Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Rectangle Body Shape

If you are a rectangle, your body shape is the most common among women. Forty-six percent of American women are rectangle. This shape is also called ruler, straight and banana.

Kate Hudson is an example of a rectangle. Curvy or full-figure ladies can also be rectangles.

Kate Hudson

Description

•Bust, hip and waist measurements are nearly the same
•Waist is straight and not very defined
•Typically has a small bust, but not always
•Backside tends to be more flat than round
•Not many curves
• May appear to have more of an athletic or boxy look
•Straight legs, but may be shapely
•Straight shoulder line

Add Balance

One woman may want to celebrate her awesome athletic look by wearing a fitted sheath, classic shift or shirt dress. These silhouettes reinforce the rectangle shape.

Another woman may want to create curves that aren’t naturally there on a rectangle shape. You can modify the appearance of your body shape and add curves with certain types of clothes. This is what we call adding balance.

 

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Ruffle dresses are your friends, especially if worn near the bust or shoulders. Other dresses that suit your body shape include the wrap dress; dresses with rouching or cinching, especially on the sides (hips); gathering at waist & bust-line; dresses with a flared skirt and empire waist. Belted and banded dresses work especially well because they add definition to your waist. Dresses with front or side pockets look great on you, too.

Modest Fashion Styling Tips

The rectangle shape tends to have a straight shoulder line. Some stylists suggest opening up the neck area by showing cleavage. But it’s really not necessary to wear a deep-V just to draw attention away from your shoulders. You have the option of wearing a nice V-neck, sweetheart neckline or scoop neck dress that doesn’t dip too far down. If it does dip more than you’d like, a nice cami or smooth tank underneath can solve some modesty issues. Modesty4Me has high-neck camis. No pulling and tugging at sliding camis!

If you’re worried a cami or tank may bunch underneath or add unnecessary bulk, there are clip-on mock camisoles available. I bought a pack of five from Gordman’s. I’m not sure of the manufacturer, but it included a white, black, nude and 2 animal print mock camisoles.

Another tip to manage deep V-necks is to wear a statement necklace or lovely scarf. Perhaps choose a dress that has beautiful buttons, tiers or ruffles down the center of the bust area. These tips still handle the “draw attention away from your shoulders” suggestion without compromising modesty.

 

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Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Love Your Body Shape

Your body shape is the sum of your bone or skeletal structure plus muscle mass and fat distribution.

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There are not very many shapes, yet you may come across a variety of names for the same shape. Is an apple an oval? Is an oval a cone? It’s the same!

And then there’s the body shape beauty standard.

The Ideal Shape Isn’t So Common

You may have been socialized to believe the hourglass is the most common shape because it’s the most celebrated. Were you the girl who thought every other girl had the “perfect” hourglass figure but you? Perhaps the hourglass was more common many moons ago. Think Sophia Loren. But research has shown that women’s shapes are changing, but the fashion industry isn’t keeping up with our shifting forms. In our modern times, the most common body shape is the rectangle or banana. Surprised?

Roughly 50% of women are rectangle or banana, according to coordinated research by AlvaProducts and North Carolina State University¹. The spoon (a close relative of the pear) is the next common shape for women, followed by the inverted triangle.

Love Your Body Shape

I have read too many posts and comments by women who feel bad about their bodies because they’re not the coveted hourglass, a model industry height or possess the year’s most glorified body part.

It is important to love the skin you’re in, including your body shape. Some styling tips suggest wearing clothes to achieve an hourglass figure. We’re not going that route with Modest Fashion Stylist 101: Skirt Girl Edition.

If you’ve struggled in the fitting rooms, you’re not alone. The fashion industry fuels this frustration because many of the clothes hanging on the racks are sized and designed for the hourglass figure. In actuality, very few women are an hourglass, at the tune 8.4% of American women². For some reason, we continue to perpetuate the hourglass as the ideal shape. But the shapes of real women say it’s not the norm.

It’s okay if you don’t fall into the slim 8.4% hourglass category. Your body is beautiful — be it pear, apple, spoon or rectangle, etc. Embrace it! I want you to have a healthy body image. This isn’t about an hourglass illusion, but achieving balance to help you look your personal best and feel confident. Perhaps being armed with this knowledge will help you to shop, see clothes and dress yourself with a sense of empowerment.

Join me for the following segment, which will describe the rectangle shape with Skirt Girl Edition modest styling tips.

1. "AlvaProducts, North Carolina State University Reveals How Industry Can Tackle 
Problems of Poor Fit by Addressing More Than an Hourglass Figure". 
alvanon.warkulwiz.com. 17 November 2005.

2. "Clothing Pattern Adjustments Addressing Differences in Body Shape and Body
Deviations Affecting Fit of Clothing". 
North Carolina State University. 14 April 2014.

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Understanding Body Shapes

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Body Shapes

 

 

 

 

 

What is a body shape?

A body shape consists of the contours and proportions of your body, including the waistline.  Bone structure, muscles and fat all play a part.

There are four basic/traditional shapes used to categorize the shape of a woman’s body: apple, banana, hourglass and pear.

The shapes of women’s bodies can vary beyond the four basic shapes. With this in mind, we’ll focus on six possible body shapes, instead of four. Continue Reading