Knowing your body type can be helpful for choosing clothing that will accent your best features.

It’s easy to determine your body type with nothing more than a tape measure.

Start by taking measurements of your bust, waist, and hips. Then, use this information to determine which body type best describes your measurements. No matter what your body type, remember that bodies come in many shapes and sizes and all bodies are beautiful!

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Determining your body shape is a helpful way to find clothes that will accentuate your natural attributes. You might have a rectangle body shape if you are tall and lean, your hips are as wide as your shoulders, and you have little waist definition. If you have a rectangle body shape and are trying to dress your body in the most flattering way, try to tuck in your shirts to accentuate your waist and draw attention to your long legs to feel confident in the outfits that you wear.

Choose form-fitting tops and jackets that hit you at the waist.

Coats and tops that go down past your waist will elongate your torso and accentuate the rectangle shape of your body. Purchase tops and jackets that contour to your body and hit at the waist to create curves.

  • Denim jackets and bomber jackets are short jackets that generally hit at the waist.

Wear shirts with scooped necklines to show off your collar bones.

 Many people with rectangle body shapes have prominent collar bones. Choose shirts with wide or scooped necklines to accentuate your neck and collar bones.

  • Off-the-shoulder tops will also emphasize your collar bones.rectangle outfit top

Tuck your shirts in to accentuate your waist.

People with rectangle body shapes often have trouble defining their waist. Tuck long shirts into your bottoms, or buy shirts that hit your waistline to create a waist for yourself.

  • Your natural waistline sits just above your hips, right along your belly button.
  • Try pairing a solid dark-coloured shirt with light wash jeans, a skinny belt, and a large handbag

Accentuate your bust with a good-fitting bra.

 Rectangle body shapes often come with busts that can be lost in baggy shirts or blouses. Purchase a bra that fits you well to define your bust. Visit a retail store that has bra fittings included with your purchase.

  • Your bra should be fitted without being too tight or uncomfortable.

Define your body by wearing different colours on the top than the bottom.

Rectangle-shaped bodies have the tendency to become one straight line. Avoid this by wearing different colours on the top and bottom to draw attention to the individual parts of your body.

  • Avoid wearing monochromatic outfits, like red from head to toe.
  • If you like wearing patterns, try large, bold ones that draw attention to whatever piece they are on.

Don't wear shoulder pads or boxy-fitting tops and coats.

 As shoulder pads come back into style, watch out for tops that can make your shoulders look wider or make your torso seem boxy. Instead, choose tops that are more flowy and soften your shoulders and overall torso.

Tip: If you find a top or a coat you love that has shoulder pads, see if you can cut them out carefully by snipping the threads that hold them to the shirt.

Avoid shapeless dresses that don’t accentuate your waist.

Since rectangle body shapes can be boxy, don’t wear dresses that have no defined shape to them. Instead, choose ones that come in slightly at the waist and flare out at the bottom to give your body shape.

  • You can add a belt to a shapeless dress to define your waist.

Show off your curves by wearing skinny jeans and pencil skirts. 

Rectangle body shapes look good in form-fitting clothes. Add some curves to your body by wearing skinny jeans and pencil skirts that form to your legs.

  • Pair form-fitting bottoms with a flowy top to create a balanced look. A pencil skirt with a loose top and some ankle boots creates definition in your body.

Buy A-line skirts and flared jeans to add more shape to your body.

 If you’d like to break away from your rectangle shape, choose skirts and jeans that have a flare at the bottom. Bell bottom jeans, boot cut jeans, and A-line skirts all add shape to your body.

  • Form-fitting tops go best with flared jeans and skirts.

Elongate your body by wearing maxi skirts. 

Rectangle body shapes often come with the added bonus of long legs. Draw attention to this by wearing maxi skirts that go down to your ankles. You can choose a solid colour maxi skirt for a classic look, or go with a pattern to make your outfit stand out.

  • Wear leggings under your maxi skirt in the cold weather for extra warmth.
  • A solid coloured maxi skirt with strappy sandals and a small handbag would be a great casual summer outfit.

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