The Banana Shaped Body

(aka The Rectangle Body Shape)
And How to Identify It

A banana shaped body is easy to identify, in spite of the different body types. If you can answer 'yes' to one simple question, you probably have a straight or rectangle body type. You may also be an ectomorph.

And what difference does that make...you may be wondering?

Well, knowing your body shape gives you part of what you need to know to leverage your fashion style and dress your body type well. Seriously, learn the three Body Shape Fashion Tips and you will have a formula for dressing practically any body type stellarly...if that's a word, but you get the picture...all I can say is, be prepared for gifts :).

Since women with a banana shaped body vary little in their shoulder, waist and hip measurements, according to the former co-host of BBC's What Not To Wear, Susannah Constantine, "a column is one of the easiest bodies to dress."

Banana Body Shape (also known as: Rectangle, Column, Boyish, Straight)

If you already know you have a straight body shape...click here to get dressing tips

The Rectangle Body Shape Question

Are your measurements about the same for your shoulders, waist and hips?

Women with a banana shaped body tend to have bust line/shoulder, waist and hips measurements that may vary less than four inches from one to the other (e.g., Cameron Diaz, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Anjelica Huston, Katharine Hepburn).

Technically, some people refer to the rectangle body shape as a plus size banana/ruler body shape. Since the body silhouettes are so similar, we've put them in the same classification. Besides, there's no special name for a fuller-figured pear.

Straight or banana body types do not tend to have narrow or sloping shoulders like the pear shaped woman, nor do they have particularly narrow waists or full hips and breasts like women with an hour glass figure do, or full waists like women with an apple body shape.

The waist-to-hip ratios vary little with rectangle body shapes, the waists and hips are about the same measurements. However, with excessive weight gain, that could change quickly since banana shaped body types tend to gain weight in the mid-section first.

Some banana shaped women may also be ectomorphs.

Ecto What?

Sheldon defined three distinct body types: the ectomorph, endomorph, and the mesomorph. These body types, which technically differ from body shapes, are largely determined based upon body composition.

Ectomorphs tend to have lower body mass indexes than endomorphs or mesomporphs. They are often quite slender and may have an appearance that resembles the Penelope Cruz body type.

Endomorphs have a high fat to lean tissue ratio, giving them a rounded appearance.

Mesomorph have a high ratio of muscle tissue and can achieve a well-defined, muscular appearance with little effort compared to an endomorph or ectomorph.

The Column Body Shape Verdict

If you answered 'yes' to the question above, you probably have an banana body shape (to get how to dress it tips, click here). However, female body types aren't just about hip, waist and shoulder measurements.

There are different body types within the category of the banana body type. Some women with a ruler shaped figure have large breasts (see photo below, Trinny and Susannah's 12 Body Shape System refer to this as a Lollipop body shape), other ladies have small to medium size breasts. The same goes for the behinds, etc. They may also be petite, tall or plus sized and vary in their body proportions.

The Lollipop Body Shape = Banana Body Shape with Large Breasts

Now that you know you have a banana body shape, click here for the 411 on how to dress it well and up your fashion style.


 Recommended pages to visit:

Dressing Straight Body Shape Tips
Different Women's Body Shapes
True Style Studio Welcome Page

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