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

Dresses and Tops

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 give 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

Skirts

Opt for princess cut jackets that fit at the waist.  These types of jackets also give you the stronger-looking shoulders you need and 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.

Pants and Jeans

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.

Blazers, Jackets, and Coats

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.

Accessories and Shoes

Necklaces that make a U shape or a V shape on your neck. It has a similar effect to 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.

Medium Build, Tall Rectangle Body Type

Dresses and Tops

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.

Skirts

A-line skirts, 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. 

Pants and Jeans

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!

Blazers, Jackets, and Coats

Try a lightly layered look, using a button-down dress shirt underneath a sweater to the 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 a flare at the bottom will make you look curvier.

Accessories and Shoes

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.

Full Size Tall Rectangle Shape

Tops and Dresses

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 the blazer. 

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

Blazers, Jackets, and Coats

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

a waist.

Pants and Jeans

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 a flare at the bottom will make you look curvier.

Accessories and Shoes

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.

Plus Size Tall Rectangle Body Type

Tops and Dresses

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 give 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.

Pants and Jeans

 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 a flare at the bottom will make you look curvier.

Accessories and Shoes

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.

Dressing Your Rectangle Body Type

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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