THE BODY TYPE : BRICK
The petit supermodel Kate Moss is a great example of the body shape, The Brick.
Bricks have a slight or no waist, longer legs, small bust and bottom, and usually have broad shoulders, rather thick thighs and calves. It means that your shoulder width is the same as your hip width, without any particularly prominent body area. Although! This shape can come in many sizes and for some the tummy is more prominent, which can lead to a square, masculine look.
Bricks usually find it more difficult to be feminine than many other body types, but it is not impossible. Carefully chosen clothes can bring really good results.
The most important guidelines.
- Many Bricks try to cover up with baggy clothes, but this normally only makes things worse as loose garments just hang off the shoulders, emphasizing the whole brick like shape.
- The key to dressing well as a Brick is to either embrace the "androgynous look" (Wich is also fabulous). Or try to reduce the masculine elements in your shape as much as possible.
- The bigger the belly the less of a waist, and gently draping jersey tops and empire lines are the best ways of creating an illusion of one.
- Belts are also good tools, just make sure you place them in the most narrow part of you tummy. For Bricks that is often straight under the boobs.
- Pants should be in a material that follows the curves of the body. Too stiff material won't do anything for your shape.
- A boxy, unstructured top on a dropped-waist dress that snare the widest part of your thigh, is by far the worst mistake you can make.
It might sound bad to have a bricklike body shape! But I'm just going to let the pictures of these very gorgeous Brick ladies speak for themselves, and hope you will be persuaded to seeing that there's nothing wrong with having a straight figure.
It definitely has it's perks when it comes to fashion.
Don't be afraid to go a little over the top, because your frame can easily carry glamorous and bold styles that many women would not even be able to attempt.
Other Bricks: Kim Cattrall and Jennifer Hudson.
(The 12 body shape and rules are mostly borrowed from Trinny and Susannah's Body Shape Bible. I have made some alterations. Photos in this post are borrowed from Google. Unknown source.)
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4/1/2018 09:36:50 pm
Hi, Ange! It sounds a little bit like you could be a Column. They have a lot of the same features as a Brick, but have a more narrow frame, shoulders, and slender legs. Or you could just be a slender and petite Brick. You definetely sound like one or these two as it doesn’t sound top heavy or bottom heavy, but balanced, but not very curvy either. Look at the Column posts, and also google Eva Longoria, as she is a petite Brick too, and see what feels more right.
22/4/2018 07:46:09 pm
Wow! This is a great post. I love to wear different kind of dress that is why I can relate to your post. Your advice is very helpful, especially for those people did not know what their body type. The pictures are all beautiful. The content of your blog is every helpful and I think that I can use your advice. I will share this post to my friends and I'm sure that they also love this. I'm so happy that you shared this with us.
6/5/2018 06:20:56 am
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. I'm so glad you found my page to be helpful :-)
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18/3/2018 09:38:02 am
Also, in case you haven't seen this post, here it is.
18/3/2018 09:36:59 am
Hi, Anne! Thank you so much for your lovely feedback.
12/4/2018 06:39:56 pm
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9/6/2018 03:55:14 am
How come Jennifer Hudson be a brick, i see she tends more to be an hourglass, no ?
12/8/2018 12:56:28 pm
Hi, Solenn! I totally get why you ask, as I thought the same myself at first glance. You see it clearer in the photos from when she was larger, but even in more fitted dresses you can tell that her waist is not very curved. It just appears curved as the bum and chest creates a curvy look. She's also very good at dressing herself, so her body looks very balanced. Jennifer Hudson, just like Eva Longoria, is what I like to call a Soft Brick. I want to make a separate post about this at some point too, to clarify and show that Bricks come in more that two versions. The two versions being the one with a flat bum and large tummy, or the very straight and petite Kate Moss version. My sister, and several of the people I know are Soft Bricks, and this version looks great in form fitting dresses, as the Brick too is a balanced body type. So, in short, a Soft Brick is kind of a Brick that is flowing into a curvy type, and can borrow clothes from these groups (Vase, Hourglass and Cello). But, they should always make sure they don't forget completely that they are a Brick, as they should still use Brick styles too, or combine the too.
12/8/2018 12:57:15 pm
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4/9/2019 06:49:32 am
Hi there! I just found your blog and am really enjoying your advice. I wondered if you could help me figuring my body type. I am almost 6' tall, long torso, thin hips/thighs (a bit smaller than my shoulders), shapely legs (my friends call them runner's legs) and large breasts. My main issue is that I carry lots of extra pounds in my tummy, I look pregnant. From the front, I look like a column shape (just tall and straight), but from the side I look fat/pregnant. Not much going there for my bottom, either. Thanks!
14/10/2019 03:12:17 pm
Hi, Jennifer! Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. That makes me so happy to read.
26/10/2019 12:04:58 pm
What do you think ciara Harris the singer body shape is?It looks like mine & we both have round hips.Im 5'10 but she is 5'8.
2/1/2020 06:16:57 pm
HI, Roxy! Ciara Harris's body type is not a very obvious one, but the total does look the most like a Cello. She had broad shoulders, a full chest for her weight, a somewhat straight waist only small because of chest and bottom being wider. She also has a curvy but and large thighs compared to slender lower legs. So, even though it could be possible that she's a Vase, Skittle, Cornet, Brick, Column, or Goblet. The fact that she kind of feels like a mix of all these other types, often point to a Cello. Her description is also most like a Cello, and would most likely just be a slender one which is usually more difficult to type because of less drama in the shape.
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