Characterized by broad shoulders and narrow hips, this body shape can now be seen walking the catwalk at runway shows around the world. This is quite a desirable shape as many clothes will look good on you.
On the other hand, it can have its challenges too at the upper body (including bust) may be significantly bigger than your lower body.
In this article, we explore the inverted triangle body shape and put together the perfect spring capsule wardrobe. For more tips read our in-depth article on dressing the inverted triangle body shape.
As you want to downplay your upper body, in order to create a balance with your more narrow lower body, selecting darker colored tops is the best option. To lengthen your look, you can also create vertical lines with vertical stripe tops. Open necklines and collars, like halter necks, v-necks and scoop necks, will look vest on you as they will soften your broad shoulders. More feminine textures can also work to to soften the shoulder line.
- Striped blouse
- Alexander Wang scoop neck tee
- Black peplum top
- Mango v-neck wrap blouse
- Part Two denim top
Pants with a slight flare to balance out your wider upper body are ideal. We recommend selecting fuller leg widths and wider leg cropped pants.
Full and a-line skirts are the inverted triangle shape’s best friend. Remember, the goal is to create an hourglass shape and play with different cuts to create a waist. Patterns, pleats, and any other cut that adds volume are the perfect go to for skirts. It is also important to keep lighter colors in mind. This will bring eyes towards your lower half, and create a more visually balanced look.
When selecting dresses, you want to create an hourglass silhouette by adding volume to your lower body, in order to balance out your top half. This is best done with full and a-line dresses, wrap dresses, slightly flared sheath dresses, and empire waist dresses. Belts especially add a flattering element by creating the illusion of a hourglass figure.
When selecting outwear, most double breasted tailored jackets won’t be the right fit. If you do go that route, a lower slung belt will help create a more balanced look. Single breasted jackets are your best bet, as well as open jackets that create a vertical line.
- Madewell Parcel cotton-blend gabardine trench coat
- Hobbs Vita Jacket
- Frame denim belted jacket
- Gray jacket
Most shoes look great on this shape. In order to bring attention to your lower half away from your upper half, selecting bold and noticeable shoes is recommended.
When selecting accessories as an inverted triangle shape, keep in mind your body shape’s goals. You are aiming to create a balanced silhouette and keep the focus on your face and the lower half of your body, and away from your broader upper half. Statement sunglasses, large cocktail rings, long pendant necklaces, and larger bags all are great accessories for the inverted triangle shape.
- Gold pendant necklace
- Alexis Bittar cocktail ring
- Charles Jourdan black and white floral bag
- Dune shopper bag
- YSL rose nail polish
- Spektre mirrored sunglasses
Here are 9 looks we put together using our capsule wardrobe items
Are you an inverted triangle body shape? If so, what is your go to style?
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