Tuesday, December 9, 2008

How to Measure and Identify your Body Type

Before we can declare your body type, we need to do some measurements. I repeat measurements, not judgments. These are unimpassioned numbers that help us determine how to rule our empires. They are not estimations of self worth.

So here are the steps:

1. Get into your dainties - most of us don't wear clothes on top of clothes, so for accuracy's sake, disrobe. While measuring, keep the tape taut (not too tight, not too loose). You may want a friend, of an intimate nature since you are exposed, to help you (mother, sister, husband).

2. Measure your bust - across the fullest part of your of your bosom and straight across the back.

3. Measure your waist - somewhere in the vicinity of your navel. Feel for a curvature and get the circumference.

4. Measure your hips - navigate the tape around the fullest part of your bottom, around the curve of your hips, and straight across to the front.

5. A little math - don't worry, just get a calculator or use my spreadsheet below.
  • Divide the hip number by your waist number (hip/waist)
  • Divide your bust number by your waist number (bust/waist)
  • Divide your waist number by your hip number (waist/hip)
  • Divide your waist number by your bust number (waist/bust)
I even made you this nerdy spreadsheet to assist. (Click the edit button in the upper right then enter your measurements in the "YOU" column.

Upper Figure (Ample Bust)
Hourglass (Curvy)
Middle Figure (Soft Tummy)
Lower Figure (Full Hip, Bottom)
Linear (Straight, Athletic)

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april said...

Wow! Great blog you have here!

*Lucky*Holly* said...
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*Lucky*Holly* said...

Dear Reachel,
Please move to Australia (and bring Anthro with you!) We need your grace, style and gorgeous wit.
Love all that you do :-)

Meredith said...

I always have a hard time with the hip measurement...being a full pear bottomed girl myself...the biggest (you are so sweet to say "fullest") does not coincide with the biggest (again, you say curve) of my hips. So, where is the best place? I may need to work with you - you are fantastic - I saw you once at Domestic Bliss when I brought my daughter in for a "Make and take" day.

Reachel Bagley, Personal Shopper said...

Hi Meredith. Go with the fullest part of your seat for your hip measurement. But also get a measurement of your thigh circumference. Having both measurements will help you determine whether tailoring your clothes make sense. If your strong, sturdy thighs have more volume than the average person who shares your hip and waist size, you may need to make adjustments to your trousers before they fit you properly.

Vanessa said...

um ok so listen, this might be my new fav blog, just so you know :) and why dont you live in utah so you can teach me how to dress :( k i am going to measure myself tomorrow!!!
Vanessa from inevergrewup.net

Destiny said...

Just finding your blog and loving it! Quick question about the measuring. When you say "get into your dainties" (and I'm particulary talking about the bust, obvioulsy) should I leave on the bra to measure...or measure without the bra?

Reachel Bagley, Personal Shopper said...

Measure with everything you typically wear under your clothes. Wear your bra, panties, and any shaping garments you wear on a daily basis.

Anonymous said...

What if you have really broad shoulders? How does that fit in to the equation?

Reachel Bagley, Fashion Consultant said...

you can always measure the breadth of your shoulders and compare it to the breadth of your hips and waist. However, most of the time if your shoulders are broad, your chest is also proportionately broad. Therefore the chest circumference measurement will take this feature into account.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Love your blog!

Jessica Munk said...

My measurements fit in both the middle and linear shapes. 86% and 88% I don't know which shape to identify with. I have a small bust. And sometimes my soft post baby tummy is more apparent than my bust. So that makes pretty much anything look bad.

Reachel Bagley, Fashion Consultant said...

If you feel like your tummy is a dressing issue, I would definitely opt for the middle figure category.
Good Luck!

Ana Murillo said...

Hi Rachel thanks for helping lots of people to figure out their body type. You make it easy! I do have a question about your excel file, you said there are 4 measures you have to get:

Bust to Waist
Hip to Waist
Waist to Bust
Waist to Hip

But in the well endowed conditions there is one that states the following:

"Less than or equal to .75 on Bust to Hip"

This is one measure you didn't request should it be included? or did you mean one of the first 4 you requested instead?

Thanks in advance!

Reachel Bagley, Fashion Consultant said...

Ana Murillo,

This was actually a typo. The information should have read "Less than or equal to .75 on Bust to Waist." Thanks for bringing the issue to my attention.


sydneychopper said...

You really should add shoulder measurements, my shoulders are wider than my hips, so technically im cone shaped.

sydneychopper said...

My bust is 34, so im not a strawberry.

Reachel Bagley, Fashion Consultant said...


Shoulder width can definitely make a difference in body typing. If you shoulders are wider than your hips, the strawberry rules actually still apply. Rather than diminishing your bust your diminishing the breadth of your shoulder-line. Just as some lower figure are diminishing their hipline rather than a booty. Same rules still apply overall.

Hope that helps :)

Taylor said...

Do I measure the narrowest part of my waist or where my navel is? Narrowest part is 27, but navel area is 29. Huge difference!

Reachel Bagley, Fashion Consultant said...


You are right it makes a huge difference :) Measure at your narrowest point.


Elizabeth Rinnerberger said...

This is a great blog! I love that it uses actual measurements instead of just perception. I am having a hard time understanding which category I would fall into. I seem to fall into all three, full hip, well endowed, and curvy? How do I narrow it down to the right one?

Jessica Munk said...

In the excel chart, there weren't categories for middle figure or linear. How do I know which I am? It looks like the ratios for the linear and middle figure are the same. Is that right? Or what is the different between the two? My hip and bust are the same measurement, does that make me linear? I'm pretty petite all around, yet still have post baby pooch so I can't tell which of the two figures I fall into...Thanks for any insight you can give. :)

Jessica Munk said...

Haha, I just came to check if there was a response and saw that a year ago I asked pretty much the same question! Sorry. If my bust and hip are the same and middle is less 36-34-36 is that linear, but if middle is more then the hip and bust then thats middle figure? I just fluxate...

Violeta said...

Hi Reachel,
Your blog has helped me a lot! I did my measurement carefully, but my body type is not clear to me. I am an exact linear figure except for my hips/waist that equals 1,29. Am I linear or lower figure? I definetely feel like a linear figure and my hips aren't really wide in comparisson to my upper part (I look pretty much straight).
My numbers are:

Could you help me? Thank you SO much for sharing all your creativeness and inspiring ideas!
Greetings from Uruguay!

kai lindstrom said...
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kai lindstrom said...

Hi Reachel,
Your spreadsheet doesn't seem to be working...is there another spot where I can enter in my details to look up my body type?

Samantha Rose said...

My measurements are 43, 36, 51. After the calculations, I discovered that I didn't really fit anywhere. What would you suggest?

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