What is your worst/best/most distinctive feature?

Just for fun--what is the feature you dislike the most or try hardest to hide? What is your best feature? And what is your most distinctive, and do you like it or not?
Also, I'm going to guess that your most hated feature is something that others here don't even notice or think is a problem! ;)

Here are mine to start:
1. I think I'm most self-conscious about my tummy since I'm an apple now post-kids. I'm not fat, but I have to be careful about what I wear to avoid muffin top.
2. My best feature is my long straight hair. I don't do anything to style it, not even blow drying, which is probably why it's pretty healthy and shiny. Sometimes I wish I had full bodied curls or waves, but I think that would require a lot more upkeep and I don't have the patience for that.
3. My most distinctive feature are my specs (does that count?) since I wear them all the time. I have one red pair and one brown pair that I like a lot, and I'll wear them even with dresses. I sometimes think I look funny now if I wear contacts because I'm so used to glasses!

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47 Comments

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    1. I hate my upper body -- chest, upper arms, upper back. Button-up shirts tend to gap, there is a significant amount of flab going on, and generally it's just not a pretty sight.

    2. I think my best feature is my legs. I got 'em from my mom, who still has great legs at age 87!

    3. Most distinctive? I don't know. I don't feel like anything about my appearance is all that distinctive. Maybe my curly hair, but not in a good way so generally I try to flatiron it into submission. I let it go gray for a while and then it was very distinctive but not in a good way, so I went back to blonde and haven't looked back!

  • kimlee replied 7 years ago

    1. After years of an eating disorder, I have come to appreciate all parts of my body. With that being said, I still have some reservations about my thighs - they are rather large and if I don't work out regularly can become jiggly rather than toned.

    2. My husband says that my smile is my best feature. And I agree.

    3. My most distinctive is my naturally curly hair. It is extremely thick and curls without much effort on my part.

  • Mo replied 7 years ago

    I'll play.

    1. my nose. I got my dad's nose. I loved him dearly but don't necessarily want to share this manly feature lol.

    2. my, ahem, rear view. I have been told by men and women alike so I believe them. Thank goodness the Twiggy look isn't in, or I'd be in trouble!

    3. Probably my long thick wavy/curly hair.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    1. For years I tried to minimize my hips, thighs, and rear. (I was more of a pear shape back then and had an awful time with jeans so imagined there was something wrong with me, rather than something wrong with the clothes.) Now I'm actually proud of my strong legs and do not want to hide them. BUT. Having said that, I am never going to win any awards for their length. So I try not to stumpify them too much.

    2. My smile.

    3. My short hair.

  • Barbara replied 7 years ago

    How fun.

    1. My husband says my feet - they ARE slim and bony! I love my sandals though.
    2. My height/shape - I do like being tall and slender (thankful for good genes!)
    3. Definitely my hair. short and sassy!

  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    1. I feel like I have to work around several not-so-perfect aspects of my face. Small mouth, being first and foremost.
    2. From the neck down, I'm pretty luck for my age. Proportioned 36-26-36, and no cellulite at age 53. Of course it has taken time for me to accept that I'm on the curvy side. I always wanted less curves, and starved myself to achieve that when I was younger.
    3. Most distinctive -- I am capable of falling quite gracefully. ; )

  • Vildy replied 7 years ago

    When I was in high school (in Southern California) my boyfriend advised me to get a nose job. When I was in my late 20's my girlfriend, very concerned with beauty and esthetics in all things, advised me the same since when I got old it might droop, so fix it now.

    Well, you know what, after years of being mistaken for someone foreign :) I realized recently that my nose is my favorite feature. I tell myself that it's somewhat similar to Christy Turlington's. :) Anyway, I'm so glad I wasn't influenced to make it look like it
    was "supposed to."

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    1. My "spare tire" area.
    2. My chest & shoulders (though small busted, everything is still where it's supposed to be)
    3. My salt-n-pepper-pixie-cut hair

  • goldenpig replied 7 years ago

    MaryK, I've seen you in person and your upper body is fab, not flab! And your most distinctive feature is definitely your radiant smile! :)

  • Ginkgo replied 7 years ago

    1.)Tendency to slump, because at 5'9" I'm taller than most others around me. I'm shocked when I see my posture in a photo so need to keep reminding myself. Jazzercise has helped a lot as it strengthen my shoulder and back muscles and my shoulders snap back where they belong. No way can we look good in our clothes if we don't have good posture!

    2.) Still slender at age 57, with no muffin top. It helps to be tall (and good genes), and I'm too old to have eaten fast food and sodas as a child.

    3.) Most distinctive feature is my height. Maybe I just live in an area of short people.

  • ironkurtin replied 7 years ago

    H'm:

    Try hardest to hide: My toes. They look horrible. I despair.

    Best: My skin and my legs. My hair's not bad either.

    Most distinctive: Probably my nose. It's not pretty, but it's all mine.

  • Alecia replied 7 years ago

    1) Tie between my knees and thick ankles. I love the idea of midis for the knee coverage but am thinking it's going to be hard to pull off with my thick my lower leg. Sigh.

    2) Lately I've been into my belly. I think it's beautiful post baby, despite having a kind of deformed belly button now.

    3) I can't think of anything distinctive about myself. I'm the person who always gets mistaken for someone else.

    CocoLion - your distinctive quality made me laugh. That's a great one.

  • Carole replied 7 years ago

    Well here goes,

    Worst, broad football player shoulders and short waist make dressing my upper body challenging

    Best, long legs

    Distinctive, height. 5'9 doesn't seem as tall as it used to but I'm still the tallest of all my friends.

  • citygirldc replied 7 years ago

    1. What is the feature you dislike the most or try hardest to hide? My side profile.

    2. What is your best feature? My Hair. I've always had short hair. The longest I had was in high school past my shoulders then I cut it short in college, then short bobs and back to short again.

    3. And what is your most distinctive, and do you like it or not? My face is the most distinctive. People can't guess where I'm from. I've gotten anywhere from Hispanic to Italian to Peruvian and they are none of the above. Can you guess? I kind of like being a chameleon.

  • Christelle replied 7 years ago

    I love quizzes :)

    1 -- worst feature -- my middle. I seriously miss having a waist post-kids and despise having a muffin-top no matter WHAT I wear.

    2 -- best feature -- it's a toss-up between my legs and my shoulders/arms. I'm definitely more of a curvy apple with appendages that are still pretty ; )

    3 -- distinctive feature -- I've been told I have a nice smile. I don't really know. I'd like to say my hair because I have nice long wavy hair that I baby (no irons or dryers), but it's looking rather frumpy these days since I'm WAY overdue for a trim! I like my eyes too; I've never had to wear eyeshadow or mascara to get them to stand out.

  • Jjsloane replied 7 years ago

    1. What is the feature you dislike the most or try hardest to hide? My waist would be the thing I work at the most- I sort of have no defined waist and square hips so belts are a challenge. I tend to gain weight in my torso first including the bust area so I photograph more top heavy than I feel most of the time.

    2. What is your best feature? My blue eyes, or my overall proportional figure and height (5'8"). I don't gain or lose in one particular area (except the belly a bit more). OT funny story: I have a friend who waitressed and Clint Eastwood once commented to her "Nice eyes". She replied with "better legs". What confidence! Wish I had that!

    3. And what is your most distinctive, and do you like it or not? Not sure, like @Alecia everyone thinks I'm someone else (UPS men in the mall, people driving by, people at work) I guess this would be least distinctive... I have lots of hair which appears thick, but in reality is just tons of fine hair which is curly from behind my ears back and stick straight up front.

  • Girl X replied 7 years ago

    Worst: My impossible hair
    Best: Everything else!
    Distinctive: Geez, I don't know, probably my dimples

  • Heather replied 7 years ago

    1. Legs
    2. Legs
    3. Legs

  • nicoleb replied 7 years ago

    1. My hips. I know they aren't large but i feel like they are unproportionate for my body size. And losing weight doesn't take any inches off of them because it just seems to be how wide my hip bones are. -_-

    2. I enjoy my legs and my eyes ;)

    3. honestly i'm really not sure...my...eyes again? People either compliment my eyes or they gasp at how tiny my wrists are (i can overlap my pinky and thumb around them). OH also i have a double jointed thumb! That's pretty distinctive right?! :D

  • lynne replied 7 years ago

    1. worst- mushy middle. This is a fairly new development since I hit middle age.

    2. best- my smile I got lucky in the genetics here and have good teeth.

    3. most distinctive- curly red hair The curls are natural, and the color should have been but I guess my mom was too busy worrying about things like fingers, toes and brain cells to pay much attention to hair color when I was incubating.

  • nancylee replied 7 years ago

    OK...here we go:

    1) My worst feature is my somewhat nonexistent waist. A lot of my friends would argue that I have a slim waist since I have a slim figure for my age, but I've never had a terribly defined waist, and certainly have less of one now at age 50. It's the feature I always try to hide...hence, my no belt and no tucking policy.

    2) My best feature is probably my legs, which are slim and toned. I'm a runner and avid yoga practitioner, which has really helped me maintain my figure...not to mention my peace of mind. :)

    3) My most distinctive feature is probably my big smile (thanks for the nice teeth, Mom!) I also have big eyes and an "animated" face, which many people find amusing/appealing. My students think I'm a complete ham!

  • cyan45 replied 7 years ago

    ooo, fun!

    1. worst = very small bust, acne prone skin, crooked teeth

    2. best = long legs, small waist (well, in relation to my wide hips/big backside). thank goodness my fiance appreciates it ;)

    3) distinctive = my laugh/sing-song tone of voice (too many years working with young children, lol)

    maybe i'll add hair color: whenever i blow dry my hair, ppl always ask if i dyed it lighter (the red undertones of brown tend to come out)...of course, i blow dry so infrequently, whenever i do it s a surprise to everyone ;D

  • Azure (sowmya) replied 7 years ago

    Worst - My skin (acne ridden and marked) and my hair (frizzy and impossible to tame)
    Best - My body - a little flat chested, but I'd take that happily :)

  • lyn* replied 7 years ago

    1. Best - I don't have bad legs. LOL.
    2. Worst - My back isn't very straight; I didn't feel confident when my boobs developed, so I slouched to hide my boobs (doesn't work, people), and I still sag a lot.
    3. Most distinctive - Hair! I like my little mop :)

  • Steph replied 7 years ago

    My worst feature: my calves. They are very muscular and I think they look masculine (I am happy that they are paired with small ankles, which helps to feminize things).
    My best feature: my nose.
    My most distinctive feature: again, my calves.

  • Fruitful replied 7 years ago

    GP what's interesting about this question is how much my answers have changed recently, compared to my earlier adult life!

    So I'm going to answer what I think I'd have said 15-20 years ago, and then now.

    Old me:
    1) bum - about 2 sizes bigger than my waist/chest. I always thought it was easier on women with bigger boobs and/or smaller bums, even if their tummies weren't as small as mine.
    2) Abs/waist. Tricky to show this while hiding the bum though :)
    3) Curly wild hair.

    Current me:
    1) Abdominal fat. After all these years I am used to, even love, my pear shape - a flat tummy was my one vanity - how dare it abscond! (Bodyrocking my way back to it though!). Actually, this is a tie with acne/hyperpigmentation
    2) I would say waist, but now that it's not as defined, I'll say my "swayback" - I've been told I have one and I think it's schmexay :)
    3) Possessing the most extremely pear-shaped figure on the block (iow, my bum) :)

  • crazyone replied 7 years ago

    worst: uneven toned skin and too much facial/body hair.
    best: my smile and general body shape, I like my neck/arms/shoulders/waist/lower legs a lot, and I don't mind being small-busted and somewhat large of thigh.
    most distinctive: don't know, though I don't get taken for other people at all. Maybe my smile?

  • anne replied 7 years ago

    Best - my back
    worst - short legs
    most distinctive - maybe my glasses?

  • Elly replied 7 years ago

    Worst: Side effects of my illness and/or medication---- I routinely get asked who gave me the black eyes/swelling and my already fine hair has significantly thinned out. I just don't see myself in the mirror. I already look like my dad, geez-- I don't need the additional deformity.

    Best: I generally like my body, it isn't perfect--- but for someone that is pretty large (a size XL in most clothing, tallish) I am very proportionate. I'm often told that I have a nice smile as well.

    Most distinctive--- probably my eyes. Most people never notice, but my eyes have a dark charcoal ring around my iris that looks very intense.

  • Irene replied 7 years ago

    Worst: Bad blood circulation, cause for cellulite and spider veins at age 23 -been having it since my teens-.
    Best: Lean body with curves 'in all the right places'. Even if I'm a bit flabby, most of my friends envy my shape because it's what it's supposed to be 'hot'. i could totally do with two less sizes in the bust department though.
    Best feature: Smile aaaall the way.

  • Kari replied 7 years ago

    Most disliked: my recessed chin. Even when I weigh less it's hard to look like I don't have a double chin! But I can also say with certainty that it is MUCH better today than it would have been without braces and headgear - my teeth, overbite, and chin were a total mess when I was 8, so I'm glad that my parents made orthodontia a priority.

    Most loved feature - my eyes. Eyes tend to be the thing I notice first about most people, and I like the shape and slightly-large size of my own eyes. They are a grayish blue that can look bluer or greener depending on what I'm wearing near my face, and my lashes are somewhat long. I rarely go out without mascara because I love some emphasis on my favorite feature. I'm also careful when I purchase specs to make sure that the frames harmonize with or emphasize my eyes.

    Most distinctive - my guess is that if someone was trying to describe me to someone else so that they would recognize me physically, they would mention either my short red hair or large bust.
    Actually, come to think of it, I can think of one recent example where that happened exactly - my friend described me to another woman she was going to introduce me to as a "redhead with amazing boobs." Made me blush!

  • krishnidoux replied 7 years ago

    Worst: my thighs. (sigh). I find they are large, muscular, covered with fat, no matter how much pilate and cardio and yoga and self acceptance techniques I try. And then when I don't use them for a while, or before my periods, they expand into mini balloons. The problem is my legs are too short. Simply.

    Best: Upper body: shoulders, neck, arms, waist. I consider myself extremely lucky. When I was young and blind, I had mammal implants put in because I thought this was the only way to "keep" my then partner. It was the most painful thing in the world, right up there with giving birth, except the pain lasted longer. Then, the bigger breasts created an imbalance which was uncomfortable (not to mention difficult to style!). Well my partner left me anyway and I found myself with these foreign objects I couldn't afford to have taken out (In Canada, they'll take them out for you but will leave two holes in your chest if you don't have the $$$ for reconstruction). Finally 10 yrs later I had enough money to have them removed in a decent way. Now my chest is similar to what it once had been, except slightly smaller - they had to remove scar tissue around the implants. I lost most feeling. I hope this can be a warning to anyone considering this operation if not necessary.

    Most distinctive: I have to say like Suz, my short hair.

  • Fruitful replied 7 years ago

    Krishnidoux, thanks for sharing your experience. What an intense, and personal thing to go through. You are screwing with my preconceived notions, which is a good thing; of all the people I encounter online, you (sensitive, intelligent, able to step away from everyday life enough to observe it) would probably be the last person I'd imagine to have taken on cosmetic surgery. I don't mean to offend anyone who's chosen it. Rather to say I'm a little more aware of my unconscious assumptions surrounding it.

  • krishnidoux replied 7 years ago

    Yes, I did it. I was VERY insecure. Very lost. Very sad. Of course I didn't realize it at the time.

  • Fruitful replied 7 years ago

    So good you have journeyed to this point, Krishnidoux, of knowing and nurturing yourself. Your previous insecurity, and suffering (and insecurity itself IS suffering), I'm sure, has deepened your compassion.

  • ButterflyLady replied 7 years ago

    Gosh, this is hard -

    Best - my skin. I hated my skin with a passion throughout adolescence, and somehow emerged in my 30s with people telling me how lovely my skin is. It hasn't really changed, but my attitude towards it has. I'm 47 now, and really like my skin.

    Most distinctive - my posture. I'm only 5ft 3 and a half inches tall, but I have good posture (thanks to ballroom dancing in my youth and 10 years of Pilates more recently) so most people think I'm taller!

    Worst - thighs, probably, I exercise a lot but they are like footballers thighs *sigh*

  • krishnidoux replied 7 years ago

    Thank you Fruitful.

  • Sona replied 7 years ago

    best: my eyes. I've been told that innocence radiates in them. In egenral I think I'm a giving person and perhaps that shows in my eyes? not sure.

    most distinctive: I'm consdered 'tall' by Indian standards ( 5'6'') so I was known as the tall
    girl who wears big hopp earrings in med school in India. So I'm a 'tall' South Asian girl!

    worst: muffin top and loose abdominal skin. kind of sad when size 6 and 8 jeans can ride up my hips but only a 10/12 will button around my belly. But ah well!

  • Janet replied 7 years ago

    Ok, I'll play.

    Best: My eyes, and my chest and relatively small waist.

    "Worst": (I've come a long way in thinking of my body in much kinder terms) My legs. Yes, they're long, and that's their saving grace, because they really are not my best feature, with cellulite, lumpy knees, and large thighs. BUT they work, so I cut them some slack. :-)

    Most distinctive: Suppose that would have to be my eyes, my most often commented-on feature. Next would probably be my hands, as I have long thin fingers and my hands are kind of veiny, but I love them.

  • Diana replied 7 years ago

    best: my hair (it's super low maintenance, thick, and straight) and my waist (defined and high)

    worst: probably my upper thighs.

    most distinctive: my smile. Not sure what it so distinctive about it but everyone always comments on it!

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    That's a fun game!
    Worst: it is a tie between my feet (big with crooked toes) and my thighs / rear view.
    Best: wide shoulders, small waist and slender upper body. I hated my wide shoulders as a teenager, thought they make me masculine but now I appreciate them as they balance out my lower body.
    Most distinctive: I hate to say it but it is my height. I may have big eyes, full lips and high cheekbones - each is distinctive enough - but my height is the first thing people notice. I am still not sure if this is a good or bad thing...:-)

  • Megan replied 7 years ago

    Worst- my nose. Broke it as a child and it healed rather oddly- it's quite flat across the bridge. I'd like to get a nose job but refuse to take the healing time off yoga. Maybe as an 'end of PhD' present when my stress levels will be lower.

    Best- my tush. I get compliments from both men and women. It's curvy, toned and looks fab in jeans. Coming 2nd would be my skin- it's smooth, unblemished and very pale.

    Most distintive- probably my frame/general build. I'm very petite (my boyfriend says I have perfect proportions, just in minature) and always get described as 'the really tiny girl'

  • Turkey Vulture replied 7 years ago

    1) Worst feature is probably my BAD SKIN...I've got it under more control now than I've ever had it, but it's never entirely clear, and my pores are huge. Oh well...if that's the biggest problem I've got in my life, then I've got it pretty good! Since I can't hide my face (and wouldn't want to), I have to say the feature I try to downplay with my clothing is my breasts. They're big (34F) and if I'm not careful how I dress, they look ridiculous. I like them, but I have to downplay them or it's all anybody sees.

    2) Best: probably my proportions/shape. I've got the classic hourglass figure, and I feel very lucky in that! I can't wear all the cute clothes out there because some of them just don't look right on an hourglass, but I have plenty of fun with the cuts that fit my figure.

    3) Most distinctive -- either my height (5'11" in my bare feet) or my huge feet (size 11), both of which I gladly play up by wearing pumps as often as I can (which make me about 6'2" on average) and interesting, unique shoes. I love to make my shoes the focus of my outfit. I figure as long as people are going to notice my big feet anyway, I might as well really give them something to look at! :)

  • KikiG replied 7 years ago

    Worst: lack of a waist, plus a muffin, depending on the fit of the bottom. I traded it in years ago for a really cute baby. :-) He was worth it, but I do miss my small waist.

    Best: Hair. It is really thick. Wearing it longer for the first time since college, I get a lot of compliments on it. Someone here said hairstyle is 75% of appearance. This does seem to be true, all of a sudden. I'm enjoying this!

    Most distinctive: My eyes are an unusually vivid shade of blue, entirely natural.

  • Aziraphale replied 7 years ago

    I'm hesitant to answer here. A month or so ago, around the time there were a series of discussions about plastic surgery, I wrote a post about 'what feature you would most like to change if you could', and I got the smackdown from Angie. And rightly so. It does no good to focus on your flaws. So I'll answer, but in the spirit of positivity, because all things considered, I have no right to complain.

    Best and worst? Hard to say. I tend to focus on my belly because I get premenstrual bloat a lot, but really, I should get over myself, because it's pretty flat. My eyes are not as large and round as I'd like them to be, I suppose. If I had a magic wand I'd make 'em bigger. But truth be told, I don't think I have any real problem areas, nor any really exceptional ones. Hair, skin, teeth, nose, boobs, legs, backside, feet -- all the things that women complain about -- they're all good, but not *remarkably* good.

    I guess that means I don't have a most distinctive feature! I think the whole teeny-tiny, elfin package is probably what's distinctive. :-)

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 7 years ago

    Okay I see this thread is back to page one so I am ready - or almost ready to answer.

    What is the feature you dislike the most or try hardest to hide?
    My hip/thigh area. I couldnt' think of what it was until I was trying to find knit pants and it came to me. Some people can gain weight and still have a smooth outline along the hip. I get square and lumpy. Not pretty.

    What is your best feature?
    I have fairly long legs for my height and that gives the appearance that I am taller than I am. I think that is my saving grace in terms of minimizing the hip/upper thigh issue.

    And what is your most distinctive, and do you like it or not?
    I actually don't think I have any one distinctive feature. I seem familiar to a lot of people I don't know and I believe it is because I have brown hair, brown eyes, am average height, average weight, and have no one feature that really stands out. Sometimes this is good and sometimes not.

  • Marley replied 7 years ago

    My best, as well as my most distinctive feature are my blue eyes.

    The one that may be considered my worst (although it doesn't bother me any!) are my toes - because I broke 3 of them on one foot and 2 on the other, in a freakish accident while I was helping one of my nieces clean out her clothes closet! (go figure!) and they all healed really, really weird - some have bumps on top, some are crooked, etc. etc. - nothing that I really waste my energy fretting about however! Its just life!

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