THE BODY TYPE : SKITTLE
You can't decide if you are slim or curvy, because you're both. You know you are bottom heavy, and you might have considered yourself as being a pear shape, but you don't have the saddlebags and the big bum.
The Skittle is characterized by a long slender upper body which gets wider at the middle, and carry most of their weight around the thighs. The top half is in good proportion, but you've probably had some issues with trying to cover up your lower half over the years. The shape is characterized by average boobs, slim waist, ok tummy, big thighs and chunky calves
I know what you're thinking! Halle Berry doesn't have to cover up anything.
Although she might be the fittest Skittle I have ever seen and looks good in almost everything, there are still some looks that flatter her more than others. It is only when she breaks the most important "rules", you recognize that she is indeed a Skittle.
When a Skittle gets out of shape, the first thing to go are the thighs, thus creating the upper and lower thigh "bumpy parts". (I wish we could all find our cellulites and wobbly bits attractive, but I'm afraid society is not quite there yet).
Being a Skittle myself, I find it best to focus on what flatters my body type. Such as, how to accentuate the positives and try not to pull attention to the unflattering bits, instead of covering them up.
With the right information, you have the power to decide what is right for you.
The most important guidelines.
- Pants and skirts that hang from your bum to the floor will ease the pounds off your thighs, and A-line skirts are especially good for Skittles.
- Many advice Skittles to NEVER wear skinny jeans and to cover their larger lower half.
(I feel that there is nothing wrong with a little bottom-heavy curves. In fact, thanx to J'Lo and Beyonce it has become desierable. Yes, you might look thinner wearing wide-leg pants, but that is a matter of taste).
- Pencil skirts show of your upper outer thigh bump, making your hips look square.
- Cropped pants will shorten your legs and increase the size of your thighs.
- Anything above the knee will lead the eye straight to your thighs or make them look bigger than they are.
(If needed, I wear stockings to give them a more firm look, seeing as I like big thighs. Again, it's a matter of taste).
- Wearing a long turtleneck sweater and too short pants is possibly the biggest mistake you can make.
- Fitted tops show off that lovely small waist, so just focus on how your upper body looks great in almost everything.
"We are not all cut from the same cloth", so there will be some individual variations. For those uf us who simply prefer figure hugging clothes, we need to change the rules a bit (Personally, I feel wide pants make me look like a "small giant" and prefer to accentuate that I'm in fact tall, not big). Luckily, there are some tricks you can use to make the wrong look right, and that involves being extra thought on the other rules. Or for the more advanced, you can create a silhouette illusion.
For example, when wearing tight pants or skirts, keep your bottom half away from light colors and shiny materials, make sure to wear a forgiving top and that the hemline doesn't cut your figure in the widest parts.
For any skittle no matter the height or weight, you should avoid going overboard by trying to cover your whole body with baggy shapeless clothes. Try not to neglect your shapely arms, tiny waist and defined ankles. You don’t need to hide yourself! It's all about creating balance and giving your curves soft transitions.
Other Skittles: Meryl Streep, and myself. And as you can see in both of my pictures, it's a thigh situation.
(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.)
Strong legs rock!
3/2/2014 11:36:45 am
Thankyou so much for this article! It has helped me alot to figure out how to utilise my body shape to the best of it's ability and helped me to understand my body shape alot more!!!
18/6/2014 06:47:11 pm
That's great to hear, Soph. I am so glad this could help you. I know a lot changed for me when I discovered how to wear clothes the right way. All of the sudden it's not you. It's the clothes ;)
19/4/2014 10:28:06 am
thank you very much!
18/6/2014 06:48:28 pm
You welcome! And thank you for reading :)
Still find it hard to see myself as a skittle. Thanks for useful tips. I am a conservative "dresser" and not at all naturally inclined to these clothing items. How weird is that!!! I am also already close to 50 agewise.... . Spend time in the shops, trying on a lot, but end up buying nothing in fear of buying incorrect items. :-(
15/12/2014 03:24:55 am
You welcome, Rene :) I'm so glad that you found it useful.
28/12/2014 11:10:04 pm
I have all of those characteristics mentioned except, I think I have saddlebags. Does that mean I am not a skittle? Or do I still count as one?
29/12/2014 01:00:59 am
Hi Sarah! It could mean that you are a "Pear" if you have saddlebag-curves starting at the hip-bone, creating a more round hip-bone, to bum, to thigh curve. But If the "saddlebag look" you're describing start at the upper thigh instead you're probably a "Skittle". For a "Skittle" the widest part seem to be located lower down than on a "Pear".
3/1/2015 01:44:47 pm
Thank you very very much for this article, I constantly find myself changing clothes only because my skinny jeans gave me an accidental mini muffin top 😟. The only problem is than I'm not 100% sure that I'm a skittle. I am 5'7 and 136 pounds, and it seems as if all of that weight goes to my lower back 😨. I honestly think that I am both a skittle and a bit of a cornet as well, and I read the article of cornets and I related to that one as well. Im just really confused, and I just really want to dress appropriately to how my body is shaped. Please help!!
16/1/2015 11:13:19 pm
Hi Marissa :) Thank you for reading my blog.
18/1/2015 11:22:52 am
Thanks so much for this!! This is basically me except I have never been super fond of my arms and the curves from my waist to my hips is more of a right angle curve than a slow arch, haha. I also have a question. What kind of dresses would look good/ not look good on skittles like me?
19/1/2015 06:06:03 am
Hi Amy. I'm so glad the information was helpful.
23/2/2015 08:13:45 pm
Ahhh thank you soo much! I've been struggling to understand what my shape is. I love pencil skirts but always wondered why they dont look good on me because I though I was a "pear". And indeed it is a thigh thing because i noticed that whenever i gain or lose weight it firstly shows on my thighs while the waist and up remain the same:D i was also wondering if high waist pants are ok to wear
10/4/2015 08:17:54 am
Hi, Simona :) I love pencil skirts and high waisted jeans too, but just not on me. My solution has been to always break up the area with either cuts and colors, or a loose-ish fitting top (such as a peplum top). The problem with fitted high-waisted pants and pencil skirts for the Skittle, is that many of us have slimmer and longer upper bodies, and an all fitted look can really draw attention to that difference, and make the legs look short and heavy. I have seen some "long" buts happening as well.
27/3/2015 01:53:07 am
Hey, I really enjoyed this post and learned some new things. I noticed that you (and a few others) have said that it's best to avoid cropped pants especially anything above the knee, so what do you suggest for summer? I live in Alabama, so shorts and pretty much a necessity for me. Any advice on wearing and shopping for shorts? Thanks!
10/4/2015 07:45:48 am
Hi, Kiera. I'm glad to hear that the post was helpful :)
9/8/2015 01:47:38 pm
I never really knew my body type. I'm like you I actually like the thickness in my thighs. THANK YOU SO MUCH ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
13/8/2015 02:15:12 am
Aaaaaw! That is so great to hear, and you are very welcome :-D
Thanks for writing such a clear and helpful article! So much if this rang true for me, I wondered if you could help with a niche question... So I am a hula hoop performer in a hoop troupe, which means lots of fabulous costumes and colours! The troupe usually makes outfit variations out of the same colourful Lycra fabric, from leotards (in the main), to leggings and little dresses. As the focus for a skittle should be away from the thighs there doesn't seem to be a natural outfit choice for the skittle... Unless I just embrace that thigh width and make leggings that look like stockings, with 2 colours split at the thigh? I am body confident and happy to experiment, so any suggestions for clothing types would be welcome, thank you! Here's a pic of the troupe to give you an idea of how we roll... http://thehoopingharlots.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/10561665_10152597236198164_190500350962796207_n.jpg
31/8/2015 10:13:02 am
Hi Andrea. Thanx for your comment :) Being a hula hoop performer seems really cool. Love it! The pics on your page are great!
1/9/2015 05:37:51 pm
12/12/2015 05:42:29 am
Thank you so much for that lovely reply (below), Andrea. That makes me so happy ;-*
23/8/2015 09:26:43 am
Interesting article. I've looked at all 12 of the body types and this one seems most like me, but I'm pretty small up top, not average...would I still qualify as a skittle, or am I something else?
31/8/2015 10:27:20 am
Hi Lola :) Thank you for that.
1/9/2015 08:06:51 am
Ah, so then I think I am a skittle (albeit a small one), since I have a long waist and I'm widest in the thigh area. I'm fairly petite so the whole small chest thing probably just comes with that territory anyway, haha. Thank you for your helpful reply :-]
1/9/2015 10:18:01 am
Very plausible :) The more petit and slender you are, the less curves are left. I have something resembling boobs when fuller, but the thinner I get, the more I look skinny with thighs, and oh...some hips.
4/1/2016 09:00:00 am
8/1/2016 04:21:49 am
Hi, Andrea. Happy new year to you too ;-)
8/1/2016 06:39:08 am
Aaaaah Sun, you are sooo sweet! Thanks for the considered response, as always, great exercise Inspo and body confidence.
6/3/2016 07:48:02 pm
Yes that is it, thighs bigger than the hips when you sit. Thank you, great blog, great post.
7/3/2016 08:53:16 am
Thank you so much for the lovely feedback :-)
24/4/2016 08:24:03 pm
Hi thank you for this post! This sounds like me, even when I get very thin everywhere else, my thighs never really do. One thing perplexes me though--you say that skittles should never wear spaghetti strap tops? For me, my shoulders are thin and somewhat broad (as wide as my hips) and my upper arms are slim and I have medium boobs--so I think that spaghetti straps are about the most flattering thing I can wear! Just wondering why this wouldn't be typical of a skittle?
27/5/2016 11:24:59 pm
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31/3/2017 05:01:54 pm
I have been trying to figure out for years what shape I am. I dont quite fit into any box. But as I am getting older and seeing a natural weight distribution form in my body, I am definitely leaning towards Skittle. In the original classic shapes, I tend to go between column and pear.
31/3/2017 06:00:51 pm
Hi, Mia Lin. That definitely sounds like a Skittle. The Column-pear description, was really good. You actually kind of described me, and I'm also a tall Skittle (182cm/6 feet), with olive undertone skin. I think having a harder time finding your group is a common problem with Skittles, as it's not one of the most famous body types. The high hip bone, long torso, full thigh, a little more on the arms than a pear (usually a bit more chest and tummy also than a pear, but that depends on amount of body fat), but slender total look, is a perfect description of a tall and slender Skittle, so I think you're on the right track. It sounds like you found a way to dress to flatter your figure as well.
13/1/2018 11:45:39 pm
thanks for sharing this amazing posting.
14/1/2018 12:31:52 pm
Thank you so much for that lovely feedback!
12/2/2018 03:13:00 am
I'm so thrilled to have found your page. I was always a very slim young person and even while and after my pregnancy, I didn't lose my waist or put on much weight. I'm tall and carry the bit of menopausal weight I've gained reasonably well, but the weight I've gained is all around my hips and thighs... where I was 'skinny' with a long, defined waist and no boobs, I am now 'slim' with bigger thighs, a bit less of a waist and no boobs :-). I have accepted that this might be me for the rest of my life but where I could wear a size 10 suit, I now wear a size 10 jacket and usually a size 12 or even 14 bottom... then the waist is huge and I look disproportionate. Dresses are usually a problem too. I've been trying to compensate and was frustrated. However, having read your articles on the skittle and pear figures... I reckon I'm a skittle and will use the information to dress accordingly. Excellent articles.
18/3/2018 09:44:45 am
Hi, Anne! I'm so glad you found my page to be helpful, and thank you so much for your kind words! You just made my day :-) As a fellow Skittle, I can totally relate to the small top and larger bottom when buying clothes. If I buy sets, I usually buy them big enough to fit my hips and thighs, and then take in the waist. Thanks heaven for sewing machines! For me the only solution has been to alter the waist on anything I buy with a waist, or use a belt when I can't.
5/5/2018 06:27:44 am
5/5/2018 06:40:08 am
Sorry, I forgot to add that I am confused about wide belts not because they cover my rib cage too but because they fit almost right under my boobs so I think I have always thought that I wear them too high but maybe that means I have short waist. I am not 100% sure I understand the difference between short waist and long waist.
2/10/2018 12:08:56 pm
Hi, again B! It does sound like you're a Bell. About the body con dresses, it can look great as long as it's not too small. Small waist types can have a hard time finding clothes with a waist that is fitted enough. What I do, is to use belts to highlight the waist, or get it tailored. This way it fits my wide hips and shows off my small waist at the same time without being uncomfortable.
14/7/2018 07:51:21 am
Hi, B! Thank you so much for your kind words about my page. I really apreciate it.
15/7/2018 11:41:14 am
Thank you for helping! I tried to figure out my waist and I think I can say that I don't have a long waist. When I stand in front of a mirror especially in the wrong type of clothes, my arms look big, not just the upper part but overall because my shoulders are "barely there". From the back though, it is easier to tell that my shoulders are maybe as wide as my hips, if not smaller but because of their sloping shape, it is tricky to tell.
23/6/2018 11:52:30 pm
Hi! I'm still a little confused with my body shape though, I have broad shoulders (35") and the same size of bust and hips (31") and a waist of 23", sometimes 24", depends if I gain weight. I also have a round bum which as my friends say is my "asset" and I also have thin or "stick" legs.
14/7/2018 08:03:04 am
Hi, Chy! Since you have broad shoulders and a round bum, it sounds to me like you're a smaller sized Cello. If not, maybe a Vase. Khloe Kardashian is a Vase, even though a lot of people think she's a Pear. However, she has very slender legs compared to the rest of her curvy figure, so she's more like a untraditional Vase. If you have very slender legs, chances are very small that you are a bottom heavy type. I would say that chances are much bigger that you are one of the Curvy types, and just a non traditional one. Another thing to test is the long bum rule. Many of the bottom heavy types, often get a long bum in highwaisted pants, while the curvy types usually have shorter hips than the bottom heavy, and will not get a long bum in highwaisted pants. This is not true for everyone, as every body is unique, but it is one of the things you can try, just to get a better sense of your shape.
15/7/2018 07:47:02 am
Well the thing is, my hips aren't big, their just the same size of my bust (31") while my shoulders are at 35" so I tend to stay away from low waist jeans since they emphasize my broad shoulders and resort to anything highwaisted to emphasize my waist and butt so that it takes away the attention from my shoulders. Though, bodycon dresses flatter my body shape.
2/10/2018 11:08:19 am
Hi again Chy! It sounds like you're a Cello. Think of Serena Williams, as an example of a more slender type of Cello. If you are smaller than her too, you can still be a Cello. It's about the proportions. :-)
25/9/2018 09:55:29 pm
What body type do you consider Lupita Nyong'o? Based on your bottom heavy descriptions, I think she'd be a Skittle. I've started trying to get in shape I think my body will look more like hers once I start losing fat and gaining muscle since we're the same height and have similar proportions.
2/10/2018 10:52:51 am
Hi, Lauren! Yes, I think Lupita Nyong'o is a Skittle body type too.
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22/3/2019 10:08:59 am
Hi, Elena! The fact that you feel like you're kind of a mix between a Skittle and an Hourglass, sounds like you might actually be a Vase. If you feel like you have medium towards small breast, a medium or long waist, wider hips and large thigs, and also larger calves and ankles. So, bottom heavy with a slender top, yet not flat chested. That is very typical for a Skittle.
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