In our last post we shared a letter from Gabi who asked, ‘what body shape am I?’ We challenged you to give your verdict and you rose to the challenge admirably both here on the blog and on our Facebook page. Well done!
We were blown away by how clueless many of you are. An Hourglass? An Apple? Fat?! Sheesh, we have devoted our LIVES to teaching you this stuff and this is what we get. So, we realise that our work must continue. No matter, we love it and we love you all too.
Here is the answer…
Thank you for your kind words and for your great letter. It raises some issues that we come across again and again so we hope that our answers to your dilemma will help many other women as well.
Firstly, you ask if your body shape can change. The answer is yes, it can. Anatomically our body shape is determined by our bone structure (shoulder width, leg length – this does not change), and muscle and fat. Those parts, as every woman knows, can change with weight gain or loss, exercise or surgery. So, a small-bodied, broad-bottomed Skittle might put on extra weight in the derriére region and transform into a Bell. A broad-shouldered Cornet could never morph into a narrow-shouldered Bell but, with breast enhancement surgery she could become a Goblet.
The next thing that we love about your letter is that you have sent us a forensic breakdown of your measurements – Gil Grissom would be proud – which is absolutely useless!
But as soon as we saw your very clear photographs we knew that we could ignore all that and help you. Ladies, can we say this a hundred thousand times? When it comes to analysing your body shape, throw away your tape measure and LOOK in the mirror.
It’s about shape not size. It’s about proportion, not measurement.
Gabby, you are confused about the length of your legs. Yes your inseam is 32″ but at 5’10” you are a tall woman so, proportionally, your legs are not long.
Gabi, we are delighted to tell you that you are, as you suspected, a Brick.
Characteristics of the Brick body shape:
- Broad shoulders
- No waist
- Average tummy (despite your protestations Gabi, your tummy is not large!)
- Flat bum
- Straight up and down legs, on the chunky side
This is great news. Other women with Brick shapes include Kim Cattrall and Jennifer Hudson. Knowing your body shape is just the first step. The next step is understanding the principles of dressing your shape.
Our next post will be all about what to wear to make your Brick body shape look fabulous.