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What to Wear If You’re an Inverted Triangle Shape

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When you look great, you feel great—and the key is dressing for your unique body frame. This guide will show you the best ways to highlight an inverted triangle body simply by choosing the right clothing. Once you have all the information, dressing your shape becomes easy. Keep reading for style tips, outfit inspiration, and answers to all the questions you have about dressing your body. 

What is an inverted triangle body shape?

Here are some characteristics that often apply:

• Your shoulders are the broadest part of your body.

• Your bust may be larger.

• Your hips and waist are narrower.

The inverted triangle is just one of the body types we’re highlighting. (Think you might actually be an applepearrectangle, or something elseWatch our body measurements video to help you figure it out. We also have style tips for tall body typesplus sizes, and petite figures.) 

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3 tips to dress for your body type:

If the inverted triangle sounds like your shape, we’re excited to teach you the best ways to dress your frame. But first things first: Here are three all-encompassing ideas every body type should keep in mind.

1. Balance it out

Body shape is almost entirely based on your bone structure—not your weight. Use your outfit to balance your shoulders, bust, waist, and hips.

2. Draw the eye

Use lines to focus the eye where you want it to go. They can help you create curves, lengthen, or emphasize your favorite parts of your body.

3. Think about color

Your eye is also drawn to patterns and light, bright colors more so than solid black or navy. Keep this in mind when choosing separates.

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What to wear if you have an inverted triangle body type

Now that we’ve established a baseline, let’s get specific. Here are the best tops, jackets, pants, dresses, and accessories to complement an inverted triangle-shaped frame.

Best tops for an inverted triangle frame

Let your neckline and hips steal away the spotlight.


1. Peplum
A built-in waist creates an hourglass-like shape around your hips.


2. Scoop-neck
These tops make your collarbone the focal point of your top half.


3. V-neck
This shape opens up your chest to create a long, lengthened neckline.


4. Crewneck
A great everyday option if you prefer a higher-cut top.

Best jackets if you’re an inverted triangle

Look for pieces that add volume near your hips to help balance your frame.


1. Waist-length
Creating structure from shoulder to waist fills out your top half evenly.


2. Cropped
A shorter hemline helps focus the eye toward your waist.


3. Belted
As with cropped, longer belted styles also accentuate the waist.

4. Wrap
Loose-fitting fabrics add movement and space near your hips.

Best jeans for an inverted triangle figure

It’s all about adding volume and curves to your lower half.

Cropped wide-leg

1. Cropped wide-leg
The fuller leg line is a no-brainer for balancing your shape.


2. Boyfriend
This baggy style creates curves around the hips and thighs.


3. Flared
Balance out your shoulders with this more shapely cut.


4. Straight-leg
Whereas skinny jeans exaggerate your shape, these balance it out.

Best pants for an inverted triangle shape

Give your legs and ankles the attention they need.


1. Wide-leg
Wide-leg flared pants create an “X” shape—your own version of an hourglass.


2. Cropped
The shorter hemline is an easy way to attract attention to your lower half.


3. Microprints
These busier patterns draw the eye down to your lower half.

Large prints

4. Large prints
They have a volumizing effect that fill out your hips and thighs.

Best dresses for an inverted triangle body shape

Try to find structured pieces that already have a built-in shape.


1. A-line
Balance happens when a triangle-shaped dress meets an inverted triangle frame.


2. Fit-and-flare
Look for a fuller skirt—it’ll help fill out your hips to match your shoulders.


3. Sheath
Sheath dresses are constructed to fall straight down your body, creating long lines.


4. Midi
A pleated skirt in a midi length is ideal on your shape.

Stylish accessories to flatter an inverted triangle shape

Focus on pieces that accentuate your lower half, from your waist to your toes.

Belt bags

1. Belt bags
A functional and trendy accessory that calls attention to your hips.

Statement shoes

2. Statement shoes
Shoes are prime real estate for a pop of pizzaz.


3. Booties
Chunky heels anchor a narrower bottom half.


4. Bracelets
A glitzy way to draw the eye downward.

Best swimwear for an inverted triangle figure

By choosing separates, you can add volume to your hips for balance.

1. Solid tops:
Plain hues, especially dark ones, narrow your shoulders.

2. Printed bottoms
Paired with a solid-colored top, a fun print on the bottom enhances your hips.

3. Plunging neckline
Deep cuts draw focus from your shoulders to the middle of your chest.

4. High-cut bottoms
The higher the cut, the fuller your hips will look.

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3 Outfit ideas that flatter an inverted triangle body shape

General tips are great to have in your back pocket when shopping, but seeing them in action makes them easier to visualize. Check out three outfits we’ve built from the items suggested above that look great on an inverted-triangle figure.

Everyday outfit

This outfit is the epitome of happy-hour style—layered looks always are. This is the perfect way to do denim-on-denim if you’re nervous about too much blue. And we love the structure denim creates, too. Cropped, straight jeans and a block-heel bootie even out the natural width at the top of an inverted triangle frame by adding volume to your lower half.

Sophisticated workwear

You know that “X” shape we talked about above? Here it is in action. A light-colored crewneck top underneath a wrap-style layer creates the top half of a modified hourglass, and wide-leg flared pants make up the bottom half. Plus, bold prints are one of our favorite details to add to a confidence-boosting work look.

Out on the town

When we want the outfit construction to do the heavy lifting, A-line dresses are our go-to. A full-skirted dress with a V-neck elongates your whole frame, neckline, and waist. Pointed-toe heels in a complementary shade bring drama to the look, and a set of bangles—or a large cuff—add attention around your waist and hips.

Want to know more?

We’ve compiled answers to some FAQs about dressing an inverted triangle body shape. Click the questions below for more style advice.

Can I wear skinny jeans if I’m an inverted triangle?
How do I try the oversized blazer trend?
Can I wear off-the-shoulder tops if I have wide shoulders?
What’s a business professional look for inverted triangles?
Is it okay to wear bold prints or patterns?
Should I avoid statement earrings if my shoulders are wide?

Wearing pieces that create shape for you is a simple way to balance out your natural bone structure. Keep in mind that volume around your hips, legs, and ankles is a great way to balance prominent shoulders. Visit the Nordstrom Blog for additional tips for styling and beauty.

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