Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Shape of Beauty (1940)

Another get in shape article, this one from Everywoman magazine, March 1940.

"Here are the correct bust, waist, hip and ankle measurements for each height. Compare your proportions with them - if you're inches out you'll need to take steps to alter your curves."

HeightBust (in.)Waist (in.)Hips (in.)Ankles (in.)
5'0" - 5'2"32-332434-358
5'2" - 5'5"33-342535-368
5'4" - 5'6"34-3526368 1/4
5'6" - 5'8"35-3626-2736-378 1/2
5'8" - 5'10"36-3727-2837-389

I was interested to note there's none of the mythical ideal 36-24-36. Apparently I ought to have a 26 inch waist. Best get to work then!


  1. I obviously need to "alter my curves."

  2. Haha, it's interesting/funny to see that they give ideal ankle measurements!! This is something that I've never given any thought to, and can't say I feel too bothered about even after reading that they thought about this in 1940!

  3. I'm so excited, I have skinny ankles (thanks Dad!). The rest of me may need a little work though...


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