If your shoulders are broad and wider than the rest of your body, you might just be a strawberry body type a.k.a.the V body shape. You may have heard of apple and pear shapes, but the strawberry body shape is the alternative fruity name of the inverted triangle shape.
As we say in all of our body shape guides; please remember that body type guidelines are intended only as a basis to work from, but they’re not the be-all and end-all rules to live by when dressing for your shape. Feeling comfortable, personal style, body confidence and different occasions are all factors when choosing an outfit - so although this post is meant as a positive guide for the 'science' of flattering fits for the strawberry body shape, you can basically wear whatever TF you want sis.
When it comes to dressing for the strawberry body type, there's so many tips and tricks for choosing the perfect type of clothes to wear that you'll feel amazing in! Here's how to do just that.
What is the Strawberry Body Shape?
If you have a beautiful strawberry shape, you will have wider shoulders than your hips. Strawberry shapes tend to have a great bust and amazing legs, with a small hip to waist ratio – i.e. not much waist definition. When it comes to dressing the strawberry body type, the aim of the game is to balance your top half with your bottom half, making your body look more symmetrical while creating more definition for your waist and giving the illusion of a curvier shape.
Also regularly referred to as the Inverted Triangle body type, the strawberry body shape has:
- A straight and squared shoulder line that is proportionately wider than the hips.
- Large bust
- Little definition between waist and hip
- Flat hips and bottom
When it comes to dressing well, it’s all about knowing your proportions and balancing them out. The aim of the game for the inverted triangle, or strawberry body shape is to even out the top and bottom and bring them into perfect alignment.
You can do this by either:
- Minimising the width of your top half
- Creating the illusion of width on your bottom half
- Defining your waist.
Dresses for the strawberry body shape
Your gorgeous figure looks fantastic in dresses. We love wrap styles on a strawberry body shape because they draw attention down from your shoulders to your slim waist. It’s always great to have a V neck style dress with your body shape; it’s extremely flattering.
This Dani Marie dress is perfect for those who want to remain covered up while feeling fashionable. You can adjust your wrap dresses to fit your body as you please because all bodies aren't made the same!
Skater dresses or styles with a fuller/flared skirt are also a great style for your figure. The flare out style of these dresses helps to balance out your figure and even out your silhouette.
This Eva long sleeve swing dress in black from Dani Marie is perfect for a relaxed look. You can wear this with sneakers for errands or heels for brunch out with the gals.
Dress necklines that work best for you include scoop and V-necks and use your cleavage to your advantage. This Cleo Short Sleeve Midi Dress in Spot from Dani Marie is stretchy on top for our larger-busted women.
This flattering plus size midi dress will be your new go-to when it comes to dressing your strawberry beautiful body!
Tops for the strawberry shape
Wear dark colors on your top half as these will slim down your shoulder line, You should try to avoid shoulder pads or puffed sleeves as these will have to the opposite effect.
Try tops (or dresses) in a wrap style, these will draw the eye line down and away from the bust and shoulder area. Another style that works well for your body type are tops that go in at the waist and hug your curves or give the illusion of doing so.
The bardot (off the shoulder) neckline is super stylish right now, but this style can accentuate your broad shoulders, so some Strawberries prefer to not wear this style of top.
Peplum tops are also fabulous for your body type as they balance your shoulders and hips, giving the illusion of a fitted waist and curvy hips. Peplum tops are also good for big dinners – they can hide a multitude of dessert helpings!
Coats/Jackets for the strawberry shape
Like the apple body shape opt for single-breasted coats with sleek lines rather than double-breasted styles. Double-breasted coats and jackets as well as styles that have a lot of detail around the neck and top half (think epaulets, large collar, shoulder pads etc) as they will emphasize your broad shoulders.
Structured and/or tailored jackets are not a good look on most strawberries, so wave that blazer goodbye. Instead, choose a waterfall jacket. They have a much softer look and guide the eye down and away from your top half.
Trousers for the strawberry shape
Bold, bright and patterns galore!! Whilst its a good idea to keep a plainer look to your top to diminish your broad shoulders patterns and bright or light colors are suggested, if not encouraged in trousers, skirts and shorts to balance out your silhouette.
The type of fabric that your trousers are made from can also add bulk and definition so why not try cord or tweed.
Fits that work well for you include flared, straight or wide-leg trousers and harem pants. Bonus points if your trousers have front pleating.
For jeans choose lighter washes such as stonewash or even colored denim in straight or flared fits as these will balance your shoulders.
Skirts for the strawberry shape
Keep your skirts full and flared for a balanced look and don’t be afraid to ‘go big or go home’ on patterns. A flared skirt will enhance your hips and balance out your top section.
For the strawberry body shape, you should think about where your accessories will sit on your body. Scarves, necklaces, brooches, earrings, and any other accessories worn around the shoulder and neck are can draw attention upwards and emphasize your top-heavy frame. Wearing a pendant necklace on a long chain or even wearing a scarf loosely around the neck with the ends hanging down to the waist of hips draws attention downwards
Keep your jewelry chunky for rings and bracelets.
Wearing a belt is a great way to define your waist, the chunkier the better
Finally, let’s take a look at bags.
It seems silly that the bag that you carry all your stuff around in can have an impact on how your body is seen but choose the wrong bag and it can all go wrong.
Bags to avoid for the strawberry body shape include small clutches and bags worn at the shoulder as these will highlight your broad shoulders. Try to go for a bag with a long strap or a tote.
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