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Dress To Flatter Your Rectangle Body Shape

rectangle body shape


As a female with a rectangle body shape you have a straight, boyish body type. Your bust and hips are about the same size and you have an undefined waist. You probably also have a small or medium bust. And proportionally slim legs and arms.

If you are slim you resemble a ruler.


Your main style aims are...

...to add curves by:

  • Defining your shoulders
  • Or, if you are slender, by defining your waist

Do wear...

  • Shoulder pads to emphasize your shoulders. This may sound very 80s advice, but they really do work. However, they should not be too large and definitely shouldn't be visible

  • Semi-fitted clothes

  • If you have firm upper arms, short-sleeves and sleeve-less tops and dresses

  • Medium to high necklines

  • Dresses that wrap or flow through the waistline

  • Straight to gently flared flat-fronted pants

  • A-line shirts

Don't wear...

  • Clingy fabrics

  • Fitted clothes

  • Low necklines

  • Baggy tops

  • Baggy pants

  • Narrow skirts

Combine these guidelines with...

...the guidelines for your vertical body shape.

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Please note these guidelines only take into account your horizontal and vertical body shapes. The recommendations may change based on other features such as your age, your weight, your face shape, your neck length and any figure flaws you may have.

The online women's estyles program gives you personalized style recommendations that take all your proportions into account.



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