A rectangle (straight) body type typically denotes women with slender, boyish frames -a shape often associated with models and athletes. It is one of the easiest body types to dress as they tend to look good in anything; but dressing in clothes that give the illusion of curves, for a more feminine shape, is ideal for a rectangle frame.
Here are our tips for dressing to create a curvier shape:
- Tops with mid to high necklines – wide V or U, scoop, boat or turtle necks.
- Off the shoulder or strapless tops.
- Loose tops fitted or pulled in at the waist.
- Tops with shoulder or bust detailing/embellishments.
- Tops with puffed or ruched sleeves.
- Shirts or blouses with ruffles or ruching around the bust area; and/ or that accentuate the waist.
- Tops and jackets that accentuate or belt at the waist.
- Jackets, waist (bomber/cropped) or hipbone length, with structured shoulders.
- Waist or hip length knitwear.
- Chunky knits or loose/oversized tops (with a fitted bottom).
NB: A padded bra and/or shoulder pads will also help to create ‘body balance’.
- Straight or wide legged pants that fall straight down from the widest part of your hip.
- Cigarette pants.
- Straight, boot cut or flared jeans with a low or mid-rise waist.
- Fitted or straight skirts with detailing – pockets, layers or frills for example – that add width to your hips.
- Shorts with front pleats, pocket detailing or embellishments around hips and/or the bottom. Select the length that best suits your leg length and shape.
- Pencil skirts.
- Full or tiered skirts fitted at the waist.
- Any skirt length – select the one that best suits your leg shape and/or the look you’re trying to portray.
- Body hugging dresses.
- Dresses with fitted bodice and waist and a full or tiered skirt.
- Dresses that create volume around the bust and/or hips.
- Dresses belted at the waist.
- Shift dresses.
NB: Like skirts go for lengths that best suit the style of the dress and your leg shape and length.
Colours and prints
- Light and/or bright colours – top and bottom.
- Dark colours at the waist.
- Bold prints and patterns.
- Horizontal stripes – wider the better.
- Stretch or clingy fabrics.
- Shiny or metallic fabrics such as patent, satin or sequins.
- Any fabric that hugs the figure or adds bulk in the right places – fine or textured knits, jersey, cotton, lace, chiffon, leather, denim, silk or linen etc…
- Belts that emphasize your waist or add bulk to you hips.
- Chunky/statement necklaces and earrings.
- Scarves to add upper body fullness.
- Padded bras.
- The choice is yours…heels or flats; ankle straps or pumps.
Celebrities with Rectangle Body Shapes
- Taylor Swift
- Nicole Kidman
- Gisele Bündchen