Plus Size Proportions: Rectangle Shape

You’re most likely a Rectangle body shape if:

  • Your shoulders are as wide as your hips
  • Your waist is undefined and about as wide as your hips
  • You have a small bust
  • You have long legs and probably a flat bottom

Many women would kill to have a figure like yours because there is no particular area you’re trying to minimize.  Since your Rectangle body shape is already well-balanced, you can have a lot of fun shopping and be more adventurous with your choices.  The biggest challenge you probably have is creating a well defined waistline. 

When it comes to dressing your upper half, look for tops that emphasize your bust and narrow at your waist.  These details will help to achieve a curvy, uber-feminine look.  Wrap or surplice tops, and scooped or V necklines will give the appearance of a narrower waist, and will enhance your bust while lengthening your neck. These are great styles for you to keep in mind.

Don’t be afraid of tops with frills, draping and pleating. While some body shapes should avoid extra volume, these details at the bust and neckline are actually flattering for Rectangle shapes.  The extra detail will help frame and draw attention to your lovely face. Furthermore, it is recommended that you look for tops with an empire waist.  This will help to define your waist line while making your legs look super long.


Consider yourself blessed because you most likely have great legs!  Take advantage of the fact that you can pull off just about any style of pant.  Show off those gams girl!  It is recommended that you wear fitted pants that are straight or slightly flared at the bottom.  Pants with a flare will add curve to your hips.  If you have a flat bottom try pants with pockets (especially ones with flaps). However, make sure you avoid low rise jeans which will make your torso look too long.    

Skirts are another great investment for Rectangle shapes.  Consider taking a cue from the hit T.V. show Mad Men and try a full skirt with a wide, contour waistband.  When looking for a skirt pay attention to length.  You want something that is no longer than knee length.    

Finish off your new outfit with some great shoes!  Look to fellow Rectangles Kim Catrall, Marissa Jaret Winokur (Broadway Musical Hairspray), and Cameron Diaz for star-worthy ways to accentuate your shape; accessorizing elevates your outfit from flattering to head-turning. Most importantly, have fun with your look, and get creative with your curves!

xox Cherry Velvet


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