Discover Your Body Shape

Discover your body shape with personal stylist and image consultant Jenni Ryynanen of I on Image

Discover Your Body Shape

Discover your unique and beautiful body shape with Image Consultant and Personal Stylist Jenni at I on Image. Find out what suits your unique shape in a body positive way. Learn how to look amazing every single day!

This post contains professional insights on body shape theories and the way society observes women’s bodies.

I on Image’s Take On Female Bodies

I just want you to be you. Here at I on Image we are having none of the negativity surrounding female bodies.

Yes, if you ask me how to camouflage of how to contour certain body areas, I will gladly help you to do so. After all, knowing and sharing all those insider tricks is my business.

But I will not tell you to lose weight or to start exercising a certain body part because the society tells you to do so.

There are no wrong bodies, just wrong clothes.

– Jenni at I on Image

I am particularly protective of women recovering from birth, illness, major life events (such as moving or starting a new job) or trauma of any sort.

Sometimes it might be an idea to wait a bit before jumping too fast into conclusions as your body evolves just like everything else in this world.

The body shape theory will still be there after you have gathered your strength so first things first.

Here on I on Image’s blog and on social media we celebrate, respect and appreciate each body regardless of it’s shape and allow everyone to set their own limits and standards -or give them up altogether.

It’s 100% up to you as the sole owner of that gorgeous body.

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Why People Hate Body Shape Guides

Dressing for your shape, and especially the process of discovering your body shape, can feel frustrating, restricting and judgemental.

A lot of the advice given, even by professionals, concentrate mainly on hiding flaws which I find so depressing and unnecessary.

Yes, I know I am not perfect but must we talk about it all the time? I just want to be me.

– Jenni at I on Image

There has been strong cases against the  body shape theories and a call for more freedom and diversity. My favorite piece is written by New York image consultant Sylvie Di Giusto who finds them irrelevant and unhelpful.

Instead she focuses on confidence and the situation you are in. She does have a point in there!

I also wear loads of items that I am “not supposed to wear” simply because I like them and I have the confidence to pull off items that others may not have.

I encourage my clients to do the same because what better way to express yourself than your style.

However the questions about body shapes pop up in almost every conversation that I have with my clients so I have decided to still include the advice for now.

Perhaps one day this category of posts is no longer relevant and I will adapt new ways to help my clients to look their best.

Until then I will work with body shapes, but always with an open and inclusive mindset.

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How To Determine Your Body Shape?

1. Look In The Mirror

Observe yourself in the mirror in privacy in a very intuitive way. If you look at the outlines of your body what kind of shape comes to your mind?

Is your top heavier than your bottom? Or the other way around? Think what shape of clothes would flatter your figure the most.

Perhaps you already know which shape of clothes make you feel happy, empowered and beautiful. Go with your instinct.

I have noticed that most people have a very good intuition about their style. Putting your intuition, experience and observations make you aware and intentional about your style.

2. Take The Easy Way And Do A Quizz

Observe yourself in a mirror and take a Body Shape Quizz by Styled 24/7

3. Calculate Your Shape

There are several body shape calculators out there that will help you determine your shape. First measure yourself in front of the mirror to ensure that your tape measure sits straight and is not twisted.

Then enter your values into the calculator and let it tell you your shape. I like to use Body Shape Calculator by Good Calculators

4. Do It Like Oprah

Use Oprah’s fashion expert Bradley Bayou’s method that, unlike many other methods, measures also your shoulders.

This method is a more in-depth approach to your body  shape and some might find it a bit intense, but with a little patience you will gain clarity of your real body shape.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: You might find that your shape is actually a combination of multiple different shapes. Or that your shape tends to change when you gain or drop some weight. This is all perfectly normal and you shouldn’t be too keen to put yourself in a narrow box too fast.

About I on Image’s Body Shape Guides

For the sake of practicality I am still relying on the popular body shape theories because I find the main guidelines of it solid and consistent.

I want to share my professional knowledge and experience with you. So I put together my tried and tested personal stylist advice in I on Image’s 4-episode BODY SHAPE GUIDE for the four most common body shapes: Apple, Pear, Rectangle and Hourglass.

Please excuse the funny sounding fruit names. On the other hand who doesn’t like an apple? It’s healthy, pretty and sweet -just like a person can be.

You could also call Apple a round body shape and Pear a triangle, if it makes more sense to you. The good news is that there are no rules cut in stone. Just guidelines that you can bend for your benefit, happiness and better style.

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Personal Stylist Helps You To Discover Your Body Shape

If the task is too daunting to complete on your own or you would love a professional opinion on your style, remember that I am here for you.

With my gentle, 100% female friendly and non-judgemental guidance you will learn to appreciate what is amazing about you and how you can flaunt it -or keep it just for yourself.

It’s up to you because it’s your body after all.

I believe that every body is beautiful!

Jenni at I on Image

My Image Consulting Services Will Help You To

  1. Discover your own unique beautiful body shape
  2. Find out what suits your shape
  3. Dress your shape
  4. Shop your shape
  5. Look amazing every single day

TIP OF THE DAY: Remember to love your body a little every day.

Dressing nicely is an important way of self-care and will do miracles to your self-image!

Share this post with a friend who could use a self-confidence boost. It’s time to give up toxic talk about female bodies for good. Help me spread body positivity around the world!

This post was originally published on 14th May 2019 and updated on 7th September 2020 with a new header image and improved structure.

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29 thoughts on “Discover Your Body Shape

  1. I on Image says:

    Happy to hear you liked this Lauren! I am trying to create a safe space where women feel free to explore and open up about their style intention. So many of us would like to wear something nice but are afraid of judgement. There’s enough of it out there already so we don’t need it here xxx

  2. I on Image says:

    The body shape matters if you are still looking for what makes you happy and want to explore new styles. If your shopping already makes you happy then chances are that you have already discovered your unique shape in an intuitive manner. Well done Tea xxx

  3. Tea Spangsberg says:

    This is a great guide. I honestly have never thought about my body shape and wouldn’t have any idea what I am.
    My shopping style is mostly, to buy what ever make me feel good 😛

  4. I on Image says:

    Well most of us don’t fit in a box -and there lies the beauty of individuality! I just want to give my readers guidelines and ideas to help them build their style. In the end of the day it’s the woman who makes the dress, not the other way around. Glad you enjoyed my views xx

  5. I on Image says:

    Happy to hear you found this post helpful Katt! I am here to tell everyone that there are no wrong bodies, just wrong shape clothes. You are perfect just the way you are xx

  6. Katt Rodrigues says:

    I love your attitudes towards bodyshape, sometimes It can be really hard to buy things just so that it suits your shape because you can feel limited, however in the long run I find I always feel better! x

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