Thursday, 5 July 2012

Types of body shapes - which one are you?

Basically, this will be telling you the body types and will explain what defines each body shape and then can help you figure out which you are.. Although most people fit into one of these categories, not all people do, some people can be several types.

Why is knowing your type important?Everyone should find out what their body type is, it will help you knowing what clothes, swim suits, accessories suit you best and flatter your shape. I will be referring to it as what i call them, but will put in brackets names that it is also known as :)

I'll start with the most common body shape - most women think that the hourglass shape is the most common, which is completely untrue. Its the most well known shape but its not the most common(as a matter of fact a study shows that only 8% of woman have the hourglass shape!

Anyway, enough chatting - lets get started!

Ruler(straight, banana, rectangle, boyish, box)
Surprisingly 46% of women fit best into this body shape. You are pretty straight up and down, your bust is small and hips are narrow and approximately the same size, you don't have a very defined waist. Celebrities with this body shape are; Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and Keira Knightly.

20% of women fall into this category. Your hips are larger than your bust and you have a defined waist and proportionately slim arms and shoulders. You typically gain weight in your bums and thighs/legs. Your waist is your best asset so don’t be afraid to show it off. Celebrities with this body shape are; Shakira, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce.

Apple(Inverted triangle, round)
14% of women have this shape. You tend to have a larger bust, broader shoulders, narrower hips, less defined waist. You usually gain weight in the tummy, breasts and arms. Apple shape women tend to gain weight alot easier then other body types. Celebrities with the shape are; Tyra Banks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson.

Only 8% of woman fit into this body shape. Which is odd considering it is the most talked about and known body shape. For along time the hourglass shape has been considered as the most attractive shape, desired and wanted shape, the subject of many paintings and sculptures (You lucky ladies!) Your hips and bust are almost an identical size with a narrow and defined waist(9 inches or more smaller than bust/hips!) Celebrities with this shape are; Marilyn Monroe, Sophie Lauren, Scarlett Johannson.

Above is listed the most common body shapes that almost any one can fit into, but then there are also different shapes inside each of these shapes, i'll list some below.

Spoon(figure 8)
This shape is often mistaken for the hourglass, i always got told i was an hourglass shape, but it just didnt add up, I was researching and came across and article about the spoon shape, which is very similiar to the hourglass but you tend to have a very short waist which come off as a "shelf" like appearance to the hips. Your hips are slightly larger then your bust and you have a very defined/small waist, you have the tendancy towards getting love handles. You tend to gain weight in your upper arms and thighs but contracry to this your forarms and lower legs are very slender and are your best assets! Celebrities with this shape are; Kim Karshian, Christina Aguilera. 

Oval(Full figure)
you have a large bust, narrow hips, and a full midsection. You have a tendency to gain weight in your stomach, back and upper body. Your waist is undefined and the widest part of your frame. You also have a full, shorter neck and full face. Your buttocks are somewhat flat and your legs are slender. Your shapely legs are your best asset. Celebrities; Jessica Simpson, Opera, Adele.

I'm going to go more in depth on each shape and how to dress for your shape, how to work out for your shape etc. I hope these tips above help some of you ladies out there. 

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