5 Tips for Dressing If Your Body has a Rectangle Shape

Rectangle banana body typeYou have a rectangle body or ” Banana” body type if:

  • your shoulders, waist and hips are all about the same width
  • you have a small- medium bust
  • you are balanced and your waist is not defined
  • your bottom is usually more flat and pancake like than round
  • you gain weight in the torso and arms and your lower legs are shapely.

Over 45% of American women have this shape. You can be a skinny, wiry rectangle like a model, or you can simply be a thicker all over, more average rectangle.  The challenge for you is create a more feminine figure- in other words to create a waist.

Pants

You likely have slim legs, so you can wear skinny pants or full pants or pants with moderate flare. Cargo pants with lots of pockets and buttons etc. work well.

Skirts

Skirts should add to your bottom half and create an hourglass shape. Full, tiered, bubble skirts look great. Trumpet and pencil skirts will create shape.                                                                                                     

Dresses  for women over 40

Nicole Kidman has a wiry rectangle shape.

Tops

Choose tops that add curves to your top half and create a nipped in waist. Tapered shirts work well. A Wide V or U tops, boat neck, off the shoulder tops all work well to make you look wider up top which tricks the eye into making your waist look smaller.  Ruffles(which are very in style this year), ruching and embellishment at the bust also do the trick.

Dresses

Dresses  for women over 40 that create the illusion of curves work best,  such as a wrap dresses or a dress with a cinched waist. Anything that nips in or tries to create a waist, such as a belt is a great way to dress after 40 if you have a rectangle body shape.

Jackets

Jackets that taper and end right below the waist create curves. The best length is a jacket that shops right below the waist. A belted jacket is the best. Peplum jackets also create fit and flare at your midsection.

Colors

Bright. eye-catching colors will help break up your silhouette and give you more shape. You can wear lots of patterns top and bottom, or color block with any color on the top and and any other color on the bottom. Mix it up and have fun.

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  1. Lyn Swan says:

    Hi,
    I am 52 yrs old and from Asian background. I m petite and look much younger than my age, I will be graduating for a Master degree and would like to look great on my graduation day. From previous experience, the black hair, black gown and black cape cover most of my 4 f body. Can you suggest to me what to wear to help me at least look good and not submerged in the all black outfit. Thank you
    Lyn