Dressing the RECTANGLE Body Shape

Female figureThe rectangle shape, also known as a “straight” or “ruler” shape, is defined by balanced hips and shoulders/bust with minimal waist definition.

The rectangle usually has a small bottom with minimal hip fat and a waist that is only one to eight inches smaller than the bust. Rectangles are often slim and sometimes find it hard to gain weight at all, but weight gain is mostly proportionate when it occurs.

This is a great body with nothing to hide!


  • Your key styling goal is to define your waistline and create curves.
  • Use waist-defining belts to slim the waist in contrast to your hips and bust.
  • You can add volume to your shoulders and hips to create more fullness.
  • Tops with frills and ruffles can be very flattering.
  • Most skirts look great on this body type, including pencil, tulip, “fit and flare” and A-line styles.
  • Flare shapes, in dresses and jackets, work wonders to add feminine shape to your silhouette.
  • Dropped waist dresses and very straight shift/column dresses tend to exaggerate your straightness as do low-rise pants.

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