The Style Bible - What Genetic Body Shape Am I?

I have a lesson in self love today and it stems from your genetic body shape. But if your asking what genetic shape am I? This guide will help your body and mind in one quick read. It could change the way you feel about your body shape forever. One of the main things to remember is that we all need to love our unique size and shape. And above all have fun with fashion and style no matter what shape or size you are! The Style Bible series continues today as I know many of you will be asking yourself what Genetic Body Shape Am I? Well I have an easy way for you to find out...

Winchester personal stylist Sarah bacchus, The Style Bible - What Genetic Body Shape Am I?

I’m a personal stylist and have been working in the fashion industry for over 30 years. Longer than I have within the beauty industry. My main job is to create self love and a positive mental attitude when it comes to loving the body your in.

Winchester personal stylist Sarah bacchus, The Style Bible - What Genetic Body Shape Am I?

Your body shape has more to do with your genetics than you know it. Also if your Dr measures your weight and height and tells you that your underweight or overweight they checking a government recommended body shape scale. They are looking at one chart created decades ago. Theses statistics are so out of date we all need to relax and learn about our own bodies and the shape your born with, not some antiquated chart. 

Winchester personal stylist Sarah bacchus, The Style Bible - What Genetic Body Shape Am I?

When I was younger I had issues with my body shape, food and seeing my body change so rapidly it threw me off balance in my late teens. Not knowing how to prepare myself for those genetic changes in my body was colossal. But as I grew up it pushed me to learn all I could about body shapes, styling and a positive body image. And now it’s my career to help others feel confident in their own skin. I’ve learned that happiness comes down to one thing and that’s your health. Health is the key to a happy body and a healthy mind.

Winchester personal stylist Sarah bacchus, The Style Bible - What Genetic Body Shape Am I?

Also learning that we all have genetically different shapes and no matter how much dieting and exercise we do it’s not going to change the overall shape of your body. You might slim down but the shape will still be there. But how do you know what shape you are? I have a very easy formula so you can understand what the heck you might actually be!

Winchester personal stylist Sarah bacchus, The Style Bible - What Genetic Body Shape Am I?
Winchester personal stylist Sarah bacchus, The Style Bible - What Genetic Body Shape Am I?

What Genetic Body Shape Am I?

  1. The Apple has slimmer arms & legs but puts weight on around the tummy or the back. 
  2. The Carrot has slim arms and legs but gains weight on the shoulders top of the arms and bust area.
  3. The Pear has a small chest, curvy hips and have a little more substantial rear. Always gains weight on the thighs and bottom. 
  4. The Hourglass has curves in all the right places. You have a defined waist and your proportions are very symmetrical but your legs and bottom can be on the bigger side. Weight goes on the bust and bottom fairly easily. 
  5. The Rhubarb is straight up and down with hardly any waist but has slim legs and arms. Like myself the weight always goes on the tummy and those dreaded love handles, I call them holiday handles!

Dressing for your body shape


  1. The apple has small rounded shoulders so they need a little more structure and the triangle has a more athletic broad look so they need to soften their upper body with dropped raglan sleeves. 
  2. Ladies, your rules are to layer your clothing and add long shirts, waistcoats left open is a good disguise. This will draw attention to the narrow section down the middle of your torso giving the appearance of being slimmer and creating vertical lines.
  3. Long draping fashion is great for you as it will flatter and create gentle curves.
  4. Opt for darker all over colours or mid section colours as your base layer and add lighter colours with dangly and long accessories. Layering jewellery for you is an essential.  
  5. Avoid choker necklaces as these will only cut across the body and create a shorter torso.
  6. Wear jackets open to create the look of a slim line down the centre.
  7. Roll up the sleeves of the jacket to show off the slim arms and add bangles to draw the eye to the slimmer wrists. 
  8. Add a scarf to a bag to draw attention away from the body with your long line necklace or the scarf worn vertically.
  9. Long tunic tops worn over dark skinny jeans to show off those impressive legs.
  10. Loose fitting dresses or trapeze dresses like 60s versions are amazing worn with over the knee boots.
  11. Keep it balanced and simple. Fairly simple when you know how.

The Pear

  1. The main style tips for the pear shaped woman is to wear floaty long maxi style dresses and loose trousers. Most pear shapes will have a smaller bust so looking slim from head to toe is a doddle for this shape. 
  2. You will most probably have a very defined waist. The way to create the perfect shape is to draw attention to your upper body. And to create the illusion that the lower half is in fact all in proportion. You’ll look wonderful and stunning with a few of my style tricks!
  3. Opt for bold colours or vivid prints on the top half and keep the lower half more neutral. You want to play down your slightly larger bottom half.
  4. Most fitted tops will work wonders but keep in mind that you need to create balance. So keep away from darker colours on your top half. Wide necklines are perfect and also strapless tops and dresses.
  5. Make the most of a tiny waist and always add a belt. Even if its over a jacket. Take off the one that comes with the coat and invest in a seasonal capsule eye catching one. Places like Reiss always have such an amazing range.
  6. Look for pretty tops that eventuate the waist. Loose flowing tops are ok but remember to add that stunning belt. Also tops that cover a slightly larger bottom help cover your widest part.
  7. Darker trousers create a more slimming effect. Also loose filling or flowing trousers are perfect. Make sure that they have a grown on waist band and are not too distracting with busy prints. Denim is ok but be warned that skinny jeans might not be the best shape. Flared jeans are better as they will balance out your shape.
  8. Now the main rule here is the length of hem lines.  You ideally want to draw the eye to the smallest part of the leg. Avoid short skirts or garments that end around the widest part of the leg.
  9. Avoid like the plague embroidered pockets or any detailing around the widest part of your body. So that cute pair of sequinned embellished jeans you have picked up in Topshop, put them down and walk away! Go and find a stunning sequin fitted top and pair with a floaty maxi skirt. You will thank me so much for persuading you to do so.
  10. Skater dresses are your best friends. The right fit and they will draw the eye towards the smallest part of your frame, your waist.
  11. A-line or tulip shapes are also are good choices. Avoid tight filling anything that stick to your hips.
  12. Lastly add a statement necklace as this will draw the eye towards the smaller part of your body.

The Hourglass 

  1. Your main feature is your waist. So garments should nip in and show off those stunning curves.
  2.  Extra emphasis on your bust will make you look bigger so you need to avoid large spaces of block colour. So roll necks are not a great idea. Look for V necks and halter necklines. Along with scoop necks to soften the top half.
  3. Avoid wide necklines like boat necks and squares as these will only make you look top heavy.
  4. Fitted and tailored garments are perfect for you. You are about the only shape in the spectrum that can really pull off a tube dress with ease.
  5. Always add a belt to jackets, dresses, even jumpers. Shorter fitted styles are cute and jackets or tops that finish above your hips will show off that beautiful frame of yours.
  6. Anything that draws the attention to your waist is key. 
  7. Hourglass figures look simply amazing in full 50s style skirts as this really creates the illusion of a tiny waist.
  8. Avoid too many embellished tops with ruffles and trimmings as these will only make the top half look way big.
  9. Soft draping fabrics will work wonders with dreamy curves. So always choose softer and more luxurious flowing garments.
  10. Kick flares are a good choice proportion wise. they will balance out the frame if you have slightly wider hips.
  11. Lastly always try to go with vertical stripes rather than horizontal. this will create the illusion of height.
Winchester personal stylist Sarah bacchus, The Style Bible - What Genetic Body Shape Am I?

The Rhubarb 

  1. Emphasise your legs with skinny jeans and heels. This will draw attention away from your thicker waist.
  2. Create curves by wearing floaty skirts.
  3. Make the most of being slim up top and show off your arms or wear a smock top. 
  4. Add a long necklace for a feature.
  5. Only wear belts when wearing wider garments on the bottom or you will draw the attention to a lager waist in comparison to the rest of the body.
  6. Jewellery is a free area you can wear whatever you like. Just don’t overdo it. Think like Chanel… Take of the last accessory to create the perfect done/undone look
  7. Aways wear darker colours around the mid section to create the look of a smaller waist.
  8. Keep well away from fitted white tops. This will only make you look bigger than you actually are.
  9. Never wear overly clingy as this will only make you look too skinny
  10. Don’t wear too low V neck if you have a very small bust as this will make the top half look thiner.
  11. Layer clothing as this will create curves
  12. Skinny jeans with loose tops and heels are perfect

One last thing thats apparent is that lots of you find it mind boggling as stores are constantly stocking new items each week. Its so easy to indulge in meaningless fashion choices over true style. Should we keep up with fashion or become really classic, classy and clever dressers. I say choose to shop in little boutiques as they will be on hand to help you more than the large department stores. They also will have a great selection of styles to suit all body shapes. And if you are lucky you will find one that stocks really fun items to add to your wardrobe that will set the classic pieces on fire! 

Winchester personal stylist Sarah bacchus, The Style Bible - What Genetic Body Shape Am I?

My outfit is essentially really classic with a fun twist! A really simple jeans, blazer and tote bag look with a quirky lobster T-shirt and delicate necklaces from Sass & Edge and a lovely long line necklaces from Maxims. All based in Winchester my home town. I'm very fortunate to have incredible independant boutiques to visit when I'm styling a client or shopping for myself. The colour palette here is based on the TRIAD rule. Head over to my 77777 article for more info on mixing colours within fashion and styling!

Winchester personal stylist Sarah bacchus, The Style Bible - What Genetic Body Shape Am I?

My outfit consists of H&M jacket & heels, New look Jenna jeans, Gucci love bangle, Valentino tote bag, Amazon leopard print belt, Maxims long line necklace, Lobster T-shirt and fine necklaces from Sass & Edge. 

Winchester personal stylist Sarah bacchus, The Style Bible - What Genetic Body Shape Am I?