Dress for your body shape: Athletic Shape or Rectangle

rectangle shape

What is a rectangle shape? 

  • You're not particularly curvy
  • Your shoulders and hips measurements are nearly the same
  • Your waist isn't very small or well-defined, but rather straight up and down
  • Your weight is fairly evenly distributed throughout your body

 Guidelines for dressing an athletic shape.

  • Balance your broad upper half by accentuating your legs and other curves. 
  • Keep the volume on top OR on bottom. If you go for an oversized top shape, keep the bottom skinny or structured. If you have a more form fitted top, choose a breeze or more relaxed pant style

Your body is strong, usually on the straight-up-and-down side. Your shape looks great in almost everything. You have the ability to flaunt or conceal as much as you feel comfortable with. Balance is easily obtained with your figure; no matter what you want to flaunt or hide. 

First, Let's start at the top

An athletic figure looks best when they're drawing attention to their muscular arms, defined shoulders and showing off their waist. 

 Must haves; 

  • Halter styles
  • Racerback styles
  • Scoop & Round necklines
  • Strapless anything!

If you are on the curvy side of athletic, play up what you love: your shoulders, your collarbone, and/or your arms. If you'd rather downplay  your shoulders or elongate your neck, choose a more narrow neckline like a crew, cowl or v-neck. 

To play up your bust, lean toward styles with statement collars or embellished necklines. You can also score serious style points with a high neck and an open back (again, halters are great for you). 

What about sleeve lengths? The choice is yours. Show off what you love, or if you are looking to cover them up, go right ahead! 

If you are looking to add some curve to your waistline, choose tops that can be tucked in or belted. A front tuck can do wonders! 

Second, Let's add layers | The best jackets for your figure

Peacoats, dusters, bomber jackets and flowly outerwear will look amazing on you. 

If you are slender, you'll look great in a fitted, structured style. If you're looking to create more shape around your midsection, look for cropped or elastic waist styles to help create and accentuate your waistline. To minimize your waist, choose A-line cuts and hems that hit at the hip or below the knee. 

Third, Say yes to dresses! 

When it comes to dresses, most styles work well on your shape. Decide what you love to show off and find the dresses that allow you to highlight those areas. Love your legs? Shorten that hemline. Prefer to highligh your bust? Choose strapless or lower necklines. 

If you're more of a jumpsuit kinda girl, grab a halter style and show off your back. Skirts can pretty much be worn in any style and length. To minimize anywhere, stick with darker colors, vertical stripes or a-line styles. 

If you want to create more of a waistline? Add a belt. 

Lastly, Let's dress the bottom

You must remember to keep your shape in mind. Choose the pant that will best compliment your top shape. If you've gone oversized up top, grab a skinny jean, leggings or structured pant. 

If you chose a tighter top, wear a more flowly pant. 

Want to appear taller? Floor grazing or bootcut styles with heels are both slimming and will help elongate. Make sure to always try on your pants before you commit. 

Remember everybody and every body is different. If you are not an athletic shape through and through, think of mixing and matching shapes to find the right fit for you. 

As always, have fun with style!


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