How to Dress an Inverted Triangle Shaped Body

Are you petite? Do you have an inverted triangle shape? If you’re not sure what is an inverted triangle shape, in today’s Hollywood, Victoria Beckham is the most typical inverted triangle shape. Inverted triangle shares some similar characteristics with a rectangle shape. Some women are inverted triangles. Others tend to some features of being rectangle-shaped but are slightly triangular in an inverted way.  Every petite body type has its unique threats and has the potential to be beautiful, as long as they use the right dressing techniques to enhance their assets.  Let us take a look at what an inverted triangle shape is.

  • You have broad and prominent straight shoulders, which are more extensive than your waist or your hips.
  • Like the rectangle shape, you are likely to have an athletic body.
  • You have ample bust and a wide back. Your chest may be more massive, and your back may be fuller.
  • You have a proportionally larger upper body
  • You tend to have rather flat buttocks. Your hips are slim, and your bottom may tend to the flat side
  • Your waist is subtle, and you tend to add weight first in your belly and upper body, most notably your back when you gain weight.

In one-word, petite inverted triangle shape women have an “athletic build”, and above are the typical features of the body shape. However, because the human body has some many different variations, most likely, not one body would fit into all elements of one body type. If you feel you have some but not all of the traits above, you may be a combination of an inverted triangle and several body types.

Now that we talked about how to define the inverted triangle shape, it may have become clear to you that the best assets are your beautiful, shapely legs.

The solution to dressing an inverted triangle body type

The key is to balance your broader shoulders, chest and back with your narrower lower body to create more of an hourglass effect. This is done by choosing clothes that gives curves to your hips and bottom while creating a more defined waist.

Best Tops for Inverted Triangle Body Type

The inverted triangle shape should think vertical- as anything that has a width in a horizontal direction is going to make your shoulders look broader. For petite women, one of the benefits of wearing vertical details is they will also visually create length in your body and thus make you look taller. Consider vertical striped, thin lapels, and vertical seams that draw in at the waist. Princess seams, side panelling, pintucks and top-stitching all look great on the inverted triangle shaped petite women.

The inverted triangle needs to create some balance between slimness on your bottom half and the width of the top.  Tops with vertical details on the upper body will cause your upper body look more slender and therefore will balance with your slim bottom half.

You will look great in tops with narrow v-necks and nipped-in waists that flare slightly at the hip, as they will slim your upper body while creating some curves around the hip.  Wearing deep shawl-collared or lightly cowled tops, particularly in dark colours with a light shell underneath will also achieve the same effect. Deep V-neck wrap-style tops are universally flattering to petite women because they make your neck look longer and proportion look better. They are especially suitable for the inverted triangle shape petite women.

You will also look great in highly tailored button-downs that accentuates your waist and can be unbuttoned at the throat. Even collarless looks are excellent for inverted triangle shape, especially if you can unbutton at the top a bit and the shirt is tailored at the waist.

If you want to distract people’s attention away to your prominent shoulders, you may want to wear strapless tops and off-shoulder tops.  For inverted triangle shaped women, your bra can help in balancing the width of your shoulders by bringing more attention and definition to your bust. The right bra will help to emphasise your waist and give you more options when it comes to tops and dresses.


Best Bottoms for Inverted Triangle Shape

Your best assets are your beautiful legs. You have lovely legs so feel free to play with skirt lengths, but do not go too short unless you will further a top-heavy look.

To balance your prominent shoulders with your bottom, what you can do is to generate volume in your bottom half. Pants with wide or flared legs are complimentary to your shape. Flap-style back pockets or side pockets can also help balance the upper part of your body. Cargo style pants are flattering.

Slightly flared, boot cut or trouser cut jeans are the most flattering on your figure. Whiskering at the flap-pockets and hips will give curves to your lower half.

A-line skirts fill out your hips while balancing your upper body.

A flared bottom and nipped-in waist will add curves to your hips.

Full or ballerina type skirts give curves to your lower half and balance your broader, upper body. You have amazing legs, so be free to play with length.

Best jeans for Inverted Triangle Body Type

Best petite jeans for you is skinny or straight jeans in light or bright colour, which will balance your shoulders and add some femininity to your athletic body frame. Olive colour jeans have been the favourite choice of colour for jeans by many Hollywood stars and celebrities in recent years because it is classic, sexy and chic. Similar to the rectangle shape, perhaps, you want to create some curves back, then it is best you go for jeans with pocket details.

*I also wrote an article on how to dress a pear-shaped body

A pear-shaped body is when a woman is much smaller at the top and has a much wider bottom. This woman usually wears different sizes at the bottom of the one she wears at the top. If you see a pear-shaped woman sitting behind a desk, you get attracted to her literally. But choosing the right styles for this type of body can be difficult. 

Women with pear-shaped figures usually have a triangular body, which means that their torso is narrow, their bust is generally smaller and their hips wide. The curved pear-shaped body is one of the most common types of body. Celebrities like Rihanna and Beyoncé have this entire silhouette. Pear-shaped, you want to focus on your slender legs and upper body while minimizing the appearance of your hips, thighs and lower part. In this article, I will give you some tips for choosing clothes for your pear-shaped body. Click here to read the full article. 

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