Body Shape Guide

Are you an hourglass or a ruler? Your guide to deciphering your body shape.

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Body shape shows a lot. It’s a glimpse of how fertile and fit you may be. A combination of your build with your muscle and fat distribution determines your shape. Yes, we use geometric shapes to give you an idea of what your body is like! There is science behind it—different body shapes are associated with unique health outcomes.

QUIZ: What's Your Body Shape?

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Hourglass Body Shape
The name says it all. This body shape is curvy in all the right places: bust and booty. It’s pretty much a universal perception of what is womanly and attractive.

Health Implications: Hourglasses tend to have more estrogen because of their wider hips and breasts, which is ideal for fertility and pregnancy.

Celebrity Examples: You may have already guessed—Marilyn Monroe and Christina Hendricks (the modern 50s gal from “Mad Men”) are hourglasses.

Fashion Tip: Pencil skirts in a solid color show of curves and leave much to the imagination—intriguing!

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Circle Body Shape
Commonly called apples, women with a circle body shape have smaller shoulders and hips. They also tend to have slender legs and a slim booty. All fit! Though the fat has to go somewhere… With circles, it’s right smack in the middle: the stomach.

Health Implications: According to past studies, a larger waist in comparison to the rest of the body could put you at greater risk for heart disease. Scientists are beginning to challenge this assertion. Either way, it’s important that you feel in control of your body fitness. As you move in different phases of your life, your shape can take different forms.

Celebrity Examples: “30-Rock’s” Jane Krakowski and TV/film actress Dianne Wiest. Some celebs fluctuate with this body shape, like Renée Zellweger. Jennifer Hudson went from a circle shape to hourglass.

Fashion Tip: Tops with a wide, scoop neck to show some skin up top, while giving shape.

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Triangle Body Shape
This shape has a shapely bottom, with a tinier waist. Triangles are a classic feminine shape.

Health Implication: Triangles are likely to have increased fertility, from the estrogen that’s putting more weight on their hips.

Celebrity Examples: Tons of actresses and singers, from Jennifer Aniston to Jennifer Lopez.

Fashion Tip: Triangles can rock a horizontal striped top and a jacket cropped above the waist, drawing attention above.

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