Shepherd’s Fashion Friday – Body Shape Series: The Column and the Rectangle

Fashion changes, but dressing for your body shape is always in style. And in this era of body positivity, who cares if you’re a pear or an apple? Love the shape you’re in – the curves that come with it!

The Column and the Rectangle -Similar yet Distinct  – 

We opted to present both the Column and Rectangle shapes together as their basic structure is defined by a straight silhouette.  Their shoulder and hip are in line with each other. Both shapes are often without much curve at the waist and the hip.

  • Because the outline of the silhouette is straight, the choices are endless when it comes to which area to showcase.

The Column - Layer Up!

The Column is straight and slender. She’s been “blessed” with a runway model figure, as her slender limbs allows her to wear layer upon layer.  With a slight waist and longer legs, this boyish figure will sometimes decries the absence of a bust, tummy or bottom.  Quite often the objective for the Column is to create a little bit of curve.  This shape can well afford extra details over the bust such as full cowl necklines, big dramatic statement necklaces, neck scarves, multi layered opera pearls etc... Dramatic, exaggerated and heavier textured fabrics are custom made for the column. This shape is the definition of the more is better philosophy when it comes to draping and layering.  The Column is the the one shape who looks absolutely great in the "Boyfriend look". Angular shapes and rounded cuts are good for giving the Column figure the little extra shape to avoid looking too straight up and down.


Rectangle body shapes can make the most of interesting necklines to add interest to the upper body. Try scoop necks or a bateau line, a sweetheart or fancy details collar that pulls the eye upward. Have fun with puffy sleeves, tailored bodices and embellished cuffs, too.


Choosing pants or jeans for the column type is all about creating curves in proportion with the rest of the body. And because bold patterns and colours add volume, choose drama! Pleated pants (finger pleats or box-front pleats), belted trousers, flared and straight pieces all create curves in the right places.


Is there a dress the rectangle shape can’t wear? Not really. They pull off flared skirts and fitted bodices, belted shirtwaist dresses, puffy, fluffy feminine looks and swingy, full skirts. Looking for more? Layer just about anything with a long, swingy and romantic duster coat, a trench or puffer jacket.


Accessories can complement the rectangle shape beautifully – and with sass! Big, bold statement earrings frame the face, while fabulous necklaces as interest to the neckline and bust. Belts are also a go-to: they create a neat waist and gorgeous silhouette. For petite rectangles, booties in a neutral tone and a heel add length and elegance.  

The Rectangle - The  Athlete


Rectangle shape? More like the chameleon…this body type can transform from athletic to curvy with a few simple style secrets.

The rectangle is a fuller version of the column. She may or may not be endowed with a fuller bust, tummy and behind. While keeping to a proportioned and balanced silhouette, this shape often has the luxury of choosing to wear straight cut garments and “surrender” the waist line altogether, or, create curves.   When selecting the later, accentuating a waist, should be approached with subtle hand. A wide belt might simply visually reinforce the absence of a defined waist, whereas a softly shaped garment in a draped fabric would usually prove to be a better alternative. When wearing a straight lined garment, adding a bit of softness to the silhouette can be achieved with the help of strategic accessories. A colourful scarf, long necklace, or legging can help to add fluidity to a boxy or shapeless look. 

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  • Linda Moran

    Love all your videos, your fashion shows on Instagram I love! I love shopping at Shepherds have many pieces I cherish my red coat being one and my scarf 🧣… my white crisp blouse, all our worn with my jewellery and scarves. Love you All. Keep doing what you are all doing your the Best! I still have my Linda Lumstrom winter jacket in taupe, added fur to colour and cuffs from my Mother’s fur coat love it! A piece of Mom is always with me. ♥️

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