No two butts are created equal, and if you’ve ever looked around at the variety of bottoms are out there, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that there is such a thing as different butt shapes.
Knowing which butt shape you have can be important because you may not have the butt that you want right now.
Knowing where you stand right now, and comparing this to where you want to be, is critical when it comes to setting goals and developing a plan to achieve them. Creating your best butt ever is no different, so let’s get educated!
Butts – they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes!
What Causes the Different Types of Butt Shapes?
Your skeletal structure determines the main framework for your body shape, and the overall shape that you end up with is determined by the distribution of fat and muscle on top of your skeleton. For the butt, the main factor which causes the particular shape of the buttocks is your pelvis, followed by your fat distribution which is largely genetically determined.
In general, for most people who do not do specific glute training, muscle does not contribute a lot to butt shape as the glutes are generally underdeveloped in most people.
Females and males obviously have very different butt shapes, but this article will focus mainly on the different types of female butt shapes.
Where Do ‘Butt Shape’ Categories Come From Anyway?
Just so you know, no, I’m not making these things up! The whole categorization of something as obscure as butt shapes seem to come from the cosmetic surgery field.
Cosmetic surgeons dealing with procedures like buttocks augmentation, liposuction and the like ended up categorizing most women into one of these 4 main butt shape categories.
That’s not to say that there aren’t more types/categories, but these are the ones that seem to be most widely recognized.
What are the Different Types of Butt Shapes for Women?
Most plastic surgeons recognize four main shapes when it comes to the female derriere:
- Square – “H” shape
- Round – “C” or “O” shape
- Heart/pear – “A” shape
- Inverted – “V” shape
Picking Your Butt Shape
With reference to the pictures above, you should be able to pick out one of the butt shapes that resembles your own. Don’t be too concerned if none of these matches the way your butt looks exactly – they are meant to be used as a guide only and the sheer amount of variation in the human body means that not everyone will fit into predefined categories.
The Square “H” Shape
This particular shape is caused by either higher more prominent hip bones (you may even have hip dips), or a distribution of fat in the ‘love handle’ area. The overall effect is that the butt looks square shaped and is closer to appearing as a straight up-and-down right below your waist, rather than tapering to the waist with a smooth curve.
So let’s see what this looks like in pictures…
The H-shaped butt below is due to bone structure of the pelvis and femur (thigh bones):
Classsic H-shape, due to a little bit of fat distribution in the ‘love handle’ area – with some hip dip:
Another H-shaped butt, again due to a wider pelvis which means the waist doesn’t taper towards the butt as smoothly:
You can see why these kind of butts are likened to a square shape:
The Round “C” or “O” Shape
Commonly referred to as bubble butts due to their round appearance, a round butt shape is characterized by a fat distribution around the cheeks of the butt – including the upper portion of the cheeks, which causes a rounded effect when viewed from behind. This shape often sits high when viewed from the side, and is usually quite perky and full.
Let’s take a closer look at some C or O-shaped butts!
You should be able to see why they are called ‘bubble butts’ from this fine example:
Another perky bubble butt:
As you can see, O-shaped butts have a lot of volume in the cheeks and the sides of the butt:
The butt below could almost be a H-shape, but its got a lot of fullness in the cheeks and is perky, so I’m going to deem it a round O-shape!
The Heart/Pear “A” Shape
The heart or pear shape is generally considered to be the most feminine of the butt shapes, and is a result of fat distribution around lower portion of the butt and thighs. This results in a more tapered look from the waistline to the bottom of the butt (hence the “A” shape or ‘upside down heart’ description).
Fat storage around the butt and thighs in women is caused primarily by the hormone Estrogen. Unfortunately, Estrogen levels can decrease as we females age, which can lead to fat being stored around the abdomen and midsection instead of the butt.
Aging aside, let’s take a look at why this butt is very much admired…
Got curves? The owner of this heart-shaped butt does:
This round and bubbly butt could almost be an O-shape, but I think the waist tapers into the butt more like an A-shape, giving that classic heart shape:
Another A-shape; you can see how fat stored on the outer thighs just below the butt give an overall heart/pear shape here:
There’s not a lot of junk-in-the-trunk on the petite booty below, but it’s another classic A-shape:
And below we can see why many think this shape looks the most womanly!
Inverted “V” Shape
The V shape is more commonly seen in older women as lower estrogen levels result in the shift of fat storage from the butt to the midsection. This can result in an inverted shape where the base of the butt is less full than the top of the butt. Perhaps because of this, this butt shape is also associated with sagging.
Let’s see some examples…
There’s not much happening at the bottom of the butt in this V-shape:
The inverted shape or V-shape butt has a lack of volume in the outside part of the lower butt cheeks:
This butt looks like a subtle V-shape to me, though it’s a bit hard to say because the hands are in the way:
The booty below could almost be a H-shape, but the lack of volume in the lower half of the butt cheeks makes me think it’s closer to an inverted V:
I’ve Determined Which Butt Shape Type I have. Now What?
Now that you know your butt shape, you’re in a better position to start creating the changes you want to your butt. Check out how to shape your butt to determine what you can do to create a better shape for your butt, as well as the best butt exercises you should be doing for your butt type in order to create a more rounded, visually pleasing shape. Or, try something like the Brazil Butt Lift program to get a more lifted and generally all-round (pun intended) nicer butt!
By performing the right kind of exercises, you can improve the shape of your butt. This list of home workouts for the glutes is a great way to get started. There are no shortage of exercise programs for the butt out there, but some are better than others for boosting up your rear.
After a Quick Fix for your Butt Shape?
Not keen on sweating it out over weeks or months to try and build up your butt, and after an instant fix instead? No problem, there are products out there for you!
While I am more about butt-building exercise as a quality, natural and permanent solution for improving butt shape, I understand that it may not be for everyone (though I sure will try my hardest to convince you!).
Recent butt-trends (yes, I recently discovered this is a thing) have been all about getting a bigger booty/peach, but it may be possible that in 2018 the big butt trend is starting to lose steam.
I’m still one to advocate having a nice meaty booty, so if you are wanting to boost your butt then here are some options:
There are specialty undergarments out there which can make your butt look great – check out these padded panties for women or padded underwear (for the men), which will have your butt looking it’s finest the moment you pull a pair on. It might sound silly, but they actually do look pretty good on and it’s very easy to become a believer (lol).
Otherwise, did you know that you can get jeans which can make your butt look better? These clever garments are simply the best for flattering what you’ve got.
Does your butt shape fall into the above categories, or did you have trouble classifying your butt type? Let me know how you went in the comments below.