The key to looking stunning every day is to dress according to our body types. Each one has specific do’s and don’t’s that will help you make the most of your figure, enhancing your attributes while creating a balanced hourglass-like shape.
How to dress inverted triangle
If you fall into the category of the inverted triangle, then you’ve come to the right place. I will guide you through easy-to-follow tips and outfit ideas that will help you to understand your body type: what you should enhance and what will make your body look disproportionate.
Nothing screams “fashion pro” louder than those women that know how to dress their bodies. Learn how to dress an inverted triangle body shape with the following tips.
What is the inverted triangle body shape?
In order to fully understand your body type, you should keep in mind what characterizes a typical inverted triangle body. Take a look in the mirror and double check if you find the following characteristics:
– The upper part of your body is larger than the bottom part (this might explain why you need to size up on tops and size down on bottoms)
– Square and straight shoulder line
– Shoulders are wider than hips
– Little to no definition in the waistline
– Killer legs (long and toned)
– Bust is most likely large
These characteristics are will define your goals in order to create a more balanced figure. If you want to achieve that sexy hourglass-like figure, these will be your goals:
– Soften your shoulder line
– Define your waist
– Add volume on your bottom part
– Show off your gorgeous legs
Just like every goal, there are some things you need to avoid at all costs:
– Don’t wear any piece that has extra volume on the upper part, specifically on the shoulder area
– Avoid busy prints on the upper half
– Avoid boxy silhouettes or anything that will “ignore” your waistline
You will realize that dressing an inverted triangle body type is a no-brainer once you’ve understood your body’s characteristics. Keep in mind these do’s and don’t’s as you read through the following tips and outfit ideas.
The best type of clothes for inverted triangle bodies
1. Wide leg pants
The magic about wide-leg pants is that they’re usually high waisted (enhancing your waistline) and brings “weight” to your bottom part, drawing the attention from the shoulders (which is your wider part) to your waist and legs.
The best part about wide-leg pants is that they’re super trendy. Make the most of your body type with this cool trend!
For inverted triangles, wide-leg pants should definitely be worn with fitted tops or, if you want, slightly slouchy tops. However, try to wear tops that fit perfectly on the shoulder area. If you want to simulate an hourglass body, you don’t want to add more volume to your shoulder line.
If you’re not wearing a crop top, make sure to always tuck in your top. This will help you define your waist.
2. Flared or bootcut pants
Just like wide-leg pants, flared or bootcut bottoms will also do the trick. These are classic pieces that will last a lifetime of volatile trends, especially bootcut pants.
Pants with embellishments on the upper part will help to bring attention to your hips and waist. Buttons or zippers are some examples of details that can do the trick:
Another tip on how to dress your bottom part if you’re an inverted triangle is to wear light colors. As you may already know, light colors make your body look a bit “bigger”, and if you have broad shoulders and small hips, adding that “bigger” effect will simulate a balanced figure.
That’s why you should also wear darker shades on your upper half.
This isn’t a rule of thumb but will come in handy whenever you feel like wearing skinny jeans or any top that has some extra detailing on the shoulders. If you wear any of these, choose a light shade on the bottom and a darker shade on the top.
4. Wrap style tops
Wrap style tops are made to define your waistline, which is just what any inverted triangle body type should aim for. They’re also flowy, which will add some volume to your upper hip area.
The best part about these tops is that they’re super cute and feminine.
Wrap style tops are perfect for work, casual or beach outfits. They look great with bootcut or flared bottoms. If you’re wearing a cropped wrap top, then you can also pair it with wide leg pants.
5. Peplum tops
Any tailored type of top that accentuates the waist, such as peplum tops, are perfect for inverted triangles.
These will add some extra volume in the upper hip area, balancing your shoulders and hips while enhancing your waist.
A peplum top is perfect for a cute and dressy outfit. You can wear one as a first date outfit, for example:
6. Halter tops and dresses
Halter tops and dresses are perfect for inverted triangles because they will slim down your shoulder line while bringing attention to your neck.
You can wear v-neck halter tops or a higher neckline:
Halter necklines will also elongate your figure, so if you have a petite inverted triangle shape, this is a go-to option for you.
7. Flared or A-line skirts and dresses
Just like wide-leg or flared bottoms add volume to your bottom half, flared and A-line skirts and dresses are perfect for you.
They will help you balance the “volume” you have at the shoulder line with an extra volume at the bottom half.
This type of silhouette also emphasizes your waist, slimming it down and helping you achieve a balanced hourglass-like figure.
Inverted triangles look stunning in jumpsuits because these are usually tailored with a straight or wide-leg silhouette. Remember to keep in mind the neckline types we discussed above.
Halter necks, v-neck or scoop necks will always be your best option.
Jumpsuits are a great option you should take into consideration for dressier occasions such as cocktails or weddings:
9. Best necklines for inverted triangles
When it comes to dressing your upper part, it’s super important to take into consideration the neckline because this will either enhance or soften your upper part.
For inverted triangles, v-necks and scoop necks are the best ones.
These types of necklines will soften your shoulder line by showing some skin in the upper part.
These necklines are also important when it comes to wearing dresses. A v-neck dress is a classy and sophisticated style that will make you look stunning:
10. Best coats and jackets for inverted triangles
Layers are super flattering for inverted triangles. However, there are some types that will help you make the most of your figure.
Single-breasted jackets and coats are better for you because they don’t add any unnecessary volume to your upper half:
Collar-less jackets and tops will also work for you. If you opt for one that also nips in at the waist, then consider yourself a winner. This type of layer will accentuate your waist while softening your shoulder line.
You can also wear a straight jacket or blazer and add a belt to accentuate your waist and create an hourglass silhouette.
11. Clothes to avoid
I don’t like strict “don’ts” because you should always wear things that make you happy. However, for most of your outfits, and if you really want to simulate a balanced body, these are the types of clothes you should avoid (at least most of the times)
– Skinny jeans: they will only skim down your upper half and accentuate your larger shoulder line
– Leggings: same as skinny jeans, only probably worse. These are really skin-tight pieces, often in black or dark shades, which will only make your bottom half skinnier
– Puffy or padded shoulders: you don’t want extra volume on your shoulders
– Embellished shoulder line tops/dresses: same as above
– Boat necklines
– Tops/dresses with sleeves that finish right at the chest area: this will only enhance your shoulder line
– Tight pencil skirts: these will do the same thing as skinny jeans and leggings: skim down your bottom half
Consider these tips on how to dress an inverted triangle body type as your go-to guide.
However, you need to remember that fashion shouldn’t be super strict. I have always believed that the clothes you wear should make you happy, so falling as a victim of “body type standards” is a total no.
If, on the other hand, you really want to know how to dress to impress and how to simulate a sexy hourglass figure, take these tips as your best allies.