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Curobe’s Top to Bottom Styling Tips: Rectangle Body Shape

Each one of us has a different relationship with our body, the clothes we wear and the way that clothes make us feel! Here at Curobe we want to empower you to feel like the best version of yourself when you get dressed. Finding clothes that make you feel incredible about your body will make you look your best.

Styling tips for a straighter silhouette: If you have a straight shoulder line and ribcage, with minimal waist definition and a hipline that is broadly the same width as your shoulders, then you would be traditionally known as a rectangle body shape!

Let’s take it from the Top

A loose or wider sleeve is a great option for someone with a rectangle (sometimes also referred to as athletic) body shape! For the neckline, you could try a sweetheart or scoop neck.  A V-neck is also a great option that can help create some curves; a shallow cut can work well or perhaps a bit deeper if that’s more your thing!  The hem of your top can also make a difference, where opting for a V-shaped hem instead of a straight hem can be a great way to create shape at the waist. Keep an eye out for them, as they’re not as common as we would like!

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Volume and embellishments help create shape

Layer it

Jackets with a tailored fit can look amazing on a straighter silhouette. They can sit below the waistline or for a longer torso, something a bit shorter can help shape the body. You could also try a peplum shaped jacket which flares out slightly at the waist for a more nipped waistline! 

Bottoms Up

A more relaxed fitting jean or trouser (whether that be wide-legged, straight legged or even a flare), can help soften a rectangular frame. Over the past few years there has been a massive swathe of more relaxed trouser styles. There are some great options out there, whether you’re looking for a basic cut or something to add some boldness to your outfit, such as a wide leg pleat or an eye-catching print!

Skirt round it

A skirt that defines your waist with a tighter fit up top that then flares out or sits just off your hips can really suit a straighter silhouette. Skirts with some extra detailing, for example ruffles or pleats can also help create shape and curves.

Dress it up, Dress it Down

When searching for the right dress, don’t hide your shape in a boxy or loose dress.  A fit-and-flare option can define your mid-section and create a beautiful feminine silhouette. Alternatively, you could find a flowy dress with a belted waistline. If you’re looking for something a little bit more dramatic, opt for a puffed sleeve or ruching! 

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There are so many dress options to help highlight and accentuate curves for straighter body shapes

Interested in styling other body shapes?

See Curobe’s Top to Bottom Styling Tips: Broader Hips

See Curobe’s Top to Bottom Styling Tips: Apple Body Shape

See Curobe’s Top to Bottom Styling Tips: Hourglass Body Shape

See Curobe’s Top to Bottom Styling Tips: Broad Shoulders

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About Olivia Baggott

Hi, I am Olivia- a history graduate with a strong passion for sharing my knowledge about sustainable fashion! However, I really don't know everything yet and I can't wait to share my journey of better education around sustainability, ethics and the fashion industry with our likeminded Curobe community! The more we know, the better decisions we can make!

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