The best Inverted Triangle Body Shape fashion advice and styling do-it-yourself styling techniques. You'll find everything you need to know about bringing out the best in your slightly athletic body shape, from how to flatter your wide shoulders to creating more curves around the hips and thighs to create a proportional silhouette.
So What Does it Mean to Have an Inverted Triangle Body Shape?
That means your shoulders and upper half part are wider than your hips. Your probably have strong shoulders and narrow hips.
An "Athletic" Body Shape
You're known for having an athletic-looking body shape! Your frame is quite common among catwalk models. And often your type of shape comes with nice, lean legs :)
Celebrities known to have an inverted triangle body shape: Reneé Zellweger, Naomi Campbell, Teri Hatcher, Demi Moore
How to Dress Your Inverted Triangle Body Shape
Your main goal when putting on clothes should be to discreetly add volume and width around your hips. This creates a balanced, hourglass shape.
However your wide shoulders are definitely a great body asset, so don't be afraid to show them off! More on that further down this page.
Let's take a closer look at how you can create a flattering look on your shape!
Add Volume and Width Around Your Hips and Down
I seriously don't like the fluff Naomi Campbell has put on her upper body (it's such a hideous layering), but you might want to take a look at her jeans. Those flared pants will help balance your shape.
Other clothes suited for your body shape: Flare pants, wide leg jeans, A-line skirts.
Tip: Are you a petite size? Then make sure you wear something tailored and fitted on top with flare/wide leg pants. The flare/wide leg + layering combo Naomi Campbell's wearing suit taller women best.
Proud of Your Beautiful Shoulders and Want to Create a Trademark?
Then accentuate them!
However avoid overdoing it as it can make you look stick-figured. Balance the look.
If you look at Teri Hatcher (the woman on your right left), you can see how she pulls it off. She emphasizes her upper part with white, but at the same time she draws attention to her breasts (maybe her best feature?) and the center of her chest. Her dress also has a subtle flare at the hemline. She also adds self-confidence in the mix :)
All in all, you can wear something that enhances your shapely shoulders as long as you keep your frame proportionate!
Your Best Pieces
Most types of pants and jeans
Your narrow hips and legs are primed for all kinds of pants! Examples are gauchos, harem pants, cargo pockets etc.
However if you're wearing skinnys or anything that is slim-fitted, make sure you wear something that minimizes your upper part a little bit (like a solid, dark colored sweater) on top and a pair of bright colored (or anything eyecathing) shoes to balance the look.
Like for example A-lines, circle, balloon, etc. Or anything that flares around the hemline.
Long tops, shirts and sweaters that cinch at your waistline or flare out from your waist or bust
Examples are tunics and belted cardigans. It creates curves around your waist and down
Tip: Petite or/and full-figured? -- then take extra precautions when wearing long tops/sweaters/jackets as they can make you look shorter and add width around your hips. However, you can try wearing a regular length top (falls right above your hips) with a belt around the waist.
Choose coats with minimal designs at top and that flair out from the waist.
Bright-colored or eyecatching shoes
These are sure to grab attention to your lean legs.
Low U and V-necks
These will vertically slim down your chest and make it look leaner.
Dresses that are fuller at hemline/cinch your waist/flares out from your waist
They'll add more volume on the bottom, balancing your body shape.
Have in mind that if you attempt to wear thin straps then you'll automatically broaden your shoulders by making your shoulders look bigger in comparison. So if you want to achieve a proportionate body shape choose larger straps.