What Body Shape am I? Take the Challenge!

Gabi Brick body shape - Trinny and Susannah

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!!!

Gabi.

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.

 

20 Comments

  • Reply October 23, 2014

    Lisa-Marie

    I love this challenge… I am wondering the same about myself.. I have still not really landed on what I am.

    Seeing these photos the word Brick come to mind… as I see very little waist. And the shoulder girth and low hip are same length.

    LM

  • Reply October 23, 2014

    emma nickson

    If I was to guess I would say she is a PEAR SHAPE??.. Small boobs larger belly and wider hips…. I hope I am write.. but saying that I cannot work out what body shape I am hahaha… xx

  • Reply October 23, 2014

    Cathrine Eriksen

    I Love your show and get inspired by looking and wish for a makeover myself sometime. But now to the challenge. I believe she is a cone. I hope it’s the write word. Like V with broad shoulders and slim hips. Not so much waist and small boobs. Yes that’s what I believe

  • Reply October 23, 2014

    Rita

    Due to the perspective of the photos Gabi may seem to shape like a Cornet, but if the perspective is correct (in life), I think the shape of her body tends to come close to a Brick.

  • Reply October 23, 2014

    Katia

    I think Gabi’s a Brick but a pretty one :)

  • Reply October 23, 2014

    Kathie Lou Eldridge

    I think Gabby’s a coronet. Any roundness to her body comes from weight gain, not natural curves. She has little waist and small boobs. Her silhouette is angular, her shoulders broad, and her legs are slim. A pear, though small busted is a curvey shape, and the shoulders are not as broad or squared as Gaby’s.

  • Reply October 23, 2014

    Carol

    I was looking forward to this challenge but as soon as she complained about being 5ft 10ins and weighing 143lbs I lost interest. Body shape is NEVER about weight so get over yourself Gabi.

  • Reply October 23, 2014

    Emmy

    I think she is a timeglas :) ske have a thinner waist and it looks lika a timeglas :) xoxo Emmy from Sweden!

  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Laura

    She could be a cornet, goblet or lollipop, because her shoulders are broader than her hips. By process of elimination, she ‘s not a lollipop because she doesn’t have big boobs or long legs. She’s fairly tall with small boobs, so I think she would be a cornet rather than a goblet. :)

  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Ashleigh

    Column not sure if I like the word “brick”. I will be interested in seeing what style/cut of clothing would best suit :)

  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Emina

    Gabi you are beautiful. That is your shape.

  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Inger

    I think Gabi is a column. She looks great, so she should not worry about her weight 😀

  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Susan Cluett

    I agree with Kathie Lou Eldridge that Gabi is a cornet. Her most notable feature is the broad shoulders which are still the widest part of her body despite weight gain. The weight gain to her thighs is inconsequential and doesn’t alter her basic shape. She does not have the broad consistently solid rectangle shape of a brick. When she is her normal slim shape you can see that she is a classic cornet boyish shape of a model: small boobs, no waist and very narrow hips. Her natural tendency to slimness makes her a cornet not a brick. I don’t know how people can mistake her for a pear or hourglass, she has almost no hips! She has a very pronounced T-shape.

  • Reply October 25, 2014

    Gabi

    Wow…I can hardly believe that I became a blog post for Trinny and Susannah! When I sent my plea for help, it never occurred to me that this would be the result, LOL…I am honored that you are taking the time to help, and I must say that it is quite intimidating to become the T&S poster child for a “shape challenge.” It isn’t easy, at least for me, to bare my physique down to spandex and display it for the public. I might have lost my marbles a bit in a moment of desperation, as I have grown weary of hiding in baggy T’s and sweats, and my previous wardrobe doesn’t look quite right on me anymore. Hence, my out-of-character decision to send photos and info to the style and shape gurus!! I greatly appreciate the nice things that ladies have said here, and I look forward eagerly to Trinny and Susannah’s advice!

    I get the sense that some gals may feel I am complaining ridiculously about my shape, my weight, or have horrid self-image. And I want to clarify that I never intended to sound that way, but that I probably am struggling with how I see myself. I don’t believe that I am alone in my frustration with the changes in my body…why not just admit that I have not been comfortable in my own skin for some time? I hope that most women can identify with me…we know how we feel when we are fit (and younger), and comfortable with our bodies. After multiple pregnancies, my body has changed and I have not adapted yet to a new comfort level. I know the number on a scale may seem “low” or measurements can seem more than reasonable, but it’s all relative to the woman living in the body.

    In my defense, I should have phrased my initial email to T&S more carefully…it was hastily written late at night. :) But, honestly, I am perplexed about how we determine shape through the changes that occur over time. My body is different than it was pre-children; the curves I now have are foreign to me. (And yes, there is flab from lack of diligent exercise…haha.) My bust is larger, my hips/bum/belly larger. My weight may be similar in number to previous years, my size may calculate similarly on sizing tables, but because of the redistribution of “weight,” my previous clothes don’t fit me…my shape has morphed. So is it possible that we enter a different shape category depending on weight gain/redistribution? If/when I lose weight, my body will look different again (at least below waist)…so would I shift into a different category then?

    I guess it doesn’t matter too much as long as I know how to dress for whatever shape I am at the time. I want very much to feel comfortable with my body, and I know there are multiple factors that influence that…including dressing for my shape, and learning to accept my shape and enjoy it. :)

    Again, many thanks!! I am honored, I am overwhelmed…I am keen to read the rest!!

  • Reply October 31, 2014

    zoe

    hi gabi,
    I totally understand what you mean by being surprised and confused by what difference a small weight gain can make. I am a slim skittle myself, and when I gained 5 pounds, I got slightly bigger boobs and bum, and maybe it wasn’t a noticeable difference to others, but everything seemed different from what I was used to, so I had to rethink my strategy for dressing eventhough my overall shape was the silhouette was the same.
    Then I can turn into a sickly looking skeleton if I lose even a little weight from my typical, so to the people who say that 8 pounds is insignificant, I think they are wrong.
    As far as your shape, I see a long and lean type of shape. Definitely no chunky calves or saddlebags. That is, of course to you they stand out as your body has changed, but this is only relative, and is not part of your overall body type. When I look at your figure, the eye is drawn up to the strong shoulder line. I don’t think you are the V shape, more like the H shape. So the silhouette remains even with weight changes. You might have to adjust fabrics, fit to account for the very toned vs relatively more flabby. On my skittle shape, in contrast, the place the eye is drawn to is always the bum area, even if I am wasting away at 110 pounds from thyroid disease (it happened, wasn’t fun).
    I hope what I am trying to say makes sense :) Enjoy your body and your family :)

  • Reply January 26, 2015

    Bec

    Hi all,

    I know the above posts are from late last year, but have just discovered them and find the conversation fascinating. I understand where Gaby is coming from – pregnancy and subsequent weight gain and loss can really alter the body. There are many physical and emotional changes that come with parenthood. I think for many women (whether parenthood is a part of the picture or not), the 30s and 40s are a period of redefinition of the self, a breaking free from old perspectives, and identification with a new version of yourself – hopefully as mature, confident, beautiful in your own skin. So – go Gaby – good on you for taking the journey!

    I noticed that a number of posts during the ‘body shape challenge’ labelled Gaby as a ‘cornet’ rather than a ‘brick’. Personally, I struggle to fully understand the differences between the shapes with broad shoulders (which I have). I wondered whether T&S would be willing to break down differences between the ‘broad-shouldered’ types. When I look at my own shape in all its glory, I see an inverted triangle on top (broad shoulders) and then another triangle below (going from the ‘not much’ waist I have to the bottom of my bottom). The shape is quite angular, with my shoulders the widest part of me and my lower butt coming a close 2nd. I can’t figure out where this shape fits in, and (like Gaby) could use some help in the redefining process! Is there such a thing as an angular hourglass – not many curves happening here?

    Thanks!

  • Reply May 20, 2015

    Linda

    cornet ?

  • Reply May 21, 2015

    Linda

    In the picture it looks like she has cornet-shape. The shoulders appears to be widest part on the body. Small butt. Almost no waist. But perhaps it is just the angle that makes it look like that. Because if you read the text about her measurements it sounds like something else. Perhaps Brick or hourglass or column? But the hourglass i think has to have a more defined waist. So Brick or Column it is probably.

  • Reply June 11, 2015

    Charlotte Arena

    In between a skittle and brick I think because Trinny and Susannah did say that you can be a combination of shapes. Cheers

  • Reply March 27, 2016

    Keeley Mcphail

    Hi im 5ft 2 inch have big boobs a little bit of a belly and my thighs are quite chunky at top but quite thin on bottom im struggling what to wear

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