How to Dress the Inverted Triangle Body Type

Creating proportions in the way of your dressing can flatter your shape. Defined by relatively broad shoulders, narrower hips and slender limbs, inverted triangle body type is tricky to dress as the broad shoulder line can make you look top-heavy. Whether you’re planning to create curvature on your bottom or define your waist, keep on reading for style guidelines in dressing your inverted triangle body type.

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Softening the shoulder line and creating a balanced silhouette is the key so that you won’t look top-heavy. When choosing for tops, go for ones made of soft knits and chiffon to de-emphasizes the shoulder line while the excess volume collapses back onto the body providing a little structure. When opting for button-down shirts, steer clear from stiff fabrications that are harder to pull off. Instead, go for with a fluid or little stretch, and unbutton the shirt to create a V-neck style. High or low scoop necks, cowls, drape necks, boat necks, open shirt collars and such look great on you. Wearing darker colors on top helps to visually create balance by narrowing the top and widening the bottom when you opt for a bright one.

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You may still show off your arms and shoulders with strapless style tops, but just avoid ones with heavy embellishments as well as epaulettes, extended shoulder pad detailing, puffy sleeves, shoulder ruching, and flutter sleeves that visually accentuate width. If you’re not that comfortable on sleeveless tops, you may layer some outerwear like a collarless jacket, blazer, coat, vest while keeping them unbuttoned to soften the shoulder lines. Just keep the lapels on jackets and coats small and relatively refined, because oversized collars and lapels tend to make shoulders look broader.

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To create curves at the bottom, you may go for pleated slouchy styles, trouser jeans, bell bottoms, harem pants, boyfriend styles, boot cuts, culottes, wide leg pants, slouchy track pants, and cargo pants as an extra volume on the bottom balance out your top half. Knee-length skirts with contoured waistbands, patch pockets on the front or back are good. Skirt styles like skirts with stitched down pleats, full circle, bias-cut, tiered, softly pleated, and paneled skirts are also excellent. You may add some definition on your bottom part by wearing bold patterns on your skirts and trousers. If you may, go for a light-colored skirt like a white one and sport a dark top like a red blouse.

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Defining your waist with body con dresses, fit-and-flare dresses, empire style dresses and such is a timeless and slimming approach to dressing your shape. Tailored sheath dresses — with or without sleeves — and bias-cut dresses worn at the knee are fabulous options as well as dresses with V-necks and plunging necklines. Dresses with side panels are great to accentuate your waist and give some definition to your bottom.

Dressing your shape by creating appropriate proportions is the key to flaunt what you’ve got. Just be tasteful in your sartorial choices to make a statement that turn heads.



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