Dressing A Rectangle Body Shape
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“Rectangle” or “Straight” body shapes are where the hips, waist, and bust are all relatively similar in size.
Most people with a rectangle body shapes want to create an illusion of an hour glass shape. There are many ways this can be done.
The eye is naturally drawn to skin so V-neck and scoop neck tops will draw the eye up and away from your waist. Off the shoulder tops and boatneck tops make your shoulders appear wider and your waist will look smaller. Wrap tops also help define your waist and draw your eye up to your shoulder area making it appear wider than the waist.
These tops are all great options for rectangle body shapes.
Structured jackets are another great way to define a waist for a rectangle shape. Look for darts and seams in the front that draw your eye in towards your waistline.
These jackets all create the illusion of a narrow waist on rectangle body shapes.
Another way for rectangle body shapes to get the illusion of an hourglass shape is to add volume to your hips. One of the easiest ways to do this is with A-line skirts and dresses, or full skirts. A jumpsuit with a defined waist and v-neck is very flattering on a rectangle body shape.
Rectangle body shapes can wear almost any type of bottoms. They usually have great legs and look good in pencil skirts and skinny jeans, along with bootcut and wide leg pants.
I do want to caution my straight shapes to look at the waistband of the pants before trying them. An excessive step in at the waist, as you can see below, is going to either be too large in the hip area, or they are going to fit in the hip area but will cause the dreaded muffin top.
Look for waistbands that don’t come in very much, they will likely fit better in both the hip and waist and avoid any unwanted spillage over the top of the pants.
Natalie Portman and Gwyneth Paltrow are all great examples of this body shape.
Here Portman accentuates her waist with the defined belt and the volume of the skirt gives more shape to her hips, creating more of an hour glass shape. The eye is alway drawn to skin, so the strapless shape brings more attention to her upper body. Upper body and hips are widened and the waist is defined.
Paltrow adds width to her hips with a voluminous wide leg pant, which makes her waist appear smaller. She uses color blocking to define her waist by creating a visual line between the upper and lower halves of her body. And the cap sleeve on her top makes her shoulders appear wider, which in turn makes her waist look smaller.
Next week we will be talking about the “pear” or “triangle” body shape.
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