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  • The (Second) Ultimate Guide to Rectangle Body Shape Styles

    July 24, 2023 3 min read

    Ever wondered why celebrities look fabulous no matter what they wear? It's not because they've got million-dollar stylists or the world's finest wardrobes; it's all about how they dress their unique body shapes. As a stylist for over two years, I've found immense joy in dressing women with rectangle body types. In this post, we'll explore how to style a rectangle body shape and turn any feelings of "boxiness" into style confidence.

    (Watch the video on Youtube below)

    Understanding Your Rectangle Body Shape

    Rectangle body types are pretty balanced, meaning the shoulders, waist, and hips are usually in line. This can sometimes create a feeling of being boxy. However, the beauty of this shape is that it is like a blank canvas - you can play around with various cuts, patterns, and accessories to create curves and depth where you want.

    Fashion Don'ts For Rectangle Body Types

    Let's dive right into some don'ts of dressing for a rectangle body shape. These are some common fashion missteps that may be stifling your style:

    Avoid Square Necklines

    Square necklines, like those in classic T-shirts, can amplify the feeling of squareness. The same goes for high turtlenecks; they cover up a lot of skin and create a boxy look around your neck and shoulders.

    No Boxy, Oversized Outfits

    Oversized graphic tees and T-shirt dresses create more width across your figure and add to the boxiness. While these casual looks may be comfy and easy to throw on, they do little for your silhouette.

    Fashion Do's For Rectangle Body Shapes

    Now that we've covered the don'ts, let's move to the fun part - the dos. These are the clothes and styles that will make you feel more confident with a rectangle body type:

    Go for Fitted Styles

    As a rule of thumb, fitted clothes like T-shirts, bodysuits, and pencil skirts do a great job highlighting your figure without adding any unwanted width. Maxi dresses, fitted mini skirts, and cropped jackets are also excellent choices for your body shape.

    Accentuate Your Waist

    Another tip to enhance your style is to accentuate your waist. Items like corsets, belts, or dresses with ties can help create a proportional contrast between your shoulders and waist, adding that curve where you want it.

    Embrace Colors and Patterns

    Bold colors and patterns can make your figure look more pronounced. Be adventurous and experiment with mixed patterns and bright colors to give your outfits that extra "pop."

    Celebrity Styling Inspiration

    Celebrities like Hailey Bieber, Cameron Diaz, and Hilary Duff have mastered the art of dressing for a rectangle body type. They play into their slim figures and make it look absolutely effortless.

    Hailey Bieber, for instance, is known for her cute, fitted cropped T-shirts. She usually keeps it simple with white, grey, or black tops and pairs them with straight-leg mini skirts, highlighting her petite waist and strong shoulders.

    One key takeaway from these celebrities is to focus on highlighting your waist. It's one of the best features of a rectangle body shape and you can have fun with it in colors, prints, and even adding volume with styles like peplum or blazers with puff sleeves.

    Conclusion - You Can Rock This Too!

    With these tips at hand, hopefully, you've identified your rectangle body shape and are ready to try a cropped T-shirt, a high slit maxi skirt, or any other of the outfit ideas mentioned. And remember, fashion is all about having fun and feeling great in what you wear, so don't be afraid to experiment.

    If you're still unsure about your body type, we offer a body calculator that provides specific details on each body type. Or, if you're ready for some personalized style advice, book a free styling call with us at Bella Ella. We can't wait to help you enhance your style!

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