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Cheat chart for an Inverted triangle body type

If you are an inverted triangle, you will have following physical-characteristics:

  • The shoulder is broader than the hipline.
  • Flat and straight hip.
  • Bust falls under small to a bigger size.
  • Legs are well-shaped.
  • Waist not defined.
  • Shoulders are straight and strong-looking.


  • Avoid unnecessary bulk around the shoulder area.
  • Keep your upper body cluster free.
  • Avoid print and embellishments around the neck and shoulder or upper part of the body.
  • Opt for a clear pattern for tops and shirts.
  • Draw attention towards your leg area.


  • Use of excessive detail and fabric around the shoulder and bust area – that will make your upper portion look bulkier.
  • Wearing a printed top – it will highlight your broad shoulders.
  • Wearing skinny and tight pants/bottom- It will make your bottom look flatter and skinner.
  • Wearing broad necklines- It will make your shoulder look broader.


Preferable Necklines:

  • Invest in tops or dresses with narrow and deep necklines.
  • Avoid embellishment or detail on the neckline of the top.
  • Avoid wide and low necklines. It makes the upper body section broader.

Range of preferable Necklines for an Inverted triangle body shape:


Preferable Sleeves:

  • While shopping for short sleeves, opt for a fitted and dropped shoulder silhouette.
  • If you want to invest in long sleeves soft flowy sleeves with no embellishments on the shoulder area are preferable.
  • If investing in sleeveless tops, invest in a top with wide straps, it will make the shoulder look less broad.

Range of preferable Sleeves for an Inverted triangle body shape:


Preferable Tops, T-shirts, and Shirts:

  • Avoid crop tops that end around the waist as they will bring attention to broad shoulders.
  • Invest in a darker colored top with no detail or embellishment on the neck and shoulders.
  • The length of the top should be till the hip line.
  • Opt for tops with volume, detail, and embellishments around the waist and hip area.
  • Invest in a collarless or small collar shirt or top to avoid any attention towards the shoulder area.

Range of preferable Top, T-shirts, and Shirts for an Inverted triangle body shape:


Preferable Jacket and Coat:

  • Invest in details and pockets around the hip or the lower waist area.
  • Avoid double-breasted, big collars, and shoulder pads.
  • The length should be till hipline or below.
  • Avoid embellishment and shoulders around the shoulder and bust area.
  • Invest in jackets or coats which have pockets around the waist area or below.
  • The dark-colored long jacket will make you appear slimmer.
  • Avoid cropped or structured jackets, invest in a jacket with a belt to give the illusion of a defined waist.

Range of preferable Jackets and Coats for an Inverted triangle shape body:


Preferable Jeans and Trousers:

  • Avoid skinny jeans or trousers, it will make legs appear slimmer than needed.
  • Opt for jeans and trousers with a big side or back pockets around the hip.
  • Invest in jeans and trousers with prints, embellishments, and detail around the hip.
  • Opt for mid to high-rise and straight, bootcut, and flares jeans and trousers.
  • Lighter color jeans and pants are preferable.

Range of preferable Jeans and Trousers for an Inverted triangle shape body:


Preferable Skirts and Shorts:

  • Skirts and shorts with flowy or wider at the bottom.
  • Invest in the clothing with pockets and other embellishments around the hip area.
  • Avoid tight-fitted or body-hugging skirts or shorts.
  • Bright color and horizontal stripes on skirts and shorts are preferable.
  • Preferable length of the skirt and shorts should be either short or long and flowy.

Range of preferable Skirts and Shorts for an Inverted shape body:



Preferable Dress style:

  • Avoid dresses that are fitted at the hem.
  • Avoid straight-cut dresses.
  • Investing in a belt to wear at the waist, it will draw attention to a well-defined waist.
  • Avoid dresses with heavy, detailed, embellished, or texture around the shoulder and neck area.
  • Invest in a dress that has good detail around the waist, hip, and hem.
  • The silhouette of the dress should be clean at the shoulder and wider/flowy at the waist/bottom.

Range of preferable Dresses for an Inverted triangle shape body:


Preferable Jumpsuit and Playsuit:

  • Avoid jumpsuit or playsuit with skin-tight or body-hugging around the leg area.
  • Jumpsuit or playsuit should be bright colored and straight/flowy from the bottom/hem.
  • Avoid investing in a Jumpsuit or playsuit with details around the neck or shoulder area.
  • Waist or bottom part of the jumpsuit or playsuit may have embellishments, details, prints, etc.

Range of preferable Jumpsuits and Playsuits for an Inverted triangle shape body:


Achieve more proportional body shape:

  • Wear dark color clothing around the shoulder area like a dark color top/shirt.
  • Invest in a well-fitted bra.
  • Wear a dress to enhance your waistline.
  • Invest in clothing which adds volume to the waist to a balanced look.
  • Stay away from clothing that draws attention towards the shoulder and bust area.
  • Invest in belts and elongated earrings.
  • Avoid small prints and horizontal stripes on the top portion of the body.

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