Monday, 21 February 2011

Calculating Your Body Shape

Whilst I was shopping with my mum, I got to thinking about body shapes and which clothes are most flattering on my personal body shape.  I thought I knew what my body shape was.  I thought I was an 'apple' which means you have a full chest, upper back with little waist definition. 'Apples' tend to appear top heavy as well which I certainly am. 

Many people often assume an apple body shape means you are VERY curvy or overweight people which is a fallacy.  Notable celebs with the 'apple' body shape are Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Hudson and Elizabeth Hurley who all have this shape but in a "thinner" version.

There are so many different theories nowadays on how many different body types they are.  But here are some celeb examples of some classic body shapes...

Just out of curiosity, I wanted to find out if I was, in fact, an 'apple' and after some searching on google, I found this website...

This website outlines that it's your shape, not your weight, that matters.  A handy calculator tool requests your body measurements and it calculates what body shape you are and what clothes you should be wearing to flatter your figure.  Very handy to make sure you always look your best!

This website doesn't conform to the usual 'fruit' body shapes like pear, apple and banana (I didn't even know there WAS a banana shape until today!ha ha).  This website claims that after a study involving over 6,000 women, they have concluded that the names and definitions for women's body shapes had to be revised into 9 new categories:
  • Straight
  • Pear
  • Spoon
  • Hourglass
  • Top Hourglass
  • Inverted Triangle
  • Oval
  • Diamond
For full explanations/definitions of these body shapes, please click here.  The guide on what you should wear to flatter your body shape is very easy to follow and really concise...

So what did it calculate my body shape as?  Well I came out as an Inverted Triangle (bust large, hips narrow, waist not very well defined).  I would pretty much agree with that description of my body type.  I know I have a short waist and long legs so I always look kind of top heavy.  My waist does go in but it's not as well defined as someone with an hourglass body shape and my stomach is by no means flat!

The main problem I have with dresses is that they will fit me everywhere else, except my bust, which can be a real pain!  If I get the size up then the dress becomes too big for me.  What I really need is a personal tailor to custom-fit all my clothes for me.  If only I had the cash to do that!

Do you know what your body type is?  Do you know of any handy websites regarding this subject?  Do you have problems getting clothes to fit you?


  1. I'm a pear shape and it drives me mad trying to find clothes that fit properly - especially trousers and dresses. If something fits my hips it gapes everywhere else! So I tend to stick to floaty dresses that skim my hips and can be belted to show off my waist, and skinny jeans teamed with long (read hip hiding) tunics. I think the main problem is a lot of high street stores design with boyish figures in mind and don't make any allowances for those of us with bums and boobs :)

  2. I'm an apple. Skinny legs and arms and a round tummy!

  3. I love this post! Thank you for this info.I am going to check this website out, since i am not to sure what shape I am. :)

  4. I always thought I had an hourglass shape, like Beyonce, aka MY HIPS ARE HUGE! This site said Im a 'spoon' shape, and I happen to agree. I gain my weight in my abdomen/stomach before anywhere else. Im not crazy about some of the clothing recommendations... but will look into them.

    Awesome site. Very helpful. Thanks

  5. wow thanks for that website! will definitely check it out now!

    GLAM ♡

  6. This is a cool site, I'm going to measure myself and see what I am! Thanks for this x

  7. I don't think I fit into any of them! I put my measurements in and it said I was an hourglass, but it then said that I will have a shapely bum and legs - which I don't. I'm basically skinny but curvy at the same time - thin arms and legs, small bum, tiny waist, flat stomach, but a bigger bust and wide hips.

  8. I'm a spoon, and the description/clothes choices are spot on for me. I absolutely hate my body shape though, I'm not a big girl but I can only ever buy things that are empire line fit really to balance me out and make me look slimmer...and you wouldn't believe how many clothes are fitted too low (and how many are empire line but vile!) :( Would absolutely love to be able to go into a shop and buy the clothes I actually like for once instead of the ones that I know will suit my shape.

  9. That was so cool! Thanks for sharing! I turned out to be an apple, I always thought I had an hourglass shape but it makes sense because my hips were always wider than my bust.

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  11. You don't need a personal tailor. All you need is a sewing machine. ;) Check out and tricks, patterns) and (vogue patterns!!). Adn there is a lot of sewing blogs who shares tutorials and tips. ;)


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