Understanding yourself is something that the boss lady has much experience in, and this is true when it comes to fashion! Understanding your body and body shape is the first step in putting together outfits that express your confidence and boss lady power. Whether oval, inverted triangle, triangle, rectangle, or hourglass, boss ladies come in all different shapes and sizes.
Healthline reports, however, that the rectangular shape is one of the most common amongst women in the US. Contrary to popular belief, the way your body is shaped is dependent on genetics and bone structure, rather than the untrue myth all is dependent on your weight. In fact, exercise physiologist, Michelle Olson reported to Women’s Health that “As it turns out, you can’t change your frame size, bone structure, or the places you store body fat or muscle.” Although you cannot change the shape of your body distinctly, you can put together styles that complement a rectangular figure.
So what does having a rectangular body shaped actually mean?
A rectangle shape is distinguished when your shoulders, bust, waist, and hips are relatively the same size, while you possess long legs. Your waist is less defined and may appear straight. Some may characterize a rectangular body shape to be an athletic build or a straight silhouette.
Now that you can determine whether you have a rectangular shape, you can try out styles that are perfect for your body shape! Here are five styles that will enhance your figure.
1. Fit and Flare Pants
Fit and Flare pants are an oldie but a goodie! This contemporary style from the 70s has gained popularity in recent years and for good reason. This style is not only trendy but compliments a square-shaped body because of the added dimension. You can choose a variety of styles that fit and flare pants come in while flattering your silhouette. The shape of the fit and flare creates the illusion of curves and adds a proportional element to your look.
2. Aline Dress
Aline dresses are similar in shape to the fit and flare pants. These dresses give your body the illusion of an hourglass figure while being comfortable and stylish. The dress is perfect to highlight your waist and draw attention to your bottom half.
3. Belted Pieces
Belts are a great way to cinch in your waist and accentuate your figure. This addition gives shape to a narrow waist while elevating your outfit with a stylish twist. Belts can be incorporated into different styles, including dresses and blouses. This inclusion can be the ideal piece for someone with a rectangular-shaped body.
4. High Waisted Bottoms
High-waisted bottoms are a recent favorite! The style cinches in the waist and gives your body added depth to allude to a smaller waist. High-waisted bottoms are undeniably the most comfortable style of pants, a forgiving yet fashionable piece.
5. Scoop Neck Tops
Scoop neck tops are a great way to place attention on the upper half of your body, rather than the lower half. These tops are a perfect way to accentuate the illusion of a smaller waist. Scoop neck tops come in different styles to fit your aesthetic, elevate your outfit, and flatter your figure.
Fashion is your platform to show off who you are and look great doing it. When you recognize your body shape, you further your ability to style pieces that make you feel confident. Changing your body does not have to be your ultimate goal, rather finding pieces to flatter your physique is the perfect way to be true to who you are and dress to express your boss lady power.
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