This week we're looking at creating the right looks for a rectangle body shape, or similarly known as an athletic, straight frame. We'll look at our current Autumn/Winter 21 collection and pick what best suits this body shape. Please note that these are general guidelines as every body is different. We understand that rectangle shapes come in all different builds, so we've made sure these tips are universally flattering.
With the help of professional stylist, body shape and colour expert, Angela Barbagallo, we dress busy Grandmother, Sue, so you can get a gauge of how our new AW21 styles look on rectangle figures. Sue is 163cm tall (5"3") and usually wears a size small/10 in tops, pants and skirts.
How To Know If You're A Rectangle
Your waist is more straight than curvy
The hips and bust measurements tend to have a similar width as the shoulders
You may have a small bust and buttocks.
Tips On Dressing For A Rectangle Body Shape
Focus on shapely garments; To create a waist or a curvier look, opt for tops, dresses and bottoms that create shape around the midsection.
Draw the eye; Use colours, patterns and lines to draw the eye on where you want it to go. Doing this can create length around the parts you want to emphasize.
Tops for Rectangle shapes
Open necklines are a great way to bring focus to the top half of your body. Opt for necklines with a scoop, cowl, square or v shape. Angela suggests to try a smaller size rather than your regular size. This will make the top skim over your upper body creating instant shape, like the image below of Sue wearing our new Paige Top.
If you're looking to create the appearance of curves, you will want to accentuate your top half and create shape around the waist. Accessorise with belts or look for tops that have a natural give around the waist.
Dresses for Rectangle Shapes
Lucky you, almost every dress will look great on you! So, it's really about which dress you feel more confident in. Fit and flare dresses help define a waist for your midsection while ruched dresses instantly create an hourglass shape. You can also play around with flowy dresses and adding a belt to help cinch in your waist.
Shop dresses for Rectangle shapes below.
Jackets for Rectangle Shapes
Jackets play a big part in adding dimensions to your frame and slimming you down. Jackets that are nipped in at the waist will enhance your waistline. You can also wear longline jackets or jackets that finish below the hip to accentuate the length in your torso. To create a waistline with a longline jacket or cardigan, simply add a chunky belt!
Bottoms for Rectangle Shapes
Rectangle shapes can wear almost any type of pant. Slim, straight, bootleg and wide leg pants work really well for you. You can wear tighter styles to show off the curves you do have or you can choose a looser style. Just remember, to keep proportions in mind to create shapes where you want them. Wide leg pants create curves while straight leg pants will add a modern touch to any look. The same goes for skirts, A-line cuts and pencil skirts work wonders.