I love this category of body type. It's not just because I happen to have broad shoulders, minimal hips and am pretty much straight up and down, it's because it makes me feel like I'm built to really take on a situation if needed. Like running. Or lifting. Now, I haven't really done any of that per say, but I feel I have the body type for it. I digress :)
So here's the thing fellow straight shapers...we struggle with the following things:
Minimal to no hips - I can just see my pear shaped beauties rolling their eyes and saying PUH-LEASE, but trust me, having no hips isn't as easy as it sounds. Think of it this way, if you have no hips, then if gain any weight in the midsection, you are at risk for a muffin top. Even if you are the leanest, meanest, fashionista around.
Broad shoulders - I think most of us who struggle with this really try to hide it by having a subtle slump to our stance, which as much as I am guilty of this, actually draws attention to our shoulders. Or having to buy a size up because EVERYTHING else fits, but the shoulders are causing some issues across the chest, which cause a pull, which make us look like we're trying to fit into something not made for us.
No Waist - alas, this one is so frustrating. I have broad shoulders. I have no hips. Why didn't I get a little bit of a waist to make me look like a saucy little minx? Wanna know why? If an athletic builds has a defined,small waist, guess what would look bigger? Yup, you guessed it. YOUR SHOULDERS.
So...what to do...do we cover up? Do we throw on the biggest, bulkiest things around? NO! Here are some tips on accentuating our best and creating the illusion of a figure any woman would desire.
1. Create a silhouette. V-neck t's like the Raven T-Shirt, scoop neck or extreme V cuts create an optical illusion. Pair tops with belts to cinch in the waist and always draw attention to your gorgeous shoulders with tanks (make sure to do wider straps, spaghetti straps look a little too minute and strapless is not for us with broad shoulders). Tops with collars, ruffles or fun embellishments around the neckline are PERFECT.
2. Cinch where you can. A wrap dress is your best friend and sheath styles with embellishments really create the illusion of an hourglass figure. And bonus, they are super comfy. Here are two of my favorites: Black Wrap Dress & Aztec Sheath.
3. Pants are our thing. There's really no pant that doesn't flatter the straight shaped. Wide leg, straight leg, boot cut or skinnies all highlight the athletic shape of the leg. Pair with a bootie or a wedge during the day and glam up with a fun heel at night.
4. Long and lean baby. Long and Lean. Create height with longer jackets and tops to flatter the rectangle shape. Even better with a great layer. Throw a long jacket on, pair it with a v-neck t and skinnies for a sophisticated look.
5. It's okay to use support. Not just bras, but if a little extra something under your top makes you feel better - GO FOR IT!
6. Be confident. That's really for anyone, but if you throw those fabulous shoulders back and smile like you love yourself, you are going to look even better!!!