Post # 1
I am getting so frustrated with my body type. I guess I’m and “apple” because I gain the most weight in my stomach, and I HATE IT SO MUCH!!!!
I have a 32DD chest and a tiny ribcage, and up until I started working out again, I had skinny toothpick legs and almost no butt. Even with weight gain (I have gained 20 llbs on a 4’11” frame), it seems like it ALL goes to my boobs and stomach. I’m not even really over my ideal weight range, but I feel pregnant!(I’m definitely NOT btw).
My mom and sisters are all “pears” with small-medium chests, and gain weight in their thighs/butt first. Why of WHY can’t I have their genes too?
I have to be at 100llbs or less to not have a noticible “belly”, and at that weight I am at the very low end of my ideal weight. It is almost impossible for me to get there/stay there.
I have gotten just a little too big for all my size 2 pants, but a size 4 looks like I’m swimming in it! Nothing that fits my butt and legs will also fit around my belly, and I hate the feeling of wearing low rise pants with a muffin top hanging over it.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I know, there is not much to do but try to keep my weight down around 100-105, and keep my abs toned. Right now, I have pretty good abs from working out, they are just hidden 🙁 And probably contributing to the larger waistline because of it.
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I wish I could tell you something helpful. It sounds like your body just wants to hold onto weight around your tummy. If you’re that self-conscious about it, the only real fix is plastic surgery. 🙁 Good luck!
Post # 4
Same thing as curly hair vs straight hair. Girls with straight hair wish they had curly hair girls with curly hair wish they had straight hair. I have frizzy hair, I wish I had straight or curly hair, either one I’d be happy with!
I’m a pear but wish I could be back to my old hourglass (before having a child) body or even apple body. I have a stomach that’s no issue lol but I can’t really get a big chest unless the rest of me gets big. And I don’t necessarily like having big legs. My thighs are starting to rub together when I walk and I remember being in school and people teased others about their thighs rubbing together. I’m thinking “Well isn’t that what they’re supposed to do unless your walking like a duck or something?” but none the less when my thighs rub together I remember that.
We are mostly all in the same boat. Wishing we had what others have, but I’ll bet you are perfectly beautiful just the way you are
Post # 5
@pinkgreenandyellow: Same here. I’m a BIG OLE PEAR (32-26-40?!?!?!) and just wish I could have something going on up top! At the end of the day we play the hand we’re dealt… cause it’s gorgeous in its own way.
BTW… Each one of my legs is the size of my waist. If I could share, I promise I would!
Post # 6
@MsBlackberry: I am ‘diva sized’ lol, so I am quite significantly larger than you but have a similar body type so I feel your pain. I dress to compliment my figure by wearing V-neck tops, and statement jewelry, scarves, etc to draw the eye up to my face and chest and away from my stomach. I also wear trouser style jeans to balance out my figure, and silhouettes with long, lean, vertical details and wrap dresses to elongate my round torso and disguise the belly.
I also wear a high waisted control garment and while it was kind of a pain in the butt to get used to at first it really gives a more proportioned, hourglass-ish type look to my body under my clothes and opens up a lot of style options that would normally highlight my appley-goodness. Since you are a healthy size, I say highlight what you love about your body and learn to camoflauge or distract from the rest!
ETA: Love this site for ideas about working with what you’ve got: http://www.typef.com/dress-apple-body-shape/
Post # 7
@MsBlackberry: I have exactly the opposite problem. I have to wear belts with everything, because I need a size 6 or 8 to fit my waist, and a size 10 or so to fit my thighs! I wear a small in tops, and a medium/large/extra large in bottoms. I can’t wear ANY of the skinny jeans or pencil skirt that are trendy right now–it makes it really hard to buy clothes! I have to buy my swimsuits as separates. I can’t find boots to fit over my calves, even though I can fit into a sizze 6 (and some 4s) dress .Many of us pears are sitting our fat asses down at the Itty Bitty Titty Committee table. It sucks equally bad, I promise!
Think of the good things about your shape: You can wear skinny jeans! I bet with some spanx, you could even lose the muffin-top effect (though i doubt at your weight it’s very pronounced.) The stomach is one of the easiest things to change with diet. If you start cutting carbs, the weight will come from your stomach first. It almost always does, even for people my shape who have less to lose in the stomach to begin with.
Post # 8
@MissCoCo: Thanks for the website, it has some good suggestions. And thanks, also, for not just being like, “Um, you are a size 4, stop whining!”
Because, yeah, a size 4 on me, someone who is just a few inches above “little person” status, is comparable to a 5’10” woman wearing a size 12 or 14. I’m scaled down, so the average woman numbers don’t mean a thing!
@EffieTrinket: Rock your pear shapes! It is much more socially accepted to have a big booty and little boobs, than to have muffin top and no butt! 😉
I know it is a bit of the grass is greener, and everyone has body areas they dislike and find hard to dress. However, at least your body type is often addressed with “curvy” pants that have extra room in the hip/butt/thigh area. I need the “chicken legs/no butt” pants… but “slim” usually means the hip are is really narrow. I have wide hips, but no butt. I need to move somewhere warmer so I can just wear skirts and dresses all year.
Post # 9
@MsBlackberry: No problem at all, I’m all for working with what you’ve got no matter what size you are! And I know how frustrating being shaped this way can be. It’s taken a while for me to get it just right but by wearing the right pieces (and the right undergarments works wonders too, make sure you are wearing quality bras in the right size! It also makes you look curvier) I don’t think it’s the first thing people notice about me anymore, you know? Makes it a lot easier to love all this lusciousness!