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How To Dress The Rectangle Body Shape?

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

What is a Rectangle shaped body?

Although the name sounds rather uninspiring, it is a fact that most models actually fall under this category of body types. So consider yourself lucky as this is one body type that can rock almost any silhouette! With the name in mind, it’s not hard to see if you fall into the rectangle body type. The rectangle body type is evenly proportioned from your bust to waist, to hips. This body is the most common type and their weight tends to distribute evenly on the body. So now that we’ve got that down, let’s get into how you can make the most of your features through style choices!

Celebrities with the Rectangle body

  • Kate Hudson

  • Anne Hathaway

  • Jo Yuri

  • Eva Longoria

How To Dress If You Are A Rectangle Body Shape

Since the rectangle body type does not have too much definition of the waist, you can style your body in a way where it enhances your waist and creates more of an hourglass shape. There are two ways you can experiment with defining your waist. One of them would be to draw more attention to your shoulders and hips, creating curves on the bottom or top. This creates a more curvaceous figure if that’s something you want to go for. The next is the more obvious choice, you can simply cinch your waist in using a belt, or style of clothing that is most narrow at the waist.

But, it’s 2021 and we are all about loving the body you were given. You can ditch the idea of creating curves altogether and embrace your body shape rather than work against it. The rectangle body is quite flexible when it comes to styling. As stated, many models have rectangle bodies as this is an obvious choice when you want to showcase many different styles. You can look great in straight silhouettes, asymmetric cuts, or flared bottoms, so have fun experimenting with different styles!

Tops and Necklines

There are many tops that will flatter your body, so you need to know what features you want to accentuate. If you’re looking to add more volume to your upper and lower body, you can opt for tops that have more details on the shoulder or neckline, such as puff sleeves and bows. This adds more contrast to your waistline. You may also want to look out for more open necklines like off-shoulder, sweetheart, and V-neck, which can also help visually elongate and emphasize your shoulders, collarbones, and bust. Another tip to define your waist is to add a belt to your top!


Your choices are endless for dresses, you can carry a lot of looks. So choosing them depends on what your goal is. If you’re looking to define your waist, you can look for dresses that create a cinched waist look such as empire, and wrap dresses that are tighter on the waist but flare out towards the bottom. Another way to create the illusion of curves is ruched details. On the other hand, shift dresses are stylish and look great with rectangle body types as they flow perfectly with your frame (another plus: they are super comfortable). Lastly, asymmetric details add visual impact and dimension.


As for your skirts, you can achieve a look of wider hips through A-line and panelled skirts as they are fuller and add volume. Straight skirts, either knee-length or maxi, look great with your body too. It’s important you pair your skirts with a nice form-fitting top to balance things out. Also, a good method to highlight and create dimension to your upper and lower body is colour blocking. This means you wear strong contrasting colours for your top and bottom.

Pants and Jeans

For pants, it’s best to go for a pair that has a subtle flare. Flares and boot cuts compliment your body type because they are both slimming, elongating and also creates some gentle curves. However, you don’t want to go for pants with heavy flaring, as they can create a visual imbalance in your frame. Having a more angular frame, you can soften your silhouette by choosing pants with lightweight and fluid fabrics like linen or silk. Get creative and experiment with colours, prints and cuts!


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