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Unexpectedly Awesome Ways To Dress For Your Body Type

If you’re a woman who has spent any amount of time reading fashion magazines, you probably know the (usually fruit-related) name of your body type and which clothing is most effective at covering up the “flaws” that come with being shaped like an apple, pear, or cinnamon stick. Cartoonist Madéleine Flores has some different ideas about how to dress for your body type–and they include enchanted daggers, swords, and war hammers. Check out her advice for becoming an apple or pear fashion warrior, after the jump!  Keep reading »

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Style 911: Where Can I Find Shorts For Thick Thighs?

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I haven’t worn non-athletic shorts since my age was in the single digits due to my German heritage and stocky lower body.  I am not overweight by any means; I just have thighs that love to accumulate muscle and that cupcake I ate yesterday! It would expand my summer wardrobe so much if I had some shorts to pair with all my cute tanks. At this point I’ve stopped even trying shorts on in stores because it can just be a dreadful experience, so having some pointers on the best stores to try could help me out a ton. –Short on Shorts

I totally feel you on this. The short-shorts and skinny jeans trends have not been particularly kind to those of us with larger thighs. Finding a style that actually fits is difficult; finding a pair that doesn’t resemble sausage casing is nearly impossible. The key word, though, is nearly. It takes a little extra work, but your short soulmates are out there, I promise. Here are a few tips to help you find them… Keep reading »

Mirror, Mirror: A Lament From A Size Zero On The Ever-Changing Body “Ideal”

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I spent my teens and early 20s wishing for a bigger, rounder, fuller body. In fact, I did more than wish. I padded my bra with two rolled-up washcloths, I wore two pairs of long underwear beneath my jeans, and I stuffed myself with a pint of ice cream every night. Every night.

Alas, none of it worked. I remained a small-boobed, flat-assed, tiny-limbed, size zero waif. Keep reading »

Our Bodies Are No Longer Fruit-Shaped


New research has shown that women would prefer their bodies be referred to as great works of art rather than pieces of fruit. They needed to do a study to figure that out? Really? Anyhow, Triumph, an Australian lingerie line, is embracing this revelation by re-branding our body types. Instead of shopping for under-things for your “pear shape” or “apple bottom,” you can look for your “type” according to great works of art. As in, “I wear a 34 Botticelli” or “Do you carry Matisse girdles?” or “I hope those undies come in Picasso because my butt has been looking very cubist lately.” [The Hairpin] Keep reading »

Poll: What Body Type Do You Prefer?

Guys, like women, come in all shapes and sizes, and while some spend hours at the gym toning up, others would rather not. Do you prefer your men buff, big, skinny, or somewhere in between? Keep reading »

Slideshow: Different Body Types At The Beijing Olympics

Every four years, the Summer Olympics provide us with an inspiring display of physical and mental abilities. The athletes who get to compete are at the top of their games, whether that game is archery, swimming, Taekwondo, weightlifting, or any of the other 34 sports represented in this year’s Beijing Olympics. While we might obsess over models’ and actresses’ bodies in the years between the Games, right now there is absolutely no reason why any of us should be flipping through Vogue and dreaming of having a body like Kate Moss’s or Keira Knightley’s. The women vying for medals are a nice reminder that we don’t have to be tall and thin to be fabulous — heck, Kate could never even dream of winning a medal. Every sport emphasizes a different set of muscles, a different type of body. Even within particular sports, different proportions are represented. Take artistic gymnastics. All-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin is about 5’3″ tall with long limbs, while Shawn Johnson is under 5′ and has more defined muscles. Let all of this be a lesson: Be happy with the booty, legs, back, and abs you’ve got, because the women competing in the Olympics — whether they’re short, tall, petite, big-boned, super muscular, or lithe — are using their bodies to do incredible things, and so should you. Keep reading »

Men Say They Prefer A Girl With Curves

More than wanting a girl whose body is teeny-tiny, guys wish we’d just be happy with what we’ve got. A study by the U.K.’s Fabulous Mag found that men prefer curvy, size 12 women best and wouldn’t want to change anything about their partner’s appearance. Women, on the other hand, said they wished they were smaller, like a size 8. It’s really sweet that the guys don’t want their girlfriends to go on a diet, but do they even understand women’s sizes? One of my guy friends didn’t even know we have random number sizes (2, 4, 6, 8, etc.) instead of measurement-based ones (waist 30, length 34) for most of our clothes. Even so, this just shows that we are way harder on ourselves than we are when we judge others. [Fabulous Mag] Keep reading »

An Illustrated Guide For Buying Lingerie

As much as we’d like to think we could replace Adriana Lima if she ever called in sick, we don’t all have the figure of a Victoria’s Secret model — some of us have bigger boobs. And just like clothing, certain lingerie styles fit certain body types better than others. Luckily, the guys at Debonair magazine put together a lingerie-buying guide, complete with pictures. (If you’re unsure what a woman with large breasts looks like, there is an example.) The guide is actually really useful for women — Victoria’s Secret can be a little intimidating when you don’t shop for fancy underthings as much as you shop for shoes. [Debonair Magazine] Keep reading »

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