The Banana / Straight Up and Down or the letter I body shape is probably the most common body shape right now. If that includes you, then you will generally have an equal breadth to your shoulders and waistline with an undefined waist. So let’s talk about the best zoom tops for the Straight Up and Down body shape.
Psst, these are just our suggestions, and you should wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and happy!
Featured image: Ashley Stewart
If you’re looking to dress for your body shape then there are basically 3 different options:
draw attention away from your waist - who needs a waistline anway? Highlight your gourgously linear figure
Create the illusion of a defined waist.
Great tops for you - and we don’t just mean for zoom- include those with a high neckline icluding halter neck, crew, turtle and cowls.
We also love some detailling to your top line like ruching, pleating and even some cheeky shoulder pads.
Define your body shape with strong block colors. See our collection for some top picks:
Avoid looking ‘boxy by staying away from the double -breasted jactes. Instead single-breasted styles are your best friend. And if you want to define your waist, choose a jacket with a belt.
Rib Knit Collar Long Sleeve Turtleneck - Ulla Popken
When choosing the best zoom tops for the Straight Up and Down body shape play around with necklines and see what works for you, High necks are perfect and we LOVE a turtleneck. Check out this Rib Knit Collar Long Sleeve Turtleneck in lilac, apple green, or melon. Which color would you choose?
Cut Out Puff Sleeve - Ashley Stewart
We love the cut-out keyhole on this bright and bold top from Ashley Stewart and just can't get enough of the puff sleeves. We've chosen the Cut Out Puff Sleeve Top in vivid red, also available in cobalt blue and yellow.
Brown Crinkle Gauze Halter Tank - Torrid
Torrid's Crinkle Gauze Halter Tank combines two of our top tips for the banana body type. A halter neck plus detailing to your top line. Both of these draw the eyeline upwards and away from your waist.
Perfect Drape Belted Jacket - Lane Bryant
This next item from our collection that we want to talk about has the complete opposite effect to the halter tank, before we were distracting away from your waistline, now we want to accentuate and even cause a bit of an illusion. Lane Bryant's Perfect Drape Belted Jacket cinches you in with a cute tie belt and we love the laid-back silhouette.
The Ultimate Suit Blazer - Eloquii
If looking suited and booted is your go-to zoom look then we love the Eloquii Ultimate Suit Blazer. We've chosen the jacket in maritime blue, also available in totally black or berry.
Calling all banana babes, what are your best zoom tops for the Straight Up and Down body shape? Show us your looks on the Insyze app. Click here to register.
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