5 Tips for Dressing Your Inverted Triangle Shape

If your body resembles an inverted-triangle it means you have broad shoulders, narrow hips, an undefined waist and a large bust in proportion to the rest of your body.

It may look like you are wearing shoulder pads when you are not. A better way to describe it is you have a swimmer’s shape.



Great examples of women with the inverted triangle body type Jamie Lee Curtis, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Teri Hatcher, Pamela Anderson and Catherine Zeta Jones.

inverted triangle figure


How do you dress for this body type?  You need to balance your broad shoulders with your small waist and hips. Here’s what to wear:


Skirts that add volume to your hips, such as pleated  A- line or full skirts work best. Pencils skirts that don’t narrow at the knees can work too.


The best pants for an inverted triangle are bootcut or relaxed fit pants with a wider hemline. Pants with pocket flaps on the back will help your  bottom look bigger as your body type tends to have a small bottom. 


Strong V-neck tops and  scoop neck tops are attractive. One shoulder tops and off the shoulder tops draw attention away from your broad shoulders. Soft  fabrics that drape soften the shoulders. Stay away from tops that widen the shoulder like tops with boat necks or with wide or oversized collars.


Shorter jackets that flare out slightly at the hips will broaden your hips and balance your figure. For example, a peplum jacket is great  because of the way it adds width to your bottom half.


Strapless. or one shoulder dresses highlights your gorgeous shoulders. Dresses with hip detail help balance your shape. Bias cut dresses look fabulous too.  


Choose bottoms in bright, light colors and tops in dark colors. This will add more weight and below your waist.


Bold Patterns and Textures below the waist will add some bulk here and even you out.

One Last Tip

As I mentioned earlier a gal with this figure type has a large bust in proportion to the rest of her body. While that’s pretty sexy when you’re young, after 40 when everything starts to sag and bulk up you can look really top heavy and matronly. So my tip to you get a great bra that hikes your breasts up and off your tummy. Your bust should sit halfway between your shoulders and your elbow. The perkier you look, the more youthful you will look.

Are you starting to get a better understanding of how to Dress Over 40 if you are an inverted triangle shape? Want to know more about the styles of clothing will work best for your body type? Then check out the online fashion tool, My Private Stylist.

It’s a fantastic computerized fashion tool that pinpoints your unique body shape and reveals the styles you need to wear to flatter your figure and make you look fabulous! 


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3 thoughts on “5 Tips for Dressing Your Inverted Triangle Shape

  1. This helps! Espeically when we aren’t allowed to try items on in the stores. I wasn’t sure of the right patter for a shirt with my triangle build. But now I know and I can’t wait to receive it in the mail

  2. Great article!!! It’s the FIRSTTTT time I’ve seen something that’s TALKING to my body shape! I’ve ALWAYS described myself as an upside down triangle. Those were my EXACT words for years (decades?).. and I”m 44. People would laugh thinking I was kidding – but no. Dead serious. Did gymnastics as a kid, then cheerleading and well.. weight training for most of my adult life… Women in my family all have wide backs . Being athletic from childhood to early adulthood – the hips never arrived (neither did the boobs! ha!) – which explained the c-section route for all 3 kids. So growing up, being a teen and into womanhood – it was always challenging, disappointing and depressing.. I didn’t fit anything! SO my clothes were very minimal, on the ho-hum side. Thanks for writing this –

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