Dressing Your Apple Shape
Apple shapes tend to carry weight around their middle. If this describes your body type, you are probably well proportioned with narrow hips, an undefined waistline, and a wide back. Apples tend to have relatively slim limbs with particularly great legs. Celebrities with a similar shape include Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Sigourney Weaver.
A great technique for dressing an apple shape is to elongate the torso and emphasize your legs.
Starting at the top, create the illusion of a longer line by wearing a v-neck, scoop neck or open shirt collar. Wrap tops will create a waist as the seaming will create flattering contours around the mid section. Tops with structure will do apple shapes well – look for firm fabrics that skim the body and create shapes as opposed to soft fabrics that emphasize problem areas.
Single breasted blazers or cardigans that button right under the bust will be an effective method for nipping in your mid section and creating an hourglass shape. A cardigan or structured blazer over a shirt is a winning combination.
If wearing a top that stops at your hip crease, a straight leg pant or jean will be more flattering than a skinny or tapered one. The straight leg will do a better job of balancing your upper body and creating a sense of proportion. Trouser jeans with a heel can be especially flattering. If, however, you are wearing a tunic or tucking your pants into boots – a skinny jean can do a great job of showing off those great legs that apples are known and envied for! Because of your slim hips and legs, embellishments such as cargo pockets and patterns can be worn with ease.
When it comes to skirts, a-line and pencil skirts are your best bets.
A shift dress or one with an empire waist can be extremely flattering on apples. Try belting an otherwise shapeless dress at the smallest point of your waist (usually somewhere between your belly button and bust line) for an immediate body shaping boost.
A belted trench coat is a great option for apple shapes as are single breasted pea coats that hit no higher than the hip crease.
By Kim England
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Ralph Lauren Blue Label classic oxford shirt www.harrods.com
!iT Dream Diva Stretch jean www.buckle.com
Vince Camuto norrow pump www.shoptheshoebox.com
Victoria Beckham leather tote www.harveynichols.com
Michael Kors Lexington chronograph www.nyciwear.com/
Blue Nile diamond stud earrings www.bluenile.com
J. Crew strech wool blazer www.net-a-porter.com