Shopping for your shape
Measuring up in jeans when your body shape is a rectangle.
Shops are filling with autumn fashions and the weather has been more conducive to merino than maxi dresses. It is time to start planning your winter purchases and my two top tips for dressing well are to buy colours that suit you and styles that flatter your shape.
For the rectangle body shape creating curves is your objective. Your bust, waist and hip measurements are very similar which can make you look square. Any weight gain will be spread through the torso area with little going on the legs or bottom. Often, a rectangle has slim legs and hips. To work out whether you are a rectangle or not run a tape measure around the bust, waist and hip and if there is a 5cm-10cm difference you are most likely in this group. For those who have passed menopause you may have become more of a rectangle with age. Our waistlines thicken as our hormones re-adjust – I still haven’t worked out why!
Garments that give the illusion of hourglass and disguise your straighter shape will be best. You are a great jeans/pants woman and will often have lovely legs so can choose from the patterned and coloured options available. Also, you will also find a fitted jacket flatters you and gives you shape.
If you are heavy in the stomach then avoid waist seams or belts as they draw attention to a heavy mid-section and feel uncomfortable. (Although slimmer rectangles can wear both options). Also, avoid shapeless shift dresses as they can accentuates your body shape – you will look better in a dress with vertical seams and a flared skirt.
FAVOURITE PICK FOR THE RECTANGLE
Patterned or coloured trousers worn with flat to medium-heeled shoes/boots will increase the apparent length of your legs. Add a semi-fitted top and you will look fantastic. STEPHANIE RUMBLE
Long and lean: Andrea Moore Kaleidoscope Skinnies, $350 from andreamoore.co.nz
Natty flatty: Jeffrey Campbell Boot, Sammyfrom Andrea Biani $249.90. andreabianishop.co.nz