Dress a wedge-shaped body

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Dress a wedge-shaped bodyIt’s a good idea to know your body shape and to dress for that shape; it’s far more flattering – and we at BeautySouthAfrica.com are all about looking the best we can (rather than blindly following fashion or celebs).

You know you have a wedge body shape if your shoulders are the broadest part of your body. The wedge body shape is also known as the inverted triangle body shape. Here are a few tips for dressing your best when you have a wedge body shape.


Also known as the inverted triangle, this body shape features a broad upper body. The waist and hips are smaller in proportion, giving the body an inverted triangle or wedge body shape.


If you have a wedge or inverted triangle body shape, you can count these celebrities as your style sisters. Renee Zellweger, Teri Hatcher, Demi Moore, Naomi Campbell, and Jennifer Garner all have wedge body shapes, characterised by broader upper bodies and narrow lower bodies.


1. Draw the eye down. Since a wedge body shape means your shoulders are the broadest part of your body, your style goal is to draw the eye downwards toward the narrower parts of your body, such as your waistline.
2. Steer clear of strappy styles. Spaghetti strap styles draw attention to your shoulders – a major no-no for wedge body shapes. Boatnecks are a style don’t, too.
3. Brighten up your bottom. Don’t be afraid of wearing bright colours on your bottom half. Again, this draws the eye down to the narrowest part of your wedge body shape.
4. Be ‘waistful.’ Create the illusion of a waist with a wide belt or high-waisted styles.

A well-chosen outfit that is flattering to your body shape is going to do far more for your appearance and confidence than any latest designer garb that doesn’t do anything for your particular look.

Written by Kristin Bustamante, this article originally appeared in Loving You

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  1. Thembelihle

    Not sure if I’m a wedge shape or rectangle. Interesting article none the less!

    6 years ago •

  1. Leana

    I’m very confused… not sure what I am

    6 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    I am a wedge shape! Swimmers often have a wedge shape because their shoulders are broader than their hips. Difficult to dress sometimes, I look top heavy!

    6 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    I never knew there was this shape.. i always thought it was slim fat or round, plump.I personally dont like this picture though, she looks very boney and the dress doesnt do much justice.

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    interesting! never heard of this body shape

    6 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Interesting,I’ve never heard of a wedge shaped body,thanks

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I couldn’t figure out what is wedge shaped body…

    7 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Hmmm…i’ll email his one to a friend

    7 years ago •

  1. diamond

    I didnt know there was a wedge shape? I guess south africa really has a huge variety!

    7 years ago •

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