Body shapes

Body shapes – Lean column or I

Hi, thanks for stopping by. Unfortunately, most of the pictures in these series of posts disappeared with Polyvore, as they were linked to that site. Either way, they were quite dated already.

I’m currently developing an online course about how to dress your body and I want to make it as useful as possible! If there is something that bothers you and you want the issue addressed, you can vent your frustrations here.


We continue our review of body shapes today with a Lean column body type. This body type is characterized by narrow shoulders and hips, which are similar in width, small chest or bust, undefined waist, and a flattish bottom. Overall, it could be described as a boyish body shape. Some call it a banana, ruler, or tube body, but I don’t really like that kind of classification. I wouldn’t feel good if someone asked if I am a banana or a tube.

Celebrities who posses this body shape:

lean column celebrities

Have you recognized yourself? Lucky you in that case, you can basically experiment with all kinds of fabrics and textures. You can create curves by adding volume to your bust and hips or you can keep it straight. It’s actually easier to say what you should avoid than to specify all the cuts you can wear.

Remember that lighter colors, shine, textures and patterns, pockets and details increase the volume, and vice versa, darker solid colors and plain textures reduce the volume. Use this knowledge to create your silhouette.

Check other body types to get inspiration of how to visually increase or diminish different parts of your body.

Be careful with:
Carefull for Lean column body shape


Tight fitted garments worn as is because they will show off a lack of waist. If you are ok with that, well, go on. If not, add some layers to those garments to create volume.

A contrast belt worn at the waistline will draw attention to your waist. You can decide if that’s a good or a bad thing.

Skirts with pleats at the waist may add volume to this area, but not all of them do. It depends on fabric, on the skirt itself, on the waistband, and on the length of your waist. It’s entirely possible to find a good one, but it may take some time. There are other types of skirts you can wear in the meantime.

Avoid the above mentioned things that add volume on your waistline (details, shine, etc. etc.)

When choosing patterns think of this general rule: patterns need to be in line with your scale, body line and facial features. For example, the straighter your features, and body line, the more angular and geometrical patterns you can wear, and vice versa.

Keep in mind that these recommendations are general and may vary depending on your proportions, height, features, style personality, and so on.


If you have any questions, please comment below.



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