Understanding your shape helps you dress best. If you are a Rectangle read on!
A “rectangle” can be defined as woman’s shape without a defined waist. Her bust, waist and hips are the same or similar measurements.
This shape is similar to an “apple”, but the good news is that you are already proportional, or balanced between your top and bottom – and all we have to do is create the illusion of a waist. The differences between an apple and a rectangle is usually weight related. A rectangle’s waist is not larger than the bust and hips – many super thin models are rectangles – almost columnar in their shape. You likely have a smaller bosom than an apple, and possibly long legs and a flat bottom.
Rectangle shapes can have a masculine or boyish feeling, so one of the first orders of business is to bring in some feminine details that will add volume to your top and your bottom, allowing you to begin to define your waist. Begin with open space on your chest, V necks and wide U necks draw attention up and form a great backdrop for a statement piece of jewelry. Ruffles and/or lace are fabric choices that add femininity.
You don’t need to stick to dressing all in one color to elongate – so feel free to play with color – color blocks, differences in color from the top to the bottom.
Your straight shape will allow garments to hang well on your frame.
To create the illusion of a more defined waist, wear fitted jackets that create shoulder fullness, and full skirts that drape smoothly from your waist and create volume lower, around the knee. If you like the look, consider trying a padded bra to add more curves, especially with a knit wrap dress which is a great look for you. Ensure that jackets are not too long – they should stop just below your natural waist – when they cover your backside your whole torso looks larger.
Choose a handbag that does not tuck under your armpit, but is either held in your hand, or hangs by your hips.
Keep the “lines” of your clothing rounded or pointed – not square. This refers to necklines, and the toes of your shoes. Wear curved lines when you can rather than straight horizontal or vertical.
In general, you should emphasize your great arms and legs.
Sleeveless tops and shorts are looks you can go to that other women may not be able to. Wear pants that are straight or slightly flared at the bottom and always fitted. Skirts should be no longer than knee length and with great legs feel free to go up a few inches more!
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