Dressing for your figure: Rectangle

Rectangles have a balanced figure, just like hourglasses and apples, their shoulders and hips have the same proportion. But where apples and hourglasses have roundness, rectangles have straight, square lines. Most rectangles are slim, but one can also find tall, solid statuesque girls with this figure. The Gamine look is made for your figure, and it always has a youthful elegance.



This dress requires no cleavage, but the cutouts make it as exciting as a low-cut LBD on a busty girl. It has a naturally straight shape and the sleeves add to the gamine spirit of it. Nevertheless, it is clearly a grown up dress. Somehow I see this worn with short, straight hair in a 1960’s cut, or an Audrey Hepburn updo. The neckline is too high for necklaces and too interesting for a brooch, so the accessories must be earrings. Sleeves too long for a bracelet ask for a ring. (Notice how erasing the unsuitable options leaves you with the fitting ones.) I’d go for either silver, white or red for a classic look, and hot pink or royal blue for something more edgy.


Where the first dress completely embraced the squareness of the rectangle figure, this one sneaks a few curves in. The illusion is subtle, refined. A thin girl padding her bra heavily and wearing a big puffy skirt can look insecure, but this is a very graceful way to add shape. Note that the sleeves and neckline are similar to those in the first dress. The pleats magnify the curve of a small bust, yet the straight lines harmonise with the straightness of the rectangle. The skirt is flared, and soft, but not rounded. It forms the classical A-line that looks natural on straight hips. The shortness of the skirt pronounces subtle curves by shortening them.  This should be worn with some fun tights for a bohemian look, perhaps in a more vivid green, and brown/burgundy boots or mary janes. It could also be glammed up with gold accessories.


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I enjoy life, being a woman, thinking about the future and writing.
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