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Dressing for an Inverted Triangle Shape-The Patti



Hello Ladies!

You all know I collaborated with Karina Dresses  and was given this fantastic coral floral dress in the “Patti” style. The square styled neckline and pencil skirt bottom works for my inverted triangle shape. Yes, I am an ice cream cone!







I am sure most of you know by now, in fashion, there are certain shapes that we as women are said to have. We all know the “pear”, slightly more rounded on the bottom, narrower on the top, the “apple”,  the “hourglass” the shapely, smaller waisted, with a larger bust and hip. The “rectangle” and me, the “inverted triangle”. This is  someone that has broader shoulders and is narrow from the hips down. My waist is small as well, part of the inverted triangle. Seems like I am a piece of cheese on it’s tip, an ice cream cone,  or any other inverted triangle shape you can think of.

Nevertheless, I sometimes think I am hourglass or inverted triangle, as my waist is about 10 inches smaller than my hips. However, the dresses that I chose for Karina were based on the inverted triangle. The key here is to not accent the shoulders but rather the small of the waist, or the bustline. There are certain styles that do that. I wore the Audrey,as it  drew attention to the waist and bust, the Patti, as seen here, and the Ruby, a dress that was a faux wrap concentrating on the small waist and hips. I also find that wearing boatneck or crew neck tops to emphasize the shoulders, so I favor, v-neck, cowl neck and other styles.

Here are the Karina Dresses Shape Definitions* Courtesy of Karina.com

TRIANGLE ~ fuller hips, smaller top

INVERTED TRIANGLE ~ broader shoulders or fuller bust with smaller hips ~ AUDREY, MEGAN, MARISA, JENNY, NORAJULIEEMILY, KATEADELEMARY

RECTANGLE ~ hips, bust and waist are similar size ~

OVAL ~ waist and bust are same size with smaller hips ~

HOURGLASS ~ curvaceous, full hips and bust ~

Here are some of the Karina dresses that are great and recommended for the Inverted triangle


I wanted to pair this with a new pair of J Crew Persimmon bow flats. They called it “persimmon” I just call it a very bright orange! I am a sucker for pointed flats with bows, and you can see another pair of these I have in “clay”. I have a tendency to buy more of the same item in different colors if I really like it. The dress has navy, coral, rust, in the flowers with the coral-orange being the presiding color. The shape is reminiscent of many of Joan’s dresses on Mad Men, the 60s era. A basic pencil dress with a square neckline in the back.  It was quite hot this day, mid 90s, so the polyester  of the fabric just caused the wonderfully elegant beads of sweat to form just sitting at our table waiting to order. I added this Treesje crinkled navy leather clutch for texture and I love the frills on the front.

If you are interested in this dress, ” The Patti” or other Inverted Triangle shaped dresses,  I am an affiliate of Karina Dresses. If you would, click on the sidebar widget to shop, as any commission goes to maintaining the  website.

So whatever shape you are, embrace it and wear your clothes with confidence!

Do you think about your body’s certain shape before you buy a garment, or do you just “throw caution to the wind” and wear whatever you want regardless?

Have a great day!!

Jess xx

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  • Reply
    June 1, 2015 at 11:15 am

    This dress is so pretty! I love that you added those bow flats for an added pop of color!

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com/

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 1, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Thank you ! I wanted a bit of brightness and they do just that! Hope to see you tomorrow for the TH Tuesday linkup! xx

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    Rakhshanda Rizvi
    June 1, 2015 at 1:23 am

    Such a beautiful dress, looks great on you <3 <3 Love your flats too!!

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    Dawn Lucy
    May 31, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    You look lovely, Jess! I’m definitely a pear. I love how Karina dresses gives you ideas of which cuts will look good on you! Thanks so much for being a part of Fun Fashion Friday!

    Dawn Lucy


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      Jess Jannenga
      May 31, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Thank yoU!! Glad you like the look!! Hard to beleive tomorrow is Mon! xo jess

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    May 31, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Beautiful dress!! Love how you styled it. Love your shoes too 🙂

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 31, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      thank you! I appreciate it, j crew makes some great shoes, glad to see this weekend hop. enjoy your day! xx

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    May 29, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Jess, this gorgeous dress look amazing on you, must I must admit, I follow your perfect description, but I do NOT see a triangle, only a thin hour glass! Lovely print, and shoes are so pretty, too!
    xx, Elle

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 29, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you Elle, I always felt I had broader sholders, but I am narrow from the rest down. I may be a cross between this and hourglass as my waist is 10 inches smaller than my hips… so I appreciate your feedback too! Glad you like the look, j crew has some great shoes. Enjoy your weekend! xx

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    Nicole Mölders (@HighLatitudeSty)
    May 29, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks 4 linking up to Top of the World Style. This is a great post. I am one of them

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    May 29, 2015 at 5:58 am

    I just spent some time browsing their site and I love how they select dress styles that are best suited to your body type! I have always wanted to try a wrap style dress and they have so many great options! This floral dress is lovely on you! Susan

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 29, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Thank you so much Susan. I used to write for Karina and I am an affiliate now, so if you decide to buy can you click on my affiliate pic on the sidebar. They do have great dresses ane I have a few of the wrap ones I will share too. Have a great weekend. xx

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    May 28, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Jess! I think you look fabulous. You definitely have the finesse to dress your body type. I am petite & thin (please don’t hate me!) & am an hourglass/borderline pear. I definitely am having a harder time lately with this blasted tummy bulge. But most of the time I try to be very careful & emphasize my best features. Thanks for letting us know about the Karina Dresses!


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      Jess Jannenga
      May 29, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Hi Debra, I am an affialiate and used to work with Karina, but if you are interested in a dress, if you dont mind clicking on my sidebar pic . I appreciate the lovely comment. You have a lovely figure petite and thin, I am tall and thin,with broader shoulders. Glad you enjoyed it, have a great weekend.xx

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    May 28, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    This dress looks perfect for you. I love the colors in it. I have the same flats and have not worn them in a long time, I think it’s time to wear them.


    Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 29, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Hi Alice! Yes, I dont remember seeing them on you,would love to . Did you get my message about cohosting next Tuesday, would love to have you, please let me know. xx

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    Eugenia Russell Hargrove
    May 28, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Great dress for you! I have learned how to work with my triangle/pear shape.

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 29, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Thank you Eugenia! I think the key to best dressing is fit. You obviuosly have it right! xx

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    May 28, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    This floral is so ladylike + pretty on you, doll!


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      Jess Jannenga
      May 29, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Thank you!! I love the vintage style. Have a great weekend Ash! xx

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    May 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    This dress is super-flattering on you!

    District of Chic

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 29, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Thank you so much, I love the vintage vibe too!! Come back next week for Turning Heads Tuesday weekly linkuP! xx

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    Lindsay Ava
    May 28, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    This dress looks so pretty on you! Love the pattern and shape 🙂 and those flats are so cute!!

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    May 28, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I agree with Suzanne, that I try to dress for my shape most of the time. But then there are times that I like to play around with different styles, explore outside my box, or in some cases, be lazy!!! jodie
    ps…I bought a floral jacket yesterday that totally reminded me of you!!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 28, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Hi Jodie!
      I know, it is fun to try on things that you think may not work, but somehow do. Beleive me, I am in jogger pants and a tank top on the weekends! I look forward to seeing the jacket ! xx

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    [email protected]
    May 28, 2015 at 9:38 am

    You look stunning in this dress, Jess. I love this whole look!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 28, 2015 at 10:04 am

      Thank you Pam, one of my favorite Karina dresses. Enjoy your day! xx

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    May 28, 2015 at 9:19 am

    you look stunning and those dresses totally suit you. ( don’t forget to link up today)

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

      I am always there 🙂 I linked up already! xx Enjoy your day !

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    Posh Prime
    May 28, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I think I am an inverted triangle too…I love your dress! It fits you perfectly and those shoes are adorable!

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 28, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Thank you Megan! Yes, I have broader shoulders, small waist and narrow the rest of the way! Glad you like the look! xx

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    May 28, 2015 at 9:15 am

    This dress is beautiful. I LOVE the floral print, and those bow flats are so cute!


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      Jess Jannenga
      May 28, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Thank you! it is one of my fav vintage inspired dresses. J crew makes some nice shoes! HAve a great day! xx

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    May 28, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I love the idea of being the shape of an ice-cream cone : )

    I do dress for my shape 80% of the time. The other 20% I’m feeling fat and just dress for a fat day LOL

    The dress is lovely on you.


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