Tips on Dressing for a Rectangle Body Shape as a Plus Size Woman in Kenya

You might be asking yourself so many questions about this type of body shape

“Is it a healthy body shape?”  Yes   it is a healthy body This body type is the most common and is typically considered the healthiest.

Rectangle-shaped people are less likely to develop obesity, heart disease, or diabetes. A rectangle body shape is typically thin and has a proportional waist, hips, and shoulders

How can I dress  my body as an individual with a rectangle shape?

There are plenty of tips and tricks to help you dress for your body type and accentuate your best features. Here are some tips on dressing for a rectangle body shape as a plus-size babe in Kenya.

But before that let’s first understand what a rectangle Body shape looks like.

The rectangle body type, often referred to as the straight or athletic body type, is distinguished by an absence of curves and an equal measurement of the bust, waist, and hips.

This body type is often tall and slim, with a flat bottom, straight shoulders and ribs, and little to no waist definition.

As a plus-size babe with a rectangle body shape, it can be challenging to find clothes that flatter your figure and make you feel confident. Here is a guide and tips to making your shape just as beautiful like any other body shape.

Define Your Waistline

The key to dressing a rectangle body shape is to create the illusion of curves.

One way to do this is to define your waistline.

Adding a belt to your outfit can create a more hourglass figure by accentuating your waistline.

You can also choose clothes that have a cinched waist, like wrap dresses, peplum tops, and high-waisted skirts.

Tops .When choosing tops for a rectangle body shape, the focus should be on creating curves and defining the waist. Here are some tips:

Necklines. To create some curves, round necklines – such as scoop or jewel necklines, are excellent choices. Lower, wider necklines – such as wide V-, slash, scoop or sweetheart necklines, visually lengthen the shoulder and bust area.

Embellishments around the décolletage such as big collars, lace trims and ruffles can also help direct the attention upwards and create additional volume.

If you want to accentuate your slender look, opt for narrow necklines – such as turtlenecks, mandarin, crew, funnel and halter necklines (but don’t forget to define the waist).

Avoid square and straight necklines (such as Sabrina) that will add squareness to your body frame.

Sleeves . The right type of sleeve for the rectangle body adds interest and volume to the upper or lower body depending on the sleeve length. Opt for sleeve styles that are embellished, such as rolled-up or cuffed sleeves, as these will draw attention.

To create volume, sleeves should be loose and wide – like flared, princess, puff or flutter sleeves.

You have a wide range of lengths to choose from: sleeveless, cap, short shirt sleeves, short elbow, classic shirt long sleeves and ¾ sleeves.

Avoid shapeless sleeve styles – such as fitted sleeves that add to the column look.

Shirts, T-Shirts & Other Tops

Shirts for the rectangle body should create shape by adding volume to the shoulder, bust, and hip line while at the same time pulling in the waist.

Shirts with nipped or belted waists, those draping under the bust, and shirts flaring out at the bottom achieve this.

Belts are also a great way to create a waist. Darker colors will add a further slimming effect. Shirts should finish at the hip level; avoid

Wear Clothing with Different Proportions

Adding layers to your outfit can create a more dynamic look and help break up the straight lines of a rectangle body shape.

Try layering a cropped jacket or cardigan over a longer top to create the illusion of a smaller waistline. You can also mix and match different lengths of clothing to create a more dynamic look.

Choose Clothing with Curves

When shopping for clothes, choose pieces that have curves and contours. A-line skirts, dresses with full skirts, and tops with a peplum detail can all create a more hourglass figure.

Clothing with draping, and pleating can also create the illusion of curves.

Focus on Your Legs

One of the best features of a rectangle body shape is your legs. Highlight them by wearing shorter skirts and dresses, skinny jeans, or leggings. You can also wear high heels to create the illusion of longer legs.

Add Accessories

Accessories can help you draw attention to your best features. Wear statement jewelry, scarves, or hats to draw the eye up and away from your straight silhouette.

A statement necklace or earrings can also add interest to your outfit and create a more dynamic look.

Choose the Right Fabrics

Choosing the right fabrics can make a huge difference in how your outfit fits and flatters your figure. Avoid fabrics that cling to your body, like spandex or jersey, as they can emphasize your straight silhouette. Instead, opt for fabrics that drape nicely, like silk, cotton, or linen.

Consider Shapewear

If you want to create a more defined waistline, consider wearing shapewear. Shapewear can smooth out your curves and create a more hourglass figure. Look for shapewear that targets your midsection, like high-waisted shorts or briefs.

Play with Colors and Prints

Colors and prints can also create a more dynamic look and help draw attention to your best features. Try wearing bright colors or bold prints on your lower half to draw attention to your legs. You can also wear darker colors on your upper half to create a slimming effect.

Experiment with Different Necklines

Different necklines can create a more dynamic look and draw attention to different parts of your body. Try wearing tops with a V-neck or scoop neck to draw attention to your chest.

Boat necklines and off-the-shoulder tops can also create interest and draw the eye up and away from your straight silhouette.

Embrace Your Body

The most important tip when dressing for a rectangle body shape as a plus-size babe in Kenya is to embrace your body.

You are beautiful just the way you are, and your body shape is unique and special. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles and find.


In conclusion, dressing a rectangle body shape can be a challenge, but with the right styling, it can be transformed into a balanced and flattering silhouette.

The key to dressing a rectangle body shape is to create the illusion of curves by defining the waist and adding dimensions to the body frame.

Investing in a good push-up bra, wearing well-structured clothes, playing with different cuts and shapes, and using prints, textures, and details strategically can create interest and curves.

Additionally, defining the waist with belts or nipped garments, wearing darker colors around the waist, and avoiding clothes that end at the waist or embellish it can break up the rectangle and create a more defined waistline.

With the tips and tricks outlined in this article, you can confidently build a functional and flattering wardrobe tailored to your rectangle body shape, and embrace your unique body shape with style and confidence.