Rectangular Body Shape Women

Women with a rectangular body shape have a dilemma. They can look okay in almost anything but looking really good is an art form. The absolute key to style for all female body types is dressing to suit your shape. The good thing is that there are some very simple strategies you can adopt to really boost your look without breaking the bank. 

Possibly the most famous rectangular body shape womanYes, the Duchess of Kent is has a rectangular body shape!

All female body types vary and all have their advantages and disadvantages and rectangle shaped women are no different.

Please note this figure is also sometimes referred to as a brick shape, athletic, ruler or straight body type.

Please note this is page 2 of 3 on the subject of the rectangular shaped women: to read more see:

In this article I am going to concentrate on the concept of creating curves. If you have a rectangular body shape and are happy with your shape and content to simply show it off to it's best advantage that is fine; but this article is primarily for those ladies who would like more curves.

I love to use photos of celebrities who really know how to dress and Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls is a Past Master.

That dress is so clever in many respects and is a wonderful example of creating curves on a straight body type as I will explain below.

A rectangular body shape

Creating Curves For A Rectangular Body Shape

The most telling advice for a rectangle shape woman is to create more curves, or emphasize the ones that you have. The very fact that you are reading a site primarily to do with big breasts means that you probably have one source of curves in abundance.

The problem is when you do not want to over-emphasize that feature.

Worry ye not. I will outline some excellent tips discuss below the key principles to subtly create those craved for curves, (my old English teacher would be so proud of that alliteration). 

So how to do it? Well in essence it is simply adding, or more to the point giving the illusion of, bulk to the top and bottom and emphasizing the middle. Just remember, you need to keep the top and bottom halves balanced.

(1) The Middle

We will start with the waist because this issue is a grey area for many female body types.

Sakkas Stonewashed Empire Waist Simple Floral Striped Crepe Handkerchief Hem Dress
Ellen Tracy Women's Sleeveless Gathered Waist Printed Dress

There is a widely held concern amongst many women about our tummies. 

  • Some worry that it is a little pudgy; 
  • Others feel it is not the toned, washboard flat, figure it was in one's teens
  • Some ladies feel that it has never been the same since childbirth
Coast Lilianna Print Dress
Phase Eight Chevron Dress

However, there are three key issues:

  1. Your tummy is not necessarily the same as your waist
  2. Your waist is almost certainly the thinnest part of your torso
  3. People are conditioned to expect to see a narrowing at the waist

NB. The waist is massively important and if you are unsure exactly where it is please refer to the related page, waistline.

Therefore, while it may go against your instincts, it is important to define your waist. Do not worry, it can be done very subtly and will not make people stare.

Why not copy Scarlett Johansson?

Okay the dress above is hardly the exact same. I accept that I do not know where Scarlett bought hers but I reckon that the Amazon version might just be more affordable. Just maybe.

Create a waist. Look for tops that enhance your waistline. Belted tops, or tops with strong bands of colour around your waist will help create the illusion of a nipped in waist. Even a simple ribbon can be remarkably effective on a straight body shape.

It can be done in a very neutral way with a simple belt or as part of a pattern. Now look back at that picture of Geri Halliwell in her Union Jack dress at the top of the page and admire the subtlety.

Calvin Klein Women's Sleeveless Belted Flare Dress
Three Seasons Maternity Women's Maternity Sleeveless Print Belted Dress

I found these two dresses above on Amazon within a few clicks which proves it is simple to look around for outfits that tick the boxes for you. (click the photo if you want to go there).

I like the photo on the right because it is a maternity dress and the model has plumped her no doubt tiny tummy but the waist above is still prominent.

(2) The Top

You emphasize the waist more by adding curves, or in actuality give the impression of bulking out, your hips and shoulders. 

Wow, Womens Long Sleeve Slim Zipper Pocket Blazer Suit Jacket
Agatha Garcia V-neck One Button Blazer

Wear jackets with structured shoulders / padded shoulders. This will add width where you need it. You can see the clear difference between the extra padding on the red jacket, as opposed to the lack of it on the white one.

Note how both jackets hem line stops at the hips. This is a very subtle but important issue. It is exactly where the hemline should not be for a pear shaped woman or anyone trying to de-emphasise their hips and bottom but for a straight shaped woman, it emphasises the swell of the hips and creates feminine curves.

Eye Catch EyeCatchClothing - Delphi Fitted Bolero Plain Jersey Knit Shrug
Fandsway Womens Modern and Simple Fitted Crop Vest with Open Back

Here are two useful alternatives. On the left is a bolero shrug. On the right a garment in the UK we would call a waistcoat but in the States I believe it is described as a vest. Either way, both are a really simple (and low cost) device to create curves and emphasis.

Many commentators suggest the most flattering necklines for (the appallingly labelled) brick shaped women are wider and lower, like scoop necks. By adding curved lines it helps promote the whole concept of curves.

Blue Banana - Figure Hugging Halter Neck Top

Alternatively, halter tops can work really well. You do not need to have big shoulders as it will create the illusion of width.

BOSS 3-Stripe Dress
Shein Women's Black Off the Shoulder Flare Dress

Another simple trick or illusion is to wear tops with a horizontal block across the top. Obviously the important trick is to wear a light colour at the top and darker colours below.

If you can afford it the Boss dress is stunning but a more affordable dress from Amazon shows what can be done with a little imagination.

(3) The Bottom

The final issue is to emphasize the hips. Most women with rectangular body shapes have slim hips so the trick is to create the illusion of more shape.

RSP Women Formal Wear to work V-neck long sleeves Peplum Mini Dress Suit
Sue&Joe Women's Off the Shoulder Dress Peplum Short Sleeve Midi Pencil Dresses

The classic means of achieving this is a peplum band. This can be on the dress, skirt or jacket. If you look at this white suit, you simply could not tell if this model has a rectangle shape body. Not only does it have a peplum detail on the lower jacket, it has a very fitted waist and structured shoulders.

By contrast the black dress has the peplum band and an off shoulder neckline. The pencil skirt is also a good style for the often excellent legs on straight shaped women.

Hee Grand Women Girls'Formal Ruffle Peplum Dress High Waist Floral Printed Mini Skirt
Anne Klein Women's Color Block Skirt

One can go for a peplum skirt and alternate your tops but cyrves can also be achieved by simply using block colours, as above.

Another simple trick is to wear peplum bands or pants / trousers with features at the hips. Although it can be above or below the hips too.

Rekucci Women's
Miss Me Denim Capri Jean with Embellished Flower Pocket

Often ladies with a rectangular body shape have a slim hips, flat bottom and good legs. These ladies have the glorious opportunity to wear tight fitting pants to emphasise their legs. The tight material will emphasise the swell of their hips.

Or by wearing pants / trousers with a feature at the top, perhaps even just pockets or patterns. Jeans ordinarily have pockets, belt loops and zippers with obvious stitching which creates detail around the hips so naturally suits this female body type. Similarly, the back pocket details also works well.

Etosell Womens Casual Shorts Crimping Short Pant W/Belt Low Waisted shorts
Women's Active Casual Fitted Jersey Low Rise Solid Color Long Stretch Yoga Pants

Shorts are not something I would ordinarily recommend for any female body types but, if age is on your side or simply because you have the conviction, shorts can work surprisingly well.

You can also look good in low rise, or low waist, pants or jeans. Most commentators also recommend width below the knee, such as a boot leg cut.


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Emerald Peplum Strapless Dress in the style of Jennifer Lawrence
Goddiva

This dress is interesting because this company unashamedly copies the style of celebrities. This peplum dress is based on a Jennifer Lawrence outfit, shown bottom right.


Create a waist

How about a really simple solution? Tie a (hopefully colour coordinated) ribbon around your waist and instantly create a more emphasised waist. 

Not sure where your waist is? See the link in the centre column.


Add a belt to define your waist

Even the simplest belt helps.


John Lewis (UK) Isabella Jersey Dress
John Lewis Collection

Alternatively, ignore all this guff about creating curves and simply show off that magnificent slim silhouette with a figure hugging shift dress and flash those legs.


Some styles simply do not suit rectangle shapes and this is the super fit, well toned pin up of many lads magsBritney Spears

As can clearly be seen Britney is very much a rectangualr body shape. 

OK so maybe this is a tad over the top

In this stage outfit the designer obviously understands this but has made it a caricature of itself. It may be over the top but it is very instructive. Look at the emphasis on the shoulders and the clever flare on the hips.





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