If you’re curious to know if you’re a rectangle body shape, check out my post on how to know your body shape.
There’s no way around it, you’re a little muscular, not real curvy and are a whole lotta straight up and down around your waist. If you’re a rectangle body type, hold on a hot minute! Don’t let a lack of curves make you feel unfeminine, because crafting a wardrobe is going to be a blast! You, unlike more curvaceous frames, don’t have to worry as much about smoothing or hiding big areas. You can dress purely for the fun of big on top, big on bottom and straight in between. Let’s take a look at what styles make your frame shine.
You’re a Rectangle Shape If
- Your shoulders, bust and hip measurements don’t vary much
- Your waist is straight-ish
- You aren’t very curvaceous in the hips, legs or bust areas
If you’re not sure this is you, check out my guide on body shapes to find yours.
Your Best Features
Natalie Portman, Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway and Gwenyth Paltrow all make a rectangle body shape look stunning. While you might not have the curves of an hourglass figure, you have the advantage of what alot of women pine over – a very sleek, elongated look. Actually, wearing trendy styles shouldn’t be too hard for you. The key is to balance outfits with bulk on the top or bottom, while giving shape to your waist. Here’s a few more tips:
Add Structure and Shape
More structured clothing like fit-and-flare dresses, high-waisted pants, skinny jeans and puff sleeves all create a feminine silhouette with little effort. Halter tops, shoulder padding and shirts with pockets will look great also.
Define Your Waist
Choose shirts that are structured around the waist, which create curves around the waist. A well-cut and quality-made blouse can create the silhouette of a waist when yours is somewhat straight. Adding a slim belt can go a long way also.
That’s right, use structure, intentional accessories like belts and going big on top and big on bottom to create the curves your body might lack in appearance.
Luckily, Alot Fits Well
If you have this body type, you’re lucky because most styles will naturally fit, even if they aren’t your most flattering style.
What to Wear for Rectangle Shapes
Rectangle-shaped body types look wonderful when accents are on top and on the bottom to create curves. These wardrobe items are absolute must-haves for a rectangle-shaped body;
Belted, Sinched and Fit-and-Flare Dresses
Puff Sleeves, Scoop Necks and V-Neck Tops
High-Waisted, Straight Jeans and Wide-leg Pants
Trench and Wrap Coats
As much fun as dressing the rectangle body type is, remember to stay structured as a rule of thumb. Actually, it’s when you wear the really loose stuff – over-sized shirts, boxy jackets and unfitted dresses – when your waist starts to disappear right into your clothes.
Here’s the fun part creating emphasis on the top of your frame and the bottom of your frame, means there’s many fun ways to accessorize. Here are a few tips to begin:
- Statement bracelets, earrings and necklaces are a YES! Rings are an elegant way to elongate the arms and the hands
- Layered necklaces or big earrings will draw attention to your face.
- Slim belts are items every rectangle shapes need
- Messenger bags are a nice addition to most outfits
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More Style Tips on Body Style:
- Guide: What is My Body Shape?
- How to Dress a Pear Shaped Body
- How to Dress a Hourglass Shape
- How to Dress an Apple Shaped Body