The Best Dresses For a Rectangle Shaped Body
How can you tell if you have a rectangle shaped body? If your bust, waist and hip measurements are about the same, then you're a rectangle. You may have curves, you may be plus size, but if those three measurements are pretty close to each other, then your body is rectangle shaped.
Still not sure? Our trusty video can help you figure it out.
What's The Plan?
In some ways, it's up to you. You can wear the heck out of narrower silhouettes like sheaths, so you can accentuate your body's sleek outline. Or you can add some volume around your hips to create a curvier shape. It depends on your mood and the situation.
Sheath dresses like the Audrey and Sutton dresses have waist shaping, so they add a hint of curve while maintaining a streamlined silhouette. Your rectangle shaped body is a little bit straight up and down, and sheath dresses work with your body, not against it.
Since a-line skirts are fuller at the hips than at the waist, they can make your hips look wider than your waist, creating a sense of curviness. AbbeyPost founder Cynthia Schames says, "You can do this by wearing belted styles like the Abbey or Kelly dress." Stylist Fanny Woo of Style Little says that, "Dresses with fuller skirts or simple details on the lower half will give a rectangle shape definition."
A fuller skirt like the one on Kelly creates a curvier look than a less dramatic skirt. Both styles work well on your rectangle shaped body. Consider dresses with full, flared skirts for parties and subtler a-line silhouettes for everyday wear.
Stylist Mariana Leung of Ms. Fabulous says, "For rectangle bodies, the dress with artful shirring is your best friend. Think twist front details, wraps and faux-wrap styles, gathered fabric that is anchored diagonally across the body."
These eye-catching elements make your waist look narrower, and your bust and hips look wider. Choose a-line wrap dresses like Rachel when you want to look curvy and sheath wrap dresses like Shala, Holly and Kim when you want a trimmer shape.
Empire Waist Dresses
Fanny Woo says, "Empire waist dresses are good for the rectangle silhouette." Empire waist dresses like the Cassandra dress add volume to your lower half, making you look curvier. They let you wear something flowing that won't overwhelm your frame.
Showing some skin at the neckline is a great way for you to add some shape to your look. Cynthia Schames says, "the v-neck or scoop neck will draw the eye upward." Stick with necklines that don't mimic your body's rectangle form. Fanny Woo says, "Dresses with deeper v necks will help give your silhouette a less boxy shape." Since a square neckline mimics your body's natural angles, avoid them.
You have plenty of freedom when it comes to hem length. At or above the knee is super flattering, but you can go longer or shorter depending on your taste and the occasion. A rectangle shaped body can pull off a long dress like Shala.
Belts can help you create the illusion of a defined waist, but you should stick with colors that won't stand out too much. Fanny Woo says, "This would only accentuate the straightness of your shape." Belts that come with a dress, and are made of the same fabric as the dress are your best bet.
Big necklaces can add shape and dimension to your upper body, so have fun with costume jewelry.
You've Got Loads of Options
Since you don't have a defined waist, you may consider your figure boyish. But in reality, you can dress as girly as you like. Your main challenge when shopping for clothes is narrowing down all the choices you have.
Do you have a rectangle shaped body? Find the perfect dress at AbbeyPost!