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Dress to Flatter Your Inverted Triangle Shaped Figure

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Tops That Flatter Your Inverted Triangle Shaped Figure
navy V-neck top

Navy V-neck top

Image Courtesy of Banana Republic
Strategy Strive for balance so that your figure appears more like the ideal hourglass figure. Look for tops that won't make you appear bigger on top while maintaining the look of a defined waistline. At the same time, look for style details that will help you look taller.

Color Wearing a dark color on top will help make the top appear a bit smaller.

Shaping If a very large bust looks quite disproportionate, wearing a minimizer bra will make for a less top heavy look.

Necklines V-necklines and U-necklines are good because they add height. If you have an inverted triangle shaped figure, avoid boatneck styles because they visually widen your top.

Waistline Make sure that any top you select gives you the appearance of a defined waistline. This may either be at your natural waistline or under the bust with an empire style top. If the top has an under-bust seam or band, it should fall under and not across the bust. You may need to go up a size so that tops will fit properly in the bust.

Sleeves Select narrow sleeves that extend at least to the elbow, and avoid short cap sleeves, flutter sleeves, or puff sleeves because they widen your shoulder line. Sleeveless styles usually look best on women who have slender, toned arms.

Lines Surplice styles, princess seams, and vertical or chevron stripes all add to the illusion of height, so they are also desirable.

What to Avoid Stay away from off-the-shoulder styles, details at the shoulders, and big shoulder pads. Also avoid shapeless styles with no waistline, chunky knit fabric, and high necklines.

In the example pictured, the petite navy top from Banana Republic (Buy Direct) would flatter a short woman with an inverted triangle shaped figure because of the dark color, the V-neckline, and the narrow three-quarter length sleeves.

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