Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Rectangle Body Type Looking for Something to Wear to Work

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Rectangles, love lace? Good. Here's a way to bring it into the board room, in just 7 shoppable steps:

How Do I Wear This White Lace Dress from Express, Rectangle Body Type

sources: 1/ Express Lace Shift Dress (, 2/ TOPSHOP Petite Collarless Panel Jacket (, 3/ Nly Viva Pump (, 4/ Lulu Frost for J.Crew midnight moon tassel necklace (, 5/ Gorjana G-Pressed Ring (, 6/ MARC BY MARC JACOBS Leather Billy Hobo (, 7/ Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet ( 


The top: The layer of the blazer over the lace dress works for your type for a number of reasons, one of which happens to be that Rectangle body types can carry off additional layers on top with the help of your column-like frame. A little added volume isn't going to hurt you, as a matter of fact, it helps bring some balanced proportions out of the woodwork. See how the blazer is slightly cinched and fitted? Right, that also helps to define your waist. Throw that back to the horizontal seaming details on the waist of the dress, sort of a double empire (not to be confused with a double rainbow), and you have even more waist-flattering details already sewn into the look. You don't even have to lift a finger, or (more importantly) do a crunch.

The bottom: Depending on your height, the hem on that dress is either going to make the cut for the workplace or be held for after hours. Outside of that, the fabric falls slightly away from the body, adding even more shape into the mix which is like fashion catnip for a Rectangle Body Type, or should be.

The rest: The black and cream going on with the blazer and dress is just asking for an injection of color right? Right. So, if we're going to bring things into a different end of the color spectrum using the pump, let's keep the bag neutral. Less is more. Plus, that way you can pop a red lip for the look if you're feeling bold, or, if you need the motivation to throw down during your presentation that day. Nothing works more like a superhero cape than the perfect shade of red lipstick. Blot to soften a bit, it is daytime after all. When you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good, you're bound to get some seriously powerful work done. Top things off with some gold accents, courtesy of a little wrap around ring and an elongated, tassel necklace.

The ONE thing you need to know: The blazer needs to stay along the lines of the above cut and not tread too far into oversized, boyfriend territory. You want to find the curves not let them fade away under it all.

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