Best cocktail dresses for rectangle body shapes

Aug 3, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. ET

Rectangle shaped women are straight up and down. These body types look fabulous in most clothes but usually aim to add the illusion of more curves.

Rectangle body shape dresses

Cocktail dresses for rectangles

"Ruching or cinching on the sides of dresses are playful details that complement this figure," says celebrity fashion stylist and TV personality Dawn Del Russo.

There are not a whole lot of things rectangles can't wear, but dresses with a waistband or flared skirt that gathers at the waist also look fabulous on this body type.

Celebrity rectangles

Gwyneth Paltrow, Keira Knightley, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson, Nicole Richie and many models have rectangle body shapes.

Cocktail dress for rectangles

What to wear

  1. Tadashi Shoji Jersey Ruched Cocktail Dress ($310)
  2. Jessica Howard Flare Skirt Cocktail Dress ($118)
  3. Alice + Olivia Ruched Skirt Dress ($297)

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