How to Dress Your Rectangle Body


Characteristics of the rectangle body

  • Your shoulders are as wide as your hips
  • Your waist is undefined and as wide or slightly smaller than the hips.
  • You have small to medium bust.
  • You may have long legs and flat bottom.
  • This body type is more common in aging women or if you have gained weight.

The most important factor when choosing how to dress is your body type. Knowing what shape your body has and what styles and silhouettes to choose for that particular body shape will guarantee that you will always look great.

What to Wear

Rectangle Body Type

If you like your body shape you can choose silhouettes that emphasize your natural forms. For example styles with straight lines, boxy strait dresses, garments with vertical seam lines, blazers that are not tailored etc.  Dressing in a way that the garment follows your natural shape will make you feel most comfortable. 

Another approach is to emphasize the waist to create a more feminine look. This can be done by optically increasing the shoulders width and the hips, which will make the waist look smaller. Try wearing fitted blazers with shoulder pads, flared skirts, or skirts with pleats around the waist, wrap dresses for emphasizing the waistline or straight dresses with waist belts. You have to be careful if you are tall and with heavier bone structure as this approach can make you look too “heavy”.  

In general, you should emphasize your great legs and try to create a look that is balanced. Wear pants that are slightly flared at the bottom or straight but always fitted. The skirts should be no longer than knee length. If you have very slim legs you can definitely afford wearing chunkier shoes, which will create a balance between your heavier upper body.

What not to wear

  • low necklines
  • long necklaces
  • very tight clothes
  • baggy styles

If you are not sure what body type you are do your free body type analysis here.

Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.