1 Clothing rectangle

The rectangle body shape is characterized by the almost equal measures of shoulders, bust, stomach and hips.

Accentuating your top and bottom, while drawing attention to the waist, will create the illusion of curves and balance.

DO

DO TOPS

  • Empire cut
  • Wrap tops/dresses
  • Waist-belts
  • Tops that end at the mid-section of the hips
  • Ruffles at the bust
  • Shoulder pads
  • Details on the shoulders
  • Pleated tops
  • Peplum tops
  • Layered tops
  • Sleeveless
  • Strapless
  • Sweetheart
  • Capes
  • Jackets that cinch in at the bottom
  • Fitted jackets/blazers
  • Wispy sleeves
  • Use layering to create volume with cardigans/jackets
  • Unfitted jackets that slope to the waist
  • Empire waist
  • Drape under the bust
  • Round lapels
  • Straight lines with some emphasis on the waist
  • Kaftans with splits at waist
  • Shift dresses

DO NECKLINES

  • Lower and wider necklines
  • Round necks
  • Scoop
  • Boat necklines
  • Details on the neckline

DO SLEEVES

  • Loose fit
  • Puffed
  • Cap (unless you have large arms)
  • ¾ sleeves
  • Cuffed/rolled up sleeves
  • Flared

DO BOTTOM

  • Boot-cut
  • Hight waist
  • Low waist
  • Hip and bottom details
  • Pockets at the hips
  • Pleats at the hips
  • Wide leg

DO SKIRTS

  • A-line
  • Flared skirt
  • Crossover
  • Flip
  • Paneled

DO SHOES

  • Round toe
  • Oval toe
  • Ballerinas
  • Uggs
  • Mary Jane boots

DO SWIMWEAR

  • Bikinis
  • Swimsuit that is formfitting at the waist
  • Solid bold colors
  • Diagonal lines
  • Tank-style suits
  • Tankinis

DO ACCESSORIES

  • All rounded/soft bags will compliment your figure

AVOID

AVOID TOPS

  • Too flowy or unstructured around the waist
  • Long straight sleeves
  • Square necklines
  • Loose/droopy jackets that hang from your shoulders
  • Dropped waistlines
  • Double breasted jackets
  • Straight lines from top to toe

AVOID DRESSES

  • Too tight all over
  • Long straight fitted lines

AVOID ACCESSORIES

  • Rectangle shaped bags/clutches
  • Square toe shoes

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