Clothed with Grace: Tips for Styling an Inverted Triangle Shape

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tips for Styling an Inverted Triangle Shape

Today I'm excited to be back with another edition of my series, dressing for your body type. In case you've missed it first I talked about how to dress for an hourglass shape, next I talked about dressing for a pear shape, and today I'll be cover the inverted triangle.  The lovely Brett from Silver Girl has been kind enough to share a picture with us today. When creating this post I found some great tips on The Chic Fashionista, let credit be given when it is due : )

Not sure if this shape applies to you, here are some characteristics:
  • Your bust and shoulders are proportionally wider than your hips
  • Your hips are narrower than your bust and shoulders
  • You may have slim and defined legs
  • You may have a small rear
  • You may look sporty or athletic
  • You may have little to no waist definition

Here are some tips for dressing, if you are an inverted triangle:

With tops:
  • Wear v-neck, Henley, or scoop neck shirts to draw interest away from your shoulders.
  • Wear jackets and tops that end at your waist, this will make your hips look curvier and give the appearance of a more defined waist.
  • Wear wide strap dresses or shirts instead of thin or spaghetti straps
  • Wear collarless shirts
  • Wear cardigans open, this will add the appearance of a more defined waist and will draw attention away from your shoulders.
  • Add a belt around the smallest part of your waist to give the appearance of a more defined one.
With bottoms:
  • Work to add more volume and interest to the width of your hip line and thighs
  • Wear light, bright colored, or printed bottoms
  • Wear fuller skirts, like a-line or tiered
  • If wearing a pencil skirt, wear a bright color or one with a print to help add interest
  • Wear boot cut, flare, or wide-leg pants
  • If you wear shinny jeans, stick to a dark top to help balance out your proportions
  • Wear bold and interesting shoes, this will draw interest down and point out your great legs too
Brett has already done a number of these tips in the outfit above, way to go!  Using these tips I worked to create some outfits for her.

Brett works from home, so she gets to dress as she would like, lucky girl.  Using the tips above I created a comfy look for her that is still put together if she needs to meet with clients or run errands.  I picked a great classic white blouse with a v-neck to draw attention away from her shoulders. I also chose a long pendant necklace to draw attention downward as well.   I found a great denim jacket that will hit at the waist to help add waist definition to her athletic build. and a great printed ankle pant to showcase her legs and a great red shoe as well.

Work Wear- triangle

On the weekends Brett said she likes to keep it casual with a sweater, jeans and boots.  She said she loves everything pink, so I thought this v-neck sweater would be great.  Skinny jeans alone aren't always going to be flattering on something that is an inverted triangle, but adding boots helps to balance out the proportions.  I found another great pendant necklace to add and a pretty pair of earrings and bracelets to help finish off the look.

Weekend Wear- triangle

Sweater / Jeans / Boots / Bracelets / Earrings / Necklace

Brett said she likes to dress up for date night, but also loves the unexpected.  Using the tips above I found a great fit and flare dress I think she'd look amazing in.  The flare at the bottom will help to even out an inverted triangle's proportions and the stripes at the bottom will add interest too.  Adding a cardigan unbuttoned will also help soften an inverted triangle's shoulders.  I picked out some great dressy jewelry to glam up the look and a pair of fab heels to show off Brett's legs.  
Date Night- triangle

Dress / Cardigan / Heels / Earrings / Necklace / Bracelet

I've also create a tip sheet for you all as well.

Next Week I'll be covering tips for styling a rectangle shape, make sure to come back then.  Also, not sure of your shape?  Check out this post for specific characteristics for each shape. 

Also, there are two link-ups on the blog this week!  The first is on Thursday with Niki at Glossy Blonde.  Create a post sharing you five date night essentials and link-up with us! The second is with Jenn at The Brandied Pair.  Pick a blogger to swap styles with and link up with us on Friday! Both buttons are on my sidebar for you to grab. : )


  1. Well I read your tips for figuring out your body shape and I still cant figure mine out! I must be a mix of a few of them. Is that possible? I would love for you to style me for this. Are you still taking photos? Thanks friend! Susan

  2. This is a great post. I have enjoyed them all these 3 weeks. How do you chose the bloggers you style? You put together 3 great Outfits for Brett. Loving the first one. Who doesn't need/want more Anchors in their life? LOL

    1. I asked for volunteers in my posts over the course of this month for different body types.

  3. Fantastic job again Ginny! I'm loving those anchor pants!

  4. I love the outfits you put together for her! Especially those anchor print pants...I want them in my closet!

    The Tiny Heart

  5. So happy to see Brett on here! Another great job styling and I really love those anchor pants!

  6. I've never heard of this type of body shape before! I've only heard of hourglass, pear, etc. I could never figure out which of the ones I had heard of I was. I think this might be me! Thanks!

  7. Great tips! Brett's look is great!!

  8. I am inverted triangle and these are all the things I do to flatter my shape. Great tips especially the one on wearing interesting shoes. I guess I've been using this tip without realizing it.
    k at

  9. Great post Ginny. Love the looks.


  10. i love brett! she always looks so put together!

  11. Love these looks you've put together!

  12. This series is just so COOL. You have such great ideas. I like where your brain's at. So much so that I ended a sentence with a preposition.

  13. OMG I need that dress ASAP
    Love it
    Looks like I need to get a few more pendant necklaces in my wardrobe as well
    Thanks for the looks and giving me more tips to dress everyday
    Love them all

  14. Lindsay, I commented on you blog, I'd be happy to try to help you figure out your shape. :)

  15. Brett is a rockstar! This post is well done and Brett is always so chic! What a great collaboration.