Also called the ruler body shape, notable for a waist less than 25% smaller than either the bust or hip measurement. Also called the ruler body shape, notable for a waist less than 25% smaller than either the bust or hip measurement.

 The banana body shape has bust, hip and waist measurements within 5% of each other. The banana body shape has bust, hip and waist measurements within 5% of each other.

What is a rectangle body shape?

Of the different body shapes for women, those with a rectangle body shape have shoulder, bust, and hip measurements that are about the same. The shoulder, bust, and hip measurements in the rectangle body shape are usually within 5% of each other, so there isn’t a really defined waistline. The waist is less than 25% smaller than your shoulder or bust measurements. 


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Before you start this journey discussing the different body shapes and what to wear to make them look great, you need to find out your body type.  You should start with the post so that you can know your body type.

If you know your measurements, you can then fill them into this handy calculator, because, you know. Insert eye roll. Math. What is my body shape?

This particular body shape is also called the athletic body shape, banana body shape, straight body shape, or ruler body shape. I’ll probably use them interchangeably throughout the post. Because the names are awesome, that’s why!

Celebrities with a rectangle body shape

Some of your favorite celebrities have a rectangle body shape! 

This includes, to name a few:

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? That’s because they (besides having a team of people working to make them look great) are wearing the best dresses for their straight body type!  So read on to get tips on making your look red carpet-worthy consistently.

General rules for dressing the rectangle body shape

The main issue with this body type is that the similarity between the bust, waist and hip measurements can sometimes make this look like a more boyish body type, especially for women who are slimmer or below the average height.  So the theme will need to be to make your hips appear to be wider AT THE SAME TIME as making your shoulders appear wider. Then you will have to make your waist appear to be smaller and/or more defined. Any dresses for the straight body type are going to need to have details at the top as well as the skirt portion.

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.

There are small differences in things like the neckline or hems because fitting clothes for your body type not only depends on the underlying shape but the distribution of your weight and your height. So I’ll go through each height: short, average and tall; as well as some general weight categories: slim, medium, full, and plus size.  With the right clothes for your body shape, you can transform your rectangle shape into an hourglass visually.

Dressing the Short (up to 5’2”) Rectangle Figure

Appearing to be more boyish is a challenge, especially for women who are shorter and have a rectangle body shape.  So the key is to give the appearance of wider shoulders and wider hips and making sure to scale any accessories to your size.  You may want to look a little taller, which you will also be able to do with the right attire. Remember that wearing one color from top to bottom has a lengthening effect overall.

Dressing the Short Petite Rectangle 

The Best Tops and Dresses for the Short Petite Straight Body Shape

  • The best tops and dresses for this body shape have either a boatneck or a wide scoop neck that will not only make your shoulders appear to be wider but make your waist look a little smaller when they are compared. 

  • Halter tops are also a great choice–they expose more skin to the outside of the straps, which will make your shoulders look wider

  • Consider dresses with built-in corsets, because they help define your waist

  • Try an off-the-shoulder dress with a flared skirt that will have that effect I was talking about–making your shoulders and hips look wider compared to your waist to attain that hourglass symmetry

  • Dresses with an empire waist are also good because they are a little more fitted around the bust and gives you an instant waist.  Just member to get one with a fuller skirt for balance. 

The Best Skirts for the Short Petite Straight Body Shape

  • The best skirts for the banana body shape are those that flare out from the waist.  They make your waist look smaller and your hips a bit wider. Circle skirts and gored skirts both accomplish this. 

  • You should also try a trumpet skirt, which will hug your hips and flare out a bit

  • Skirts should be knee-length or above to show off your legs. This is a good method to use to appear taller as well.  Skirts that have side slits are also great for the same reason!

Gored skirts

The Best Blazers, Jackets, and Coats for the Short Petite Straight Body Shape

  • It’s important that your blazers and jackets have a more structured appearance in order to give you a stronger, wider looking shoulder.

  • Outerwear that has princess seams are also great.

  • Go for coats with belts!  They look great on you and the detail helps define your waist.

  • Avoid the temptation to get a really long coat.  You need one that stops above your knees so you don’t look swallowed up.  Remember, showing more leg makes you look taller. 

The Best Pants and Jeans for the Short Petite Straight Body Shape

  • Pants and jeans for the rectangle body shape should have details like pockets at the side to add curves to the hips

  • You look great in slacks that have a crease down front.  The line gives you the illusion of more height!

  • Lucky you!  You can wear shorts as short as you want.  Choose ones with side pocket, though, and with pockets on the butt. 

The Best Accessories and Shoes for the Short Petite Straight Body Shape

  • The most important thing to remember about accessories is to scale them to your size: smaller, daintier jewelry; small prints; small purses

  • Wear necklaces like pendants that fall at your cleavage.  The V made by the chain will help bring the eye in and give the visual effect of wider shoulders and smaller hip. 

  • A shoulder purse that falls right at your hip will make your hips will add the illusion of a little more weight there. 

  • Wear shoes that help lengthen your body overall, like peep-toe and pointy-toe shoes.

Dressing the Short Straight Body Shape with a Medium Build

The Best Tops and Dresses for the Short Straight Body Shape with a Medium Build

  • Wrap tops and surplice tops are great because the V that they make brings the eye to the center, which will make your shoulders appear to be wider and your waist to be smaller.  

  • Consider dresses with built-in corsets, because they help define your waist

  • Wrap dresses help create the width in the shoulder area that you need and when paired with a belt or tie in the middle, helps define your waist.

  • Tops with wide-set straps, boat necks,  and wide scoop necks make your shoulders look wider

  • Sweetheart neckline are also great for widening your shoulders and adding curves

The Best Blazers, Jackets, and Coats for the Short Straight Body Shape with a Medium Build

  • It’s important that your blazers and jackets have a more structured appearance in order to give you a stronger, wider looking shoulder.

  • Go for coats with belts!  They look great on you and the detail helps define your waist. An A-line silhouette will also give you the appearance of hips.

The Best Skirts for the Short Straight Body Shape with a Medium Build

  • You can also try an A-line skirt to give definition to your waist and width to your hips

  • Clothing like skirts in heavier fabrics add fullness to your hips.

The Best Pants and Jeans for the Short Straight Body Shape with a Medium Build

  • Jeans with distressing, fading or embellishments at or near the hips make you look a little curvier and draws the attention there.

  • Straight leg or boot cut pants and jeans are the best for your body shape. A straight leg gives you more height and therefore elongates your body.  A boot cut will make you look a little curvier. 

The Best Accessories and Shoes for the Short Straight Body Shape with a Medium Build

  • You can use belts at your hip or a wide belt on the fullest part of your hip to create the illusion of more weight there. 

  • Scale accessories to your size: Medium size purses and jewelry.

  • Wear shoes that help lengthen your body overall, like peep-toe and pointy-toe shoes.

Dressing the Short Straight Body Shape with a Full Build

The Best Tops and Dresses for the Short Straight Body Shape with a Full Build

  • Try an off-the-shoulder or boatneck dress with a flared skirt that will have that effect I was talking about–making your shoulders and hips look wider compared to your waist to attain that hourglass symmetry.

  • Boatneck tops or off-the-shoulder tops are also great, just also remember to balance your bottom half.

  • Dresses with an empire waist are also good because they are a little more fitted around the bust and gives you an instant waist.  Just member to get one with a fuller skirt for balance. 

  • Another great option is the high-low dresses that are lower in back or have fluted hems because they make legs look longer and slimmer

  • Wrap tops, surplice tops, and V-neck tops are great because the V that they make brings the eye to the center, which will make your shoulders appear to be wider and your waist to be smaller. 

  • Try the camisole with a blazer on top to bring more attention to your bust area

The Best Blazers, Jackets, and Coats for the Short Straight Body Shape with a Full Build

  • If you have larger arms and/or would like to cover your arms, besides the obvious long-sleeve, try a three-quarter sleeves jacket.  A bolero style also looks good on you.

  • Opt for peplum or princess cut jackets that fit at the waist.  These types of jackets also give you the stronger looking shoulders you need and with a flare at the bottom will make you look curvier.

The Best Skirts for the Short Straight Body Shape with a Full Build

  • The best skirts for the banana body shape are those that flare out from the waist.  They make your waist look smaller and your hips a bit wider. Circle skirts, trumpet, and gored skirts both accomplish this. 

  • A-line skirts are also great options, as they make you look like your waist is smaller.

Trumpet skirts

The Best Pants and Jeans for the Short Straight Body Shape with a Full Build

  • Jeans with distressing, fading or embellishments at the hips make you look a little curvier and draws the attention there.

  • Straight leg pants and jeans are great for your body shape. A straight leg gives you more height and therefore elongates your body. 

The Best Accessories and Shoes for the Short Straight Body Shape with a Full Build

  • Carry a purse that falls at the hips to give visual weight there

  • Dangling earrings are a good method to use to draw attention to face

  • Wear shoes that help lengthen your body overall, like peep-toe and pointy-toe shoes.  Showing a little extra skin with a d’Orsay style will also make you appear taller.

Dressing the Short Plus Size Straight Body Shape

The Best Tops and Dresses for the Short Plus Size Straight Body Shape

  • Wrap tops, surplice, and V-neck tops are great because the V that they make brings the eye to the center, which will make your shoulders appear to be wider and your waist to be smaller.  

  • You also look great in a sweater and shirt combination.  When the shirt peeks out and hits at the hips, this brings attention to the hips, making the waist then look a little smaller.

  • Either a boatneck, a wide scoop neck or sweetheart neckline will not only make your shoulders appear to be wider but make your waist look a little smaller when they are compared. 

The Best Pants and Jeans for the Short Plus Size Straight Body Shape

  • Jeans with distressing, fading or embellishments at or near the hips make you look a little curvier and draws the attention there.

  • Pants with pockets at the hips will also give you weight visually where you need it to balance out your look.

  • Dark straight-leg pants and jeans are great for your body shape. A straight leg gives you more height and therefore elongates your body. 

The Best Skirts for the Short Plus Size Straight Body Shape

  • The best skirts for the banana body shape are those that flare out from the waist.  They make your waist look smaller and your hips a bit wider. Semi-circle skirts, godet, and gored skirts both accomplish this. 

  • Prints should be medium in size

  • Skirts should be knee-length or above to show off your legs to make you appear taller and slimmer. 

Godet skirts

The Best Blazers, Jackets, and Coats for the Short Plus Size Straight Body Shape

  • High-stance blazer (meaning, the button is above the waist) widen shoulders and help hold in your midsection.

  • Puffed-sleeve or cap sleeve blazers or jackets widen look of shoulders. You can even pull off shoulder pads.

The Best Accessories and Shoes for the Short Plus Size Straight Body Shape

  • Try long pendant necklaces or larger earrings like chandelier earrings.

  • Remember to make accessories proportion in size

  • Wear a purse with straps that allow the purse to hit at your hip

  • Wear shoes with a lower cut vamp, open toe, or with thicker heels

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Dressing the Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height (5’3” to 5’7”)

Dressing the Slim Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

The Best Tops and Dresses for the Slim Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • Wrap tops, surplice, and V-neck tops are great because the V that they make brings the eye to the center, which will make your shoulders appear to be wider and your waist to be smaller. 

  • Puff sleeves or flutter sleeves, boat necks, tops with wide spaghetti straps, camisole tops or halters to show lots of skin outside straps all work to make the shoulders appear wider.

  • Either a strapless or sweetheart neckline will not only make your shoulders appear to be wider but make your waist look a little smaller when they are compared. 

  • Wrap dresses help create the width in the shoulder area that you need and when paired with a belt or tie in the middle, helps define your waist.

  • Empire dress to fit at top and puff out at hips. Dresses with an empire waist are also good because they are a little more fitted around the bust and gives you an instant waist. 

Surplice tops

The Best Pants and Jeans for the Slim Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • Low-rise stovepipe pants or skinny jeans draw more attention to your hip area and help you to look curvier.

  • Pants and jeans for the rectangle body shape should have details like pockets at the side to add curves to the hips.

  • Try capris that stop just above widest part of your calf to help make you look taller and slimmer.

The Best Skirts for the Slim Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • The best skirts for the banana body shape are those that flare out from the waist.  They make your waist look smaller and your hips a bit wider. Full skirts, A-line and gored skirts are good choices for you to consider. 

  • A straight skirt that cinches at the waist with a peplum jacket on top will give you an instant hourglass shape!

  • Skirts that have side slits are also great for showing off your legs, which make you appear taller.

The Best Blazers, Jackets, and Coats for the Slim Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • Wear puffed-sleeve or cap sleeve blazers or jackets to widen the appearance of your shoulders. 

  • Go for a blazer with a low stance, meaning, the button is lower than the waist, which will pull attention inward and make your waist look smaller.

Low-stance blazers

The Best Accessories and Shoes for the Slim Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • Try necklaces that fall into a long curve or a v-neck like pendant necklaces.

  • Wear a smaller purse with straps that allow the purse to hit at your hip.

  • Wear shoes with pointy toes or sling backs to make calves look more shapely.

Dressing the Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height of Medium Build

The Best Dresses and Tops for the Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height and Medium Build

  • Dresses with an empire waist are good because they are a little more fitted around the bust and gives you an instant waist. 

  • Consider dresses with built-in corsets, because they help define your waist.

  • Remember to balance! If you get an A-line dress, for example, you need a detail at the top for your shoulders to appear balanced, like a cap or puffed sleeve.

  • V-neck and U-neck brings the eye to the center, which will make your shoulders appear to be wider and your waist to be smaller. 

  • Wrap dresses are great because the V that they make brings the eye to the center and tie in the center.

  • You can also try a tunic top.  It has the bonus of covering your tummy and when it lands at the hip, you look more balanced.

  • A peasant top would also look great on you.

The Best Skirts for the Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height and Medium Build

  • A-line skirts are also great options, as they make you look like your waist is smaller. Choose one with a wider waistband.

  • Gored or pleated skirts are good for you because the volume created by the skirt makes your waist look smaller.

  • Wear medium size prints, which are more proportional.

The Best Pants and Jeans for the Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height and Medium Build

  • Low rise jeans look great on you and make you look curvy.

  • Boot cut pants and jeans will give you fullness below knee, which will also make you look a little curvier. 

  • If you choose to wear the same color from head to toe, try a belt or tie at your waist in a contrasting color for maximum waist definition. 

The Best Blazers, Jackets, and Coats for the Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height and Medium Build

  • Trench coats are great for you because of the structured shoulder and cinching at the waist. 

  • Try a peplum jacket that hits at your hip to give the appearance of wider hips.

The Best Accessories and Shoes for the Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height and Medium Build

  • Try bangles or cuffs as your accessories, as they tend to be a little more substantial and proportional for you. 

  • A belt worn at the top of your hip or on the fullest part of your hip will work well with your build to make your hips appear a little wider than your waist.

  • The best shoes on you have a pointy toe or peep toe and have at least a medium height (2-3”) heel.

Dressing the FullSize Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

The Best Tops and Dresses for the Full-Size Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • Wrap tops, surplice tops, and V-neck tops are great because the V that they make brings the eye to the center, which will make your shoulders appear to be wider and your waist to be smaller. 

  • Dresses with an empire waist are also good because they are a little more fitted around the bust and gives you an instant waist. 

  • Boatneck tops to widen shoulders and balance with a-line skirt etc on bottom. A-line skirts are also great options, as they make you look like your waist is smaller.

The Best Skirts for the Full-Size Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • Gored or semi-circle skirts are good for you because the volume created by the skirt makes your waist look smaller.

  • If you choose to wear the same color from head to toe, try a belt or tie at your waist in a contrasting color for maximum waist definition. 

The Best Pants and Jeans for the Full-Size Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • A straight leg gives you more height and therefore elongates your body. 

  • Pants and jeans for the rectangle body shape should have details like pockets at the side to add curves to the hips.

The Best Blazers, Jackets, and Coats for the Full-Size Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • Opt for peplum or princess cut jackets that fit at the waist.  These types of jackets also give you the stronger looking shoulders you need and with a flare at the bottom will make you look curvier.

  • Chanel style jackets are a good classic choice for you.

  • Trench coats are great for you because of the structured shoulder and cinching at the waist. 

The Best Accessories and Shoes for the Full-Size Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • Wear full-size accessories, including large necklaces and earrings

  • Wear shoes with pointy toes or sling backs to make calves look more shapely.

  • Shoes with a peep toe or d’Orsay cut are also great choices.

Dressing the Plus Size Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

The Best Dresses and Tops for the Plus Size Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • The skin showing as a result of a V-neck or surplice top draws the eye inward.

  • Wrap dresses help create the width in the shoulder area that you need and when paired with a belt or tie in the middle, helps define your waist.

  • Boatneck tops to widen shoulders and balance with a-line skirt etc on bottom. A-line skirts are also great options, as they make you look like your waist is smaller.

The Best Pants and Jeans for the Plus Size Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • Bootcut or flared leg jeans will make you look a little curvier by adding some extra weight below your knees. 

  • Straight-leg pants are great to give you more height and making your body look more elongated. 

The Best Skirts for the Plus Size Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • Circle, gored or full skirts are good for you because the volume created by the skirt makes your waist look smaller.

  • Any patterns should be medium in size to look proportional.

The Best Blazers, Jackets, and Coats for the Plus Size Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • Opt for peplum or princess cut jackets that fit at the waist.  These types of jackets also give you the stronger looking shoulders you need and with a flare at the bottom will make you look curvier.

  • High-stance blazer (meaning, the button is above the waist) widen shoulders and help hold in your midsection.

The Best Accessories and Shoes for the Plus Size Rectangle Body Shape of Average Height

  • Wear full-size accessories, including large necklaces and earrings

  • Wear shoes with pointy toes or sling backs to make calves look more shapely.

  • Shoes with a peep toe or d’Orsay cut are also great choices.

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Dressing the Tall Rectangle Body Shape (5’8” and up)

Dressing the Tall Slim Rectangle Body Shape

The Best Dresses and Tops for the Tall Slim Rectangle Body Shape

  • Consider dresses with built-in corsets, because they help define your waist

  • Dresses with an empire waist are also good because they are a little more fitted around the bust and gives you an instant waist. 

  • Squareneck dress, scoop neck

  • Wide-set V-neck or boatneck tops are great for your body shape.

  • You can also wear tops and dresses that have details like ruching at the bust to make it appear fuller

  • Halter tops show lots of skin outside straps, which is also good for creating the visual effect of wider shoulders.

  • A-line dresses and skirts are great options for making your waist appear smaller.

Empire waist dresses

The Best Skirts for the Tall Slim Rectangle Body Shape

  • Opt for princess cut jackets that fit at the waist.  These types of jackets also give you the stronger looking shoulders you need and with a flare at the bottom will make you look curvier.

  • Because of your height, you can wear skirts that stop at mid-calf and this will make your legs appear shapelier.

The Best Pants and Jeans for the Tall Slim Rectangle Body Shape

  • Some of the pants that look best on you are cropped pants or gauchos that stop at your calves.

  • Pants and jeans with pockets at your hips give the illusion of wider hips.

  • You look great in low rise and skinny jeans, or leggings!

  • You could even opt for men’s slacks in a low rise cut to add more volume to your hips.

  • Cuffed pants look elegant on you.

The Best Blazers, Jackets, and Coats for the Tall Slim Rectangle Body Shape

  • Try a structured blazer which will give you the stronger looking shoulders you need.

  • Opt for princess cut jackets that fit at the waist.  These types of jackets also give you the stronger looking shoulders you need and with a flare at the bottom will make you look curvier.

  • If you choose to wear the same color from head to toe, try a belt or tie at your waist in a contrasting color for maximum waist definition. 

  • Use tops with scarves, bows, and other details at the neck to add volume to your top half.

The Best Accessories and Shoes for the Tall Slim Rectangle Body Shape

  • Necklaces that make a U shape or a V shape on your neck. It has a similar effect as wearing a U-shaped or V-neck top.

  • Pointy toe shoes are good for you –they make your calves look great.

  • Also, try a peep-toe or d’Orsay type of shoe.

Dressing the Tall Rectangle Body Shape of Medium Build

The Best Dresses and Tops for the Tall Rectangle Body Shape of Medium Build

  • Wrap tops, V-neck and surplice tops are great because the V that they make brings the eye to the center, which will make your shoulders appear to be wider and your waist to be smaller. 

  • You also look great in a U-neck, boatneck or scoop neck top.

  • Consider dresses with built-in corsets, because they help define your waist

  • Strapless or sweetheart neckline will not only make your shoulders appear to be wider but make your waist look a little smaller when they are compared. 

  • You can wear a nice boatneck or square neck top, balanced with a full skirt.

The Best Skirts for the Tall Rectangle Body Shape of Medium Build

  • A-line skirt, gores, godet, pleated skirts are also great options, as they make you look like your waist is smaller.

  • Skirts look best for you when they are either knee length or stop at your calves. 

The Best Pants and Jeans for the Tall Rectangle Body Shape of Medium Build

  • A straight leg gives you more height and therefore elongates your body. A boot cut gives you more of a shapely silhouette by adding more visual weight below your knees.

  • Wear pants and jeans with details at the hips, such as pockets or, in the case of jeans, any whiskering or bleaching.

  • Your height makes wearing cuffed pants elegant, which shorter women couldn’t do!

The Best Blazers, Jackets, and Coats for the Tall Rectangle Body Shape of Medium Build

  • Try a lightly layered look, using a button-down dress shirt underneath a sweater to blazer. 

  • Opt for princess cut jackets that fit at the waist.  These types of jackets also give you the stronger looking shoulders you need and with a flare at the bottom will make you look curvier.

The Best Accessories and Shoes for the Tall Rectangle Body Shape of Medium Build

  • You can use belts at your hip or a wide belt on the fullest part of your hip to create the illusion of more weight there. 

  • A medium shoulder purse that falls right at your hip will make your hips will add the illusion of a little more weight there. 

  • Pointy toe shoes are good for you –they make your calves look great.

  • Also, try a peep-toe or d’Orsay type of shoe or shoes with interesting details.

Dressing the Tall Full Size Rectangle Body Shape

The Best Tops and Dresses for the Tall Full Size Rectangle Body Shape

  • Wrap tops, surplice tops, and V-neck tops and dresses are great because the V that they make brings the eye to the center, which will make your shoulders appear to be wider and your waist to be smaller. 

  • Consider dresses with built-in corsets, because they help define your waist

  • Either a strapless or sweetheart neckline will not only make your shoulders appear to be wider but make your waist look a little smaller when they are compared. 

  • Try a lightly layered look, using a button-down dress shirt underneath a sweater to blazer. 

  • A-line skirt, gored and flared skirts are also great options, as they make you look like your waist is smaller.

The Best Blazers, Jackets, and Coats for the Tall Full-Size Rectangle Body Shape

  • Try a cropped jacket with a skirt to break up height and give the illusion of waist.

The Best Pants and Jeans for the Tall Full Size Rectangle Body Shape

  •  A boot cut will make you look a little curvier.  

  • A straight leg gives you more height and therefore elongates your body. 

  • Pants and jeans for the rectangle body shape should have details like pockets at the side to add curves to the hips

  • Cuffed pants also look great on you.

  • Opt for peplum or princess cut jackets that fit at the waist.  These types of jackets also give you the stronger looking shoulders you need and with a flare at the bottom will make you look curvier.

The Best Accessories and Shoes for the Tall Full Size Rectangle Body Shape

  • Wear full-size accessories, including large necklaces and earrings

  • Medium height and high heels help to thin the appearance of calves.

  • Also try a peep toe or Dorsay type shoe, or shoes with interesting details.

Dressing the Tall Plus Size Rectangle Body Shape

The Best Tops and Dresses for the Tall Plus Size Rectangle Body Shape

  • Wrap tops, surplice tops and V-neck tops and dresses are great because the V that they make brings the eye to the center, which will make your shoulders appear to be wider and your waist to be smaller. 

  • The best tops and dresses for this body shape have either a boatneck or a scoop neck that will not only make your shoulders appear to be wider but make your waist look a little smaller when they are compared. 

  • Dresses with an empire waist are also good because they are a little more fitted around the bust and gives you an instant waist. 

  • The best skirts for the banana body shape are those that flare out from the waist.  They make your waist look smaller and your hips a bit wider. Semi-circle skirts flared and gored skirts both accomplish this. 

  • Medium to large patterns are good for you.

The Best Pants and Jeans for the Tall Plus Size Rectangle Body Shape

  •  A boot cut will make you look a little curvier.  

  • A straight leg gives you more height and therefore elongates your body. 

  • Jackets that have shoulder pads or puff sleeves will make your waist appear to be smaller

  • Opt for princess seam jackets that fit at the waist.  These types of jackets also give you the stronger looking shoulders you need and with a flare at the bottom will make you look curvier.

The Best Accessories and Shoes for the Tall Plus Size Rectangle Body Shape

  • Wear full-size accessories, including large necklaces and earrings

  • Wear shoes with pointy toes, peep toes or a d’Orsay cut to make calves look more shapely.

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Final Thoughts on Dressing the Rectangle, Straight, Ruler or Banana Shape

Although a straight body shape can appear boyish, with attention to detail, it is possible to add the appearance of curves. By simultaneously making the shoulders appear wider and giving the hips more visual weight, fitting clothes to your body type will result in a more balanced figure. The waist will, as a result, look smaller compared to both the shoulders and hips, producing the goal hourglass body shape.





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