The main female body shapes

At Fitle, we believe in something simple: it is not possible to individually help each consumer about his (or her) size and fit without a deep understanding of his body.

That is the moment we start considering body shape. Body shape can be very different for a same age – height – weight combination.

Today, we will talk about female body shape.

Female morphology is a very debated matter. From brands, influencers, consumers to public organisms, everyone has its own idea on what female body shapes are or should be. In addition, some TV shows have spread this body shape notion to the public. “Nouveau look pour une nouvelle vie” presented by Cristina Cordula is one of the most viewed broadcasts on that topic in France.

But it is very confusing when you simultaneously hear about “8”, “X”, “mesomorph”, “pear”, “hourglass”, “inverted triangle”, “spoon”…

At Fitle, it is our job to predict the garment size that will fit best each person, therefore it is critical for us to have a deep understanding of this notion so we can use reliable inputs. In order to consider female body shapes the best way possible, we studied the most advanced and rigorous scientific researches on the subject. For female body shapes, our algorithms are based on the FFIT framework (for Female Figure Identification Technique) which came to the most reliable conclusions.

By using the FFIT framework on the Fitle morphological database, we managed to establish a precise segmentation of the female population by their body shape:

Conclusions speak for themselves and highlight the fact that myths exist!

It appears, for example, that the “bottom-hourglass” and “rectangle” body shapes represent about 77% of the population! On the other hand, the “O” and “V” body shapes are very rare for women. Even worse, a woman considered as “corpulent” very rarely has an “O” shape. Another myth that this reference framework has allowed us to dispel concerns shoulders: at the opposite of what one might think, shoulder width varies very little among women.