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The Ultimate Guide to Dressing Your Inverted Triangle Body Shape

 

You have an Inverted Triangle Body Shape if you have wider shoulders compared to your hips.

Do you get annoyed trying to find the best style to make it look like you actually have some hips? If you wear the wrong things, do you end up looking top-heavy?

This guide is for you.   This is the complete guide to dressing your inverted triangle shape body, whether you are petite and thin, tall and plus size, and everything in between. Read on for everything you need to know about making your body stand out, be chic, and get an awesome hourglass silhouette!

What Is An Inverted Triangle Body Shape?

Women who have an inverted triangle body shape have shoulders or bust that are larger than their hips.

Other names for this body type are reverse triangle, top-heavy or high balance.

When you take your measurements, your shoulder or bust numbers are larger than your hip measurement by 5% or more.

The place where attention settles is where the broadest point is, which will be at the shoulders.

Miley Cyrus Inverted Triangle Body Shape
Miley Cyrus

The Goal For You

The goal is to balance your frame and avoid making you look top-heavy or shorter, especially if you are petite.

To do this, you will need to de-emphasize your shoulders and accentuate your bottom half.

Demonstrating different types of female body shapes. With the proper attire, the inverted triangle body shape can appear to be more hourglass shaped. #hourglass #invertedtrianglebody #invertedtrianglebodyshape #invertedtrianglefigure #invertedtriangleshape #strawberrybody
Female Body Shapes

How This Post Is Organized

1. Height

While there are some consistencies in dressing the inverted triangle body shape, there are some finer points where the choice of clothing or accessory may depend on factors like height and weight.

It will probably be obvious that what looks good on a petite woman may not be as flattering on a tall woman.

For the purposes of this discussion, height will be divided into:

  • Short (up to 5 foot 2 inches)

  • Average (5 foot 3 inches to 5 foot 7 inches)

  • Tall (5 foot 8 and over)

2. Weight

The same goes for weight and general build.

What may look great on a plus-size woman with an inverted triangle body shape may not look that hot on a thin woman.

So we’ll point out the differences.

  • Petite or Slim

  • Medium

  • Full

  • Plus

3. Clothing type

Finally, for easy reference, clothing types will be categorized.

So if you are shopping for a particular clothing item, you can go to the section and find out what you should be looking for.

The groups will be:

  • Dresses and Skirts

  • T-shirts and blouses

  • Jeans and Pants

  • Jackets, Coats, and Blazers

  • Accessories

 If you’re thinking, “which body type am I?” just click the link to find out.

If you already know your measurements, check out this handy calculator, which will tell you your body shape when you fill in the numbers.


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Demi Moore Inverted Triangle Body Shape
Demi Moore

Celebrities Who Have an Inverted Triangle Body Shape 

Before we start, I thought you might be interested in knowing about some of the celebrities that have the same body type as you.

Maybe one of these fabulous celebrities with an inverted triangle body shape can give you some inspiration:

  • Naomi Campbell

  • P!nk

  • Miley Cyrus

  • Jessica Beil

  • Demi Moore

  • Alyssa Milano

  • Jessica Simpson

  • Jill Scott

And more!

Below, you will learn the perfect cuts and styles that will make you look just as fantastic.

What Should I Wear If I Have an Inverted Triangle Body Shape?

The Quick Overview: You should wear clothes that bring focus to the center of your body. You want to draw attention away from your shoulders and add the illusion of weight at your hips.  Both of these elements help to balance you visually and to make your inverted triangle body shape look more like an hourglass shape. If you are wearing separates, you should wear lighter colors as your bottoms. When you wear a dark top with light-colored bottoms, this downplays your top half and plays up your bottom half.  This also helps you to look more symmetrical. Shopping tip: When shopping for clothing like dresses, jackets, and coats, it’s important to choose a size that fits your shoulders and bust first.  Depending on your height and weight, there will be some variation in the cuts of garments, and different accessories that may suit you more or less, but the idea is the same. Need some easy tips for finding a dress online? You might find this post useful!

Alyssa milano Inverted triangle body shape
Alyssa Milano

Short & Petite Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Dresses & Skirts

The best dresses for the inverted triangle body shape have a V-neck, U-neck, sweetheart neckline, or halter.  These types of necklines will draw attention back to the center and have the effect of making your shoulders look more narrow.   Wrap dresses, especially those made of jerseys, help accentuate your hips by giving you more volume there, which makes you more symmetrical.  A-line, gored, wrap, and circle skirts are perfect for your inverted triangle body type because the flare makes you appear to have fuller hips.  You may also wear skirts made in heavier fabrics, which also add fullness to your hips.   In order to look taller, your skirts should be knee-length or shorter.

Tops & Blouses

When you wear tops with straps, it’s best if the straps fall in the middle of your shoulders.   If they’re too far out, it just makes the width of your shoulders more obvious. This is the same reason you should avoid wearing boatneck tops.   If you wear the same color from head to toe, this will make you look taller

Jeans & Pants

You look great in low-rise jeans because they add width to your more narrow appearing hips.  Add a belt to add more curves! With jeans, any distressing, bleaching or fading occurring at or near the hips draws more attention there and gives the illusion of a curvier figure.   Straight leg jeans make also make this body shape look taller.   Another excellent clothing hack you can use is to leverage the pocket. Pockets will balance out your top half and give you more of an hourglass look. Almost any type of pocket in the hip area can give the appearance of fuller hips: front, side pockets, diagonal, or just large pockets in general.  

Jackets, Coats & Blazers

You will look amazing in a jacket or blazer that is princess cut in structure. Anything with peplum is also very flattering.  You may not have thought sleeve length could make a difference, but it can!  The best looking sleeve length for you is often at three-quarter-length. Sleeves on you look best when the hem hits right at the thinnest part of your arms.

Accessories

The general rule for accessories is small and dainty–anything you wear should be proportional to your size.  I know, it sounds strange, but it’s true. Your necklaces should be thin and draping to help pull the focus away from your shoulders.   A small clutch is always a great option, but if you decide to carry a shoulder bag, be sure that the straps are long enough so that the purse itself hits right at your hip.

Short & Medium Build Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Dresses & Skirts

If you are looking for a strappy spring or summer dress, one with wider-set straps will look better on you.  They will make your shoulders look a bit smaller. If you are looking for a dress, try a style with a more fitted top with a fuller skirt, because this will be very flattering and balancing on the inverted triangle shaped body. The types of skirts that are best for your body type include pleated skirts, circle skirts, A-line skirts, gored skirts, and tulip skirts.  They add visual width to your hips. Because inverted triangle body shapes tend to have narrower hips, you are able to wear heavier fabrics on your lower half.  So you can definitely something like a tiered skirt, or in the cooler months, a thick felt or tweed. Anything with details at the hip area will also give your body shape more of an hourglass look.  This includes details like embroidery, pockets, ruching, or a wide belt.  

Tops & Blouses

Like everything else, wearing clothing to the proper proportion is key, being a short woman.   Tops that have straps falling in the middle of your shoulders would look better on you since you have the wide shoulders characteristic of inverted triangle body shapes.  So you should also avoid wearing boatneck tops or off-the-shoulder tops. Tunic tops tend to flatter you, or an untucked button-down, as long as it hits at the hip area.  V-neck and surplice tops, as stated before, bring attention back to your center and give the illusion that your shoulders are more narrow. Also, given your height, if you would like to look taller, you can also go with a monochrome palette from head to toe.  This tends to work with pretty much anyone and doesn’t have much to do with your having a body shape that is an inverted triangle. One last note…if you are wearing separates, wear a darker color on top and a lighter color on the bottom. This will draw more attention downward.

Jeans & Pants

With an inverted triangle body shape, you have the freedom to wear jeans with all kinds of decorating.   Distressing, bleaching, fading….if it’s at or near the hips, these details will make you appear curvier and draw more attention to your hips.  For a similar reason, you look great in low-rise jeans.  A belt will add more curves! Pockets will balance out your top half and give you more of an hourglass look.  Almost any type of pocket in the hip area can give the appearance of fuller hips: front, side pockets, diagonal, or just large pockets in general.   In terms of jean style, straight leg jeans are a good choice for you because of your height.  This cut of these jeans makes you look taller.

Jackets, Coats & Blazers

Short peplum jackets, like the one Alyssa Milano is wearing, look great!  The way it flares out from your waist is very flattering and produces a curvy hourglass appearance.  If you are busty, you should wear blazers and coats that have a button that closes above your waist (sometimes referred to as high-stance).  This will also help you to look curvier and balanced.

Accessories

With a shorter, medium build inverted triangle body you a clutch or purse that is smaller in size is much more flattering than a huge hobo bag.   If you like to wear bracelets, a nice cuff or some bangles would be great accessories to wear.  When your arms are by your side, they fall close to your hip, thereby making them appear a touch wider.  It’s all in the trick of the eye! Your inverted triangle shaped body tends to have great shoulders.  So you have to wear a more dangly verticle earring to cancel out the horizontal look.

Short & Full Build Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Dresses & Skirts

Since you have a full figure, the dresses you choose should have wide straps.  Spaghetti straps will just make the shoulders of an inverted triangle body look disproportionately big. The best styles of dresses for your body type include A-line dresses, surplice dresses, and fitted sheath dresses.   Avoid wearing dresses that fit too close or tightly on your bottom half, or have no shape.  Whatever you wear should flare out from the waist so that you can create more curves on the bottom half.

Tops & Blouses

Wrap tops and V-neck tops are very flattering.  Depending on your comfort level or the weather, you can opt to add a camisole underneath or even an untucked button-down. Scoop-neck tops are also awesome for bringing attention back to the center of the inverted triangle body type.  Avoid wearing anything either too tight or too bagging, because both will make you look top-heavy. Something with an empire waist would be good to define your waist and gently flare out at the bottom.

Jeans & Pants

You can rock dark-colored jeans like a boss. Straight-leg jeans or pants that crease down the front of your legs work to slim your body down and create a lengthening effect. Use pockets to your advantage!  They give women with inverted triangle body shapes the illusion of curvier hips.  So make sure your back pockets look proportional to your body.  Pockets at the hips are a plus for you.

Jackets, Coats & Blazers

A fantastic choice of outerwear for you is anything that cinches at the waist and flares out, like a peplum jacket.  A coat with princess seams is perfect for accentuating your waist and producing a little bit of a flare at your hips to create an overall more hourglass figure.

Accessories

Shoulder bags should, you guessed it, fall at your hip level.  Make sure that your accessories are proportional.  Bold bangles and bracelets are great statement-making pieces that will definitely compliment you. Forget dainty little chains.  Wear a striking pendant necklace to bring the eye back to your center.

Short & Plus Size Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Dresses & Skirts

You have enviable cleavage! This by itself is great keeping attention centered on you. It’s important for you to avoid clingy, thin, or transparent fabrics. Instead, you should look for fabrics like matte jersey, polyester/spandex blends, or maybe georgette.  Skirts that stop at your knee are the best length for you and will result in you appearing to be a little taller. A-line dresses and skirts, as well as gored skirts or circle skirts, would complement your inverted triangle body shape. Amp up the femininity with details like ribbons, beading, or even appliques at the waist.

Tops & Blouses

While you should also choose tops that have U-necks or sweetheart necks, you may want to go with a top with a more shallow V-neck.  Square necks also look good!

Jeans & Pants

It’s more flattering to your body shape, being an inverted triangle, to wear straight leg jeans.  You need a style that will skim over your frame and make you look more elongated, and the straight leg style is it. Dark pants on you will create a more slimming silhouette. Pockets, when placed strategically at your front or sides, are your friends. Detailing at the hip on clothing for the inverted triangle body makes your body look curvier.  

Jackets, Coats & Blazers

I love to see your body shape wearing peplum jackets.  It just looks so curvy and chic!  The flare from the hip made by the peplum is the key! As for blazers or coats, choose a more structured fabric and a garment that is fitted, but not tight.  Make sure that it has a button located below your waist (called low-stance) because it creates this awesome V-shape that creates a slimming effect.

Accessories

Details placed at your hip are perfect for creating more curves there…appliques, ribbons, and belts.   They really help balance out the wide shoulders characteristic of the inverted triangle shape body.

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Pink Inverted Triangle Body Shape
Pink

Average Height & Slim Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Dresses & Skirts

The best types of dresses that will give you instant bombshell status hug you at the waist then flare out, like a corset or A-line dresses.  Your slender build really looks great in dresses that have a narrow V-neck, U-neck, or sweetheart neckline.   Like other women with an inverted triangle body shape, the strategic placement of straps makes your shoulders appear more narrow.  Straps that hit at the midpoint to slightly closer to your neck help to pull the eye back to the center and vertically.  Similarly, A-line skirts, gored skirts, as well as wrap skirts, pleated skirts, and godet skirts are perfect for adding necessary weight to the lower half of your inverted triangle body.   It’s for this reason that you are able to wear heavier blends of cotton in addition to bright colors and patterns on your lower half. You can add visual inches to your frame by wearing a mini.  However, I would recommend that you balance this with more coverage up top for a more elegant look.

Tops & Blouses

Fortunately, there is a wide range of styles that flatter you.   Wrap tops, V-neck tops, U-neck tops, sweetheart neck, and square neck tops are all excellent choices of styles.   The key is that they all show a little skin in the center point of your body (I know that sounds weird).  So that pulls the eye inward from the shoulders of an inverted triangle body.

Jeans & Pants

The best jeans for your inverted triangle body shape are low-rise.  Skinny jeans work well for you, too, because they make your hips appear to be wider. You can also create more curves with pockets.  Pants with pockets, especially if they are embroidered or embellished, add volume to your hips.

Jackets, Coats & Blazers

You should avoid outerwear that has any type of noticeable details or embellishments at the shoulders because, with an inverted triangle body shape, this is going to make your shoulders look even wider. Instead, keep your details at the hip or lower.  For example, an A-line coat or a trench coat that flares out is much more flattering. For the same reason, a peplum jacket is a great item for you to have in your wardrobe.

Accessories

Shoes for your inverted triangle body shape should be interesting in style and color in order to attract more attention to your bottom half.   A shoe with a pointed toe will make your legs look longer, especially if it’s in the same color as your outfit. If you like to wear necklaces, find ones that seem to drape from your neck vertically in order to bring the eye back to your center. The best types of belts for you hit at your low hip, and a wider belt will help widen your hips. Remember that handbags should fall at the level of your hips.   It’s all about the hips!

Average Height & Average Build Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Dresses & Skirts

Like most women with an inverted triangle body shape, a dress that hugs your waist and flared out compliments you. However, in your case, you can wear some styles that shorter inverted triangle bodies cannot. Halter tops, for example, but make sure that the width of the halter straps is proportional to your shoulders. You can also rock dresses with flutter sleeves.  They will actually slenderize your arms. Also like other inverted triangles, you should wear lighter colors, thicker fabrics, and more textured fabrics on your lower half.  In terms of looking taller, the optimal length for you is at or just below the knee. Proportion is important.  If you enjoy prints, choose ones that are medium in size.  

Tops & Blouses

V-neck, U-neck, and scoop neck tops all draw the eye to your center and away from your shoulders.   You can get a similar effect by unbuttoning the top buttons of your shirt to create a nice V-shape.

Jeans & Pants

You may often appear to be a little taller than you really are, given your build.  Straight leg pants will take this even further and make you look even taller!  Yes!  Your medium build allows you to wear jeans with detail at the hips.  So any jeans that have fading or distressing at the hips, as well as pockets or jewels, can give you instant curves. Your inverted triangle body type and build also look great in cropped pants, gauchos, or capris that are a little bit on the short side and hit closer to the knee.  Showing your legs in this way gives them a lengthening effect!

Jackets, Coats & Blazers

In blazers or jackets, wear outerwear that stops at the hip in order to add weight there. Choosing outerwear that has a button located below your waist (called low-stance) creates this awesome V-shape, resulting in a curvy silhouette.

Accessories

It will likely not be a surprise that your accessories should emphasize your hips.   Wear proportionate bracelets or cuffs that will fall at the hip level when your arms are naturally at your sides. Chandelier earrings are the perfect choice for you.  It creates a more vertical line that balances out the horizontal width of your shoulders.  Any shoes that reveal your feet are going to elongate you.  So this means if you love peep-toe and D’Orsay pumps, you’re in for a treat.  But don’t worry, you can get a similar effect with a pointy-toe shoe!

Average Height & Full Build Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Dresses & Skirts

The great thing about your particular body type and build is that you have the option of either playing up your cleavage or showing off your legs because you have both.  Are you shopping for a dress for warmer weather?  Then choose a dress that has thicker straps.  This will actually make your shoulders look smaller!  It’s all a question of proportion, and with the right proportions, you will look balanced and chic. You’ll be ready to turn heads in a fitted dress with a semi-circle, gored, or pleated skirt.  These styles give you the illusion of wider hips and balance the width of your shoulders.

Tops & Blouses

The best styles of shirts for you include V-neck, wrap tops, or even a tailored button-down.   As is the case with the inverted triangle shaped body, any V-shaped tops will create an image that draws the eye to the center of the body and vertically.  This, in turn, gives you a slimming look. But don’t go overboard with showing too much skin above the waist, because you can easily look top-heavy. When wearing separates, a darker top with a lighter bottom is the best combination to achieve a balanced silhouette.

Jeans & Pants

Given your build, you have the pleasure of looking amazing in flared or boot cut pants and jeans!  These particular styles are great for adding curves to your bottom half. Do you know what else is great?  Bottoms like palazzo pants, wide-leg pants, or pants with pockets are also great for adding curves where you need them.

Jackets, Coats & Blazers

I love that women with inverted triangle body shapes can wear peplum jackets! That flare at the waist just sets it off.  It’s really great for giving you an hourglass figure. Another good option is to find outerwear in more of a princess seam style.  It should be close fitting at the top and the bottom just flows out…instant hourglass! Get ready for haters, because you are show-stopping in Chanel-style jackets. If you prefer a collar, something with a mandarin collar is also very complimentary.

Accessories

Wear large dangly earrings proportional to your shoulders.   Similarly, you should carry full-sized satchels, shoppers, or totes. The most flattering style of shoes for you are peep-toe heels, slingbacks, D’Orsay, and pointed toe heels. 

Average Height & Plus Size Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Dresses & Skirts

The best dress styles for your body shape and build are wrap dresses or surplice (faux wrap) dresses.   If you prefer dresses with sleeves, a full-length sleeve is always an option.  If you would prefer something shorter, the best choice would be a three-quarter-length sleeve that stops just at the thinnest part of your arm.  This really helps if you find that you carry weight in your arms. The most flattering skirt styles are full skirts, gored skirts, godet skirts, pleated skirts, or circle skirts. Since you have narrower hips compared to your shoulders, you can wear more substantial fabrics like heavy cotton or poplin if the skirt is simpler, like a circle skirt.  However, for fuller skirts like godet or pleated skirts, these would be the most flattering in more lightweight fabrics.   Your magic skirt length: Knee-length!  Skirts at this length will reveal your legs, making you look more elongated and slimmer.

Tops & Blouses

The best styles of shirts for you include V-neck, U-neck, wrap tops, or even a tailored button-down.   As is the case with the inverted triangle shaped body, any V-shaped tops will create an image that draws the eye to the center of the body and vertically.  This, in turn, gives you a slimming look. You can use your cleavage to your advantage.  It will certainly get attention where you want it to be.  Keep in mind that although you probably have magnificent cleavage, it’s also easy for you to end up looking top-heavy. Remember that when you wear separates, wearing a darker top with a lighter bottom is the best combination to achieve a balanced silhouette.

Jeans & Pants

Your body shape looks great in pants and jeans that add curves to your hip area.   You can accomplish this with jeans that have side or front pockets, as well as features like distressing at the hips. Palazzo pants or wide-leg pants are other excellent options for balancing out your inverted triangle shaped body.

Jackets, Coats & Blazers

Your body shape looks quite chic wearing peplum jackets.  The peplum flare from the hips just gives you such a curvy silhouette!   Similar to tops and dresses, any outerwear with three-quarter length sleeves can give your arms a slimmer look.

Accessories

As is the case with all other builds, the proportion of your accessories is going to play a role.  So no dainty little necklaces for you.  You look best in bold pendant necklaces and a thick cuff bracelet. Your purse or bag should also be large and bold.  And of course, resting at your hips to accentuate them! For shoes, also go bold with colors, metallics, and so forth.  Peep-toes or D’Orsay are fantastic choices because they will attract more attention to your killer legs.  How To Dress For Your Inverted Triangle Body Shape
Naomi Campbell Inverted Triangle Body Shape
Naomi Campbell

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Tall & Slim Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Dresses & Skirts

If you enjoy wearing prints, stick to more medium-size prints.  With dresses and tops, the placement of straps plays a part in how your shoulders will appear.  So in your case, you should wear wider straps that sit in the center of your shoulders.  This is the optimum placement to make your shoulders appear the most proportional to your lower half.  You can even wear skirts that stop at the widest part of your calf, which creates curvy legs (not many body types can do that!). Skirts in heavy fabrics like cotton twill or wool add fullness.  

Tops & Blouses

Showing a little skin in the chest area works to bring the eye inward from the wide shoulders of an inverted triangle shaped body.  The styles that do this are V-neck, U-neck, wrap tops, and tops with a sweetheart neckline. You can also create this V with a tailored button-down just by unbuttoning the top button or two!

Jeans & Pants

An effective method of balancing your height is to wear cuffed slacks.   This causes a kind of a visual “crop” to your body.  The eye translates this into a more balanced frame overall. For you, the best types of pants and jeans are straight-leg and boot cut. Especially in the case of boot cut styles, this adds a little more visual weight to your lower body. Another good method to accomplish this is to wear low rise pants. Pockets located at the hips are also a great way to add some extra curves! 

Jackets, Coats & Blazers

Avoid detailing at the shoulders, because this will make you look off-balance.  Instead, opt for a clean, unadorned shoulder, a cinched waist, and hip pockets to add volume where you need it. An A-line coat is a great option as well as peplum style jackets.

Accessories

You should actually avoid wearing draped necklaces, as they can make you look lanky. However, you may either wear dainty jewelry, like necklaces, to help break up the long appearance of your frame.  If you prefer, large colorful necklaces can do the same while also commanding the eye to move to the center of your body.  Handbags should be proportional, and if you wear a shoulder bag, the straps should be long enough so that the bag may rest on your hip. Your shoe choices can also help balance your inverted triangle shape body. Shoes with interesting details, like bows of peep toes, can bring the attention towards the lower half of your body, and so away from your shoulders.

Tall & Medium Build Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Dresses & Skirts

The types of dresses that will give you instant bombshell status hug you at the waist then flare out, like a corset or A-line dresses.  Dresses with U-necks or scoop necklines also help to draw the attention to your center and away from the wide shoulders characteristic of the inverted triangle shaped body. Halter dresses can create a similar phenomenon, just be sure that the straps are proportional to your size and make your shoulders look smaller. Your optimum skirt length is at or below the knee. Your best options for skirts include full skirts, semi-circle skirts, and A-line skirts. All of these create visual volume at your hips, where you need it to balance your silhouette.  Another advantage you have because of your smaller hips is that you can wear thicker fabrics in skirts.   Avoid something too form-fitting, like pencil skirts.  Also avoid mini skirts, because they are likely to make you look too leggy. To add more volume at your hips, skirts with details like ruching, or a wide belt is a great option.

Tops & Blouses

V-shaped tops will create an image that draws the eye to the center of the body and vertically.  This, in turn, gives the inverted triangle shaped body a balanced appearance. When shopping for tops, choose ones with thicker straps.  This will actually make your shoulders look smaller!

Jeans & Pants

You may often appear to be a little taller than you really are.  Straight leg and bootcut pants, as opposed to skinny jeans or leggings, will add a little weight to your bottom half to give your overall look more balance. Your medium build allows you to wear jeans with detail at the hips.  So any jeans that have details like fading or distressing at the hips, as well as pockets or jewels, can give you instant curves! For a similar reason, you look great in low-rise jeans.  The addition of a belt will add even more curves!

Jackets, Coats & Blazers

Like most women with an inverted triangle body shape, you can rock peplum jackets! It’s a really amazing style for giving you an hourglass figure. Your build also looks breathtaking in Chanel-style jackets.  Wear it open with a camisole or tailored button-down and be instantly chic. With your outerwear, one small detail is a must.  A button below the waist will do you wonders.  Even closing that one button will create a V-shape that will, in effect, narrow your shoulders and slim your figure.

Accessories

The goal, as usual, is to draw more attention to your bottom half.  The hip area, to be exact.  So choose bangles and cuffs that fall at your hip when your arms are relaxed.  For your inverted triangle build, in particular, bold jewelry, like charm necklaces or beaded necklaces break up your frame visually to slow the eyes down and see your curves. Your shoe choices can also help balance your body shape.  Bring attention towards the lower half of your body by wearing shoes that have interesting details, like bows or peep-toes.  Knee-high boots are also great for helping balance your top half.

Tall & Full Figured Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Dresses

Any prints you choose should be medium in size so as to be proportional to your figure. When choosing a strappy dress for your inverted triangle shaped body, avoid tiny little spaghetti straps.  Go for something wider to prevent your shoulders from looking bigger. To create more curves, A-line and corseted dresses are great, because they cinch in at the waist and taper out, giving you more volume below the waist. The styles of skirts that will flatter you the most include gored skirts, semi-circle skirts and flared skirts.  All of these options give more visual weight to your hips, where you need it. However, avoid poufy skirts, which will add too much weight. The best skirt length for you is going to be at or just below the knee.  Showing too much leg can make you appear to be top-heavy.   Showing too little, with an ankle-length skirt, for example, will make you look heavier.

Tops & Blouses

You want to show a little bit of skin up top so that you pull the eye to your center.   To do this, you will want a shallow V-neck, U-neck, or wrap top. But keep in mind that you can easily look top-heavy the deeper the cut. Just like when looking for dresses, when you are looking for strappy tops, wider straps are better to balance out your shoulder width.

Jeans & Pants

 Straight leg and bootcut pants, as opposed to skinny jeans or leggings, will add a little weight to your bottom half.  This will give your overall look more balance and keep you looking tall and slim. Palazzo pants or even men’s trousers look fantastic on you for giving your hip more volume.  However, avoid low-rise jeans, that will make you look heavier. Anything too tight or tapered, like skinny jeans, will make it you look more off balance.

Jackets, Coats & Blazers

The key to outerwear styling for your particular inverted triangle body is to minimize extra embellishments around the shoulder that will add bulk. Blazers and jackets with mandarin collars are very complimentary as are Chanel-style jackets that hit right at the hip.    For dangerous curves, wear a peplum or corset-type blazer! But say no to pea coats or anything double-breasted!  They make you look top-heavy.

Accessories

For you, proportional accessories will mean full-size pendant necklaces or necklaces with charms of some kind.   Handbags, just as other inverted triangle body shapes, should hit at your hip, where it adds volume to your overall silhouette. Details like belts, ties, and sashes at your waist can be used to your advantage to pull attention back to your center.

Tall & Plus Size Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Dresses

The best types of dresses for you are wrap dresses and surplice dresses, but make sure they don’t have any type of embellishments at the shoulders.  This would just make your shoulders look wider. If you are looking for something with sleeves, go with short sleeves or three-quarter length sleeves. Avoid really light and clingy fabrics, which may get caught up in your curves, like light cotton, jersey, or fine gauge knits. The magic skirt length for you is just below your knees.  Showing a little leg pulls the eyes down and away from the width of your upper body. Speaking of skirts!  The most flattering styles on your inverted triangle shaped body will be circle skirts, godet skirts, and gored skirts.

Tops & Blouses

Due to your body type and build, you will need more structured tops.  Tailored button-downs are great for this.  When you unbutton the top button or two, this creates a V of skin that brings attention back to your middle and has a slimming effect. U-neck tops are also complimentary for you, as they have similar functions.

Jeans & Pants

Use pockets located at the front or sides to provide volume to your lower hip area and create a more hourglass appearance. The most balancing style of pants and jeans for you are straight-leg.  They not only help balance your top to your bottom half, but they produce an elongating and slimming effect overall.

Jackets, Coats & Blazers

Peplum jackets look great on you and produce a curvy hourglass appearance from your inverted triangle shaped body.  For blazers and coats, the most flattering options have a button that closes above your waist (sometimes referred to as high-stance).  This will also help you to look curvier and balanced.

Accessories 

Accessories should be proportional to your frame.  Therefore, full-size pendants and bold styles are the best details to add to your outfits. Resist the urge to wear shoes with thin heels and instead opt for shoes with a more substantial heel.  To draw attention to your lower half, wear peep-toe or D’Orsay styles.
Jessica Simpson Inverted Triangle Body Shape
Jessica Simpson

The Inverted Triangle Body Shape in Summary

With attention to a few details, it is possible to visually transform the wide shoulders and narrower hips of a woman with an inverted triangle body type to a more hourglass body type.

There are some adjustments that need to be made, but by choosing the right cuts and accessories, you can look your very best!

To see some great clothes for the inverted triangle body shape, check out this Pinterest board.

Who’s your favorite Inverted Triangle Shape celebrity? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time, my dears! Don’t forget to share!

Jill Scott Inverted Triangle Body Shape
Jill Scott

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      I needed this in my life and felt it in my soul. I’ve been doing ok with dresses and some blazers but the shirts are always hard. Especially when I’m between sizes.

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