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Body Type Calculator

Body Type Calculator

Discover your body shape with our easy and accurate body type calculator. Learn how to flatter your unique proportions with our helpful guide.

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Body shape Hourglass
Waist-hip ratio 0.67

Table of Contents

  1. Common Body Types Explained
    1. Apple or Inverted Triangle
    2. Banana or Rectangle
    3. Pear or Triangle
    4. Hourglass
  2. Identifying Your Body Type
    1. Hourglass Body Shape
    2. Bottom Hourglass Body Shape
    3. Top Hourglass Body Shape
    4. Spoon Body Shape
    5. Triangle Body Shape
    6. Inverted Triangle Body Shape
    7. Rectangle Body Shape
  3. Your Body Shape and Your Health

Body Type Calculator

Are you tired of ill-fitting clothing? Luckily, you've found the Body Type Calculator! This tool can help you determine your body shape based on your bust, waist, and hip measurements. Don't torture yourself by comparing your body to fruits or geometric shapes. Based on objective measurements, this calculator will give you a simple and accurate way to know your body type.

Many people find this information useful when shopping for clothes and determining if a given fashion trend suits their figure.

With seven main body types to choose from: hourglass, bottom hourglass, top hourglass, spoon, triangle, inverted triangle and rectangle the calculator can help you understand which clothes best suit your body shape. It will assist you in making informed style choices.

Common Body Types Explained

Ready to decode the mystery of your body shape? The following section will explain the four common body types and their unique characteristics.

Apple or Inverted Triangle

A larger upper body characterizes the Apple, or Inverted Triangle body shape with broader shoulders and a bust larger than the hips. This body shape often has a less defined waist and a shorter neck. Women with this body shape typically wear at least one size larger on top than the bottom.

Remember that having an apple shape doesn't necessarily mean being overweight. Women of all sizes can have a larger upper body and an undefined waist. The shape is not limited to a specific dress size. Don't make assumptions about your body shape based on your size. Instead, use the body size calculator to focus on body proportions.

Banana or Rectangle

The Banana, or Rectangle body shape, is characterized by a waist that is barely narrower than the bust or hips and bust and hip measurements that are nearly identical, giving the figure a ruler-like shape.

Women with this body shape tend to have a small bust, an undefined waist, and narrow hips. Additionally, they often have long limbs and a thin frame that doesn't store much fat or show obvious curves.

Pear or Triangle

The Pear body shape is characterized by a wider lower body than the upper body. In this shape, the hips are larger than the bust. So, women with this body shape typically have a smaller bust, a defined waist, and well-defined hips and thighs.

The Pear shape is also known for having a more petite upper body, which gives the illusion of a larger lower body. This body shape is common and can be found in women of all sizes and ages.

Hourglass

The Hourglass body shape, also referred to as opposing triangles or the X-shape, is often considered the "ideal" body shape and is characterized by a balanced upper and lower body, with hip and bust measurements almost equal in size. Moreover, the waist is clearly defined and narrower than the hips and bust.

This body shape is often considered the most symmetrical and balanced of all body types. However, remember that the hourglass shape is not a standard to strive for and that every body shape is beautiful in its way.

Identifying Your Body Type

Determining your body shape can be tricky, as societal standards and ideas about the "ideal" body shape can vary significantly across cultures. However, by using the measurements of your bust, waist, and hips, you can get a general idea of what body shape you most closely resemble.

Our body shape calculator is based on an algorithm that was developed using research from the International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology. This research classifies women's bodies into seven distinct groups according to their proportions. Just beware that there are wide ranges of actual sizes within each shape. It's possible that certain body types won't fit into any of the categories down below.

Hourglass Body Shape

Measure the difference between your bust and hips and the difference between your hips and bust.

(Bust - Hips) ≤ 1"

and

(Hips - Bust) < 3.6"

and

((Bust - Waist) ≥ 9" or (Hips - Waist) ≥ 10")

This is your body shape if the difference between your bust and hips is less than or equal to 1 inch AND the difference between your hips and bust is less than 3.6 inches.

Additionally, check that the difference between your bust and waist is greater than or equal to 9 inches, OR that the difference between your hips and waist is greater than or equal to 10 inches.

Bottom Hourglass Body Shape

Measure the difference between your hips and bust and the difference between your hips and waist.

3.6" ≤ (Hips - Bust) < 10"

and

(Hips - Waist) ≥ 9"

and

(High hip / waist) < 1.193

This is your body type if the difference between your hips and bust is greater than or equal to 3.6 inches but less than 10 inches and the difference between your hips and waist is greater than or equal to 9 inches. Additionally, your high hip/waist ratio should be less than 1.193.

Top Hourglass Body Shape

Measure the difference between your bust and hips and the difference between your bust and waist.

1" < (Bust - Hips) < 10"

and

(Bust - Waist) ≥ 9"

You have a top hourglass shape if the difference between your bust and hips is greater than 1 inch but less than 10 inches, and the difference between your bust and waist is greater than or equal to 9 inches.

Spoon Body Shape

Measure the difference between your hips and bust and the difference between your hips and waist.

(Hips - Bust) > 2"

and

(Hips - Waist) ≥ 7"

and

(High hip / Waist) ≥ 1.193

You have a spoon body shape if the difference between your hips and bust is greater than 2 inches and the difference between your hips and waist is greater than or equal to 7 inches.

Triangle Body Shape

Measure the difference between your hips and bust and the difference between your hips and waist.

(Hips - Bust) ≥ 3.6"

and

(Hips - Waist) < 9"

You have a triangle body shape if the difference between your hips and bust is greater than or equal to 3.6 inches and the difference between your hips and waist is less than 9 inches.

Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Measure the difference between your bust and hips and the difference between your bust and waist.

(Bust - hips) ≥ 3.6"

and

(Bust - waist) < 9"

You have an inverted triangle shape if the difference between your bust and hips is greater than or equal to 3.6 inches and the difference between your bust and waist is less than 9 inches.

Rectangle Body Shape

Measure the difference between your hips and bust. Then measure the difference between your bust and waist and the difference between your hips and waist.

(Hips - Bust) < 3.6"

and

(Bust - Hips) < 3.6"

and

(Bust - Waist) < 9"

and

(Hips - Waist) < 10"

You have a rectangle shape if the difference between your hips and bust is less than 3.6 inches, the difference between your bust and waist is less than 9 inches, and the difference between your hips and waist is less than 10 inches.

These are only suggestions, not hard and fast rules. Every person is unique and may not fit perfectly into one specific category. Additionally, your body shape may change over time due to weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and aging. The most important thing is to embrace and appreciate your unique shape and to choose clothing that makes you feel confident and comfortable.

Your Body Shape and Your Health

Your body shape can provide insight into your overall health and fitness level. Though you should know that everyone is unique and different body shapes do not necessarily indicate poor health, certain body shapes can suggest potential health concerns.

For example, the "apple" figure, characterized by a larger upper body and less defined waist, is often associated with a higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. This is because the fat in the abdominal area, known as visceral fat, is more dangerous than fat in other areas of the body because it surrounds vital organs. Additionally, having a higher proportion of fat in the upper body can increase the risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol.

On the other hand, having a pear shape—defined by having a broader lower body—is often connected with a decreased risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. A pear shape can also indicate a higher risk of osteoarthritis in the hips and knees due to the excess weight on these joints.

The Rectangle body shape, which is characterized by a straight and linear silhouette, may indicate a lean body composition but also a higher risk of osteoporosis due to low body fat. This body shape may also mean lower muscle mass, which can impact overall health.

An Hourglass shape, characterized by a balanced upper and lower body with a defined waist, is often associated with a lower risk of health problems. This body shape suggests a healthy balance of muscle and fat, with a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

It's also important to note that body shape is just one aspect of overall health and fitness. Other factors such as diet, genetics, and exercise also play a role. If you have serious concerns about the relationship between your figure and your health, please consult your physician for a complete and accurate assessment of your health.