11 March 2014

How to Dress the Rectangle Body Shape

With new trends and colours to contend with, we felt it was time to provide a refresh on how to dress for each body shape before hitting the shops. Use this guide whilst shopping to select the correct items for your particular silhouette. The rectangle is the first body shape on our agenda.

The Rectangle Body Shape Definition

  • Lack of curves within your silhouette.
  • Carry a neat bust size.
  • No defined waist.
  • A flat derriere tendence. 
  • Hip size correlates to the shoulder width.

Rectangular body shapes should aim to create a more curvacious figure by adding volume and drawing attention to your waist. Opt for tailored trousers that fit your waist perfectly and use techniques to create more volume such as pleating.  Either choose an a-line skirt to cleverly add volume or wear a fitted pencil skirt to accentuate the curves that already exist.

Fitted coats with a built in (or added) waistband or tailored jackets/blazers that finish at the waist are ideal. Tops with detail around the bust will enhance your chest or slight pleats at the shoulder illude to a stronger frame. Some rectangular shapes can wear loose fitting tops if worn with a pair of skinny jeans, slim fit trousers or leggings to create balance. 

Do you class yourself as a rectangle? If so, what are your fashion dilemmas? 

Leave a comment below or pop to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway where our stylists will be offering free personal style advice tailored to you at Bristol Fashion Week. 

Keira Knightley is a perfect example of the rectangular body shape. Take inspiration from how she dresses her silhouette to create more curves through clever style techniques. 

Below are some examples of the styles rectangular body shapes should look out for. 

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