THE BODY TYPE : CELLO
The Cello is very close to an Hourglass as they are both women with fabulous curves. The Cello waist is also short but not as small, and the figure is on the fuller end of the scale. They might feel a little pear shaped because of their big bottom, but the broad shoulders and big boobs balance it out.
The Cello have large boobs, short waist, big hips, big bottom, big thighs, broad shoulders and slim lower legs.
Supermodel Tara Lynn is a full figured Cello, and anyone should be proud to share her body type.
For the Cello, It’s all about daring to show yourselves of a little.
The most important guidelines.
- Cellos have what it takes to carry off almost anything in terms of boldness and can pull of strong prints or fussy details that would simply swamp other body types.
- The biggest obstacle Cellos face is looking good in pants, but full length wide-leg trousers is an alternative. They smooth your shape, elongate your legs and make your thighs look sleeker.
- When wearing skinny jeans, use something loose or forgiving on top and make sure the cut doesn't end up on your widest part. Preferably crotch to mid thigh length, think tunic or dress. Tulip-tops are also very forgiving.
- Keep the bottom half simple.
- Pencil skirts doesn't flatter your shape, but if you find the right figure hugging dress you can rock it. Make sure it has a firming effect and that the material is thick. A tummy covering function or some gentle folds in the right place, is also a good idea.
- Halterneck dresses with a wide waist/belt, is your best look.
- Don’t be afraid to use bold pieces and display your attributes up top!
Cellos come in many different sizes. Serena Williams being one very fit and well toned version, to Oprah Winfrey at her largest. Just how comfortable you are with showing your tummy or thighs si up to you.
But dare to be bold and wear things those little women would be overwhelmed in!
Other Cellos: Kirstie Alley, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams.
(The 12 body shapes and rules are mostly borrowed from Trinny and Susannah's Body Shape Bible. I have made some alterations. Photos in this post are borrowed from Google. Unknown source.)
Dare to be bold!
30/1/2015 04:58:19 am
I'd add Kate Upton to this category
24/12/2015 08:45:40 am
No way Kate Upton is a cello, as cellos are well balanced between upper and lower halves. Kate is boldly beautiful but she is definitely way bigger on top than on bottom and she almost doesn't have any waist at all. I would say she fits The Goblet description to a T.
6/2/2015 04:21:02 am
Hi Dorian. Thanx for the tip. I see the connection, but I think Kate Upton is more of a Goblet. :) Have a great weekend.
9/4/2015 06:44:01 pm
the clothes you wear are very nice and very supportive of your appearance
3/8/2016 11:26:04 am
Happy to know more from the cello body shape.
29/8/2016 07:37:50 am
Hi, Helga. I have one other post about the body type Cello (the link below) There might be some more on the subject in the future.
4/8/2016 11:27:31 am
I am confused about my shape. I have been labeled a pear but I have big boobs ( wear a 40 DDD bra). Measurements are as follows 42.5 37.5 and 47.5. Please help me so that I can know what clothes to wear.
4/8/2016 12:18:20 pm
Without seeing a photo, I'd say you're probably more of a pear. Generally, a cello will have bust and shoulders that are close to the hip measurements. Just as an example, my bust is around 47/48 and my hips are 47 and I have a higher, shorter waist. But you might find it helpful to incorporate elements of both pear and cello. Maybe looking at top styles suited for cello shapes and bottoms suited for pears. You will probably want to draw attention to the upper body as much as possible and to create waist definition. If you don't have a long, natural waist, I'd try some thick, wide belts for the upper waist and shirts with details around the neckline (ruffles, embroidery, etc) or V necks. You want to draw attention to the bust and draw they eye up.
4/8/2016 01:10:57 pm
Thank you so much for your quick response. You have been so helpful
14/8/2016 08:36:46 am
Like you I was classified as a pear/spoon shape but my breast are large too which makes me look proportioned. I have a short waist and high hips so I think that we are a mixture of an cello and pear. I wear tops that cello shaped women wear and bottoms that pear shaped women wear and it works for me.
29/8/2016 11:07:22 am
Hi, Theresa. I think you are right that you might be something like a Cello, as the Cello is sort of the Pear type of the Hourglass family. They have large breast, but even more on the bottom. They are proportonate, but they are deffinetly boodie girls.
28/8/2016 10:43:25 pm
I'm glad that was helpful for you! :)
29/8/2016 07:59:08 am
Hi, Tracy. I think it is possible that you are a Cello, as the Cello is soft of a mix of pear shape(or Bell) and an Hourglass. The Cello is an Hourglass type with broad shoulders, large breast, the bottom is even larger, and the waist is more short shan tiny. The curves come more from the chest and hip/bottom differences than a very curves waist. But you coul'd also be a larger sized Pear, Bell or Skittle. Also these types do get more on the chest if they gain weight, but a Pear should have a long and somewhat flat tummy, slender arms, and small breast. If they gain weight this will change a little, but the proportions will still be the same. The larger lower half and visably less up top. A good tiebreaker would be you lower legs. Bottom heavy types will usually have thicker ancles and lower legs, and typical for a Cello is that their lower legs are slim comprared to their thighs. The thinner the Cello, the more obvious this will be, as it's natural to gain weight all over. But still, it is the proportions that truly matter, and what flatters your figure the most. Trying on different styles to see if the Cello styles or the Pear/Bell/Skittle styles would look better, would also be a good way to see what works.
8/9/2016 08:06:03 pm
Thank you. I now wear the clothes for cello shaped women because I do have large breasts and a short waist and I also incorporate clothes that are made for bell shaped women. The best of both worlds I say.
5/5/2018 03:57:41 pm
I'm also a combination. I'm definitely pear shaped on bottom with saddlebags on my thighs, and I have the pear's narrow shoulders, but I also have a large bust and a super short waist. When I was slimmer, I carried most of my abdominal weight in my lower belly and had a clearly defined waist, but now that I'm plus sized (and after 3 kids), I carry weight in my entire belly.
5/5/2018 04:13:21 pm
For reference, my front shoulder width is 15, bust 49, underbust 40, waist 44, hips 50, thigh 54.
6/5/2018 06:36:55 am
Hi, Katie. If you have narrow shoulders it is more likely that you are an Hourglass or a Bell. A Cello has wide shoulders. It actually sounds like you could either be a Bell with larger than usual chest, or an Hourglass with a little extra on the tummy. The Hourglass is the most likely, but there are a lot of Bell tendencies there too.
23/8/2016 06:27:57 am
Am tall, 61 inch, with shoulder measuring 18, bust 44, waist 38, ,hip 44.What body shap am I.tnks
28/8/2016 10:42:45 pm
Funm, based on measurements you might be a cello, but I think it depends on how your shape looks overall. Does your tummy look rounded or is your weight more evenly distributed all around? Is the waist noticeable, but relatively short? Stand in front of a mirror with close fitting clothes. Or look at a full body photograph of yourself. If you see a definite waist definition but it's a short waist and you have large breasts and bottom, then yes, you'd be a cello. If you have a waist, but your bottom is a little flatter and your boobs are prominent, then you'd probably be a Vase. Otherwise, if you look very even overall and there's no clear waist, I'd guess Column shape.
29/8/2016 10:54:34 am
Hi, Funm. I assume that your 18 inch shoulders are only width, and the rest of the meassurments are around. I am almost 6 feet tall, and you have about the same shoulder witdth as me. I see you write that you are tall too, so it can still be in proportion to the rest of your body. The broad shoulders combined with the bust, waist and hip widt would indicate that you are indeed a Cello, but could also be a Vase, or maybe even a Brick or a Column. Most likely a Cello or a Vase, because of your hip to waist ratio, but without seeing you I can't be absolutely certain. An Hourglass will usually have an even more dramatic difference. A small and tiny waist, and the Cello has only a short one combined with a curvy top and bottom.
19/9/2016 04:43:25 pm
I think I may be a cello I really dont know. Some calculations put me as an spoon shape and some say that I am an hour glass. I am 5 foot 2, I wear a 40 DDD bra, my waist is short and I have huge hips and butt. My measurements are 41.5 36 46. What shape am I?
21/9/2016 09:57:44 am
Hi, Elaine. From you description you do sound like a Cello, as the Cello has large breast, but is even more bootylicious. It is sort of the Pear shape of the curvy family. Spoon, sounds like it would be the same as a Goblet, but a Goblet doesn't have a large bottom, hips and thighs. The difference between an Hourglass and a Cello is a lot about how small the waist is. A Cello has a short waist, and the curvy look comes more from the large breast and hips and so on. The Hourglass has a small and tiny waist, so their hip to waist ratio is even more dramatic. Also, the Cello will have broad shoulders and back, and the Hourglass won't be as bold in that area.
22/9/2016 05:33:55 am
Thank you for responding. I am more of an cello shape. Love your blog. Keep up the good work.
30/9/2016 07:18:17 am
Thank you for that lovely feedback, and you're very welcome, Elaine. I'm so glad you figured it out :-)
30/9/2016 05:04:02 am
is a skater skirt the same thing as a mini skirt? because I have a plain black one and I honestly feel like it looks so good on me
30/9/2016 07:41:23 am
A skater skirt is a flaret short skirt, instead of a tight one, and would be much better for a Cello than a fitted one. Also, a mini skirt can also be a skater skirt, but a skater skirt is never fitted.
17/12/2016 12:02:00 pm
Hi, I'm a little confused about my shape. I think I would put myself somewhere between a cello and a pear, but my proportions are a little strange. My measurements are 50.5 (44dd), 44.5, and 57.5 (bust, waist, hips), which would definitely put me into a pear category, except that I have broad shoulders (almost as wide as my hips), bigger upper arms and a wide back, which makes me look more proportioned. Also, most of my hip measurement is in the fullness of my bum, not so much in my hips. I do have a tummy, from a side view my boobs stick out more, and it's arranged in the front view so that I have a fairly defined, but definitely short and high, waist. I'm 5'11, and I have larger calves. I'd really say I was a cello except for my not-very-large bust and my larger lower legs, also I gain weight much more evenly and overall look more proportioned than a pear.
17/12/2016 12:20:51 pm
Update: I've also considered the apple type, but empire waists look awful on me as my smallest point is lower than directly beneath my bust, on top of my aforementioned large bum.
17/12/2016 05:43:10 pm
Hi, Sara! Thank you for your lovely feedback. I will do my best to help you figure this out. For starters, I think it does sounds like you're more of a Cello, just probably not a classic one. The Cello is sort of a mix between the Pear shape and the Hourglass, so it fits pretty well with your description. Also, a Pear has a long waist, small breasts, slender upper arms, somewhat flat tummy (compared to the rest of the body at least, for fuller figures), wide hips, saddlebags, heavy legs and lower legs in general. You Have a 44DD cup size and a close enough hip to chest ratio for a Cello. A Cello has large breast, but the bottom is usually larger/fuller/wider and the most dominant feature of the two. The Vase and the Cello are two closely related versions of the Hourglass, but with some differences separating them enough to be an entirely different body type. Each one leaning in another direction then the other. Your arm, waist, and back description sounds more like a Cello figure. A Pear doesn't really have broad shoulders, or a high waistline, as they have a long waistline more similar to a Vase for example, stretched out. The majority of your features also seem to lean much more towards the Cello, so I don't really think you could be a Pear with some Cello tendencies either (Although, not impossible). Google, Serena Williams in a bikini, and analyze her shape. It does sound a little similar to what you are describing in some ways. It's more balanced, because she's not as dramatic as many of the Cellos, in that typical sense. A Cello figure is always dramatic, but there are many ways for a shape to be dramatic. The high and defined, short waist is also more of a Cello feature then a Pear. As for the lower legs, I have seen Cellos with fuller lower legs too, just usually slender in comparison to the bottom, thighs and so on. Everything can feel bigger when you're tall (I'm 6 feet myself, and can sometimes project that onto myself if I focus on details instead of the figure as a whole), so it might even be an illusion of the lower legs being heavy, while their actually balanced?
18/12/2016 08:27:04 am
Thank you so much for your help! I definitely feel like I have a clearer picture of what my shape might be. However I feel like it would be a good idea to send you a few photos just to be sure, since I am a little uncertain still as to whether I'm a cello or a cello/skittle, which in your descriptions seem the closest to me, although I suppose it's still possible that I'm a skittle. Anyways, I do plan on sending you photos, but I'm going on vacation so it might be a week or so before I can get them to you. Thank you again for your help so far. I've been enjoying everything your blog has to offer and the wonderful, inclusive attitude it has towards idealism and fashion.
20/12/2016 09:10:13 am
Sure thing, just send the photos whenever you're ready.
20/12/2016 09:12:13 am
Sorry! Sara, not Sarah. Just and old habit. ;-)
24/1/2017 02:04:38 pm
What top would a cello wear if she doesn't feel like showing off her upper body? Or prefers a crewneck instead of v or u neck top? What about in summer? I'm just tired of drawing attention to my chest all the time and want to wear something different.
31/1/2017 03:09:30 pm
Hi, Burlyqlady. Have you seen this post? http://www.idealiststyle.com/blog/body-type-cello-your-best-looks
18/12/2017 09:25:27 am
What shape are you if you have a short waist and high hips. My hips start all the up to my my belly button. I think I am a cello but not sure my measurements 38 for the bust, 32.5 for the waist and 41.5 for the hips and my shoulder are aligned with my hips
4/1/2018 09:53:34 pm
Hi, Ruby! A short waist and high hips can be either a Cello, Hourglass, or a Bell. It depends on your lower legs, shoulder width, chest size, and if your waist is very curved or more straight with just larger hips and chest areas. From what you are describing it does sound a lot like a Cello, as they can have those types of differences. If you have broad shoulders and slender lower legs compared to the rest of you (especially thighs), and a waist that is more small because of the other curves, than small because it dips in a lot, that points to Cello. If you have softer shoulders, still same or similar width as hips, a curved waist, and balanced lower legs (this is a little different from person to person), that points to Hourglass. Go with your gut, even if it doesn’t seem to be a perfect fit. Not all bodies fit smack into a type. The most important thing is that you feel the clothes work for you. Maybe try if wedges or classic pumps are better, and take it from there?
7/3/2018 09:52:13 pm
Is it possible for a cello to have a long torso? I have a prominent rib cage with at least 4" between the bottom rib and top of my hips. I have large strong legs, but they are shorts- I'm definitely 60% torso. My measurements (bust-waist-hip) are 39-30-40. I have strong shoulders and large upper arms and they measure about 41".
18/3/2018 10:24:50 am
Hi, K! A Cello will usually have a short waist, but can have longer torso, so as it's balanced with the legs. However, not all fit the stereotype, and so yes it is possible. The body types with a long torso and shorter legs is a Pear, but as your chest is the largest part, you could be either a more chesty Pear, or maybe a Skittle. A Skittle also has strong legs, have anything from small to medium boobs, and a long waist. It is also a possibility that you are a Vase, since your measurements are very Hourglass like, but you have a long waist. I would say you could be anything from a Vase, Cello, Pear to a Skittle, only with shorter than usual legs or larger than usual chest. It does happen. My cousin is a Cornet with short legs, but definitely a Cornet. To be sure, we need to look at all the details. What are your lower legs like, us your bum and hips large too, or is it more thigh thing? Is you calves and ankles balanced or do they feel a little heavy? So to sum it up, you have strong shoulders and large upper arms, combined with a large chest, long waist, and shorter than torso legs. You hips are balanced to your chest. This looks a lot like either a fuller more curvy Skittle with a long upper body, a Vase with shorter than usual legs, or a Cello with a longer than usual torso/waist. The only way to know for sure, is to try out the clothes, shoes, and styles that are recommended for these body types and see which one looks the best on you. Because when it all comes down to it, the only thing that matters is what clothes fit you best. Use the questions I mentioned above to help you narrow it down, and then test the clothes, and compare it to the info on these three types. There should be two posts on each body type, which can all be found here: https://www.idealiststyle.com/the-body-types.html
28/3/2018 01:54:11 pm
I feel like i fall in to the cello category but im not sure. I thought i was a rectangle or apple. My bust measurement is 38 waist 32 hips 40
12/4/2018 07:31:01 am
Hi, Kiyukii! It can sound like you’re a Cello, for sure. A Cello has broad shoulders, large chest, a small waist more because hips and chest is so much wider, more than because it dips in a lot. They have large thighs, slender lower legs in comparison, and wide hips and a full but. It can sometimes look like an Hourglass, and sometimes like a Pear with boobs, wide shoulders, and a short waist instead of long. If you feel like an Apple or a Rectangle, there is also a chance that you might be a Brick with a little extra curve, so a Soft Brick. If you have a really small waist, and not wide shoulders, that would be more of an Hourglass. If you have a long waist and a somewhat large chest, that sounds more like a Vase.
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12/8/2018 06:53:24 am
Hi need some help to figure out if I’m a cello. 5’5”, 39-29-40 with very thick full thighs. I’m also short waisted. My husband says definitely yes but I’m iffy because my bum in full, but my hips are more narrow and straight down. Help please?
3/10/2018 10:15:56 am
Hi, Momof! It definitely sounds like you're a Cello. About your hips being straighter, that can just be because a Cello is similar to an Hourglass, but instead of a very narrow waist, they usually have dramatic curves more because of the chest and hips make curves, and the waist itself is actually more straight. The only other type I can think of that would have these balanced measurements and curves, combined with a short waist would be a soft Brick. So, check that one out too, but I think it sounds more like you're a Cello too. Your shoulders are too wide and waist too short for the bottom heavy types, and your measurements are too balanced and bum to full for a top heavy type. Which brings us to straight and curvy types, which your description fits best with the Cello or a soft Brick. A soft Brick is a Brick that has a curvy look, but in reality has a straight shape. They appear curvy because they have more of a chest and bottom, and don't have a dominating belly. So, it's kind of like a Brick, flowing into another group.
30/10/2018 01:24:36 pm
I am a plus size woman. I get so disheartened when shopping for skirts and dresses because I can't figure out what shape I am.
22/3/2019 10:19:13 am
Hi, Tash! From your measurements, it does sound a lot like you're a Cello. A Cello is often hard to figure out as it's not one of the typical Hourglass, Apple, Pear, Cornet and Columns shapes. A Cello is very close to an Hourglass, but can often feel like a mix between an Hourglass and other types. I've heard people feeling like they lean towards a Pear, a Skittle, a Brick, and a Goblet. Just dipends on the individual. Your shoulders are broad, chest large, waist is smaller and hips are equal to shoulders and chest. Since you also feel like you're lower legs are a bit more slender compared to the rest of you, that is also a very typical Cello feature.
9/1/2019 09:21:00 am
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26/1/2019 03:45:24 am
Hi, Tess! Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. I’m so glad I could be of help.
15/7/2019 11:44:44 am
Hi, I always struggle to decide/know what body shape I am, from all the descriptions on various sites.
14/10/2019 03:20:10 pm
Hi, Amanda! From what you're describing, it sounds a lot like you're a Cello body type.
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what body shape am I ? I have a broad back and broad hips. I also have big boobs - I wear a DD cup. I am very curvy, though I am only 5'1. My waist is very short but it is also my smallest part. My measurements are 40 30 40.
23/11/2020 01:52:51 pm
Hi, Maria! From what you're describing this sounds absolutely like a Cello. Could be an Hourglass also, but the fact that you mention broad shoulders make it sound more like a Cello. A Cello usually also have kind of slim lower legs compared to the rest of the body. However, I have seen some that fits everything else and not that and that are still very much Cellos.
23/2/2021 10:50:47 am
I've always had prominent 'hip dips' , and that made it a bit hard for me to decide which i was, but have a decidedly Cello shape down to the small ankle, wrist.. everything gets bigger as you go toward the center;)~
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I’m thinking Jasmine Cephas Jones might be a slim Cello. And Yolanda Adams may be a slim Vase
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