Recently I wrote about how to determine your body type (click here) and the five general horizontal body shapes for women. This article will focus on the inverted triangle body type and provide tips on how to dress this type to achieve more balanced proportions.
Remember – these are only styling tips. No matter what you wear – you need to choose clothing that makes you feel good and boosts your confidence.
Inverted Triangle Body Type
The inverted triangle is the second most desirable body shape. The body is larger above the waist than below. You are an inverted triangle if your measurements show these results:
The Inverted Triangle (slender)
- Broader shoulders than hips
- Little definition between waist & hips
- Much smaller bottom half than top
- Same as slender but also has a generous bust & is more curvaceous
- Fuller upper arms
- Usually has a shorter waist
To balance out your proportions, you want to create width in your lower body to balance the upper half. Here are the simple guidelines.
Avoid clothes that…
- Add width to your top half
- Draw the eye to the widest part of your body (your shoulders)..
Here is a smart casual work look along with the tips explaining why this a good look for the inverted triangle.
Highlight What Makes You Feel Confident & Beautiful
The inverted triangle body type is the most athletic body shape and was popularized on the runways in the 90s by many supermodels such as Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and recently Giselle Bundchen. The best examples of the inverted triangle shape are Olympic swimmers – Dara Torres is probably the most well known in fashion.
If you are an inverted triangle and love your strong athletic shoulders than show them off! This season’s “cold shoulder” look is perfect for you. Don’t hide your shoulders, stand tall and be proud of them!
Remember, I have provided you some styling tips – not hard fast rules. The most important tip I can give is to always wear clothes that make you feel good and that send the messages you want sent. You will be the most beautiful when you feel good on the inside and wear your clothes with confidence!