Find What Fits: How to Measure Yourself and Discover the Best Looks for Your Shape

Finding clothes that fit and flatter can be challenging, but we’re here to help cut through the frustration! Identifying your shape category can make the challenge of parsing through endless cuts and styles much easier. The first step is measuring your figure to determine which shape category you fall into. Ready, set, measure!

Once you’ve determined your proportions, it’s easy to discover which shape category you fall into. Use your measurements to choose the appropriate category from the seven options below from The Shape Report collection. We’ve also included photos of some of our favorite influencers (you might already recognize them from our First Fit Photo Reviews on the site), so that you can recognize your shape visually, as well. Browse the looks associated with your shape to find pieces that have been carefully curated by our fit experts. The collections are constantly refreshed with our latest styles.

Consider these shapes and the tips associated with them as helpful guidelines—not rules—for those who are looking for a little help. Above all, we encourage our members to try new things and wear what they love. You have to feel good in your clothes to look good!

Oval Shape
How to Determine if Your Body Shape is Oval

Oval girls have rounder middles; the bust and hips are relatively close in measurement with a full waist. Styles that cinch right under the bust—the smallest part of your midsection—will create a more curvaceous silhouette. Look for V-neck cuts and vertical patterns to create a dynamic and lengthened shape. View our Oval styles collection to start closeting now.

Lisa, Oval 

Hourglass Shape
How to Find Out if You Are an Hourglass

You’re an hourglass if you’re just about equally wide in the bust and hips, but narrower in the waist. Dresses that tie or come in at the waist will play up your curves, as will bodycon pieces. It doesn’t have to be all about that figure-hugging look, though. Try symmetrical prints to play up an hourglass figure, too. View our Hourglass styles collection to start closeting now.

 Tanaisha, Hourglass

Triangle Shape
How to Tell if You are a Triangle Shape
If your hips are the widest part of your figure, you’re a triangle shape. Triangle ladies are great at pulling off styles with flowy or generously cut tops. These styles do well to add a little balance to wider hips, creating a more curvaceous silhouette. A-line dresses and skirts also help to show off this shape. View our Triangle styles collection to start closeting now.

Merideth, Triangle

Column Shape
How to Tell If You are a Column Shape
You know you’re a column shape if your bust, waist, and hips are all pretty much the same size. Experiment with a fit-and-flare dresses to add some shape to your look, and take peplums for a spin for a more defined waist. Try out a tank shape or a boyfriend blazer on top to work with your similar proportionality. View our Column styles collection to start closeting now.

Kerri, Column

Inverted Triangle
How to Tell if You are an Inverted Triangle Shape
If you find that your shoulders and bust are wider than your waist and hips, you fall into the Inverted Triangle category. A-line silhouettes and dresses with a flared bottom look exceptionally good on this figure because they add a little balance to wider shoulders. Peplum tops can also be a good shape for narrow hips. View our Inverted Triangle styles collection to start closeting now.

April, Inverted Triangle

Itty bitty mini dress? Not a problem for girls under 5’4″! The Short styles collection boasts tons of short dresses that you can pull off without being scandalous. Paneling and contrast details create the illusion of a lengthened torso. And while some crop tops might look boxy or ride up on someone with a longer torso, they will hit just at the hips on a shorter girl, making it a great fit option. View our Short styles collection to start closeting now.

Stephanie, Petite

It’s no secret that maxi dresses are a great go-to for ladies over 5’9″, and you’ll find plenty in our collection. Midis are also a great option—a flash of calf can strike the perfect balance between sexy and chic. A longline cardigan is another excellent style for a longer torso, which won’t be overwhelmed by its length. View our Tall styles collection to start closeting now.

Leah, Tall

Have you discovered a certain style that works great for your shape? Have any fit tips to share with the GB community? Comment below with your shape, and tell us what you’ve found that works best for you!


  • Comments ( 22 )

  • Laura

    What an interesting concept you have in your site! Thank you for using REAL world models! Speaking as one who was a Twiggy in her day & is now a Delta Burke, I was wondering if in the future you might have a section for the Baby Boomer generation (more specifically Tall with Pear Shaped bodies)? There are those of us who still care about the way we look & dress but don’t have the figures of our teens to 40’s. We are not ‘gray haired grannies’ but still have sharp minds, presentable features & are still active in the work force, i.e. more disposable income due to being empty nesters. Just a thought for future business for you :)…

  • AstarteOurania

    Good place to start but always be mindful that even with the shapes as guides our bodies have their own interpretations of shape. 🙂 Trying on different styles is really the best way to find out what works with your particular body design. For example, while I am distinctly a pear and have narrow shoulders, a generously cut or flowy top actually makes me look bigger.

    One comment about the article – it would be good if your example models had more variation in their body types to better show distinctions in shape (they look pretty much the same from model to model) or perhaps before and after photos of wearing the clothing suggestions for the body types.

    • Mary

      You are right…. Plus they are all pretty much, the same height!!

    • Gwynnie Bee

      Hi – We plan on shooting more of these photos in the future with different model shapes, but wanted to be able to provide some ideas of styles for members who were asking in the meantime.

  • Tiff

    Can you get some larger models please? I’m a size 24 or so and I’d like an idea of how things would look on someone as large as me 🙂

    • Gwynnie Bee

      Thanks for the feedback, Tiff. Our members can now upload photos to their reviews, so you might be able to find photos of garments on more sizes in the review section of each garment.

  • Government Tyranny Abounds

    Why did the authors use the same models for every shape? Sorta defeats the purpose of the article.

    • sillykittycat

      I couldn’t agree more! whats the point???

    • Kathryn Seiverling

      first thing I noticed!! how can they have all the same models for all different body types???

    • Gwynnie Bee

      Hi – We plan on shooting more of these photos in the future with different model shapes, but wanted to be able to provide some ideas of styles for members who were asking in the meantime.

      • Cindy

        HUGE mistake for GB! I’m soo surprised that this is how GB Mgmt/Marketing Dept chose to launch the clothing line/website! A lot of negative first impressions have been made & that is the direct cause of not using an assortment of different body types to model a clothing line that was developed for the fuller-sized body types. Imo, it would’ve been a worth while decision to have suspended the launch of GB until you were able to show us what the clothing styles do to camouflage different problem areas for plus sized women & body types. Instead you chose to select & photograph not-so-plus-sized models. Models that truly plus-sized women are envious of, lol…..the bigger girls that aren’t waif-like & can’t fit into sample sizes, size(s) 0-7/8, but have flat tummies, great upper arms, no double chins, etc., lol. It’s just not all that realistic, imo, there are far more plus-sized girls that have wings for upper arms & a tummy with a minimum of 2-3 fat rolls, thighs that chafe & touch, square asses, love handles, etc, lmao. I speak for these ladies……please make it right & SHOW US GIRLS WITH THE ACTUAL SHAPES & BODY TYPES THAT YOU CLAIM THIS LINE IS GEARED FOR!! I am confident that GB would see an increase in revenue & respected clients/customers. WORD OF MOUTH COULD BE A BLESSING OR A CURSE…..the ball is in ur court, so play the game the right & fair way Gwinnie Bee!!!!

  • atxitmom

    Tall is NOT a shape. Tall is a length/height. Not all Tall people have a rectangle shape. Please fix and provide recommendations.

  • Susan K

    I wondered the same thing about the same model being used as I looked through the different shapes and styles. Models with a true oval (or apple) shape, which is my shape, are never actually shown wearing the style suggestions. As much as I look through articles for fashion tips for different body types I have never ever seen a single model with that shape. In my experience, those styles do not create the results of the silhouette stated in this article. Yes, the section under the bust line may be the smallest part of the midsection, but cinching that area or wearing something fitted in that section, such as an empire waist style, only makes the larger part, the waist, look even larger. Anytime I have tried to follow the suggestions and wear something to accentuate the smallest part of the waistline I am more often than not asked when my baby is due, because what is actually accentuated is the waist itself. I have found the best style for someone with a waist larger than the bust and hips is to wear something that accentuates the bust area, and is gathered at the neckline or cut in an a-line, and is somewhat loose so that it drapes or falls away from the body to hide the waist area.

    • Apples2apples

      It’s so nice to see someone else with the same experiences! I too have found the same style suggestions and with the same results. Thanks for your comments!!

  • Sue

    This does appear to be for women a bit bigger than myself. I am 5’7″ with a 34″ bust, 26″ waist, and 35″ hips, putting me in the hourglass category. But when I went to the link provided for that category, none of the sizes were small enough. Did I put myself in the wrong body type, or am I just not big enough for this brand?

    • Gwynnie Bee

      Hi Sue – The smallest size we carry is a 10.

    • Heather

      I too am on the smaller size but a few of the dresses do fit really nice and I’m looking forward to trying more. If I can’t find more options then this might not me the site for me but I’m hoping they do still have some things that still fit.

  • Jennifer

    HI I am confused as to which shape more fits my body. I am 5′ 1.5″ with a bust of 43.5″, waist at 41.5″, and hips at 44.5″. Do I round up or down to take the .5 inch off? Do I go in the petite, triangle, column, or oval? I just started the free trial, and have many different styles in my closet, even items I would not have purchased in a store. I personal lean towards petite, and would put myself in oval (even though the waist is the smallest on me), and do not think I fit the other areas when looking at the models.

  • Jennifer

    I thought I added this comment already, but do not see it, so trying it again. This is a great place to start but, I still am not sure which body shape is best to go with, as I think I fit into several of them. I and 5’1.5″, and my measurements are bust – 43.5 (I go with 44), waist – 41.5, and hips 44.5. I think I fit into the petite, oval, column, and the inverted triangle. Is it possible to be in several groups? Seeing the models is great, but still make it tough for me to know where exactly I fit – personal thoughts are petit and the oval, but just not sure.

    • Gwynnie Bee

      Hi Jennifer – Sorry for the delay in your original comment being shown – we have to approve them in case someone’s trying to spam us 🙂

      With regards to your question: yes, you can be both petite and another shape since one pertains to your height and the other pertains to your shape. If your bust and hips are nearly equal (as yours are) and there’s a smaller waist then you could be hourglass. Usually in this case, there’s a several inch variation between waist and bust/hips. It *sounds* like you may be column since the measurements are fairly similar.
      The most important thing to remember is that there are no rules other than to wear whatever makes you feel your best. Try different silhouettes and see what you feel best in.

      If you’re a Gwynnie Bee member and want more help, you can reach out to us via email for a complimentary style consultation. Simply email with your request and we’ll get it scheduled.

  • Debby

    I have looked at the shapes and I am an oval, but I still don’t know what size I am. How do I find out my my measurements? Bust:47 Waist 45 Hips 45.