Girl Game: The Hips Don’t Lie… But The Empire Waist Keeps The Secret.

If you’re a woman seeking to maximise your attractiveness, you need to exercise towards a goal of having a 0.7 waist to hip ratio. From Wikipedia…
Because what is healthy = what is good for making babies = what is sexy, we would then predict that there is evidence that waist to hip ratio of 0.7 is attractive…
“A WHR of 0.7 for women and 0.9 for men have been shown to correlate strongly with general health and fertility. Women within the 0.7 range have optimal levels of estrogen and are less susceptible to major diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and ovarian cancers. Men with WHRs around 0.9, similarly, have been shown to be more healthy and fertile with less prostate cancer and testicular cancer.”

So it’s no accident that young women with toned abdomens wear midriff barring, or body hugging clothes. It’s a clear sexual signal of fertile good health, yet less direct that going about topless for example. It’s also no accident that heavier women start wearing flowing, elegant, graceful, tent-like clothes to cover their waists.
“Some researchers have found that the waist-hip ratio (WHR) is a significant measure of female attractiveness. Women with a 0.7 WHR are usually rated as more attractive by men from Indo-European cultures. Beauty icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Salma Hayek and Sophia Loren typically have ratios close to 0.7, even though they have different weights and heights.”

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Empire Waist
?Some of this attractiveness is only achievable by women who have never had children or have a really good plastic surgeon. There is an element of waistly wrecking that goes on with pregnancy, so if you have those sort of marks, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it. Just try and get as much shape back as you can with exercise and good eating. Don’t neglect weight training – that’s what is going to tone you and pull everything into it’s proper place.
Also a big shout out to the empire waist on dresses and tops. That’s the one where the waistline is set higher and can be just under the breasts and has the rest of the fabric flaring out from that point. That’s a very flattering choice if you have imperfections in your waist area as it draws the eye up to the “fake waist” and registers as looking good to men viewing it.
I don’t know how I learned what an empire waist was… hmmm… mildly awkward.
Oh and there’s an entire range of lingerie called “Baby Doll” that is basically a flimsy bedroom version of an empire waist.
But of course if you’ve got it, you can flaunt it. Note how attractive Shakira is with essentially nothing more than showing off her midriff.
Why not belly dancing lessons too? A work out and maybe a new move or two…
 

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Comments

  1. haleyshalo says:

    I would say A-line is more universally flattering than empire waist. There are too many dangers of looking puffy and fat in an empire waist if you're not already unmistakably thin.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Funny enough my husband mentions all the time how much he hates empire waist.He says it looks like it was stolen from a little girl.

    "But baby my favorite blouse the purple one is empire waste and you never seen to hate it"

    "Oh really?…oh well it doesn't look bad on you"
    It seems that since he knows what is out there he likes it ;) .

    S.R.

  3. Anonymous says:

    If you are well endowed up top an empire waistline can make you look like you have a maternity dress on. I've been going for clothing that is a bit vintage 50s (think the tv show "Mad Men") to fit my figure that matches the hour glass form.
    Some of the stars you mentioned may match what you are trying to describe but their fertility was problematic. For example,Sophia Loren did have two sons but had a number of miscarriages prior to that and had problematic pregnancies. Marilyn Monroe had numerous miscarriages also but it was thought this may have been due to an earlier botched abortion. The other ladies did have children but as to actual easy fertility and viability I don't know.
    Only mention this because I do wonder if the .7 ratio is really the best indicator of fertile good health. I know several women that have very large families that never fit this criteria.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Um, Shakira does a *hell* of a lot more than simply showing her midriff!!! That woman can MOVE!! She is an incredible dancer. I've never really paid that much attention to her until now, but she really has worked hard for what she can do.

    And, yes, it means I'm getting my flabby butt into a belly dancing class ASAP. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Anon 9:15, it's about the *appearance* of fertility to increase attraction, not the actual fertility itself.

    Empire waists don't work on everyone, but the point in the post is that if you don't have definition between your breasts, midriff and hips, an empire waist cut will help create that definition. This is what catches the male eye, and can help start the attraction process. Yay for that!

    You know what you need to do for you. I'm sure you look absolutely smashing in the Mad Men style. Run with it!! Not everyone can pull it off. Some of us have to go for some visual trickery, which is what Athol is trying to offer us. (Yes, me, because I'm more of a stick.)

  6. Dom says:

    Can i suggest… Pole Dancing lessons?

    Not only does she get to learn how to move in a "sexy" way for her man. But its a hell of a workout for them as well.

    Kills 2 birds with 1 stone…. so to speak.

  7. Tarlach says:

    As an ex-stripper, my fiance wants nothing to do with pole-dancing or the adult entertainment culture. That's fine by me.

    Anyway, I'm getting a bit confused on the .07 waist to hip ratio. I'm a 32-26-36 at about 110 lbs, does this qualify?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Tarlach, Take the hip measurement and multiply by .7 (eg. 36 times .7 = 25.2) . The answer is the expected waist measurement. Yours is very close.

  9. Athol Kay says:

    26 waist divided by 36 hips = 0.72 WHR ratio which is just fine. Don't go nutty over a couple hundredths of a point.

    I don't know about pole dancing lessons though. It's linked with explicit sexuality, were belly dancing is linked more with senusal sexuality. Plus you don't need a pole….

  10. Anonymous says:

    I have a natural hourglass figure and the empire waist is possibly the only style of clothing that my body looks awful in. It flattens my bust and obscures the curves of my hips. My hourglass becomes an isosceles triangle.

    You know, I sometimes wonder about the Fashion Industry.

    I have nothing against homosexuals but I get the feeling many of the gay designers aren't designing clothes that properly flatter the female body. They're designing clothes that downplay the hips and bust. [The recent Maxi Dress trend is the worst. They look like curtains. Why are so many designers afraid to cinch at the waist?]

    If I have the biologically ideal figure – then why do I struggle to find modern fashion trends that accentuate it?

    I've been thinking about purchasing a sewing machine and some vintage some patterns. I own a few vintage 50's/60's style dresses and I look terrific in them.

  11. Anonymous says:

    LOL, belly dancing? Really? I went to a couple belly dancing classes at different studios awhile back…wanted a midriff focused workout but not pole dancing. None of the belly dancing classes were taught by thin women…their muffin tops were pouring out all over and jiggling. Blech.

  12. Tarlach says:

    Oh, I learned belly dance a long time ago. There are many forms, I like Egyptian style the best.

    I'm also a tanguera, he seems to like that the best.

    Thanks!

    -T

  13. Badger says:

    "If I have the biologically ideal figure – then why do I struggle to find modern fashion trends that accentuate it?"

    Because many people in today's society are unfit and seek to hide it, just as our society is turning out a lot of unattractive beta men.

  14. Tarlach says:

    I have an hourglass shape even as thin as I am (I wear a size 2-4) and I'm also short. I find that the clothes that look the best on me (and most petite women with hourglass shapes) are form-fitting, otherwise you can look boxlike, which I am anything but.

  15. Tarlach says:

    @Anonymous:

    I have no problem with the fashion industry. I think curvy women can get away with the empire waist so long as she knows where the hemline should fall. If you're a short woman, you want dresses that go above the knee. 70s minidresses look fantastic on pixie-like short women with great legs. If you're taller, you can get away with wearing longer dresses that go below the knee, but if you're under 5'4" it's going to make you look squatty.

  16. Anonymous says:

    @Tarlach :

    I'm also slight/petite with an hourglass figure (barely 5 feet!)

    I live in NYC so the merchandise in the stores here tends to be very trendy. I get frustrated shopping 'cause I often feel like I can't escape the ridiculous fashion trends (like the Maxi Dress – seriously those things look like maternity muumuus).

    My problem with the fashion industry is that I like my body. Men also enjoy my figure. Yet why do so many “trendy” outfits manage to make my body look terrible? My hips are erased, my breasts are downplayed while my shoulders are accentuated.

    I mean, I don't think many straight men look at me and go: "I wish she was flat chested and hipless!" Hence, why I said I think gay designers are responsible for a lot of the trends I dislike.

    PS: This is gonna sound weird, but I often buy clothes in the Tween/Pre-Juniors section. I'm tiny so they fit me better – they also are a lot less trendy. It's also good because I don't have to spend money getting things taken up.

  17. Sweet As says:

    I'm also in the .7 group, an hourglass, and tall and thin (5 ft 7 in).

    My style is classic and simple, based on dancers and ladies of the past — grace kelly is my primary inspiration. Once inspired, I just built a wardrobe.

    Everything is mix-and-match, classic, and minimal. It's easy to clean and care for, and it easily goes from day-to-night — both from the stand point of going to DS's playgroup to work and then to dinner with friends.

    My common outfit:

    3/4 yoga pants (black today)
    Yoga tank top (light blue today)
    cardigan (lavender today)
    grey pencil skirt (just above knee length
    ballet flats

    white knee-length tailored trench and purple-gold-black paisley pashmina

    I wore my hair down today, minimal jewelry (wedding ring, septum crescent, CZ nostril stud), minimal make up (tinted lashes and brows, tinted lip balm).

    No handbag, I just used my small internal pocket in my coat for my ID, ATM card, house key.

    easy done. It's just a change in color for the tank, and i choose between jeans, two pencil skirts, or an a-line each day. I choose whether or not to wear my cardigan or button-down blouse. I choose which coat to wear.

    simple as. ;)

  18. Anonymous says:

    Sweet As, thanks for that. I'm short and twiggy, but like the yoga pant look. Nice to hear i'm not far off.

    Everyone has to find their own style, but shape elements are separate from that. As a woman who grew up in the '80s, we looked to each other for feedback. The poor guys were told they hadno clue, so when they expressed what they liked it was met with, "what do you know? You're a guy!" Um, who was it we were trying to attract? Wow, did we have it wrong! On the rare occasion when your man speaks, please listen!

  19. Sweet As says:

    Mine is mostly for function.

    Since I teach yoga (usually 2-4 classes per day) and also work in my offices (holistic health center), I need to look like a yoga teacher when teaching (so remove cardigan and skirt, easy done!), but i also need to look like a professional business owner in the heart of down town (skirt and cardigan back on, easy done!).

    Before, I would wear skirt, blouse, etc, and carry the yoga clothes, then change my clothes before and after class 2-6 times a day, which made me bonkers. So, I came up with a way that is easy-on, easy off.

    I also love my one wrap dress. I just wrap it over my yoga clothes, and away I go!

    It might not work for everyone, and I know a lot of men who HATE the leggings-under-skirt look, but it works for me, and I do get a lot of compliments from men and women.

  20. Pode says:

    I can only speak for myself, but I think my instincts detect and resent the attempted trickery of the empire waist, I've always hated it and referred to it as the bag lady dress (as in she's wearing a bag). The sample photo works because she's putting her hand on her actual waist, revealing that she has an nice WHR despite the dress covering it.

    I've always had a preference for athletic girls with slightly higher WHR (0.8, more sticklike). I suspect it may have to do with my small size (5'6" / 1.67m) and general beta demeanor, I think my body agenda accepts that my mate is more likely to need the running speed a higher WHR gives, as I'm not likely to last long in a fight. As with all personal preferences, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary). I guess my general advice for non-obese women would be to show your waist and hip outline and not to sweat your particular WHR too much. You may find yourself stressing over and disguising a feature your man may be perfectly happy with, and the coverup effort may backfire.

  21. Badger says:

    "I can only speak for myself, but I think my instincts detect and resent the attempted trickery of the empire waist, I've always hated it and referred to it as the bag lady dress (as in she's wearing a bag). The sample photo works because she's putting her hand on her actual waist, revealing that she has an nice WHR despite the dress covering it."

    I am the same way – I see an empire waist and immediately think the woman is trying to hide a spare tire. And that's she's donning a supplementary under-bra.

    The photo also works because the woman is hot – if a wife says "would I look good in this?" the guy can't answer with any accuracy because he sees a hot woman more than an empire waist dress.

    Susan did the same thing at HUS last week, trying to teach women how to dress classily instead of slutty, but all the photos were of gorgeous women so regular girls had no frame of reference.

  22. Badger says:

    "I've always had a preference for athletic girls with slightly higher WHR (0.8, more sticklike). I suspect it may have to do with my small size (5'6" / 1.67m) and general beta demeanor, I think my body agenda accepts that my mate is more likely to need the running speed a higher WHR gives, as I'm not likely to last long in a fight. "

    This sounds like a huge male rationalization hamster ;) (your preference can be just that), but I also prefer more straight-shaped athletic women.

  23. mmaier2112 says:

    Watch the show "Shimmy". IIRC, it's on FitTv. Great show to watch for me, the ladies are lovely and move very nicely.

    It also seems to break it down simply, but I've yet to try dancing along since I've never seen a male belly dancer (other than Wayne Campbell… ugh.)

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