Body shape types for women

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Body shape types for women
Apple and pear are two common terms for women's body shapes. (the apple and pear isolated with clipping path image by Valentin Mosichev from

The areas of your body where you carry the most fat determine your body shape so, for some women, it is possible to determine their body shape simply by looking at them. However, there is also a more exact way to determine your body shape. All you need is a measuring tape. By measuring your waist circumference and your hip circumference and then calculating your waist to hip ratio you can determine if you are an apple, hourglass, pear or ruler.

Determine Your Shape

In order to determine your shape, measure your bust at the fullest part of the breast line, your waist at the narrowest part of the waistline and your hips at the fullest part of your bottom. Make sure you keep the measuring tape straight across. Write these numbers down and then do some math to determine your body shape.

Divide hip by waist number for your hip/waist ratio

Divide bust by waist number for your bust/waist ratio

Divide waist by hip number for your waist/hip ratio

Divide waist by bust number for your waist/bust ratio

Apple Shape

The apple shape is also known as the middle figured shape. Apple-shaped women tend to have average bust size, a larger belly and then small or flat hips and bottom. If your waist/hip and waist/bust ratio are each greater than .75, you are an apple.

Pear Shape

Pear-shaped women tend to carry fat in the hips/butt/thigh area and have small breasts and a small/flat stomach. If your hip/waist ratio is greater than 1.25 and your waist/bust is greater than .75, you are a pear.

Hourglass Shape

If your hips/butt and your bust measure within 2 inches of each other or your waist/bust ratio is less than .75, then you are an hourglass. Women with an hourglass shape have large breasts, a small stomach and large hips, butt and thighs. The hourglass shape is widely regarded as the ideal shape.

Ruler Shape

Women who have ruler-shaped bodies tend to be lean and have very few curves. Other terms for ruler-shaped women are linear, straight or column shaped. If your shoulder width is equal to your hip width or your bust, waist and hip measurement is the same or very close to the same you are a ruler shape.

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