I think it is important to know your own unique body shape. Everyone will have a different shape and will be different sizes. No body shape is perfect and there will be individual differences. I know a lot of people say to measure three areas to find your body shape. They say to measure your bust, waist and hips. I found this to be inaccurate because the shoulders can still be bigger or smaller than your bust. Your bust and hip ratio may say something else.
I recommend measuring four areas: shoulders, bust, waist and hips. An hourglass figure may not have a large bust but instead have a medium or small bust. The shoulder is hard to measure and may need to get someone to measure it for you. The bust should be measured at the widest part and the waist should be measured at your natural waist. Lastly, the hips should be measured at the widest part of your hips.
The pear shape is someone with narrower shoulders compared to your hips/ thigh area. If the difference between your shoulders and hip area is more than a couple of inch difference than your body shape is a pear. Another example is someone with 36 hips and 30 inch shoulder measurement. They would have a pear body shape. Celebrities with pear shape: Eva Longoria, Hayden Panettiere, Kate Hudson, Paris Hilton and Rihanna
The next body shape is the inverted triangle which the shoulder measurements are wider than your hips measurement. Your shoulders have to be wider than a good couple of inches. For example someone with shoulder measurement 36 inches and hips that measure 33 inches. The body shape they would have is an inverted triangle.
Celebrities with this body shape is Audrina Patridge, Pamela Anderson, Catherine Zeta Jones and Angelina Jolie
The apple shape is someone that waist measurement is wider than the hips and shoulder measurements. The stomach has a rounded appearance. This body shape is common among people that went through post-menopausal and overweight/obese people. Celebrities with this body shape is Jennifer Hudson and Rosie O’ Donnell
Next body shape is the hourglass figure which the hip and shoulder measurements are relatively the same size with a defined waist line. The bust comes in all sizes: small, medium or large. The waist measurement is more than 9 inches smaller than your hips and shoulder. It is not from your bust measurement. Celebrities that have an hourglass figure are Dita Von Teese, Scarlette Johansson and Drew Barrymore
The last body shape is the rectangle/ boyish shape. This is a common body shape among females. They typically do not have a lot of curves to their body and may wish to add more curves. The shoulder and hip measurements are about the same. The shoulder and hip measurements are less than 9 inches. For example someone with shoulder with 37 inches, waist is 28 and hip measurement is 36 inches. The shoulder/ hip ratio is about the same distance. The waist is less than 9 inches from the hip ratio. The person would have a boyish/rectangle body shape. This is my body shape.
Celebrities with this body shape is Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss, Cameron Diaz, Kiera Knightly and Reese Withspoon
Everyone will have a different body shape. It is important to know your body shape when trying to buy clothing. Some clothing will look better on some people than others.