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19-06-2011, 16:15   #61
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What type of shape do you have to your body?
According to some website quiz, I'm an apple. I suppose that's in or about right, because I carry most of my weight around my middle.

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Are you happy, or at least content, with your shape?
I'm not; and I should be. I get plenty of compliments on it, but when I look in the mirror I tend to see things that aren't there. I was chubby when I was younger and I still find it hard to break free of that particular mindset. I know myself I look great- I weigh 8.5 stone and wear a size 8 or 10, but all my weight goes to my stomach and I'm quite paranoid about it.

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Are you more concerned or bothered by your body shape, or your general weight?
My body shape, because as I said all my weight goes to my stomach. I'm slender but I have love handles and a muffin top I can't get rid of. My legs and arms are very thin, and I have no arse, but a belly.

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Do you find it difficult to get clothes to fit, or look well because of your shape?
I will occasionally buy fitted trousers or leggings in a larger size because I am paranoid about my stomach spilling over the top. Occasionally I'll need to get tops in a larger size to accommodate my C cups.
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19-06-2011, 16:28   #62
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What type of shape do you have to your body?
I am very much the pear shaped girl! quite small on top,32C,small waist, would be about a size 8/10 on top(depending on the type of clothing) however , i have quite a big bum,hips and thighs!more of a 10/12 on bottom!!

Are you happy, or at least content, with your shape?
For as long as i can remember,I have always had an issue about my weight and shape,in my teens i was alot bigger,did manage to lose a few pounds when i was 16 and i finally grew into my pear shaped figure!however throughout my college days I put on weight,was wearing size 16 trousers and size 12 tops, and for me been 5'4, dieting was alway on my mind! Saying this, at the time, I never got really depressed about my weight,for me it was always an issue so it was nothing new! in the last two years I have lost approx 2stone,and I am finally content with my weight! I get loads of compliments now about my figure,which after all this time is a great feeling!

Are you more concerned or bothered by your body shape, or your general weight?
I would be more concerned about my weight! I am 5'4 and about 10 stone,so I would have a healthy BMI ,as long as I keep to a healthy BMI im happy enough! In my opinion apart form maybe toning up,there is no point worrying to much about your body shape, there really isnt a whole lot you can do to change it too much!

Do you find it difficult to get clothes to fit, or look well because of your shape?
I wouldn't have a problem now with getting clothes to fit, im generally a size 10 so finding sizes are not a problem however this doesnt mean i can go into a shop and pick out a mini skirt and top in a ten and be done,this kind of outfit would be terrible on me,im a curvy girl and I prefer to wear clothes that work to my advantage!

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19-06-2011, 16:47   #63
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I'm an hourglass shape. Even though I'm overweight, my shape allows me to get away with wearing things that a thinner, differently shaped person couldn't. The things that suit me best are really figure hugging dresses. I have a tiny waste and "curvy" hips and bum (fat really but in the right clothes they're curvy ) and I have good boobs.

I hate my body, proper hate it, but I like my figure if that even makes any sense. I have lost a good lot of weight and I'm working really hard to lose alot more. I'm really starting to see my body toning up which I'm obviously delighted about. The one thing I would change is my legs, I would just love to have slim legs. I used to have such enviable legs which is what pisses me off!

I don't find it too difficult to buy clothes, I know what suits me and that's what I go for.
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General note for thread: an hourglass is having hips and bust measurements that are the same, and a noticeably smaller waist - over 9 inches smaller. For instance, 36-24-36. It is allegedly the most desirable female figure. In reality, 8% of women are hourglass shapes. Kelly Brooke, mentioned earlier, is a true hourglass based on her measurements.
This is incorrect. The hips and bust do not have to be exactly the same, nor does the waist need to be over 9 inches smaller. Hips and bust about the same, smaller waist. Fat tends to accumulate on upper and lower body parts (arms, hips, thighs, rear).
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What type of shape do you have to your body? Hourglass would be the closest, size 14-16 and 5ft 8

Are you happy, or at least content, with your shape? Sometimes but I carry excess weight across my back and have very broad shoulders, when I got married years ago I was at my thinnest, the bottom half of me was a 10-12 but my wedding dress had to be a 16 to accommdate my back and be taken in, my back was a 38 at the time, its now a 40. I have become used to it.

Are you more concerned or bothered by your body shape, or your general weight?I'm a bit overweight now so would like to lose about a stone or so.

Do you find it difficult to get clothes to fit, or look well because of your shape? Yes on several counts, shirts are a nightmare due to a broad back, big boobs (40 DD) or 38 E, so I often have to buy an 18 but it is swimming around the waist, so tend to buy tops but then I have another issue, I have a long body/ torso so some tops are too short, also jeans that sit on the waist are a nightmare for me, I look ugly in them, and getting high waisted jeans is difficult although it is getting better in the last year or so. I love dresses but again they are too small up top and not long enough in the body. Any loose baggy clothing makes me look like a hippo so I need structured stuff but at the moment the fashion is not that so haven't bought many clothes in a good while. The one part of me I really like is my bum, I have a really nice shape, hence another reason for high waisted jeans and for years I had a really flat tummy, it is only in recent times that I have developed a little podge there.
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I hate my body, proper hate it, but I like my figure if that even makes any sense.
I'm the same as you. I'm a proper hourglass - my hips and bust are the same, and my waist is 9 inches smaller. I am fairly broad though, so I don't feel it's as noticeable as it is on someone more petite. I love my shape, but I absolutely hate my stomach. It feels like a catch-22 because when I wear clothes that emphasise my boobs and waist, they also tend to emphasise my stomach . I wouldn't feel comfortable in really fitted dresses because I'd be too conscious of my stomach, which is a shame because they might look nice on me.
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What type of shape do you have to your body?
umm, i think hourglass? an hourglass with a belly! size 12

Are you happy, or at least content, with your shape?
with my overall shape i guess i kinda am. i can feel pretty good in good clothes but there are so many things i'd like to change about my body. slimmer upper arms, bigger boobs, slimmer tummy, slimmer legs, nicer skin everywhere!!!

Are you more concerned or bothered by your body shape, or your general weight?
i suppose my shape, i never weigh myself. i would like to feel like i could wear sleeveless tops (by most people's standards, i CAN of course and i know it's a silly thing in my own head, but so it goes) and to have less of a belly so that i could wear jeans and tees without muffin top :/

Do you find it difficult to get clothes to fit, or look well because of your shape?
no. there are lots of clothes i'd like to wear that i feel i can't, that's for sure. but i still manage to find lots of things i like that i can wear.
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This is incorrect. The hips and bust do not have to be exactly the same, nor does the waist need to be over 9 inches smaller. Hips and bust about the same, smaller waist. Fat tends to accumulate on upper and lower body parts (arms, hips, thighs, rear).
gargleblaster, according to popular culture and the women who were the original embodiment of that hourglass shape, those are the requirements. The waist needs to be quite tiny in proportion to the similarly proportioned bust and hips. An inch or two out between hips and bust is allowable, but the hourglass shape really is defined by a proportionally tiny waist. Otherwise - well, going out at the shoulders, in at the waist and out again at the hips is really a pretty standard shape for most of female humanity who's within the bmi classification.

The 'perfect woman' stats of 36-24-36 have been referenced broadly in popular culture for over 50 years and appear to have originated in some post world war II 'make our boys happy' propaganda out of America.

If you take the classic hailed and recognised hourglasses through history - Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, so on - they all conform to that body standard of evenly proportioned bust and hips with a tiny waist ratio.

It's worth looking at the work Trinny & Susannah did on body shapes with regard to clothing choices - they took the four body shapes (apple, pear, banana, hourglass) and broke some down into further subsections and I think added some more, to come up with about 12 shapes altogether.
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gargleblaster, according to popular culture and the women who were the original embodiment of that hourglass shape, those are the requirements. The waist needs to be quite tiny in proportion to the similarly proportioned bust and hips. An inch or two out between hips and bust is allowable, but the hourglass shape really is defined by a proportionally tiny waist. Otherwise - well, going out at the shoulders, in at the waist and out again at the hips is really a pretty standard shape for most of female humanity who's within the bmi classification.

The 'perfect woman' stats of 36-24-36 have been referenced broadly in popular culture for over 50 years and appear to have originated in some post world war II 'make our boys happy' propaganda out of America.

If you take the classic hailed and recognised hourglasses through history - Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, so on - they all conform to that body standard of evenly proportioned bust and hips with a tiny waist ratio.

It's worth looking at the work Trinny & Susannah did on body shapes with regard to clothing choices - they took the four body shapes (apple, pear, banana, hourglass) and broke some down into further subsections and I think added some more, to come up with about 12 shapes altogether.
Banana? What the hell does a banana-shaped woman look like?
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General note for thread: an hourglass is having hips and bust measurements that are the same, and a noticeably smaller waist - over 9 inches smaller. For instance, 36-24-36. It is allegedly the most desirable female figure. In reality, 8% of women are hourglass shapes. Kelly Brooke, mentioned earlier, is a true hourglass based on her measurements.
As I said, I'm pretty sure I'm an hourglass (have to get the measuring tape out) but even if I'm not, that's what I like to tell myself
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Pretty much straight up and down - a barely discernable waist /edit - that's answering the question as to what a banana is.
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Pretty much straight up and down - a barely discernable waist /edit - that's answering the question as to what a banana is.
With a slight curve to the left or right as you go up?

Someone else described themselves as a "pillar". Seems like a more appropriate comparison, but obviously someone wanted to continue the fruit associations. I'm surprised hourglass wasn't replaced with butternut squash.
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With a slight curve to the left or right as you go up?
Straight up and down and a hunchback...get back to me in 50 years.
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Lot of lucky hour glass women here!! Read somewhere only 9% of the population is hour glass shaped!!


I think I'm a pear shape and weigh 120 pounds on a frame of 5'6 with a spine that a bit too long for my per-portion. I'm a size 10 on the bottom with an 8 on top (34B chest size). I have a very small waist which means I find it hard to get tops that nip me at the waist and fit my arms.... The most I have ever weighed is 10 stone. I had a few issues with food that lead me to getting down to 7 stone 11 as a teenager.

I absolutely hate my arms and as a result never ever get them out. I tried toning them about a year or two ago but wasn't doing cardio to loose over all fat so I just increased my arm size , it also transpired that I was using the weights the wrong way for lengthening the muscle which is what I should have been at. Worst sentence in the world to me would be "you're wearing a strapless Dress".

When I was in my late teens I weighed about 116 pounds and thought I was huge to the point that when I went on holiday I almost cried when it came to getting into the pool and wore a t shirt dress over my bikini. I feel like kicking myself over that now.

My stomach can get a bit bloated due to my love of refined carbs especially when the new potatoes are out (noym noym noym) and my backside is in need of some toning. I'm happy with the way my figure looks in clothes as at my heaviest I used to wear spanx under most of my dresses and I don't need to do that anymore. But out of my clothes I just feel like my arms are out of per portion with my small chest and waist but my shoulders match my hips its just the bit in between looks like its in the distance thus a bit smaller than the rest of me.

I would love to be more toned, the OH is very into sport and thus has a very hard toned body. He called me "soft baby" one day about my lack of muscle tone. Going to work on that in the next few weeks as I have just up running and I am learning to use weights properly. Would also love bigger boobs but sure you can't have it every way and I'm learning to love what I have.

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If its of any use to the "hour glass debate" I found the article where the 9% figure came from. Its from the daily mail website.............................
(9% is a british stat so I presume it would be a bit different over here)

It gives measurements for other body types to or what ever name they put on them...


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...rectangle.html

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