What Does it Mean If I Have a Square-Shaped Body?

Square body types have busts, waists, and hips that are almost equal to each other.
Square body types have busts, waists, and hips that are almost equal to each other. (Image: body image by Tomasz Wojnarowicz from Fotolia.com)

Some women have a "square" figure, also referred to as the "straight" body type. Depending on a woman's individual style, various types of clothing may flatter the square body shop differently. Ultimately, square/straight body types should choose clothes that bring out their best assets.


People with square shaped bodies have busts, waists, and hips that almost equal one another. They usually have flat bottoms and thin, shapely legs. They have short waists with little to no curves and a straight rib cage.

Clothing Do's

Seek out clothes that exaggerates curves by creating shape to keep from looking boyish. Look for ruffles or frills to add volume and a feminine touch to your figure. Create and exaggerate curves with clothes that add shape, such as halter tops or wrap dresses.

Clothing Don'ts

Avoid baggy clothes, which hide curves, especially at the waist. Also, avoid belts, gathered fabric, or pleats at the waist, which exaggerate a larger waist.

Plus-Size Tips

Square/straight body types usually carry extra weight at the waist. Draw attention to your legs (away from your waist) by wearing straight cut pants, narrow skirts, and leggings. Hide your thicker torso by keeping tops loose and fluid. Avoid belted dresses and jackets, which draw attention to a heavier waist.

Exercise Tips

To add curves to your boyish figure, work on tightening the core muscles in the abdomen and in the oblique muscles at the waist. Adding lean muscles mass by increasing overall weight training also help to add curves.

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