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Ruler Shape Basics

Good news: Unlike other body shapes, you don’t have any problem areas you need to conceal. In fact, most clothes will look good on you. This gives you a lot of freedom in putting together your outfits and tons of room to develop your own style. Your biggest risks are looking too boyish or athletic.

What to Wear
Add dimension to your silhouette by experimenting with contrasts in volume. For example, pair a structured, padded or cropped jacket with skinny jeans or wear a fitted top with wide-leg pants. You’ll also look great in pencil skirts, A-line skirts or wrap dresses. Wide belts can enhance the illusion of a waist, as can cinched or ruched shirts and flared jackets. Inject femininity with ruffled blouses, pastel colors, pretty jewelry or embroidered details.

What Not to Wear
Avoid outfits that are uniformly tight or uniformly loose. For example, a loose top and baggy jeans completely hide your body, while a skin-tight shirt and skinny jeans make you look boyish. Low-cut necklines also won’t flatter you if you’re small-chested like most rulers. Miniskirts may also give you a boxy appearance, so stick to longer skirts for a curvier, more balanced look.

Ruler Style Icons
If you’re a ruler shape, you’ve got great company – Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz, Hilary Duff, Reese Witherspoon and Sheryl Crow also have this body type.