Also known as athletic, rectangle, straight-up-and-down shape or the ruler, you’re considered to have this body shape if: You have no real discernible curves to your body, straight hips, small breasts, longer legs, flatter bottom.

However you’ve probably got a truly enviable waistline and lovely, long limbs made for showing off

Getting clothes to fit properly can be tough despite even proportions.

How To Make It Work

Soft, A-line skirts are most flattering on your hips-they’ll add that gentle flare you need.

Keep jackets and shirts as fitted as possible and look for angular cuts and detailing that will give you the illusion of curves.

This is one of the luckiest shapes in the spectrum in that you can wear just about any cut of pants-but steer clear of high waists as they can make a flat bum appear even flatter!

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Really low necklines- A low neck can be great in small doses, too low however can over emphasise a small bust. A more open neckline with detailing can be more flattering.

Boxy, wide jackets-they will only look like you’re trying to hide what you’ve been blessed with!

Drop waisted dresses, jackets and coats-they will only emphasise your straight-up-and-down shape.

Take Your Style Cues (and miscues) From:  

Cameron Diaz









Clearly Cam favours this kind of outfit-and it is a great outfit! But the difference is obvious in the fit-the red blazer is too boxy and is too long, hiding her shape which  makes her look dowdy. The shorter pale blue blazer nips in at the waist and finishes on her hips-creating that womanly curve and those shorts and wedges just make me green with envy over those long legs!

Halle Berry









You can see in the left photo that the dress does nothing for Halle because we can’t see her slim torso-one of the best physical assets of a column shape! On the right she’s showing off aforementioned slim torso in a casual top and bootleg jeans that balance her out.

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  • Love these celebrity they have such style and always look great.


  • Really – Halle Berry has a small bust? We have so much in common :)


  • I would not mind having this shape at all. I am a fairly trim size 12 so I should not complain. I am fairly comfortable with how I look.


  • Some great Information thank you for sharing


  • so this is the athletic body and they call it column. it is funny how we refer to everything like shapes…..even people’s heads


  • i am very curvy so this article wasnt for me but it was interesting to read and now i now what a column body shape is


  • I never know how to dress right and I’ve been to many seminars oh well … LOL


  • Good article and good advice there! Thank You.


  • Great tips – I wish I had this body!


  • Some clever ideas for dressing for your shape. Thanks.


  • beautiful read. i love to dress according to my body shape. makes you look good and feel confident

    • If you know how to dress for your body shape outfit will always look more flattering.


  • Interesting how an outfit can show off the good and base of your body shape.


  • I dream of having a body shape like this, as it would be so much easier to dress than my current “curvy” shape. But I guess we’re never happy with what we’ve got, and we always think that the grass is greener for other people.


  • Cameron Diaz has good taste in clothes. Thanks for the article, love the red dress.


  • would love to have this body shape instead of the round I have


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