Dressing for Your Shape // The Rectangle


Welcome to the second part of the Dressing for Your Body series. As mentioned, one of the foundational elements to effortless style is knowing your body and how to dress it. We discussed previously how to find your shape and briefly went over the characteristics of the 5 general body shapes – apple, pear, hourglass, rectangle, and inverted triangle. Because every body is unique, no one person will fit perfectly in one shape. Therefore, I encourage you to follow the breakdown of each shape even if you don’t technically fall in that group. Knowledge is power after all!

This post is all about dressing the rectangle body shape. With a straight up and down silhouette, this body shape is often viewed as boyish or boxy – however those with this shape have the luxury of being able to pull of quite a variety of looks.

Your number 1 goal when dressing is adding dimension to your frame, which can be done simply by defining your waistline. You can accomplish this with garments nipped at the waist or using – your ultimate wardrobe accessory – a waist belt. I would suggest investing in a variety of simple, dark, neutral colors, as they’re the best for trimming the waist.

While you can get away with almost any style, stay away from stiff and shapeless pieces. These will only emphasize your straight up and down silhouette. On the flip side, don’t feel you can’t embrace your shape – a classic sheath dress would look absolutely sublime! Just be sure to add interest to your top with a statement necklace or scarf and bottom with a killer pair of shoes.


Again – keep in mind, these are not strict rules you must follow but general guidelines to help you look and feel your absolute best.

If you’d like more insight on dressing The Rectangle feel free to reach out to me, I’m happy to help!

Thanks for reading

‘Till Next Time


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