pants truth facts for your best trouser style.
Short torso, long legs
Your dressing goal is to visually lengthen your upper body with long jackets, blazers, cardigans, sweaters, blouses, tunics or vests. V-necks, long pendant necklaces, drop-waist dresses, low slung belts or small belts are helpful to balance your vertical body type. You can find more on how to best accesorize with belts for your body shape at the link. Also see this guide on how to balance a short torso. Check this pants truth facts for your best trouser style.
Balanced torso and legs, but a short mid-body
The good news is your legs and torso are balanced. Your uppermost and lower most quadrant are longer than your mid-section. Commonly, people call this body type This vertical body type is also known as "short-waisted." Your dressing goal is to avoid drawing attention to your bust and hips. YGo for moderate jacket lengths, and stay away from cropped or tunic styles, raised waists or low rise. Go for a natural waistline. You can read more on how to dress when you are short-waisted at the link.

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What’s Next?

Now that you know your horizontal body type you may also like to determine your face shape.

You may also like the tools to  find your personal style, and to identify your best colors.


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