The body comes in huge variety of different sizes, proportions, and body compositions. While size is about how much mass a person has and body composition about what makes up that mass (fat, muscle, skeletal structure), body shape describes how muscle and fat is distributed and how the skeleton is moulded.
This calculator is designed to calculate your body shape and can be used to help you get ideas on how to dress. There are 5 main body shapes:
See below for a detailed description of each body shape. Body shape can also be an indicator of health risk. However, this body shape calculator is not intended to assess health. Instead, waist-to-hip ratio or waist circumference are better indicators of health, and often used by health professionals.
To use this body shape calculator enter your shoulder, bust, waist, and hip size.
How to Take Your Body Measurements
To determine your body shape you’ll need a measuring tape to take measurements from four areas – the shoulders, bust, waist, and hips.
Shoulders: Wrap the measuring around your shoulders, as high as you can without the tape slipping off. You might need help taking this measurement to get the widest circumference of the shoulders.
Bust: Wrap the measuring tape straight across your back and around the fullest part of your bust. The measuring tape should be snug, but not too tight and should not change the shape of your breasts.
Waist: Wrap the measuring tape around the smallest part of your waist, which is generally just above the belly button. Ensure the tape is even around your back. It should be snug, but not too tight.
Hips: Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your hip, which for most women is just below your hip bone and around the largest part of the butt. Keep the measuring tape straight and tout.
If you can, get a friend to help you, as it will be difficult to take your shoulder measurements by yourself. Accuracy is key. Also remember to stand with good posture when taking your body measurements.
What Are The 5 Body Shapes?
There are five main body shapes, with each shape based upon the size of your physical features and the overall balance of your body. There is no universal agreement on the exact proportions for each shape.
This body shape calculator uses the following classification. However, some body shapes may not fit neatly into any of the body shapes listed below.
Aka: Ruler, Banana, Straight, H-Frame, Athletic
Body equally proportioned throughout.
Shoulders, bust, and hips are the approximately the same size.
Little or no definition at waist.
- Tend to put on weight in stomach, while maintaining slender arms and legs. This may result in a change of body shape to apple shape.
- Shoulder, bust, and hip measurements are within 5% of each other. Waist is less than 25% smaller than the bust.
- Rectangle body shape measurements: E.g. 32-26-33, 34-30-35, 36-33-37.
Aka: Figure 8, X-Frame
Upper and lower body are equally proportioned.
Shoulders same (or almost the same) size as the hips.
Clearly defined and pronounced waistline.
- Tend to gain weight fairly evenly across the body, especially the hips and chest area.
- The waist is at least 25% smaller than the shoulder and hips. Shoulder and hip measurements are within 5% of each other.
- The hourglass shape is sometimes given two further categories called top hourglass and bottom hourglass shapes.
Top hourglass shape: Has the general hourglass shape, but the bust is visibly larger than the hips.
Bottom hourglass shape: Has the general hourglass shape, but the bust is visibly smaller than the hips.
- Hourglass measurements: E.g. 36-24-36, 38-28-38, 34-25-35.
Aka: Spoon, Triangle, A-Frame, Gynoid shape
Upper body is smaller than the lower body.
Shoulders are narrower than hips.
Waist is fairly defined.
- Slender arms.
- Bust is often small to medium.
- Tend to have flat stomach and find it easier to get defined abs.
- Tend to gain weight below the waist, such as the thighs, lower part of the hips, and butt.
- Hips are more than 5% bigger than the shoulders.
- Pear shape measurements: E.g. 32-28-35, 34-30-38, 36-32-42
Aka: V-Shape, Cone, Strawberry
Lower body is smaller than the upper body.
Shoulders are wider than hips.
Waist is not prominent.
- Slim legs, narrow hips, and a smaller butt.
- Tend to have a large chest or bust.
- Often have prominent shoulders.
- Generally gain weight in the upper body, such as the arms, chest, back, and stomach.
- Shoulders are at least 5% bigger than the hips.
- Inverted triangle measurements: E.g. 40-36-33, 36-32-32, 34-29-31
Aka: Diamond, Round, O-Frame, Android shape
Waist is larger than hips.
Shoulders and hips approximately the same size.
Widest around the middle.
- Most weight carried in the midsection, such as the belly and chest area.
- Slender legs.
- Waist is larger than hips, and shoulders are not more than 5% bigger than waist.
- Apple shape measurements: E.g. 40-44-42, 36-38-37, 34-35-34
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