The Lean Column

To determine if you are a Lean column body shape, look at yourself in the mirror in your underwear. Stand with your legs together and your arms a bit away from your sides. Examine the area from under your arms, past your bust and ribcage, over your waist and hips to the fullest part of your thighs. Then compare yourself to the image and review the questions and characteristics below. We suggest you look at all the body shapes to find your closest match.

BODY SHAPE STYLE ADVICE

DO YOU

  • Wear the same size on your top and bottom halves?
  • Have a minimal bust?
  • Have little waist definition?
  • Have a flat bottom and flat hips?

YOUR BUILD IS CHARACTERISED BY:

  • Narrow shoulders
  • Flat chest or small bust
  • Small and non-defined waist
  • Narrow hips and a flat bottom

OTHER BODY SHAPE TENDENCIES

If you have gained or lost weight many times your body shape can change into another one. Read below to see what other body shape tendencies you might have

  • You lean towards a pear shape if your hips are slightly broader than your shoulders.
  • You lean towards an inverted triangle if your shoulders are slightly broader than your hips.
  • You lean towards a rectangle body shape if you have a larger bone structure and have a medium bust.

GENERAL RULES FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE AND HOW TO CREATE VISUAL BALANCE:

You need to create the illusion of waist, and curves around the hips and bust area

  • Keep your silhouette uncluttered
  • Unstructured jackets that gently shape the waist
  • Hip and bottom details are good - as long they create gentle curves

YOU SHOULD AVOID:

  • Figure-hugging garments
  • Long straight fitted lines in dresses, trousers and sleeves
  • Tops, shift dresses with square necklines
  • Shapeless jackets; loose or droopy styles that hang from your shoulders
  • Dropped waistlines
  • Bulky, heavy textures
  • Double breasted jackets

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