If I post some pics and tell you my measurements can you tell me what body shape I am?

(45 Posts)
thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 11:36:17

I am finding it hard to dress for my shape at the moment but I look at all those quizzes and I just can't see what I'm supposed to be.

My vitals are:
38 inch shoulders
33 inch bust
26 inch waist
35 inch hips

Can anyone help, and also give me some pointers as to good shapes and styles to help me figure? I just feel like I look boyish and not very feminine...

thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 11:38:00


MillyRules Wed 22-Jan-14 11:52:53

What is your height the

thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 11:56:07

Oh I'm 5'6"...

According to this you're a banana

thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 12:15:39

Banana? Never heard that before! Guess it's like column or rectangle. Yes I thought I might be but my widest part is my shoulders, which seems at odds with the whole straight up and down malarkey. Hmm...

Neither had I! You're a similar shape to me. I prefer thinking of myself as athletic rather than a banana

thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 12:21:40

Haha yes I prefer athletic too!!

FluffyDucky Wed 22-Jan-14 12:30:06

I thought your shape (not looking at the measurements) is more like an inverted triangle. But also very athletic, you look very fit!

MillyRules Wed 22-Jan-14 12:34:25

I think you are a ...........Column and you have a lovely figure.

ElizabethBathory Wed 22-Jan-14 12:34:51

I would have said I'm reasonably similar to you OP but it's just come up with 'Sorry you are not in the four shapes we calculate' hmm Bit rude!

Any way, I find having details on my bottom half to widen it slightly and balance out my hips and shoulders help. So tulip shaped or skater type skirts, and ruching or horizonal stripes are good. And I never wear thick or fluffy tops (so no angora or cables on top) as it makes me feel very top heavy. Floaty, fine and fitted tops are good.

MillyRules Wed 22-Jan-14 12:37:31

I don't think you quite look like a Cornet....do you?

It says for a column that generally you don't have broad shoulders.

ElizabethBathory Wed 22-Jan-14 12:38:18

I think I mean drapey tops, not floaty. I think athletic or inverted triangle are the best terms - you do not look like a banana!

thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 12:41:00

Lol at you are not in the four shapes we calculate! Therein lies the problem I think. I will have to take column/athletic with big shoulders as my diagnosis! Boobs and hips are too big for an inverted triangle I suspect...

Thank you for nice comments (and I know I shouldn't moan!) but I do wish I could look a bit more girly/curvy. I like the idea of ruched skirts, don't wear skirts at all really so might be a good place to start...

ElizabethBathory Wed 22-Jan-14 12:42:49

I've worked out it doesn't let you have a 25 inch waist, only 26 and above. So yes, I am a v similar shape to you but shorter smile

ElizabethBathory Wed 22-Jan-14 12:43:18

I have a ruched skirt from Hush and it makes my hips look quite curvy.

ElizabethBathory Wed 22-Jan-14 12:44:45

You also might be a mesomorph - we tend to have narrow torsos but relatively big, muscular-ish limbs, and are able to both lose and gain weight fast.

MillyRules Wed 22-Jan-14 12:49:27

So you need to wear things that give you more waist definition and more curves. Tops and dresses that are cut to emphasis the waist and a line skirts might be good for you. Belts could help define your waist too. With colours maybe wear brighter colours on your bottom half and darker on top.

thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 12:59:50

Great thank you that's really helpful. Don't wear belts, always wear black or indigo jeans (no colour) and rarely skirts or dresses. Am beginning to see where I'm going wrong!!

Also make sure that you are in the right bra size for definition.

If you don't like skirts or dresses then I don't see why you should wear them tbh

MillyRules Wed 22-Jan-14 13:05:06

You don't have hips from what I can see so you need to create hips. By adding a belt you will create the waist affect and the going in and out will add some hips but A line skirts definitely will help with that.
Peplum tops also help to create waist and hips.

MillyRules Wed 22-Jan-14 13:06:22

Purple is wanting to look more curvy so that is why the suggestions of skirts and dresses to balance out her shape and give her the curves she craves.

thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 13:06:55

Yes well bra wize I'm a 28 DD really but not the easiest to pin down! Was wearing a sports bra in the photos so not the best!!

Sounds right-just checking you weren't in a 34aa or something! Try brastop, mycurvesandme and amazon for good deals. And bravissimo for choice

ElizabethBathory Wed 22-Jan-14 13:12:10

Haha we have the same bra size too smile Definitely agree with Milly's advice of dark colours on top - light colours make your top half look so much bigger. Not that that matters, as you are very slim, but if you're wanting to achieve the balanced look darker tops are better. And I always find jeans make my hips look much smaller, so if I'm wanting curves I wear skirts and dresses. I've just bought a skirt very like this, but a bit longer, and it's great for widening.

thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 13:15:53

Thanks for the recs statistically

I actually really like dresses and skirts, just don't really wear them. Am a student/supply teacher/sahm so it's partly a lifestyle thing. I recently bought a short floral jersey dress from top shop which I appreciate gives me more shape and I think I have a high waisted tulip mini skirt in dark denim floating around somewhere.

thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 13:17:33

I like the tube skirt, sure I saw something similar in dotty p's...

ElizabethBathory Wed 22-Jan-14 13:20:28

Yes there's loads about, American Apparel have some in atm too.

My body is also incalculable apparently and I have a 26in waist. I'm deeply offended.

thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 14:24:55

Maybe we should have a support group or something - you know 'the incalculables'...

MissScatterbrain Wed 22-Jan-14 15:28:50

Other tips are:

No leggings

Boyfriend jeans are ideal and if wearing skinny jeans, get lighter ones (rather than dark wash or black), make sure you get the ones with visible back pockets and stitching.

Dresses are good, esp if you get these in retro style or loose shift style as these add bulk at the bottom but are slim and non fussy at the top.

MissScatterbrain Wed 22-Jan-14 16:14:53

Also no gilets and bulky waist length jackets.

thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 16:32:27

No leggings?? Waah!

What should I wear on top with boyfriend jeans? I have tried them but they made me look incredibly boxy.

Otoh I am currently wearing some harem pants I dug out the wardrobe and they are good, they add a bit more around the hips and thighs...

ElizabethBathory Wed 22-Jan-14 16:52:10

I wear boyfriend jeans with close fitting plain or Breton striped long sleeve t shirts. And agree harem pants are really good. I loved it when there were tons of pegleg trousers in the shops with pleats around the hips, they were great for my shape (ones like this)

DrNick Wed 22-Jan-14 17:03:31

You need a new bra.

Showy Wed 22-Jan-14 17:37:39

We have almost the same stats. My bra size is 28E (bfing though and usually a DD) and my waist is 25 inches but otherwise, we're pretty much the same.

I am 'athletic' I think and can look quite boyish, particularly as I do work out quite a bit and have fairly well defined shoulders, arms and chest. I've found that if I wear vests for example, they have to be a round neck and not a V because it's softens the fact that I'm quite angular I suppose. I also wear a lot of harem trousers and things with pleated waists. Adds curves against the angles. Otherwise, I wear what makes me happy!

ElizabethBathory Wed 22-Jan-14 17:52:06

She's wearing a sports bra DrNick

thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 20:35:48

Lol at the bra controversy, as elizabeth said, it's a sports bra, I'd only just got back from the gym!

But point taken...

Anyway, I have a Breton so I'll put that on and go and try some boyfriend jeans. I fear Next relaxed skinnies may be my limit but it's a start...

Peg trousers look good too, will see if they are still around...

thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 20:37:58

Hmm showy yes I prefer scoops to v necks even though I have norks, I think that must be why...

Was eyeing some new harems as well so now I have an excuse to buy them!

MummaMouse Wed 22-Jan-14 20:39:23

Jealous of your lovely legs.

thepurplepenguin Wed 22-Jan-14 20:39:54

And halter necks are banned as they make me look like a shot-putter (no offence to shot-putters intended)

Showy Wed 22-Jan-14 21:58:48

Yy to halter necks. Last time I tried one, I ended up atop a ladder with a hod and bricks.

MummaMouse Wed 22-Jan-14 22:02:47

Halternecks give me neckache and aren't enough support.

NewNameforNewTerm Wed 22-Jan-14 22:21:38

I tried quite a few measurements; mine, me when I was much younger and slimmer, my sister, my ideal, what my mother said was ideal in her generation. The only one it could calculate was the 34/24/36 old-fashion ideal. I think NONP's site has a very skewed expectation of women's bodies.

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