Inverted Triangle Body Shape- What to Wear?

If you have are an inverted triangle body shape, make your body look more visually balanced and learn the styling rules to dress in the right way.

The inverted triangle shape, also knows as the V shape, is the exact opposite of the previously discussed pear shape. It is characterized by broad shoulders, narrow hips and usually quite slender and long limbs.

Some of the most famous celebs who have this body shape are the model Elle Macpherson and the actresses Renee Zellweger and Demi Moore.

The ultimate goal of the inverted triangle body shape is to make the body look more visually balanced by making the hips look broader. For this reason, details, ruffles and anything that adds volume and bulk to the lower part of the body is perfect. it is always better to keep the top half clean and uncluttered and wide waist belts are absolutely perfect in order to create the illusion of a waist.

Also colors play an important role for this type of body. Always go for darker colors on the top part and lighter ones on the bottom. Patterns too are great for the bottom half as they attract the eye downwards and give the illusion of width.

But let’s see in more detail the styling rules for the inverted triangle woman!


Choose floaty, drapey and light fabrics and stay away from stiff materials that will hide your silhouette unless they are super tailored and have a bit of a stretch.

Avoid necklines that will make your shoulders look broader such as boat necks. Stay away also from small spaghetti straps on tops that will tend to make your shoulders look wider. Go instead for halter necks that will look absolutely great also to show off your gorgeous cleavage. If on the other hand your chest is quite small and you have a longer neck, choose higher necklines such as turtle, polo and mandarin necks.

Stay away also from details that will accentuate the shoulders such as puffy sleeves and shoulder pads. A clean and simple style on the top is always best for this body shape. Therefore absolutely go for simple straight lines and wrap tops and stay away from oversize and shapeless ones.

The perfect shirt for this body shape is with a masculine cut or a really fitted one in satin or an elastic material. The trick is to not button it up to the top but leave a couple of buttons open.

Prefer darker colors and stay away from bold horizontal prints that will have a widening effect.

As for jackets and coats, go for those that are quite constructed and shaped with angular lines and look for details such as pockets and embellishments in the lower part.

Tops for inverted triangle

Dresses and skirts

You cannot go wrong with any dress and skirt that will help you create the illusion of a waist! For this reason, go for the empire cuts, wrap dresses and high-waist puffy skirts.

A-line dresses and skirts will be perfect to add volume and bulk to the lower part of the body. Pleats and patterns will also look great for the same reason!

As I have said more than once, you should always look for something that adds volume to your lower body and for this reason prefer skirts with a lot details, such as panels, ruffles, pleats and other styles that will make your hips look broader and therefore more proportionate to the shoulders. The best styles for you are the tulip and the full circle skirts!

Pencil skirts are best if they drop straight from the waist instead of coming in towards the knee.

Dresses and Skirts for inverted triangle body shape women

Pants and Jeans

You are one of the lucky ones because you have a really wide choice of pants and jeans that look absolutely great on you! Go for any style that will accentuate your hips and bottom such as pockets and embellishments.

The best styles for you are baggy pants, combat, wide leg and palazzo!

Stay away from skinny jeans and fitted pants that will accentuate the disproportion of the bottom part with the upper body. If you really like to wear tight pants, prefer instead straight legs or cigarette styles.

Colorful and bright pants and jeans will look great, as will patterns and bold prints.

Pants for inverted triangle body shape women


Avoid colorful scarves, statement necklaces and chokers that will attract the attention on your upper part and the shoulders’ area. Opt instead for long pendant necklaces that will create a focus in the centre of the body.

Soft, flowing scarves can create a diagonal line across your upper body, which can help visually reduce the width of your shoulders.

A belt can help define your waistline and create a more hourglass shape. Opt for wider belts to draw attention to your hips and balance your proportions.

Go for colorful, big, bulky and detailed handbags and avoid clutches.

Accessories for inverted triangle body shape women


The inverted triangle shaped woman usually has really long and slender legs and therefore can wear any shoes she wants. Even over-the-knee boots and ankle straps, which are the most difficult models to wear, will look great!

Go for show stopping shoes that will capture the attention on your lower body!

Shoes for inverted triangle body shape women

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Stephanie Reed

Stephanie has written for many online and printed magazines and she is now working as the editor of So Vain, which she founded, but also as a fashion consultant and stylist.

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