Having a rectangle body type doesn’t have to mean looking like a ruler.

With the right types of clothing, you can give your body shape the curves you desire.

What Does a Rectangle Body Type Mean?

The rectangle body type can also be referred to as ruler, banana, straight, or athletic.

Women with a rectangle body shape:

1. Have shoulder, bust, and hip measurements that are about the same, usually within 5% of each other.

2. No defined waistline.

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Celebrities with a rectangle body shape

Some of your favorite celebrities have a rectangle body shape! 

  • Natalie Portman
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Queen Latifah
  • Anne Hathaway

They look stunning when they step out on the red carpet, right?

Read on for style tips on making your rectangle shape red carpet ready everyday!

General Rules for Dressing Your Body Type

The challenge with the rectangle body shape is that it can appear more boyish because of the similarity between the bust, waist, and hip measurements. This is even tougher for slimmer or shorter women.

So the key for you will be:

  1. Make your hips appear to be wider AND
  2. Make your shoulders appear wider.
  3. Better define your waistline.

If you wear something to make your shoulders look wider without paying attention to the bottom, you end up looking unbalanced, like an inverted triangle. 

Or if you wear a full skirt on the bottom and ignore what top you’re wearing, you will visually look like a pear.

Yes. They’re beautiful body shapes, too. But we’re going for symmetry.

How This Post is Organized

There is a separate page for each height range for women with a rectangle body type.

Short: up to 5’2″

Average: 5’3″ to 5’7″

Tall: over 5’8″

Each height range is divided based on approximate weight: slim, medium, full, and plus size.  So this part will require estimation on your part.

Below is a quick overview video, and then the specific style tips start on the next page.

Enjoy!

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