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You have a rectangle body shape when:

  • You have no defined waist
  • The hips tend to have a similar width as the shoulders
  • You do not have a lot of curves
  • Your bust tends to be small or average
  • Your bottom tends to be flat

This is one of the easier body types for dressing. A lot of clothes will usually suit you and fit you well, although some of the taller women may have trouble finding clothes that fit properly. Still, many rectangles will find dressing a bit more of a challenge as they are likely to get extra weight around their tummies as they age (usually after menopause).


Dress for a straight or rectangular body type. With this body type, you may have a long, thin body that tends to lack curves. It is sometimes referred to as a "boyish" profile. Your aim is to wear clothes that flatter your thin profile, break up your silhouette, and create curves that move up and down from the waist area (although you can logically get away is straight line looks).

What not to wear?

  • If you want to add curves then avoid straight dresses, but you can also opt for the waistless look!
  • Steer clear of menswear clothing. For example, dressing in baggy jeans and track clothes will make you look like "one of the boys", but not a potential girlfriend. Instead, opt for the skinny jeans that are made for your body type, and wear track clothing made for women at your workout session.

Which garments are good for a rectangle body shape?


  • Use shape-wear. A Rectangular body type benefits from shaping undergarments. For example, a bra that adds a cup size will balance out your angular features without much effort at all.
  • Use strong blocks of color to help define your body
  • Wear tops and jackets that emphasize the waist
  • Choose a coat with a good waist or that is belted at the waist
  • Any jacket tailored around the waist will look great
  • You can use some shoulder padding (don’t overdo it though)
  • Medium to high necklines usually work well, especially if you have s small bust and long neck
  • If you like to create the illusion of bigger breasts, choose tops with pockets, rushes, pleating and other front details
  • Halter necks will also give the appearance of a bigger bust and shows off your back
  • Accessorize with belts around the waist. Heavy belts can be really good if you’re also long waisted. You can "pinch" in your waist to exaggerate curves. HOWEVER, If you have no waist at all, then a belt is best avoided
  • 3/4 sleeves usually work really well for a rectangle
  • Blouses can look really good if they are tucked in


GWEN SWEATER (also available in Gray)

FABULER BRA TOP (available in 4 colors)




  • Go for ruffles and frills to add texture, volume, and femininity to your figure. For instance, a dress with a lot of embellishment at the bust will often give some "weight" there that makes that area look a bit bigger.
  • Shift dresses and empire line dresses work well, but TRY breaking the rule with dropped waist dresses!


  • A-line skirts work really well for this shape
  • You can also go the other way and wear a tight skirt or pants to highlight the curves that you DO have
  • You can wear almost any shape trousers but slightly flared trousers will look great on you as it will add more shape to your body. Low to mid waited pants are usually best.
  • A knee length pencil skirt that tapers in at the side will also add some curves and look good
  • If you like the waistless look you can opt for straight skirts and shirt dresses
  • For shoes, opt for curvier and rounded options like ballerinas and pumps.
  • Stock up on miniskirts and bright tights to make the most of your great legs. They will also add more shape to a straight body.




This shape is even from top to bottom, quite straight and lacks a defined natural waist. When looking for clothing look for items that will draw the eye to the areas except for the waist, in doing that opt for tops that have embellishments around the bust or bottoms that have detailing in order to draw the eye to those areas. Choose clothing that will create the illusion of a defined waist.


We hope this has given you some sort of helpful guidance.

Remember, it's about being HAPPY NOW. We support you on your journey to healthy living and being in the best shape of your life, but we equally support you (and encourage you) in finding happiness and confidence TODAY!

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Sources: WearAndWanderBlog, WikiHow, 40PlusStyle

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