Shopping can be tough when you aren’t the conventional sample sized body. Throw in body type and it can be down right frustrating! I’m here to help you know what to take into the dressing room. Clothes are nothing more than tools to help us look our best and when you have a clear plan, shopping can be fun again.
I’ve already covered some simple tricks for the petite gal to look taller and how to evaluate proportions in these posts:
Are you seeing a trend here? Developing an eye for aesthetically pleasing proportions has helped me tremendously. I hope that by sharing my process with you and all the things I find that don’t work (instead of just telling you how to dress), that you will be able to go out on your own and do the same for yourself.
(My personal favorite trick to looking taller and leaner)
Let’s apply these to the rectangular body type
What is a rectangular body type?
Relatively the same measurements of Bust, Waist and Hips.
I look to Eva Longoria for Celeb inspiration. She has a muscular body type with few curves, but she does a great job accentuating her assets. She has a sultry persona on television because she does such an awesome job at this. Remember how hot she was in Desperate Housewives?
In case you hadn’t noticed that she isn’t so curvy…
Guidelines to Follow for the Rectangular Body Type:
- Tops with details around the bust to add curves.
- Fitted jackets (be sure they aren’t too long. Jackets should end around the hipbone.)
- Layering lightweight relatively fitted pieces to add dimension.
- Belting your dress will create a waistline, but if you’re short, it’s best to stick to a thin belt rather than a wide belt.
- Skirts and dresses that have an A-line flare to add curves.
- Pencil skirts to highlight the hip area.
- Pants are easy, tight pants look great on this silhouette. Petite girls really benefit from wearing the right shoes, so be sure to check out the shoe guide.
- Use prints and patterns to your advantage. The right placement of a print or colorblocking will create an hourglass shape. Petite girls need to remember that we have less area to fit in a print, so you don’t want to overwhelm the canvas.
The flowy top above creates drama and curves on the top half of the body and when paired with a tight skinny jean, she looks thin and curvy. The nude shoe disappears into the look and makes her appear taller.
The scarf adds volume and curve to the bust area. Picture the outfit without it. It’s an alright outfit, but the scarf really elevates the look.
Above is an example of how a fitted jacket can add curves to a slim body. The length is longer than I suggested, but it works because it is the same color throughout. Capping it off with a black shoe elongates the body.
Just a little bit of flare to this casual dress accentuates her curves.
Above you see what a difference it makes to combine a few of these elements. The cutout on her shoulder draws the eye up, while the draping at the hips adds curves and the train and black shoe draw the eye down. She looks absolutely fabulous. Where can I get this dress?!
The loose printed top creates volume and curves when paired with a tight pencil skirt.
Use of prints can definitely create an hourglass form.
Picture the above dress without the lace and belt. It doesn’t do much for the model’s figure, but with these details, it’s a winner.