If you need styling tips for plus size inverted triangle shapes or the “strawberry” body type, this post is for you! It has only been requested for about three years. Sorry, guys!
But, before I even get into my tips, I feel like I need to emphasize the following:
When it comes to styling tips, tricks, guidelines, and suggestions, please ALWAYS remember…
- Fashion is meant to be fun, creative, and an expression of the self. There are NO RULES.
- Ultimately wear what you want. Wear what makes you feel good and brings you joy.
- Everyone is unique. No suggestion will work for everyone because everyone is different. Some people are short, tall, long torso, short legs, small bust, big bust, no waist, wide hips, etc. I could go on and on. We are all unique combinations. Use what works for you. Disregard what doesn’t.
- Experiment! Because you are unique, you are going to have to experiment. Try out some of my suggestions. Use what you like.
Styling Tips for Plus Size Inverted Triangle Shapes
Are you a plus size inverted triangle shape?
So let’s start with figuring out who is typically considered an “inverted triangle shape.” Inverted triangles, also called “strawberries,” generally have shoulders and/or busts larger and wider than their hips.
- Your shoulders are the widest part of your body.
- Your bust may be larger.
- Your hips are narrower.
Styling Plus Size Inverted Triangle Goals
No matter your shape, typically the “goal” is to create the illusion of a proportional hourglass shape: bust and hips the same size with a defined waist. Balanced.
So for an inverted triangle shape, we try to make the hips look more similar in size to the shoulders while keeping the waist looking smaller.
- Balancing the hips with the shoulders and bust.
- Breaking up the visual width of the shoulders and bust.
- Emphasizing the waist when possible.
- Drawing attention to the lower part of the body.
I used quotes around “goals” for a couple of reasons.
One, no matter your shape [or size], celebrate, appreciate, and love your body. It’s the only one you’ve got!
And two, although the hourglass is the coveted “ideal” shape, celebrate the assets you have! Plus, beauty ideals are really bullsh!t, right?
Oh and confidence is the most attractive thing. Ever. Hands down. Ok, I’m done.
Now let’s get into the specifics about how to achieve these “goals.”
Styling Tips for Plus Size Inverted Triangle Shapes
Let’s start with the top and work our way down. The most flattering necklines are going to be those that break up the line.
So, v-necks and deep scoops are going to look best. If you need to wear a higher neckline, you can break up the line visually by adding an open cardigan or jacket.
Asymmetrical necklines also make a good choice.
It is best to avoid necklines that make you look broader in the shoulders or bring attention to the shoulders. Try to avoid turtlenecks, crew necks, boat or bateau necks, ballet necks, jewel necks, and off-the-shoulder styles.
You may also want to avoid embellishments on the shoulders or upper sleeves. I also think it best to avoid puffy and ruffle sleeves.
A Word on “the Girls”
If you have a large bust, you might be concerned about cleavage, especially in a professional setting.
Remember, we are just breaking up the line. You can always add a layer under a neckline in a different or contrasting color to get more coverage.
For example, add a white scoop neck tank under a black deep v-neck dress.
Or as I mentioned above, you can wear a higher neckline and break the line with layers on top.
For example, top a white jewel neck blouse with an open black cardigan.
But, if you aren’t in a professional setting and want to show off your assets, I encourage you to do so! A little cleavage never hurt anyone!
And lastly, don’t try to use “minimizing” bras or worse, ill-fitting bras, to make yourself look “smaller.” You’ll more likely end up looking smooshed, saggy, or unsupported. Plus, aren’t we trying to embrace our assets?
Ok, so now that we have the necklines figured out, let’s talk about the styles of dresses that will look best.
Plus Size Inverted Triangle Dresses
For inverted triangles, a dress that adds a bit of volume to the hips is ideal. Look for these styles:
- “true” wrap dresses
- fit and flare
- peplum dresses
“True” vs “Faux” Wrap Dresses
To clarify, a “true” wrap dress is one in which the tie, neckline, and fit, can be adjusted when the dress is tied closed. Whereas a “faux” wrap dress looks similar in style but can’t be adjusted because the pieces are sewn together in such a way as to create the illusion of a wrap dress without the adjustability.
Often you will see inexpensive or budget options in this “faux” wrap style. One of the reasons is that the “faux” wrap dresses cost less to make as they use less fabric and they take less time to sew.
So, if you can afford a “true” wrap dress, they are totally worth it! I love these true wrap dresses from Kiyonna.
Fabrics Make a Difference
Because we’re looking to create a new silhouette by adding some volume to the hips, we need structure. And the best way to do that is to choose fabrics with some heft.
These days many dresses are made with knits. One reason is knits make things easier to fit. Plus, knits are comfortable and forgiving.
But, if you’re looking for knit dresses, opt for heavier good quality knits. Or even fabrics like ponte and “scuba,” which have great structure. And avoid slinky knits like modal.
Of course, woven fabrics are a better option than knit.
More Plus Size Inverted Triangle Dresses
Plus Size Tops and Tunics for Inverted Triangle Shapes
Ok, so now that we have dresses covered, let’s talk tops.
Peplum tops will likely be the most flattering style. Wrap tops are also a good choice. And don’t forget the necklines I talked about earlier! If you’re looking for t-shirts, opt for deep v-necks or scoop necks.
Styling Tips for Plus Size Inverted Triangle Shapes – Jackets
When it comes to jackets, just think of the goals I outlined earlier. These are the styles that will be most flattering for inverted triangles:
Styling Tips for Plus Size Inverted Triangle Shapes – Bottoms
For bottom separates, consider pieces that will offer a balance between the upper body and lower. For pants and jeans, look for:
- flare leg
- straight leg
- boyfriend or mom jeans
I know they are popular, but skinny jeans and leggings are not very flattering for inverted triangles.
Consider color and print on your lower half which will help to add balance. Bold prints and micro prints are great choices.
For skirts, consider adding volume to the lower half. These are the styles that will be most flattering for inverted triangles:
- full skirt
- circle skirt
Avoid column, straight, and pencil skirts.
Well that was a lot! But, hopefully, you now have some good ideas for things you might want to try.
If you have any questions, please leave in the comments below.
This post is just the third in a series about dressing for your plus size shape.
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