Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Style for Your Shape: Ruler

For our final Style for Your Shape, we'll be focusing on the most common body type, the Ruler (also known as Rectangle/Banana/Boyish). Ruler-shaped women tend to carry their weight evenly throughout their body, whether they're slim or plus-sized.  If you're unsure which of the five body shapes you have--Apple, Hourglass, Inverted Triangle, Pear, or Ruler--you might find this quiz helpful. But if you're pretty certain you're a ruler, read on!

Women who are ruler shaped typically:

  • have no real "problem area" when it comes to weight; they gain and lose all over
  • have shoulders and hips of equal proportion
  • have a small to average-sized bust
  • have little definition at the waist (are "straight up and down")

Some ruler shaped celebrities include:

Ruler Shaped Celebs

Many other shapes envy your easy-to-dress figure, but you may sometimes feel you're lacking in the curves department. Lucky for you though, it's easier to create curves than conceal them! And because you don't have one area that's prominent (ie. broad shoulders, a larger bust, or heavier thighs), you can experiment with most styles. 

Ruler Shape Essentials
Ruler Shape Essentials
1. A Wrap Coat
With your streamlined shape, you can pull off a bulkier coat, but a belt will cinch in your waist for some added definition.
Wrap coat - baukjen.com

2. Distressed Denim
You've got the kind of figure that looks great in all kinds of denim, even hard-to-pull-off distressed styles.
Maison Scotch jeans - flannels.com

3. Button-Up Shirts
You know that whole buttoned-up shirt with a big, chunky necklace look? Well, it's one that looks amazing on you.
Current Elliott button up shirt lagarconne.com

4. and 5. Shift Dresses
The '60s mod look is big this season, and you have just the right shape to pull off this type of dress. While this style can look awkward on more hourglass-y figures (fitting too tight around the hips and loose in the middle), it works perfectly on your boyish shape.
Cynthia Rowley flower print dress cynthiarowley.com
Kenzo dress - stylebop.com

6. A Pleated Skirt
Pleated skirts add bulk and can be tricky to pull off if you're bottom-heavy, but they suit your even proportions.
RED Valentino skirt - farfetch.com

7. Mannish Shoes
Your boyish figure suits menswear of all kinds, including footwear such as brogues or monk-straps.
Brown flat - office.co.uk

8. A Cut-Out Swimsuit
The sky's the limit for you when it comes to playing around with types of swimwear--try out a daring, curve-creating cut-out number.
Agent Provocateur one piece swimsuit agentprovocateur.com

9. Interesting Tops
You can pull off some of fashion's more daring styles, so have fun with different shapes and embellishments.
Prabal Gurung sleeveless top modaoperandi.com

10. Colourful Trousers
Have fun experimenting with different lengths, shapes, colours, patterns, and textures of trousers.
Mulberry slim wool pants mulberry.com

That's about it for our Style for Your Shape series! See here for a re-cap of the four other shapes: Pear, Inverted Triangle, Hourglass, and Apple.

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