Choosing the Right Hanfu for Your Body Type: A Comprehensive Guide

Understanding Body Types

Before we dive into the Hanfu styles, let's first understand our body types. Generally, body types are categorized into four types: pear, apple, hourglass, and rectangle.

  • Pear: If your hips are wider than your shoulders, you fall into the pear category.
  • Apple: If your shoulders and hips are roughly the same width, but your waistline is wider, you're an apple.
  • Hourglass: If your shoulders and hips are roughly the same width with a narrower waist, you're an hourglass.
  • Rectangle: If your shoulders, waist, and hips are all about the same width, you're a rectangle.

Remember, these are just general guidelines. Everyone's body is unique, and that's what makes us beautiful!

Hanfu Styles and Body Types

Now that we've covered the basics of body types, let's talk about how different Hanfu styles can complement these body types.


Shenyi is a one-piece robe that symbolizes formality and respect. It's perfect for rectangle and apple body types as it falls straight down, creating a balanced silhouette. I remember the first time I wore a Shenyi; it was for a cultural event, and I was amazed at how it made my rectangle body type look so elegant and balanced.


Ruqun is a two-piece outfit consisting of a blouse and a skirt. It's versatile and can be worn for both casual and semi-formal occasions. The separate top and skirt create a natural waistline, making it ideal for pear and hourglass body types. I love wearing my Ruqun for casual outings; it's comfortable and makes my hourglass figure look fantastic!


Aoqun is similar to Ruqun but with an added jacket. It's ideal for colder weather and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. The jacket adds an extra layer, making it a great choice for apple and rectangle body types. I often wear my Aoqun in the winter; it keeps me warm and stylish!

Tips for Choosing the Right Hanfu

Finally, here are some tips to help you choose the right Hanfu for your body type:

  1. Know your body: Understanding your body type is the first step to choosing the right Hanfu. Take the time to measure your shoulders, waist, and hips to determine your body type.

  2. Try different styles: Don't be afraid to try different Hanfu styles. You might be surprised at what suits you!

  3. Comfort is key: No matter how good a Hanfu looks, if it's not comfortable, it's not the right one for you. Always prioritize comfort over style.

  4. Embrace your body: Every body is beautiful. Embrace your unique body type and express it through your Hanfu.

I hope this guide helps you navigate the beautiful world of Hanfu. Remember, fashion is a form of self-expression, so don't be afraid to experiment and make the outfit your own. Happy styling!

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