First of all, I never feel like any of the descriptions accurately describe my body. Pear? Yep, got the hips and butt, but not the narrow shoulders. (Yes, I know I wear a larger size on bottom than on top, but I honestly don't think I'm proportionately large on bottom. Feel free to tell me if I'm delusional here.) Hourglass? Close, if someone who wears a B cup can be considered an hourglass. All debating aside, though, isn't it kind of ridiculous and surreal to be trying to classify my body in such a weird, object-focused way? Or do I only feel this way because I don't identify strongly with any of the standard categories?
I just bought a copy of the new, well-reviewed sewing book Built By Wendy Dresses, and it does more of the same thing, identifying five body types. I was amused, however, to see a new category: "average." Ha! I was even more amused to identify so strongly with the description: "Hips and shoulders are aligned, bust size is neither small nor large, and the difference between hip and waist measurement is right around the standard of 10"."
Okay, mystery solved! I'm average. I think. Woo hoo. (Also amusing: one of the figure types above - athletic - is "also known as the carrot." The carrot! Now there's one I haven't heard.)
But more than just plain confusing me, I've actually started to get quite pissed off by all this classifying of body types and its supposed importance. Seriously, what would I possibly do with this revelation of my physical average-ness? I'm not going to start dressing any differently. And also, the Built by Wendy book compares body types to celebrity figures: J. Lo, Keira Knightly, Scarlett Johansson, and Angelina Jolie. Okay, but what about, say, Queen Latifah? See where I'm going with this?
The other thing that peeves me about the whole thing is the assumption that women need to compare their bodies to a fruit in order to understand how to dress. I mean, I've kind of gotten it figured out just from, you know, WEARING CLOTHES for the past 30 years.
What do you all think? Do you find all this apple, hourglass, and pear stuff helpful? Or irritating?