Style Advice for a Rectangle Body Shape

Also known as a ruler or banana (if you’re feeling fruity), the rectangle is a fairly straight figure with no single area much bigger than any other. Although you’re not the curviest kid on the block, yours is a relatively easy shape to dress as you’re perfectly in proportion from top to bottom. Your streamlined shape can look a little on the boyish side sometimes but it’s never done Kate Moss or Keira Knightly any harm! Create the illusion of curves with clever dressing or work that waif-like look.


As you don’t have a huge chest you’ll look cute in all kinds of clothes that bigger busted girls don’t suit. Round neck jumpers and tees will look neat and sweet. The bold graphic prints that are on trend right now are perfect for your frame.

You can take your pick when it comes to necklines really – slash necks, high necked halters, asymmetric tops or polo necks, whatever takes your fancy! Your smaller bust won’t be suited to a sweetheart neckline, but deep v-necks and scoop necks can work well if you layer a cami underneath.

Layering is a great look for your shape – mix up plain block colours to break up your torso and create shape.

You will look great in voluminous, sheer blouses and tops with ruffle or bow details at the bust or neck. High neck tops can still look super-sexy!


The best skirt for your shape is a simple A line skirt, either on or above the knee. Maxi skirts that sit your hips can look fabulous too. A little bit of pleat or ruffle detailing can look sweet but keep it subtle or you’ll lose the balance between your top and bottom halves.

Don’t be tempted by long straight skirts – they really will bring out the ‘ruler’ in you. Pencil skirts can look good – just look for those with a bit of gentle shaping for a curvy effect. Again keep it subtle – a full-on lantern skirt would be OTT on you.


Most dresses will look good on you. If you don’t have the cleavage for a plunging neckline then go for a high neck such as a halterneck and show off your sexy back instead. Or work those pins in a mini dress or something with a daring leg slash.

Short, straight tiered flapper-style dresses will look fab as those tiers will add shape and interest – avoid plain straight sheath dresses though as these won’t bring out your best. Alternatively go for an A-line shape that flares from the waist to create more of an hourglass shape. Strapless and spaghetti strap style will both look stunning.

Jeans and Trousers

Whereas for many, shopping for jeans and trousers can be a nightmare, for you it’s a breeze as nearly all shapes will suit you. Work it in skinny jeans, leggings or elegant wide leg trousers – you can even get away with the tricky to carry-off high fashion peg leg trousers (should you want to). A gentle bootcut shape is always a safe bet – just avoid huge flares which will unbalance your outline, and while combats may be cool for relaxing, they won’t help steer that figure from boyish to curvy.

Coats and Jackets

Your slender frame will look stunning in sharp shapes so avoid shapeless numbers and go for a more a structured jacket. As you don’t have a large bust higher necks will look fab on you; try a biker jacket or an elegant funnel neck coat.

For more of an hourglass shape you can’t go wrong with a belted Mac or trench that will cinch you in at the middle and then flow out at the hip.


A good bra is essential to every woman’s wardrobe regardless of your bust size. Make sure you’re wearing the right size to start with by going for a fitting or following an online measuring guide. You’ll find an underwired bra will give you the best shape and support – try a seamfree bra for under those close fitting T-shirts.  If you do want a boost in the boob department then underwear is the answer. You’re simply spoilt for choice when it comes to padded and push-up bras, and there’s always gel inserts for a little extra va va voom! For those back-revealing party dresses look out for low backed bras or bra converters.

Finishing Touches

A super long statement chain necklace or string of beads will look fabulous on your streamlined shape.


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