Rectangle Body Shape

Is your Body Shape… Remarkable Rectangle?!

If this is you:

You’d have little to no definition at the waistline

Your shoulders and hips are about the same width

You have roughly equal body proportions


Don’t forget that you could be what we like to call the ‘Fruit Salad’ (yeah, we did come up with that particular one ourselves!). You could have it all going on around the tum but be more top or bottom heavy, you could even be slightly hourglass if you gain a waistline when you drop a few pounds. Once you can identify all of the body shapes you’re leaning towards and understand them, styling yourself will be a doddle!

Sharing a body type with Hilary Duff, Sheryl Crow, Rachel Hunter, Nicole Kidman, and Cameron Diaz – sounds great doesn’t it?

This might be you if… you wear the same size in your tops and bottoms, don’t have much waist definition and a smaller bust, a straight shoulder line and ribcage, average tummy, with flat-ish hips and bum. You fit most of that? You have a Rectangle body shape!

Sticking with the fruit theme from Pear and Apple shapes in previous columns, we could be calling you a Banana, but that just seems rude. So Rectangle it is.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been looking at body type guidelines that can help you dress to balance your body and accentuate your assets. While body ‘types’ are not the be-all and end-all by any means, because personal taste, occasion or situation appropriate clothing, and many other factors come into play when choosing an outfit or a wardrobe – they do give us a basis to work from.

The Rectangle is often slimmer than other body types, and of course in our modern fat-phobic world this translates to most women as the most desirable. We hear things like – “You’re so lucky, you can wear anything!” Unfortunately, that’s a pile of poo. Nobody can wear everything, and no body suits every style.

The good news is that clothes tend to fit you better than other types, as a lot of the industry standard is based around this body type. The exceptions would be if you are very tall or your bust is very small, as this veers from the expectations of ‘normal’. But who wants to be normal, eh?!

You can get away with the straight line silhouette, with simple clean lines and surrendering the waist line altogether, which will really work for some of you. Generally though, you will want to create shape, especially around the middle, by defining the waist and filling out curves on the bottom or top – so you can wear looks that puff out at the shoulders or hips. Shapeless, baggy clothes should be avoided.

On the bottom, you can go from cargo pants with thigh pockets, to skinny jeans, to a full on flare, and the big pleated skirts on trend now are perfect for enhancing those curves. Try a belted jumpsuit that draws your eye toward the waist detailing, or those boyfriend jeans you’ve had your eye on.

Scoop neck tops, ruching and gathers can all be carried off with style, and look for A line dresses for a perfect overall silhouette – if you’re feeling adventurous, even try a peplum and some shoulder enhancement… some of those eighties looks will work for you girl! Think big and bold with shoulders, sloped sleeves, frills and pleats.

You can call into Redlane and we’ll give you free, professional style advice to help you find something that makes you feel fabulous in your form. And sure at the end of the day, isn’t that what we’re all after?

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