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Welcome to this third style school refresher about body shapes! If you missed the first two, you can read about the A Shape hereand the X Shape here. All shapes are great! And it is so much easier to shop and dress if you know your shape and what works best for it.
The shape I want to talk about today is near and dear to my heart, the 8 Shape. If you have been with me all along, you might remember that in the last post I talked about there being two hourglass shapes. Like the X, the 8 is also a balanced shape, meaning that the visual width of the shoulders and hips is equal or very close.
If you are an hourglass who never looks right in the silhouettes described for an X, you may very well be an 8! I can empathize. Put Away That Measuring Tape! You could be a A, X, or 8, and each of these shapes has different ways to best maximize her assets. To determine your body shape, take a photo of yourself in leggings and a form-fitting cami, or if you are feeling extra brave, a one piece swimsuit.
PS: You may want to delete it as soon as you are done if you share cloud storage.
Printing out your picture is even better; it helps to be able to lay a ruler on it. Draw a straight line from your shoulder bone not the outside of your arm to the widest part of your hip. For some women this will be the hip bones. For some, the widest part may be across the leg crease. If the line from your hips to your shoulders is vertical not angled in or outand your waist is well defined, your body shape is an X or an 8. The difference is the structure of the hip bones. And that completely changes how to dress these two shapes!
The 8 Shape has high hips that create a shelf. Think about a naked Barbie Looking 8 in shape. Her tiny waist pops right out into her hips. No smooth transition from waist to hips. Love handles are another common 8 feature. No matter how slim we are! Now that you know if you are an 8 Shape, here are some helpful hints.
Like the lucky X Shaped woman, the 8 already has a balanced figure, but needs to highlight it in a different way than her X Shaped sister. Where the X looks great in an A-line, the 8 looks better in a pencil skirt. Likewise, a sheath dress especially belted is usually a better choice than a flared one for the 8.
If you are an X that becomes an A when you put on a few pounds like yours trulya slight A-line skirt may be more forgiving than the pencil. A belt in the same color as the top or dress brings focus to the waist without shortening it. Fitted pieces belt better than blousy ones, depending on the fabric. Those that hit mid-love-handle or ride below them make an 8 look heavy or sloppy.
Well cut peplum tops and jackets flatter an 8; they leave room for that high hip! Tops should end just below that high hipbone. Finding fabrics that drape, but do not cling is key to looking smooth, and not lumpy. Belted coats are fabulous on an 8!
They draw attention to that waist, and still have hip room. Tunics, which have been everywhere the past few years, are generally not 8 friendly, unless you find one with waist definition. Wide trousers and flares should be left in the shop, as they widen the figure of an 8 rather than creating balance. The 8 Shaped woman should steer clear of tops that hide the waist, or are too tight across the hips. Pleated skirts are also to be avoided as they can bubble out over the hip, but sewn down pleats that release around the leg crease are often flattering.
Staying away from clingy fabrics, and bias cuts that Saran Wrap themselves to your curves will create a smoother, more flattering line. Want to wear that wide legged jean? Then Looking 8 in shape in the front of your top to draw the eye to highlight your waist. And always make sure to shift most of the gathers created to the front and back, away from your hipbones!
Tee too blousy, or too long? Create a waist by gathering fabric on the reverse side and securing it with a rubber band known as a Kimtuckor pull the excess together at the hem, slip the tail through a belt loop, and into your waistband. You can see here how pulling the fabric in creates a waist focus.
So how about you? Have you found your body shape yet? If you are an 8, did some lights go on as you read this? Or are you an X who has been trying to dress in the shapes that work better for an 8? Share your experience in the comments below… I love to hear from you!
Do figure 8 Body shapes carry some weight in the tummy areas as well and what can I wear to hide it? My suggestions will vary depending on how Looking 8 in shape or not you are. A column of color is also a great way to draw attention away from the mid-section. If the tummy protrudes past the bust, we move into O-Shape territory and grabbing some tips from there should help. Thank you for reading and commenting, Carillee! Hope that helps! I am definitely an 8 shape.
I have to wear mid wise and high rise jeans. I love wrap dresses and peplum tops. Sounds right, Tracy! Finding out I was an 8-Shape and not an hourglass changed not only how I dress, but how I feel about my body and my wardrobe! All those guides that lump both hourglass shapes X and 8 together and dress them the same frustrate me. Thank you for coming by and commenting! I have always struggled with figuring out my body shape but just had an epiphany recently.
Everyone would say oh you are pear shaped because I was big on bottom but I always had balanced shoulders. Skirts, pants, leggings, and jeans. It all makes sense now! Thank you for the visit, Chelsea!
As a fellow 8-sister, the struggle Looking 8 in shape real! Glad to be of service. Hello ;l have wide hips and shorter waist but still have a high hip,am l still a figure 8 hourglass figure? A high hip creates a shorter waist! Sounds like you may have one… Yes, an 8-Shape is one of two hourglass figures. Both the 8 and the X are considered hourglasses, but they have very different dressing profiles! Definitely an 8 — some lights went on as I was reading this!
Tunics and boxy shapes denim jackets are terrible on me. I do like belts, the wide waist-defining sort which have some elastic at the back to avoid the poof! Great series Liz. Glad you found it helpful, Gail! I just leave tunics behind, or pretend a dress is a tunic, but I have found denim jackets work if they have the right shaping! That elastic in belts can be a godsend…. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Random Article. The 8 Body Shape Happy day, my dear reader!
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