Determine Your Body Type & Learn How To Dress For Your Specific Body Type
What you look like with clothes on depends on what you look like without them?
Men are great at evaluating women’s shapes. So why do we suck when it comes to figuring out our own body type?
We can instantly peg a woman as a pear-shaped beauty built for cornering or a wedge-shaped nymph built for speed, but don’t know how we look to others?
I’ve tried to illustrate body shapes with these crazy little stick-figure guys to help you decide which one fits your body style. Once we know our body type we can work with clothes to emphasis our good points and down play the areas we want to down play!
Classification by body type has been around for quite a while. Five thousand years ago Sanskrit teachings of Ayurvedic medicine assigned three basic body types:
American psychologist William H. Sheldon (1899-1977) classified bodies into three body types and linked personality traits to them:
Mesomorph: His athletic body type had a muscular, sturdy and thick-necked frame. According to Sheldon, he tended to be active and noisy, risk-taking and sometimes insensitive in his personal relationships.
For years, these descriptions were the conventional ways in which bodies were classified.
Then came Roseanne and Hulk Hogan.
Also to help narrow it down, here’s a list of fairly typical men’s shapes. Be honest and figure out which comes closest to describing you:
IMPORTANT! You may fit two of these categories — i.e., Short and Heavy or Tall and Athletic, so go with your best guess as to which you most closely resemble.
“How to Look Your Best” is comprised of several articles. Read these sections to see how you can project your best image.
- The Basics: Start here — stripes, patterns, how to stand up straight, all that.
- Body types: Your body type can be more important in finding the right clothes than your taste.
- What colors say: Need to make a statement? Let your hues cry.
- How women see colors: To every man, there is a season.
- How men see colors: Who says clothes have to be complicated?