Rectangle Shaped Body Type

Rectangle Shaped Body Type


  • Straight shoulder line and ribcage
  • Bust and hips are approximately the same width
  • Small to average midriff
  • Very little to no waist definition
  • Straight hips and bottom
  • Lack of curves throughout the body frame
  • Weight gains typically distribute evenly throughout the body


Styling the Rectangle Shape

The upper and lower parts of the rectangle body are well-proportioned and create a balanced silhouette. The focus of this body shape should be on defining the waist by breaking up the rectangle.

When enhancing your waist, you have two options: if you are very slender and want to create more curves, you can proportionally add volume to your upper and lower body and leave the waist as is.

Alternatively, you can make your waist appear slimmer by visually pulling it in but leaving the upper and lower body as is.

Add Dimensions To Your Body Frame

This means breaking up the straight silhouette to create curves from the waist up and down.

  • Invest in a good push-up bra to lift your chest
  • Wear well structured clothes
  • Play with different cuts and shapes to create curves
  • Use prints, textures, and details strategically to create interest
  • Wear bright colours on your upper and lower body - but not around the waist
  • Keep away from shapeless, oversized, and too large items  

Define The Waist

Defining the waist is the easiest and quickest way to break up the rectangle.

  • Pull in the waist with belts or nipped garments
  • Wear darker colours around your waist area - such as a dark belt
  • Avoid clothes that end at the waist or embellish it
  • Don't tuck tops into trousers or skirts
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