Body Types That Aren’t Fruit

50 Is Not Old | Body TypesWhy are women’s body types always fruit? I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of having my body compared to pieces of fruit. The favorite examples are Apple, Strawberry, Banana, and Pear. I know I don’t have a well defined waist, but do you really have to compare me to food for a Monkey? Lol!!!

I was telling my husband about this post, and was explaining the different body types to him. We were in agreement that comparing women’s bodies to fruit was not very flattering. However, we disagreed when it came to the terminology that I would use. He suggested instead of Pear to go with “Badonkadonk”, instead of Strawberry to go with “Boobielcious”, and for the Hourglass to go with “Va Va Va Voom.” I believe I see where he was going. Hahaha I however decided to go a different route. I think all women as gems, some are more like diamonds in the rough. So I decided to use the different cuts for a diamond for my types .Diamond_Shapes2Here is a picture of different diamond shapes that I found on a website from the diamond authority. I would much rather be called an Emerald than a banana. Instead of a strawberry, how about a heart? Sorry pear, you are still a pear. Hahaha  While round does not sound much better than apple, just remember this is a brilliant cut diamond, not a piece of fruit. You hourglasses don’t have a diamond shape, so I guess Va Va Va Voom will have to do. But don’t whine, you’re an hourglass, the shape most of us would gladly trade for.

I am not a “trained” professional when it comes to fashion, so you take my advice at your own risk. Lol! My plan is to take a different body type over the next couple of post, and go “virtual” shopping. Since I am the Emerald, we will start with that one first.

The Emerald shape has chest, waistline, and hip measurements that have little, to no difference. We need illusions to help give us curves. Necklines that are V-shaped, sweetheart, cowl, crew, boat neck, and jewel, are a few of the styles that look good on us. To help narrow the waist you should wear belts, cinch waist, wrap dresses, and jackets and blazers. Jeans and pants are best when they are form fitting. Straight leg and skinny/narrow leg options are the best choice. And to help define the chest, ruffles and frills, (which I am not a fan) pleating, ruching, and an empire waist all help.50 Is Not Old | Body Types 1This is what I wore today. Did it meet the guidelines? Well, I do have on a v-neck and form fitting jeans, so I get an “A” for that. Normally I would also add a blazer, but I couldn’t find one that I liked, so this will have to suffice. LOL! Here are some virtual choices that I picked out.


These are examples of items I found on Old Navy. The flutter sleeves in pic 1, brings your eye inward to your waist creating a V shape. I love the fair-isle sweater in pic 2, and I really wish I wasn’t still on my financial diet. The print helps to widen the shoulders, making the waist appear smaller. The  cinch waist in pic 3 is self explanatory. Haha!  The dresses in pic 4 and 5 both give the illusion of a smaller waist. Pic 4 uses the print of the dress, while pic 5 has a built in flare which widens the hips. The jeans and pants are both narrow cut and you don’t have to shy away from colors on your bottom half. Finally, pic 8 is a t-shirt that is form fitting, v-necked, and a beautiful shade of green.

I thought virtual shopping would be easy, but that was hard. Picking out clothing by theory is not easy. I dread trying to pick out styles for a body type that I don’t have. This might get interesting. You’ll want to check back tomorrow when I see what I can find for the Pear.50 Is Not Old | Body Types 3My argyle sweater is so old I am surprised it doesn’t have moth holes. Haha   I bought it at Kohl’s, and it was one of the “finds” I recovered from under my bed. I like the bright green color in this sweater. Here is a similar navy sweater, but with red accents. The no-iron button down shirt is by Van Heusen. I always thought that Van Heusen only had mens clothing, and was really surprised when I shopped in one a couple years ago. I quickly put them on my list of stores I love.
50 Is Not Old | Body Types 2The skinny jeans are by Vigoss, and I bought them at Maurices. Be sure to be patient, and wait for the sale for these jeans. Maurice’s runs sales on their jeans regularly. Here is a slim version that I really like. I added this long vintage aurora borealis red necklace to help elongate the v shape. I tied the necklace in a knot because….well, just because. I liked it that way.

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  1. Mary wrote:

    I really like your fashion sense and you have a good sense of what looks great on you. However my body type is very different from your (short, “radiaint” shaped). Your pictures inspire me but I wouldn’t look very good in much of what you model. I love this article and wonder if you would consider featuring women of various body t ypes modeling styles that are flattering on various body shapes? Maybe some of your readers or people you know would model?

    I’m so glad I found your site! You put a smile on my face every morning and I look forward to reading your latest posts.


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  2. Tania wrote:

    Every once in a while I mess up. Some of you might have gotten a sneak peek at tomorrow’s post. Ooops!!! I know your shocked that I could make a mistake ????????????

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  3. Chelsea wrote:

    Ahhh, the good ole fruit comparisons!! Im a pear aka weeble wobble…at least thats what comes to mind when I hear pear shaped;) Im going to take your diamond chart and call myself an inverted heart!! Probably much more accurate for the bum area lol!!!
    I always wonder what comparison chart men use to buy flattering clothes!!! Thanks for a giggle to start my day!!

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  4. monica wrote:

    you just gotta laugh at yourself! I did see it earlier this morning, but I gotta say, I love argyle and have not purchased a sweater for myself yet. That is on my radar with winter sales. that color is very flattering on you. thanks for the ideas.

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  5. Penny wrote:

    Way to go gurl! I love being referred to a diamond instead of a fruit, no matter what cut it is, lol. Love the outfit and look forward to the future blogs on this subject!

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  6. Momtotwo wrote:

    I’m new to your blog and think your so funny and down to earth. As I’m approaching 50 (I’m 49) it’s nice to get a perspective on things from someone my age! Love your style and your hair! You’re doing a great job and keep up the good work. You have a great blog for being such a newby.

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  7. Betty wrote:

    Good morning Tania! You know what I like about your posts? You remind me of hidden treasures that I’d forgotten about – like my argyle sweater! I find I’m going back to my closet and enjoying items I already own. It’s like reuniting with old friends! (and I’m sure it makes hubby happy I’m not out spending $$- lol). I’d guess my shape is “average”, as my size is the first to sell out- ha!

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  8. Latetia Leon wrote:

    Hiya Tania,

    I have just recently discovered your blog and am loving it… Love today’s post and your outfit.


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  9. Lori wrote:

    What a good idea to address the different body shapes!! Am looking forward to your future posts on this. Thanks so much for your blog. I look forward to opening it every morning!!

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  10. Cindy J. wrote:

    I love how your clothes reflect your fun personality! So glad I found this blog. Thanks for comparing body types to gems rather than fruit. Women are precious!

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  11. Donna wrote:

    I like your body type labels better than the fruit ones…much more glamorous…and precious…

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  12. Margie wrote:

    I really like the new look of your blog. Very neat and easy to navigate! Also like your idea of body types as well. I am also an Emerald. Your clothes look great and I like the fact that you also hang on to your clothes. Again I tend to do the same and I’m reminded to shop my closet first. Keep up the good work. I look forward to each day. It’s like visited a friend every day.

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  13. Kimberly wrote:

    I like how you use diamonds to describe women instead of fruit! That’s so much better! When I was growing up, I had an uncle who told me that when he and his friends were teenagers, they would sit on the street corners and watch the girls go by. (Isn’t that a song?) When a girl with an hourglass figure would walk by, they would say, “Oooooh, look at that coke bottle!!!” COKE BOTTLE?!?! Oh those teenage boys! Ha! When I was young, I used to have an hourglass-ish figure, but after the age of 35, I somehow morphed into a round radiant princess with lots of cushioning. Or as I sometimes say, “A busted can of biscuits.”

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  14. Isabel wrote:

    Love your post. Had no idea what body type I was lol But then you made it clear to me when you said bust, stomach and hip were all the same size . I’m a what is that in the fashion world ?

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    • Tania wrote:

      You are now officially an Emerald, Isabel 🙂

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  15. Linda wrote:

    Great post! I used to be a pear but now I’m a banana. Is that possible? As I’ve aged, lost a bit of weight in some areas and never, ever gat a bust, I’ve been pretty much straight up and down. Your style is what attracts me to your blog and now I know why. We’ve got the same body type. Sadly I’m about 15 years older but your style and taste gives me inspiration. Look forward to your blog! You’re terrific!

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    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks Linda! How is it when you lose weight, it always comes off in the area you would like to keep. Why can’t it come off my waist, but stay in the bust?

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  16. Ronda wrote:

    Forget about the outfit….I’m seriously “lusting” over that red handbag….when you get tired of it, I want it….and I am over 50…… 🙂
    P.S. When I said you were the most “real” blogger, it was a sincerely compliment!!!

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    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks Ronda, I think that being “real” is high praise!

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  17. Celia M. wrote:

    OMYGOSH!!! Love this post … I’m going to share the link in my Resilientista newsletter … diamonds in the rough that is what we are at one point or another as we navigate life – and all diamond cuts beautiful!! … Love that you are going with your inner Diva instead of your birth certificate … cheers, Celia M. – &

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    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks Celia. I am honored that you would include me in your newsletter. Sparkle on!????????????

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