The inverted triangle body shape is characterised by broad shoulders and / or bust that narrow down to the hips. The strong shoulders often lend this body shape an athletic-looking physique.
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The inverted triangle body shape is heavier on the top due to the wide shoulder line.
The goal for dressing this shape is to balance the broader shoulders, chest and back with the narrower lower body to create a balanced silhouette.T
his is achieved by choosing clothes that add curves to the hips and bottom while creating a more defined waist, and de-emphasising the upper body.
Reduce the wide appearance of your shoulders by playing them down and balancing them out with the narrower hips.
Add volume and interest to your hips and bottom to make them look curvier and your shoulders smaller.
The right neckline for the inverted triangle body shape is one that plays down the wide shoulders and / or bust.
To achieve this, necklines should be slim and long to visually reduce the width of the upper body. Deep and narrow scoop, U-or V-necklines are great.
Asymmetric styles help break up the chest vertically; and if you have a small bust, halter necks can help elongate your silhouette.
Avoid wide and low necklines - such as off-shoulder, bateau, square, and Sabrina styles, that would add to the width of the shoulder line.
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Like necklines, sleeves should make the upper body appear slimmer. If the sleeve is short, opt for tight-fitted, tapered sleeves to avoid adding weight to your shoulders. Dropped shoulder points, shoulder slits, and cut-outs the shoulders appear slimmer.
For long sleeves, the opposite is true: to add volume around your hips, opt for soft sleeves that flare- such as raglans, kimono, or dolman sleeves.
Choose wide straps over thin straps as the latter will make the shoulders look wider and bigger.
Avoid heavy detailing like buttons around the shoulders as well as puff sleeves that would draw the eye to the wide shoulders.
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Shirts for the inverted triangle body shape should emphasise the waist and play down the upper body and broad shoulders. Simple straight lines, wrap-style tops, splits on the waist or layering on the hips are great.
To add volume to the hip area, look for shirts that flare from the waist to the hips to give the illusion of shape. Tops should extend past the hip-line to take away attention from the shoulders.
Opt for shirts in darker colours than your bottoms and keep shirts collar-less or with very small collars to take attention away from the upper body.
Avoid cropped shirts that end at the waist, and details or embellishments around the upper body and shoulder area.
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Since knitwear tends to add volume to the upper body (especially chunkier, heavier styles), the best options for the inverted triangle body is straight-cut and slim fitting jumpers with a fine gauge.
Avoid horizontal stripes and thick, chunky knitwear that adds bulk to the shoulders. Also steer clear of details and embellishments around the décolletage, neckline and shoulders.
Just like shirts, jackets for the inverted triangle shape should de-emphasise the shoulders and upper body, whilst highlighting the waist.
The best options for jackets are either straight cuts or styles with waist definition and that flare out at the waist. Nipped or belted jackets with deconstructed, fluid lines flatter the silhouette.
Pockets or other details below the waist are great to add interest and volume to the hips. Opt for single breasted jackets as double-breasted jackets would add to much volume to the upper body.Jackets should extend beyond the hip-line to balance out the wide shoulders, and should be in a darker colour for a slimming effect on the upper body.
Avoid double breasted buttoning, big collars, shoulder pads and embellishments like epaulets as they make your broad shoulders appear even broader. Also steer clear of structured and tailored jackets as well as cropped jackets with slim fitting bottoms.
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Coats for the inverted triangle body shape should add volume around the hips and create a waist at the same time.In order to create volume around the hips and lower body, coats should flare at the hip-line.
Details around the hip area are also excellent to add interest and volume to the hips.
Belted and nipped coats will give the illusion of a defined waist. Opt for darker coloured coats for a slimming effect.
Avoid details and embellishments on and around the shoulders - such as shoulder pads, big lapels, and double breasted coats. If you opt for a trench coat make sure it comes without epaulets which would draw attention the your shoulders. Also steer clear of big collars that would add volume to your upper body.
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A selection of flattering jump- and playsuits:
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