Dress for Your Shape: The Rectangle
With little definition at the waist, this straight-up-and-down figure is often considered boyish. Opt for styles that fit snugly at your middle but flare out at the bottom (whether it’s a skirt or pants) to create curves.
Styles to avoid: Dresses that are tight all over and anything too flowy or unstructured around the waist, like Empire-waist tops.
A slim fit at the hips that graduates to slightly wider hems gives the impression of all-around shapeliness.
“A nipped-in blazer creates a waist and the appearance of fuller hips,” says Isaac Mizrahi, creative director of Liz Claiborne.
Ruffles and wispy sleeves add volume to the bust and shoulders, making the waist look smaller in comparison.