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Body Shape: Inverted Triangle

You have an inverted Triangle body shape (also known as an athletic body type). Typical characteristics of an Inverted Triangle body shape are:

  • You have a proportionally larger upper body
  • You have broad shoulders, and ample bust and a wide back
  • Your hips are slim and your bottom may have a tendency towards the flat side
  • Your waist is subtle and you have a tendency to gain weight in your belly and upper body
  • Your beautiful, shapely legs are your best asset

inverted triangle body type

How to Dress an Inverted Triangle Body Shape

The key to dressing an Inverted Triangle body type is to balance your broader shoulders, chest and back with your narrower lower body to create more of an hourglass effect. This is achieved by choosing clothes that add curves to your hips and bottom while creating a more defined waist. You have amazing legs so feel free to play with skirt lengths, but don’t go too short otherwise you will further a top-heavy look. Please click on the thumbnails below to learn more about how to dress an Inverted Triangle body type.


Look for tops that will accentuate your waist and help balance your bust with your hips. Look for:

  • Narrow v-necks.
  • Tops with banding or nipping at the waist.
  • Wrap-style tops.
  • Tailored shirts and jackets.
  • Dark colored tops.

tops for inverted triangle shapes

  1. Look for tops with narrow v-necks. and nipped in waists that flare slightly at the hip.
  2. Shirts with deep scoop or V-necks narrow your upper body. Layer a lighted coled shell with a v-neck to enhance the effect.
  3. Look for deep V-neck wrap style tops. A little flare below the waist will help add curves to your hips.
  4. Wear deep shawl collared or lightly coweled tops, particularly in dark colors with a light shell underneath.
  5. Look for shirts with vertical details on the upper body. A nipped-in waist and flared bottom will add curves to your hips.
  6. Look for jackets with deep V-necklines, a nipped-in waist and flared bottom or hip pocket details.


Choose bottoms that will enhance your lower body and help balance your upper body. Try the following:

  • Pants with embellished or flap-style pockets.
  • Boot cut or wide legs.
  • Full or A-line skirts.
  • Cargo pants.
  • Jeans with whiskering at the hips.

bottoms for inverted triangle body types

  1. Pants with wide or flared legs are flattering to your figure. Side pockets or flap-style back pockets help balance your upper body. Cargo style pants are particularly flattering.
  2. Boot cut, slightly flared, or trouser cut jeans are the most flattering on your figure. whiskering at the hips and flap-pockets will add curves to your lower half.
  3. A-line skirts fill out your slight hips while balancing your upper body. Look for details around the hips or bold colors and prints to further enhance the effect.
  4. Full or ballerina type skirts add curves to your lower half and balance your broader, upper body. You have great legs, so feel free to play with length.


When choosing a swimsuit for an inverted triagle, look for suits that will balance your athletic upper body. Look for:

  • Simple halter tops.
  • Patterned or light colored bottoms paired with solid tops.
  • Bottoms with ruffles, side ties or embellishments.
  • Bottoms that cut straight across your hips.
  • One-piece suits with side cut-outs.

swim suits for inverted triangle body shapes

  1. simple, solid color halter tops are a good choice for an inverted triangle body shape.
  2. Dark, simple triangle tops can be a good choice as long as you choose one with adequate coverage and support. Look for styles with wider straps.
  3. Bottoms that cut straight across your hips with side ties look great with simple tops.
  4. Ruffled or embellished bottoms will balance your figure figure when paired with a simple top.
  5. Look for one-piece suits with cut-out sides, hip details and deep-v necks. This will help create a curvaceous, balanced effect.
  6. Tankinis with a simple halter top paired with bottoms with side-ties, ruffles or embellishments are a great choice. Stay away from patterned tops with solid bottoms.

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