Rectangle Shape


This type of body shape is also known as boyish, slim or athletic and includes the following general attributes:

• Equal width bust, waist and hips
• No definably curved waist
• Straight up and down

Wedding dresses which work particularly well for brides with a rectangle-type body shape include dresses which create curves by adding volume to specific parts of the body. This can be achieved either through the shape of the dress itself or by adding beading, ruching or ruffles to create extra volume and curves. Belts, ribbon, bows and embroidery can also be used to enhance the look of the dresses.

A-Line dresses will give a boyish or athletic figure a defined waist, while creating curves through the shape of the skirt. As A-Line dresses come in many different variations, look for ones with ruching or detailing across the bodice, as this will create extra shape around the bust. A-Line dresses also come with a variety of fullness in the skirt, so try on a number of different skirt volumes to get a feel for which one you prefer.

Column dresses with a defined natural waist line (for example, through the use of a belt) are great for brides with a rectangle-type body shape, as they complement a slim frame whilst creating curves and definition around the waist.

Empire style dresses can add a softer feminine shape to a boyish figure, especially in fabrics such as chiffon. Similar to the Column dress, an Empire style dress will complement a slim frame, whilst adding curves and definition under the bust. Empire line dresses with gathered fabric such as chiffon around the bodice create more volume in bust area.

A Sheath style wedding dress will follow the natural line of a feminine figure, so will create a waistline and curves at the hips. By adding beading, lace or a belt, extra curves can be added to create an even more feminine look.

A Ball Gown may also flatter your shape, depending on the style of the bodice. Curves can be added by using a corset style bodice with a lace back, as this will give a defined waist. If you are opting for a Ball Gown however, be careful if you have a boyish or athletic upper body, as the full skirt may make it look unbalanced.

Rather than adding curves to a figure, Fishtail and Trumpet styles tend to follow the natural curves that already exist on body shapes. As a result these styles do not tend to suit most brides with a rectangle-type body shape.

Brides with a rectangle-type body shape look great in A-Line, Column, Empire, Sheath and Ball Gown style wedding dresses. As such a wide range of dress styles suit you, a good starting point would be to try on dresses of each style. Once you have chosen your preferred style you can then try on other dresses within that style.

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