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Different Types of Women Figure for Selection of Dress

Different Types of Women Figure for Selection of Dress

Jahanara Akter
Lecturer, Dept. of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Khulna, Bangladesh
Email: fashionelongation@gmail.com



Types of Women Figure:

In order to apply principles in the use of line to clothing and pattern selection you need to study your own figure to determine your figure type. This can be done by standing in front of a full length mirror and studying what you see. The tape measure and scales are other tools that can be used in a self- analysis study. There are many types of women figures. Few can be called one types of women figure exclusively.

Figure irregularities are common. Some are listed on the check sheet attached for use in analyzing your figure types.

Classifications of figures as to height are:

  • Average – Between 5’3″ and 5’7″
  • Short – 5 ‘3″ or less
  • Tall – Over 5′ 7”

Another classification giving general characteristics is:

  • Average – the figure, with height and weight well balanced.
  • Petite – always short, usually small
  • Stocky – rather short (but taller than petite), always stout.
  • Statuesque – tall, muscular, heavy
  • Willowy- always tall and slender, frequently somewhat angular with prominent shoulder blades, long neck, thin arms and legs.

The average types of women figure is considered a fine example of good proportion. If it is divided into eight equal parts, three will be above the waistline and five parts below. As you stand before a long mirror and put your hands on your natural waistline notice how your height is divided. Is approximately 3/5 of your height below your waistline? Most designers agree that the Greek rule of proportion, two to three, three to five or other unequal divisions of space are the most pleasing and desirable divisions.

Ideal Proportion of Women Figure
Ideal Proportion of Women Figure

The ratio of your width to your height is also a proportion to be considered in analyzing the figure types.

Measurements used by pattern companies are based on long study of the American woman’s figure, and reflect proportions of the modern figure. It may be helpful to compare the difference between your bust and hip measurement with the difference between those measurements given on a pattern chart. It is the relationship of the size of any one part of the body in relation to other parts, and to the whole effect, that is important.

Figure Types Check Sheet:

Types of Figure:

  • Average
  • Statuesque
  • Petite
  • Willowy
  • Stocky

Types of Proportion of Figure:

  • Short
  • Waisted
  • Long Limbs
  • Long Waisted
  • Short Limbs
  • Average

Types of Face Shape:

  • Oval
  • Square
  • Long
  • Triangular
  • Narrow
  • Round

Types of Shoulders:

  • Narrow
  • Broad
  • Rounded
  • Square
  • Sloping

Types of Neck:

  • Short
  • Long
  • Average Thick
  • Thin

Types of Bust:

  • Large
  • Small
  • Average High
  • Low

Types of Abdomen:

  • Flat
  • Prominent

Types of Hips:

  • Average-
  • Small
  • Large

Types of Waist:

  • Average
  • Small
  • Large

Types of Posture:

  • Erect
  • Stooped
  • Sway-backed



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