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So…you’re a ‘rectangle’ – a straight up and down body shape.
You have amazing celebs as Doppelganger’s by the way. Let me reel them off: Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Hilary Duff, Sheryl Crow, Rachel Hunter, Zoe Saldana, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah. Just to name a few.
The strategy we need to adopt is to add dimension into your figure, creating a bottom and top shape, which in turn will highlight your waist.
The great thing with Rectangles is we can experiment. We get to break up your silhouette by playing with colours and different textures, along with detailing.
You can get away with just about anything, the trendiest blazers, coats, jumpers and stylish jeans. However, your goal is to define your waist.
Your lack of curves can be easily balanced out with colour and accessories which bring attention to your bust, waist and hips. Steer clear from outfits that are straight up and down and too baggy.
Here are 10 tips to use when shopping for your shape
Not many curves
Straight shoulders, hips and bottom
Little shape around the waist, or worst of all…none!
Small to average Bust
Create the illusion of curves for your top and bottom
Flaunt your arms and legs
Anything that is nipped in at the waist or right below your bust, IE: Empire cut
Panelling in dresses
Pockets on skirts, pants or shirts
3. Create Balance
You can wear lots of accessories
Layering, ruffles, prints, tiers, beads or studs
Lots of colour broken up
Really good push up bra
Make sure your waist stays trim
The use of belts with simple trimmings
Scooped, Sweetheart necklines or Bustier will enhance your bust and slim your waist
Off the shoulder is perfect for you
Nipped in at the waist
Collars, ruffles, embellishments, even bows around the top
If well-endowed show a bit more skin with your neckline
Wide leg and Boot Cut jeans, which is different to wide flares
You can wear cropped pants
Look for details around the hips or bottom
Leggings aren’t pants – NOOOOOOO!!!!!! (You may have seen me say this once or twice.)
7. Coats and Jackets
Fitted Coats and Jackets with shoulder pads
Embellishments, detailing, pockets across the shoulders and bust
Jackets and Blazers at hip length
Belts to define the waist
Straight dresses with interest at the top, as describe for tops
Empire Waist Dresses
Bias cut dresses
Anything with flow or fullness around the hips will look softer and create curves
9. Beach Wear
Padded bikinis with embellishments such as ruffles and bows
Bright colours and prints
Tankinis or bathers that come in at the waist such as belts
Square neck or fitted tops
Drop waist dresses and jackets
Bandeau bather tops and Bandeau dresses
Vertical lines on your tops as this will emphasize your rectangle body shape
Stiff and shapeless garments
Bulk around the waist
Overly thin heels
For many people opening their wardrobe first thing each morning is a challenge. Often, they feel a sense of desperation as they are faced with the age-old question ‘what should I wear’. It doesn’t need to be like this. You may find one of my older blogs an interesting read where I ask the question ‘how much have you spent over the last 6 months on clothes and how much of that do you actually wear?’ You can read that blog HERE.
To help you further, why not find out what one of my Guest Bloggers had to say about the benefits of engaging a Personal Stylist HERE.
Reading about your shape is one thing, shopping for your shape sometimes is altogether a different matter.
If you still have questions on your body shape drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0439 088 669.
Shopping for clothes is a breeze when you know what you are looking for.
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