Listen up ladies (and gentlemen), today we are setting you a challenge. Our lovely and courageous blog reader Gabi has sent us a great question about her body shape. This is where we find out how much attention have you been paying to our books and TV shows! The question is: what body shape is Gabi? She has provided clear photos and a wealth of information to help you make your analysis. Read on…
Hello Trinny and Susannah,
I have followed you off and on for nearly a decade, and I think you do a wonderful job for all the ladies you encounter. I have been recently re-interested in dressing correctly for my shape, but after reading your Body Shape Bible and other ‘body type’ articles online, I am just confusing myself.
When I first started watching your shows, I thought I looked quite similar to Trinny… a skinny pear. But I realize I wasn’t taking my shoulders into consideration. Pre-children I had a boyish shape and used to be nicknamed Amazon. When I am slim and fit, I feel I look boyish… perhaps even Column-ish, but certainly like a rectangle.
Three children and much atrophy later (LOL) my shape isn’t what it used to be. With my post-children droopy bum and the smooshy tummy and the saddlebags, I wonder what shape I am.
I don’t imagine that our basic shape changes with weight, but I’m not sure I’m correctly assessing myself. I’m not sure if I’m a Pear, or a Skittle, or a Brick or what?
Here are my stats, I’m hoping that you will help set me straight:
- I’m 5’10”, 143 pounds (carrying an extra 8 pounds right now, argh!)
- When I gain weight, it goes right to my saddlebags/rear/top thigh
- My shoulder girth is 40″ and they are quite broad looking. ‘Linebacker’ comes to mind, haha!
- My bust is 36A
- My natural waist is 30″. Thicker than it used to be. I have a poochy “baby belly” that needs some hiding
- My high hip (pelvis area under belly button) is 36″
- My low hip (widest part around saddlebag area) is 40″
I am short-waisted, in that I cannot get two hand widths between my bust and my waist. I cannot wear pants at my natural waist or belts around my natural waist, it looks ridiculous, like it’s right up at my bust! Yet, I am long-torsoed, if you account the length from my natural waist to the bottom of my sagging bum – which used to not sag quite so low! But I have had friends remark, “You have a LONG bum”.
My legs… Short? Long? Average? Not quite sure. My inseam is 32″ and I cannot usually wear regular length pants, but some Tall pants are too long. I usually purchase Tall or Long, though. From the front my legs look longer than from the back, as the droopy bum is a factor.
My legs are a bit thick, calves and ankles chunky, not slim. But when I was a teen, people said I had long, slim legs. I just was long and lean all over. Time changes the weight distribution, for sure.
When I lose weight, the saddlebags and inner thighs decrease significantly and I go back to looking a bit like a ruler.
So, any thoughts, ladies? In which category would you place me? Your expert eyes and knowledge are greatly appreciated!!!
The challenge is on! Using all the knowledge that we have shared with you over the years, what body shape is Gabi – and why? Tell us your verdict in the comments below.
We will give you the definitive answer (plus great tips for flattering Gabi’s body shape) in the next couple of days.