So, i'm unlucky enough to fall into a category that is the hardest to dress and flatter... The figure 8 body shape... also known as spoon shape, shelf shape, high hips. Seriously ladies, you have no idea how much i've struggled with this. I always thought i was a cross between a pear and a hourglass shape but with higher hips. You don't know what a Figure 8 shape is? Let me break it down for you.
The shoulders are in line with the hips, with a larger bust that slowly and nicely tapers down to a defined waist, then BAM out of no where you have these shelfs on your body, well not really but it gives that appearance because this shape has a short torso and high hips. Usually has a round, in proportion bum. Tend to gain weight in the stomach, hips, upper arms, and thighs. But have really nice slender lower legs and forearms, define collarbones and slender neck.
After only recently figuring out my correct body shape after years of dressing for the wrong body shapes and wondering why the hell isnt this working?!, i'm now on the quest to learn how to dress it and flaunt this curvy shape!, which is a lot harder then i thought, you can find everything on the internet these days right? wrong! There is hardly any information out there on this body shape because its not a very popular one. Ok, ok, its not all bad, you know what this body shape is great for? Being pregnant, perfect child bearing hips, your baby will be ohh soooo comfy in there with this body shape.
When wearing tight clothes you get this appearance that looks like a fat roll/love handles? Which isnt overly attractive, considering im a size 8(australian sizing) and weight 53 kilos. So, i'll be researching this like crazy and will be talking to stylist to figure it out, so stay tuned to 'cause there will be more post about this shape until i know all the tips, tricks and secrets out there.
Sorry if this sounds like i'm ranting and running down this body shape if any of you girls out there have this shape. Because i don't want you to get me wrong, i love my body and i love being a curvy, a real woman! But i just want to figure this all out as it is a very difficult shape to style.
I've included pictures to help people understand this body shape, i always find visuals helpful and thought you's might as well.