What Body Type Am I?

Many women ask, "what body type am I?" This is a guide to help you determine your body type, or body shape as there a variety of femal body types. Are you an hourglass, rectangle, pear, apple, inverted triangle or other odd sounding name?

What Body Type Am I?

On this page I briefly discuss, how do you determine 'what body type am I?'

  • Pear shape body
  • Apple shape
  • Rectangular body types
  • Hourglasses
  • Inverted Triangles

Does it matter? Well yes. You need to know your body type so that you can choose the clothes that suit you best. 

I apologise in advance as there are some somewhat daft terms for the different body shapes and they do smack of generalisation but they are nevertheless useful as guides.

If you do not know the general term applied to your female body type, then this page will help you determine what group you are and what that shape is commonly called.

How Do I Determine
What Body Type I Am?

So how do you determine your body type? Some websites will give vague ideas, others bizarre methods, like drawing around your outline in the mirror! Here follows a very simple, non messy and yet accurate method, which can be achieved fully clothed, (although underwear is better).

  1. Using a tape measure, measure around your bust and jot down the finding.
  2. Then measure your waist at the narrowest part, no cheating by holding in your breath!
  3. Finally measure around your hips at the widest point. This is definately something I prefer to do alone.

Now compare the results to the different body types below to see which is the best match. As I said above, some of the names are silly and mis-representative but they are commonly recognised and I think it even more daft for me to create new politically correct labels.

The main body shapes for busty ladies are:

  • Triangle or Pear shape body
  • Apple shaped
  • Rectangle or straight body type
  • Inverted Triangle or lollipop shaped
  • Hourglass

However please remember there may not be a specific answer to your question, what body type am I? Because you may be a mixture of two types?

For example if you have a large butt but also have big boobs, are you might be a pear or an hourglass. Probably a bit of both. You should read about both types and decide what is most appropriate.

Click on any of the pictures below to read more on those female body types

Pear Shaped

Pear Shaped Body

The pear shaped body is possibly the most misunderstood of the female body types. Ladies with a hip measurement (4-6 inches) larger than their waists or busts. This often combines with narrow shoulders and a relatively flat stomach. This is the most common body shape amongst both Anglo-Saxon /Europeans and Afro-Caribbean women.

Big hipped does not mean hippo, it merely means your hips are wider than your upper half. There are many wonderful role models that share the pear shaped body with the likes of Shakira, Beyonce, Lily Allen and Eva Longoria.

If you have big boobs too, you may be verging on an hourglass figure.

What Is An Apple Shaped Body?

Apple Body Shape

If your bust and waist measurements are bigger than your hips then you might have an apple body shape. This does not mean Apples are necessarily fat, but they do often have fuller, softer tummies and a lack of a defined waist.

Apples usually have many other features women crave: big busts, a small flat bum (or ass), narrow hips and slim, shapely upper thighs.

The apple body shape is very common amongst the big breasted community.

Rectangular Or Straight Shape

Rectangular body shape

Ladies with a classic rectangular body shape have little variation between their three measurements. Similar to the Apple above but a more elongated version and with hips that are the same size as the stomach. Are you beginning to realise that there is no simple answer to the question 'what body type am I?'

The rectangular body shape is a tough body type to dress but as the ever glamorous Kim Cattrall shows, it is certainly possible. A variation is this shape but with broad shoulders is sometimes called a Goblet shape.

What Body Type Am I - Hourglass?

hourglass body shape

If your bust and hip measurement are the same or similar (within two inches of each other) and you have a significantly smaller waist then you are hourglass body shape. For some the waist will be six inches less than the hips and bust. Your shoulders will also be similar in width to your hips.

Again this is quite a common shape on a lady with a well developed bust. Ironically, whilst it is considered highly desirable by many, the hourglass body shape is actually one of the most difficult shapes to dress as you need well tailored clothes and that is easier said than done. But get it right and you sizzle!

As you can see, answering the question 'what body type am I? is important as dressing to suit your shape is fundamental to looking good.

Lollipop Or Inverted Triangle

The inverted triangle body shape

Simply put slim hips, narrow waist, slim legs and big boobs. You are similar to an apple but with a slimmer waist. The inverted triangle body shape is almost the opposite of the pear with all the mass up top. A classic glamour girl shape and the one many women who get breast enhancements become.

Whilst much envied the inverted triangle body shape is probably the most difficult of the female body types to find clothes for on the High Street.

Please remember that finding your body type does not define, or label you. It is simply a useful tool to give you a head start on understanding the best styles to suit your own gorgeous figure.

There are lots of variations within each theme and we must thank Mother Nature that we have our good and bad features, because they define us and make us different. It would be a dull place if were all perfect and / or the same.



Did you like this page, did you learn something, maybe it reinforced you own views? I want to give as much (hopefully helpful) advice to the busty sisterhood as I can.

Please remember, we are all different. You may like to wear certain clothes and styles which I am suggesting that you should not. That is your absolute right. Do what makes you feel good. This site undeniably goes for the more modest approach because I feel all busty ladies already know how to be more racy if they wish.

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and no, I am not talking about that type of 'body', or leotard!

Hollywood Star Leotard

As an aside (and this really is completely off topic), have you seen how much more revealing these garments are today? 

When I think of a body like the one above I think of the old style leotards I wore in ballet class when a child. Black stretchy and a high round neck.

Take a look at some of the offerings available today and you will see they are decidely more raunchy.


Name Calling

As I say in the main text, these are the main female body types for big busted women. There are of course other shapes too but I deliberately stick to these.

Remember these are only generalisations. Some commentators have gone further and tried to extend the list by breaking these main groups down into smaller sub-sets with new names.

I have not followed that convention because:

  1. this whole concept has limited value and should only be used as a yardstick anyway
  2. these are only generalisations and should be left that way
  3. there is no convention and different people ascribe 'new names' which becomes even more confusing
  4. and finally, some of these 'names' are fairly silly and do we really want to be labelled as fruit or anything else for that matter?

What Body Type Am I? 

That is me - Susan, the author of this site. Well I have a generous bottom (cleverly not shown- you note) so some might say I have a pear shape body but I also have big boobs so maybe I am an hourglass.

The various female body types are not mutually exclusive so I tend to wear styles that suit both of these two main features.




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Susan