BODY TYPE BRICK : YOUR BEST LOOKS
The Brick has a slight or no waist, longer legs, small bust and bottom, and usually broad shoulders, rather thick thighs and calves. Shoulder width is the same as hip width, without any particularly prominent body area. This shape can come in many sizes and for some the tummy is more prominent.
For the Brick it's all about trying to stay feminine.
(The 12 body shapes and rules are mostly borrowed from Trinny and Susannah's Body Shape Bible. I have made some alterations. The Kate Moss in graphic print picture is a Patrick Demarchelier photo. The rest of the photos in this post are random pictures from Tumbler, Pinterest or borrowed from Google. Unknown source.)
25/4/2017 11:52:00 am
Hi, Mathilde. Thank you for your concern. The clothes in this post are from 2013, yes. Unfortunately it's not sustainable for one person to keep updating everything to a current look all the time. I don't know why you are referring to learning from one book, as I have 6 years worth of education in fashion and design. I have to credit Trinny and Susannah's "Body Shape Bible" in my post, because that' the right thing to do, when they came up with the 12 types system. This is a free source of information, so that people from all walks of life can have access to styling tips. Your rude remarks is not welcome on this page. You're obviously just out to get attention through your negative behaviour, if not you would have phrased that comment differently (sheeple? how rude!). Good luck to you in life, it that's how you speak to people. If you comment anything with this kind of tone again, you will simply be deleted at once. There are enough bad comments on the internet, and so this will not be tolerated here.
13/1/2018 12:05:22 pm
I'm looking at this in 2018 and even if the clothes aren't from this year, the basic rules of dressing for figure types remain consistent, which is the entire point of your post. Thanks for doing this. I'm actually an hourglass and you would be amazed at how many style sites recommend that I wear smock blouses and things without clearly defined waistlines. That's great if I've decided to feign pregnancy or want to add 20 pounds to my appearance, but otherwise, is fashion malpractice. Your advice, on the other hand, makes sense.
14/1/2018 12:48:38 pm
Hi, Moretta! Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, and you’re so right. That’s one of the things I love so much about dressing for my body type. It’s a lot more sustainable than changing everything evertime the trends change. Also, I’m so glad you found my page helful :-).
8/5/2017 05:04:32 pm
I'm a short waist, petite, brick shape with thin calfs. I give up! To top it off, flat chest and rather flat rear ended. Help!
9/5/2017 09:49:51 am
Hi, Marisa. It does sound like you could be a slender Brick, or maybe a short Column? You don't have to check every box perfectly to fit into a body type, as there is probably 12 million body types in reality. This is a generalisation, and so there can be some variations. The system works best when seen in grey tones, rather than black and white, so you might be a Brick with a little twist, or similar.
28/10/2017 08:15:55 pm
Hi . I'm a girl with broad shoulders, wide back , thick thighs ,large tummy , big and droopy ? boobs and wide hips.I am not really sure what body type I am.Can you please help me?
29/10/2017 06:15:45 am
Hi, Ginny. From what you’re describing, it sounds like you’re either a Brick or a Cello.
25/11/2017 02:57:31 am
Hi, I m a girl with big upper arms and big tights and have love handles and small tummy, but my hips are not broad and the bottom is flat. I have noticed that I cant wear anything with the stripes and boysh cuts. According to body calculator I m pear, but I cant wear the pears clotes, please help
29/11/2017 12:25:33 pm
Hi, Laura. It does sound a lot like you're describing a Brick body type. All of the things you mention is classic Brick. Also, body types calculators aren't always accurate. I'm guessing that you might have a small to average chest size, since you got Pear shape. So, that would exclude the Goblet body type, and the Cornet would have long legs. It really depends on your thighs, lower legs, and chest and shoulders size. But, I think it so far sounds like you're a Brick. It's not that different from a Pear sometimes, depending on which other body types you're leaning towards. Body types are all on a scale with many edges, leaning towards many other types. That's why it can sometimes be difficult to figure out. But, the overall look is the determining factor, as well what kind of clothes fit you and not.
21/12/2017 11:11:03 am
Hi, Ange! That is a very good question, as these two body types have a lot in common. There are actually two ends of the spectrum that is the Brick body type. You have the typical Brick that Trinny and Susannah features in their book, and the Soft Brick that is closer to the Column in that there is a bit more of a curve look even thought they actually have a straight shape. Eva Longoria is a good example of a Soft Brick.
21/12/2017 11:14:30 am
Also! Kate Moss is quite short for being a model, and she does have wider shoulders and a wider frame in comprarison to her height that makes it easy to spot that she's actually not that tall. A Column will often look tall in photos even if they're not. It can sometimes be very difficult to separate a Brick from a Column in one is shorter/taller than average or fuller figured or very slender, as that can make certain features harder to separate.
4/1/2018 04:56:51 pm
I’m sorry you feel that way. However, I don’t have the recources to do my own photo shoots of all the body types in all the clothes (It’s a free page and I have a chronic illness). So, I have to use celeberties and photos found through the internet. I still write about it realisticly, so that people can know that there are more varieties within one body type. I do use some thin and some fuller figured women in the posts depending on what I could find. When I made this there were also less famous plus size models and actresses with the amount of outfit photos I needed to find the right examples I needed to show. So I hope you understand that it’s not as easy creating something accurately when you have limited choices to choose from. I would never want to exclude anyone. Maybe you could make your own page with a better range of »models»? I would love that as it would be great to be able to send my readers somewhere to see that wider size range. Not being sarcastic, I mean it, because my goal is to show all the types within a type. I have to save that for the future when I have those recources though.
4/1/2018 06:08:16 pm
Or did you mean the style of the clothes? I wear clothes like that, so I guess I have just picked clothes I would wear myself. Which is natural, as it’s me who made this. There are also street wear photos in several of the body types post. However, I’m no longer quite sure what you meant as your message could be interpret in several ways.
4/1/2018 08:33:03 pm
Oh! I realized I was maybe a bit unclear about one thing in my reply about the styles of the clothes. So, to add on to my previous answer. It’s also because I had to look through a ton of photos to find the right clothes on the right body type. It was not easy to find certain styles, and event photos and photo shoots are usually the ones that show the clothes the best. And sometimes the street photos were better. I did the best with what I could find, so it’s also a bit about recources again.
7/6/2018 09:21:08 am
Hi There, I could really use your help in determining my shape... there are so many confusing messages out there that some clarification would be really great 👍🏻
12/8/2018 12:46:14 pm
Hi, Sara! It does sound a lot like you're a Brick. Longer legs, a bit of a tummy. It depends on if your hips and shoulders are balanced, to figure out if you're top heavy, bottom heavy, or balanced. A Brick is balanced. Depending on how large that chest look on you, you could also be a Goblet, since they also have wide shoulders/a broad back. The Goblet is top heavy though. You could also be a Column, as they too come in all sizes (all body types do :-). First figure out if you are balanced or top heavy, and then look at these types and see which of the clothing and shoe styles that flatter you the most.
18/8/2019 11:33:48 am
HI, Corliss! It does sound a lot you're a Brick. Have you seen the other post about Brick body type too? It has yes and no examples about how to dress I think that's the best way to show you how to dress other than the photos of best clothes above.
9/4/2020 07:19:04 pm
I’m reading this in 2020 and couldn’t be more grateful to read this! Thank you so much. I’ve been struggling to love my body shape, which is extremely long lanky legs, wide waist & stomach, no hips or curve and seeing it in more depth on your blog is comforting so thank you!
27/5/2020 03:58:08 pm
Hi, Talia! Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. You made my day! It makes me so happy that you found my post helpful. As helping people figure out and like their bodies and feel good in clothes, is what I share this for.
28/5/2020 05:44:28 pm
Thank you for posting these guidelines! I’ve been down the body typing rabbit hole since I began wedding gown shopping and I’m thoroughly confused. I always thought I was an hourglass, but decided to take an online calculator which determined that I am a rectangle shape. Would you be willing to help me shed some light on my body type, please?
26/9/2020 01:00:09 pm
Hi, Jacqueline! Based on your description and measurements, it sounds like you could be either a Soft Brick. Examples of that is Jennifer Hudson, and Eva Longoria. They come off Hourglass like, but is actually Bricks. It's pretty much a Brick that is more balanced and is closer to a curvy type, while still being best in Brick clothing styles. They can usually wear both clothes from Hourglass types as well as Brick types.
14/7/2021 11:02:17 am
Hi! I would really appreciate some help with finding my body type. Originally I thought I was an inverted triangle, but then I found out about the column, cornet, and brick body shapes! I will provide my measurements to help you help me :) I am 5'4
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