Lauren Conrad Dishes on Style, Exercise and the "Boyfriend Layer"

08/19/2009 at 08:00 AM ET

Courtesy of Shape Magazine

She might be a bona fide California beach girl, but even Lauren Conrad admits to slacking in the exercise department sometimes. For her second Shape cover (her first was January 2008), the New York Times best-selling author chats about her romance with actor Kyle Howard and her new clothing line for Kohl’s while sitting pretty for three very different cover shots. At the beginning of her relationship, Lauren admits to getting soft around the middle. “I call it the ‘boyfriend layer’,” she tells the magazine. “We were having more romantic dinners out, and I was exercising less.” So what’s a girl to do? Take your dates to the gym, of course! “I just ask Kyle, ‘You feel like working out?’ It’s more fun than hitting the gym alone,” says Lauren. The couple spends most of their time outdoors anyway. “We like doing outdoor stuff: tennis, bike riding, kayaking, stand-up surfing, hiking in the canyons around L.A.,” says Lauren. And when the happy couple isn’t exercising together, Lauren is busy working on her newest adventure in design, LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s, which will hit stores in October. Her line of affordable and flattering jeans and blouses will be perfect for every shape. “It’s all about finding silhouettes that highlight the best parts of your figure,” says Lauren. As an added bonus, Lauren took three lucky Shape readers with very different body types shopping and shared some fashion advice with them. Pick up the September issue of Shape to hear more of Lauren’s advice on dressing for your body and working out.


Courtesy of Shape Magazine

Courtesy of Shape Magazine

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Mason on

Lauren is a cool person. I’m glad she left The Hills to pursue a normal life. She made a good decision that shows that she doesn’t care only about the show. Way to go L-Con! You have gorgeous hair to. It’s frofty! I could take a nap in it!

Sophia on

None of the pictures are showing up!

Sophia on

I am excited for this issue though!

C on

Beautiful cover, Lauren! She’s a great person to look up to!

Jon on

LC, you look great on The Cover of Shape Magazine, you go girl!

Mason on

Continuing my message… I think she has a good head on her shoulders. She’s not a desperate star who does acting for her reality show like Speidi. She’s got a great sense of style and a great attitude. Not desperate for attention, but not running away from every camera. It’s good just to see pictures of her taking a walk unlike other stars who stand in front of buildings and pose for paparazzi, or I like to call it pooparazzi. She’s the best normal-headed reality star out there.

Devon on

I am so proud of Lauren– she is not a reality star that is just seeking her 15 minutes in the spotlight, she is actually a hard worker and it has paid off! She has already successfully written a book and I hope her new clothing line does just as well. Go ahead girl, do your thing!

Ali on

I am sorry but she does not have abs like that in the real world. Shape is known for their air brushing.

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KC on

I think Lauren is great! She is so talented and ambitious, a great role-model! I wish her the best of luck in her future!=)

catshy on


cassie on

i think laurn is a cool person. i am going to missed her the hills, she did a great job on the show. now shed moved on, to better things in life, and i wish her best of luck in the future!!

Nichole on

Lookin good Lauren!

lauren conrad on

hey to the spoken one by the name of ALi yes FYI i do have ABS LIke that and thats why everyone on this page ignored your ignorance you apparently dont know me so i should have ignored you as well. well have a great and woderful day to all MY supporters and FANs and not to these Speidi like HAters! Peace & Love, LC

E on

Lauren Conrad’s body does not look like that. Why would Shape feel the need to airbrush a perfectly nice body like hers into an impossible model body?

ariana on

love her…one of the realest girls out there :-p

Snoopie on

LC! You make us proud! Your parents must be proud! I will buy your clothes at Kohls.

Kelly on


Nicole on

She is an idiot, a few months ago she said she was ‘quitting’ her mtv show to stay out of the spot light. So…… why is she on covers and giving interviews.

Veronica on

Wow…haters to the left?

Jealousy doesn’t look good on you darlings. :)

PS: If you’re going to act like you are Lauren Conrad…at least try to talk like her. “Speidi-like haters”? LOL

Roxy on

Ali’s a hater

Brandi on

Am I the only one that noticed the badly photoshopped cover of her? The spot around her arm clearly shows that she was NOT photographed in the water with a sunset behind her. She was photographed in front of a white screen with NO water. Even the shadows of her legs in the water are backwards.

what a cheap shot.

c on

Mason, I totally agree with you! She is the best normal-headed star out there and absolutely gorgeous!! She is for real! WTG LC!! Can’t wait to see (wear!!) her Kohl’s designs.

Melani on

Is this one airbrushed like Kelly Clarkson?

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Kim on

I just love her. Go Lauren!

Ali on

Listen, we all know airbrushing is going on here. I am sure she has lovely abs and a flat stomach but not THESE abs. You can tell a highlighter was used to define them.. let’s not be ignorant here people.

Christine on

The cover is definately airbrushed, but I wouldn’t hold that against Lauren because this magazine airbrushes all their covers. Although it would be nice if Lauren spoke out about it, and told the magazine that she would like the cover to have minimal airbrushing, she has a great body and she should be proud of it.

As far as people saying that she left the show to get out of the spotlight and now she does all these interviews I believe her reason for leaving the show was that she was sick of having cameras in her every day life, and following her every move. I don’t think she ever said that she planned to have no career at all. At this point she is still able to make a living by doing the things she is interested in, but she has eliminated the invasion of her private life.

I’ve loved Lauren from the Laguna Beach days, and I’m happy with the success that she has found and I wish her all the luck in her future.

Belen on

I am looking forward to this issue. She is an amazing shape, not too thin with nice natural curves.

Connie on

Hi Lauren,

I think you are a great example for young adults and that you have proven what a person can accomplish without selling themselves short. Leaving The Hills when you did was a good move and I wish you the best of luck with your clothing line and happiness! =0)

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It’s not the BF layer, but it is a fact that 90% of women “in love” gain weight.

Belen on

I dont the cover is airbrushed

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I think Lauren is playing out her life in a classy since she left the hills. She’s responsible and beautiful and her figure is amazing. Good for her. Her book need to become a movie we need more girl films like sex and the city and hopefully her books.

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Mario on

So now I’ve figured out where you came from and how you found me! My dgathuer (Amanda) was in the Army as well. She was inbetween the two Iraqs. She was when we worried about Kosovo and fortunately she did Korea and Egypt instead! I never let myself worry about her circumstances. I trusted God to look after her, EVEN when she was jumping out of airplanes! He did. I love Him and I praise Him every day and I pray He keeps your Lauren safe too! That’s really all He asks that we love Him and trust Him. You do your part to keep her connected He’ll do His part to keep her safe! Bless you BOTH! I dO look forward to seeing you in my blog again!

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