The Rectangle Shape Body

Rectangle shape ladies generally have little variation between the three key measurements; bust, waist, hips. They generally have balanced proportions and this does not mean fat. All female body types have issues that sometimes cause concern and straight body type ladies are no different.

Rectangle shape women are often athletic

Oftentimes these ladies have, or had, significant athletic prowess. It is also a shape many of us morph towards over time. The good news is that you can wear most things.

I apologise for the slightly silly labels on all the female body types but if you think the term 'rectangle' shape is not exactly polite, some commentators refer to this body shape as an athletic figure, or straight body type, which is fine but others call it a brick shape! Now that is plain insulting.

The fact that you may have a flat stomach or a small flat bottom which are the envy of many women will possibly cut no ice with you if you are determined only to see the negatives.

But rectangle shape women have many positive aspects that can and should be accentuated.

A marvellous ambassador for the rectangle body shape

Your straight body shape maybe tough to dress well but as the ever glamorous Kim Cattrall shows (right), it is certainly possible.

To grossly simplify the issue - there are two main style choices. If you are happy with your shape, dress to show it off. Or, if you wish to create a more curvy figure this can also be achieved.

To see the Related Page on creating the illusion of curves, see the rectangular body shape page.

Flatter That Rectangle Shape

Some dresses suit rectangle shaped body types, others clearly do not.

Now that is a cleverly designed dress. Simple but very clever use of sweeping lines.
I have looke at this picture many times and I am still lost for words

Dress to emphasize that natural balanced look. Wear straight lines, vertical lines and seams, untailored or boxy jackets, pencil skirts, long line dresses like sheath dresses, particularly in monochrome colours.

By all means where what you feel comfortable in, rather than try and force a waist but please, please, try not wear a dress that just hangs (as above right). It hardly looks feminine and will only makes people wonder what on earth you are trying to hide.

The dress on the left works because it hugs the figure and emphasizes the curves that you have. It also has vertical lines that are deftly curved, to create an illusion of curves. How clever is that!

These two pictures encapsulate the difference clothes can make to the way that you present yourself. It may be very subtle but it works.

Flashing the Flesh With a Rectangle Shape Figure

Showing your bar midriff needs caution

It almost goes without saying that revealing your midriff is not normally a good idea.

It is not that the lady (bleft) has a flabby stomach it is the fact that it accentuates the lack of curves.

...and no, this is not an age thing, the undeniably trim Miss Britney Spears makes the same mistake. Now if Britney had worn light coloured shorts it would have given the illusion of more width on the hips and the look would be very different.

Do not get me wrong. Many rectangle shape women have very flat stomachs and are happy to show them. So to completely contradict myself, I would say this bared midriff look can look good if you are the right age, or have the figure for it. I provide two examples below I found on Amazon.

The lace peasant crop top on the left exposes the shoulders which broadens the top, has plenty of detail on the bust to bolster that and exposes that taut tummy. The white top is teamed with a peplum banded pants / trousers for an alternative look.

  • I hope that helped you realise that there are many subtle touches to 'improve' a rectangle shape figure - if you want to. I know that sounds awful but please do not take it the wrong way. I am only looking to provide suggestions for women who are seeking answers.
  • Please note, there is more on this subject at the 'sister' pages, rectangular body shape and straight body type
  • For more discussion of different body shapes and the clothes that suit them, go to female body types.
  • Alternatively head back to the Home page at clothes for big busted women.


Did you like this page, did you learn something, maybe it reinforced you own views? I want to give as much (hopefully helpful) advice to the busty sisterhood as I can.

Please remember, we are all different. You may like to wear certain clothes and styles which I am suggesting that you should not. That is your absolute right. Do what makes you feel good. This site undeniably goes for the more modest approach because I feel all busty ladies already know how to be more racy if they wish.

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Athletic Figure

If you are well toned there is a time and place to really make it work for you

Many women with a rectangular body shape have taut flat stomachs and small bottoms, which many other women envy.




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