The rectangle body shape, also sometimes referred to as athletic or long and lean, is characterized by broader shoulders/back, small-to-average bust, undefined waist, little or no curves, and slender arms and legs. Considered the ideal shape for today’s top models/celebrities – think Nicole Kidman or Gwyneth Paltrow – it’s fairly unobtainable to us mere mortals.
Still, believe it or not, there are some challenges for the rectangle shape, and we have tips to help maximize your look if you are lucky enough to be blessed with it.
TOPS: For tops, you’ll you want to create shape by wearing scoopneck and sweetheart necklines, and choosing styles with contoured waistlines. Tops with ruffles and other embellishments will flatter your chest. Layers will also help create interest and dimension.
PANTS: A wide variety of pant styles work for you. Fitted pants help create the illusion of curves.
SKIRTS: You can wear almost any style skirt, but A-line skirts and skirts with a drop waist give the impression of a more curvy figure. Pencil skirts look sensational, though, as well, for a sophisticated, lean look.
DRESSES: To emphasize your waist, think wrap style dresses, or adding a belt.
JACKETS: Jackets that are nipped in at the waist are a good option. But if you want to emphasize your long and lean silhouette, go for a longer-length boyfriend blazer over skinny jeans.
Enjoy finding beautiful new options to dress your body type!
That’s the fourth and final installment on body types. If you missed them, check out Vol. 1, Pear Shape, Vol. 2, Apple Shape, and Vol. 3, Hourglass Shape.
If you have an hourglass shape, you can wear just about anything (and look fabulous)! This curvaceous figure has proportionately balanced shoulders and hips, a fuller bust, and a distinctly defined waist. Think Kate Winslet or Sofia Vergara from the television hit Modern Family.
Here are some tips for dressing this feminine shape. Overall, forget oversized or baggy clothes; work those curves, don’t hide them!
TOPS: You can wear a V-neck, scoop neck, or wrap top. In fact, you can wear pretty much anything you want!
PANTS: Lengthen your shape with dark colors on the bottom and light colors on top. Mid-rise pants will help camouflage any extra tummy. A slightly flared silhouette will help balance out your hips.
SKIRTS: Try a fitted pencil skirt. Wear a pretty silk blouse tucked in or a lightweight cardigan with a thin belt.
DRESSES: To emphasize that waist, think wrap style dresses, or adding a belt.
JACKETS: For a sophisticated look, a structured blazer is a classy option. Again, to show off that waist, you might want to add a belt.
When it’s all said and done, the bottom line is to wear what makes you feel beautiful, comfortable and confident.
Have fun shopping!
If you missed them, check out Vol. 1, How to Dress for a Pear Shape and Vol. 2, How to Dress for an Apple Shape. The next body shape we’ll be discussing is rectangle – so don’t be a square! Stay tuned.
Today we’re talking about the apple shape. If you have broader shoulders, a larger bust, narrower hips, and a less-defined waist, you fall into this category.
Let’s look at some ways to help you flatter your shape.
TOPS: A V-neck top will elongate your look and draw attention upward. Don’t go too loose or too tight. The fabric should glide, not bunch. You’ll want to avoid ruffles or embellishment that draw attention to your chest and add bulk.
PANTS: Stay away from a tight, tapered leg. Your best bet is to go with pants that create a clean line from your waist to your ankle. To create a longer-looking silhouette, keep your outfit monochromatic from top to bottom. Bootcut jeans also work well for your shape.
SKIRTS/DRESSES: Go for A-line skirts and dresses in fabrics that don’t cling to your midriff. Try adding a belt to give definition and create the illusion of a smaller waist.
JACKETS: You can get away with jackets that fall just below the waist to jackets that hit mid-thigh. Just be sure they don’t hit at the widest part of your hips. Longer jackets should be structured with a curvy silhouette.
No matter what, you should wear outfits that make you feel comfortable and confident. And if that means breaking a few rules, so be it!
Have fun shopping!
Read Vol. 1 How to Dress for a Pear Shape and stay tuned for these future posts:
Style Spot has been getting a lot of questions on dressing for different body shapes. We’ll be talking about the pear shape today, since that is the most common body type for women. Then, in the coming weeks, we’ll be addressing other body types – apple, hourglass, and rectangle.
If your hips and thighs are wider than your shoulders/bustline, then you fall into this group, so here are some tips. Let’s start at the top.
TOPS: To draw attention upward, bring out the white and put on the brights. Play with different necklines and embellishments to keep the focus toward your face. Layering also adds visual interest.
BOTTOMS: Wide leg black pants and bootcut jeans in a dark rinse are going to be your best friends forever. The flare helps balance the proportion. Stay away from embellishment and cargo pockets. And avoid pleats.
SKIRTS/DRESSES: Go for A-line skirts and dresses in non-clingy fabric. Get the right size for your body; not the size you think you should be.
JACKETS: Structured jackets are the best bet for you. They shouldn’t hit at the widest part of your hips; just below is fine. And please, no cropped jackets.
ACCESSORIES: Bring on the bling – a statement necklace or earrings keep the attention where you want it, up top. A pretty patterned scarf also adds interest and highlights your face. If you wear a belt, make sure it’s a narrow belt, and the same color as the pants.
Wearing styles that complement our own unique body type make any woman feel more beautiful and confident. The bottom line is, the choice is up to you – wear what you love! And whatever your body type, we’ve got lots of fresh arrivals for you to explore.
Have fun shopping!
Stay tuned for these future posts: