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What's Your Profile Type?

Happy Monday! 

Last week's series was all about Gift Ideas for Mother's Day and, before that, we examined all the different body types and how to dress for them.

Today, I'd like to come at things from a different angle - literally! 

We are used to thinking about our body shape as viewed from the front - how wide are our hips compared to our waist and shoulders? But we are not 2-dimensional creatures, and we want to make sure we look good from all angles, right?

When you're shopping or getting dressed, don't forget to take a look at your side view. Sometimes, outfits might look great from the front but create unwanted lumps, bumps, or bulges when seen in profile!

The best tips for flattering your profile will depend on how you are shaped...

What's Your Profile Type?


The I-Type feels straight or rectangular when viewed from the side. The bust and rear are not pronounced, because weight is typically carried to the side of the body rather than front-to-back. To add shape, look for pants/skirts with a gathered waist or cinching in the back. You can also add shape to the front by looking for a bra that brings "the girls" to the center (if you have a large chest that sits wide), or you can add volume with ruffles or pleats (if you have a smaller chest).


The P-Type feels a bit top-heavy when viewed from the side, because the bust is more prominent than the rear. This may either be because you have a small bootie or because you carry your bottom weight on the sides of the thighs rather than the tush. If you'd like to balance your bust with a curvier looking bottom, you can look for gathered/cinched/paperbag waists, back flap pockets, and back flounce or peplum details. If you do feel wide on bottom even though you are not pronounced, keep the voluminous details to the back only. 

(lowercase) d-Type

The d-type is the inverse of a P-Type, with a pronounced rear and a relatively less-pronounced chest. This may be because you have a smaller chest overall or because your chest tends to be wide-set. To balance out your bottom half, try asking your bra fitter for a style that pushes the bosom to the front and center (if your chest is wide-set) or adding volume to the front in the form of ruffles, pleats, etc. If you want to add volume but also have very wide shoulders, you will probably want to keep the voluminous detail front and center, rather than sweeping across the entire chest. 


The S-Type looks balanced in the chest and rear when viewed from the side. If you are Asian, you may have heard people talking about an "S-Line Curve" as a sought-after body shape. Although this shape is proportionate and balanced, you have to take care not to make the body look bulky. Choose fitted & tailored clothes that define the small of the back and the rib cage - fabric that hangs straight down will create the illusion of an amorphous bubble all the way from shoulder to hips. 

(capital) D-Type

The D-Type tends to carry all weight to the front of the body, in the chest and tummy, regardless of how defined the waist may look from the front. In this case, adding volume to the rear will widen the frame too much. For this type, choose tops and dresses that skim the figure without adding extra bulk to either the front or back.

Have you ever given much thought to your profile shape before? Or have you been confused about your body type because you feel slim from one angle and wide from another?