Body Types

Did you know that we all have different body types?

Women’s bodies come in different shapes.

The idea of a feminine body is a shape that is typically narrower at the waist than at the bust and hips but the truth is that we all come in different shapes.

Most women are not an houglass

A recent study conducted by the North Carolina State University found that of the 6,000 women’s body shapes analysed, 46 per cent were described as rectangular, with the waist less than nine inches smaller than the hips or bust. Just over 20 per cent of women were bottom-heavy “spoons”, or pear shapes, with hips two inches larger than busts or more, while almost 14 per cent were “inverted triangles” – women whose busts were three or more inches bigger than their hips.

The Independent says that the fashion industry is ignoring the changing shapes of women’s bodies, a study claims today. Designers and manufacturers still insist on making clothes that fit the traditional hourglass figure, when women’s shapes are more likely to be top-heavy, rectangular or pear-shaped.

only 8% of women have the sort of hourglass figure

How do we know what is our body type?

The circumferences of a woman’s bust, waist, and hips, and their ratios, were widely used to define her basic shape.

BWH is an abbreviation of bust, waist, and hip measurement.

There are many different classifications for female body types. Different authors have different names for different body shapes. Wikipedia has a good classification for women’s body types:

  • Apple or V shape (triangle downward)

Apple shaped women have broad(er) shoulders compared to their (narrower) hips. Apple shaped women tend to have slim legs/thighs, while the abdomen and chest look larger compared to the rest of the body. Fat is mainly distributed in the abdomen, chest, and face.

  • Banana, straight or I shape (rectangular)

The waist measurement is less than 9 inches smaller than the hips or bust measurement.[18] Body fat is distributed predominantly in the abdomen, buttocks, chest, and face. This overall fat distribution creates the typical ruler (straight) shape.

    Mel C is a celebrity with rectangular body type.

  • Pear, spoon, bell or A shape (triangle upward)

The hip measurement is greater than the bust measurement.  The distribution of fat varies, with fat tending to deposit first in the buttocks, hips, and thighs. As body fat percentage increases, an increasing proportion of body fat is distributed around the waist and upper abdomen. The women of this body type tend to have a (relatively) larger rear, thicker thighs, and a small(er) bosom.


  • Hourglass or X shape. (triangles opposing, facing in)

The hip and bust are almost of equal size with a narrow waist.  Body fat distribution tends to be around both the upper body and lower body. This body type enlarges the arms, chest, hips, and rear before other parts, such as the waist and upper abdomen.

To give you and idea of the differences in how authors classify body types differently Sarah Kennedy, the author of Vintage Style created the following list of body types:

Boyish – slender with narrow shoulders and hips
T-Shape – flat body with broad shoulders
Curvy – well rounded and shapely
Hourglass – good proportioned body with a neat waist
Pear-shaped – wide through the hips
Apple – rounded in the middle
Voluptous – large breasts

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Self-Confidence & Body Image Master Coach. Author, speaker, blogger and head editor of encourages women to find their real beauty and believe in themselves. Google

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