everyone is different

Different eyes, different lips, different skin, etc. So if we are all different, why would we all dress our different bodies the same way? This site is here to help you determine your unique figure and what clothing best highlights that particular shape.

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First, determine what your body type is. Have a figure that rounds at the middle? That is exactly why those shift dresses don't flatter your figure! You fit into the "apple" category. Once you figure out where you fall, follow those links and check out the most flattering fits to make you shine.

A little history...

Throughout history, the ideal body shape for women has changed dramatically, from curvaceous to stick-thin, from hourglass to ruler.

In Regency England, bodies were natural and normal- not too tall, slightly rounded and having a smaller bust. The style of this period did not accentuate a lower half, although women with larger hips helped carry the style.

Corsets were used to draw in the waist to create the illusion of an hourglass figure, much like a belt can accentuate a waist nowadays, just with a less dramatic effect.

Early 1920s flapper style embraced women with small busts, narrow hips and undefined waistlines. They were long and lean, and typically a ruler shape.

Supermodel Twiggy brought the ruler even further, with an even leaner frame. Women embraced the shift dress in the style of mod. They showed off their legs with miniskirts and wore bold accent.

Marilyn Monroe embodied the classic hourglass, making women want to be curvaceous and sensual.

Although all of the above were ideal body types, not all women had them, and that still rings true today.

According to a 2005 article in The Independent, a UK publication, only 8 percent of women now have an hourglass figure.

Of 6,000 women's body shapes analyzed, 46 percent were described as ruler-shaped and a little over 20 percent of women were pear-shaped. About 14 percent fell into the cone category.

Wallis, Jenna. Better Fashion Through History. http://www.papierdoll.net/themag/2006/11/03/better-fashion-through-history-or-a-millenium-of-dressing-your-body/. 2006.

McCormack, Helen. The shape of things. The Independent UK. 21 Nov. 2005.