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Your body type is: Straight

You have the most common body type. Over 45% of American women have a Straight body shape (sometimes called rectangle or ruler). This means that your hips and bust are balanced and your waist is not very defined. You probably have a bottom that is more flat than round. You tend to gain weight in your torso first and then your upper thighs and arms. Your lower legs are always shapely and one of your best assets.

How to Dress a Straight Body Shape

The key to dressing a Straight body type is to proportionally dress the top and bottom of your body while enhancing your waist. If you are comfortable doing so, you can wear form fitting clothing (such as a tube-type dress) and create a waist by adding a wide, dark belt. However, to create a more curvaceous effect add volume (or the illusion of volume) proportionally to your upper and lower body by mixing and matching suggested separates.

straight body shape top


Look for tops that will add curves to your upper half and create a more defined waist:

  • Tops with nipped or belted waists.
  • Off the shoulder, boat-neck tops, wide V or U necks.
  • Structured shoulders, princess or flutter sleeves.
  • Embellishments around the bust and shoulders.
  • Tops that are full, rushed or flowing around the bust.
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  • straight body shape banded top
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straight body shape skirts


Look for bottoms that add curves to your lower half while creating an hourglass effect:

  • Pants with full or moderately flared legs.
  • Go for details such as whiskering, embellished pockets & flap pockets.
  • Full, tiered or bubble skirts.
  • Cargo or safari pants with pronounced hip and rear pockets.
  • Mid to low-rise waists with wide waistbands.
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straight body shape swimsuits


Look for swimsuits that will add the illusion of curves to your figure:

  • Wide-set straps.
  • Moderate to full coverage bottoms.
  • Light colored tops that are ruffled, embellished, patterned or padded.
  • Light colored bottoms or waist bands with ruffles or embellishments.
  • Waistbands that are cut staight across from hip to hip.
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