Every body shape has its own characteristics and silhouette, which needs to be addressed when choosing your clothes. The aim of choosing the right clothes is to balance your silhouette. You may not be able to follow all the fashion trends that are out there, but nowadays there are so many trends in fashion that there is something available for every body shape. So, don’t get sidetracked by falling in love with a style and look that doesn’t match your body shape.

NECKLINE FOR RECTANGLE BODY SHAPE

Opt for lower, wider necklines such as jewels, scoop boat necklines – this looks even better with details such as embellishments around your décolletage.

TOPS & SHIRTS FOR RECTANGLE BODY SHAPE

Simple and clean style lines; add roundness to your necklines or sleeves; empire line, tops that drape under your bust and give the illusion of movement; splits at your waist.

JACKETS FOR RECTANGLE BODY SHAPE

Structured and shaped with round lapels and/or neckline.

DRESSES FOR RECTANGLE BODY SHAPE

Kaftans with splits at waist, simple straight lines, empire line, shift dresses.

SKIRTS FOR RECTANGLE BODY SHAPE

Crossover, flip, panelled; A-line.

TROUSERS FOR RECTANGLE BODY SHAPE

You are quite flexible, but opt for low-waisted options (if you prefer, mid-waisted is ok) that flow in their leg line e.g. boot cut, flare or wide leg. Choose trousers with hip, thigh or leg details such as pockets, pleats or turn-ups.

JEANS FOR RECTANGLE BODY SHAPE

Straight fit from the hip to the knees with a slight flare (boot cut) looks great. Details on your bum e.g. back pockets, embellishments work well.

SHOES FOR RECTANGLE BODY SHAPE

Choose round or oval toe shoes instead of square e.g. ballerinas, Ugg boots, mary janes.

SWIMWEAR & BEACHWEAR FOR RECTANGLE BODY SHAPE

Look for swimsuits that have a form fitting waist and a soft cup bra. Two pieces do just that and make rectangle body shapes appear a little curvier. Choose solid bold colors and plunging necklines to make the bust and bottom stand out. Diagonal lines can do the same. A one-piece swimsuit with an overall bold bright color and a darker color in the waistline gives the illusion of a waist and is a good choice. Other great looks are tank-style suits or tankinis. These will accent the midline, drawing attention to the smallest part of the body.

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