Today we’re talking about the apple shape. If you have broader shoulders, a larger bust, narrower hips, and a less-defined waist, you fall into this category.
Let’s look at some ways to help you flatter your shape.
TOPS: A V-neck top will elongate your look and draw attention upward. Don’t go too loose or too tight. The fabric should glide, not bunch. You’ll want to avoid ruffles or embellishment that draw attention to your chest and add bulk.
PANTS: Stay away from a tight, tapered leg. Your best bet is to go with pants that create a clean line from your waist to your ankle. To create a longer-looking silhouette, keep your outfit monochromatic from top to bottom. Bootcut jeans also work well for your shape.
SKIRTS/DRESSES: Go for A-line skirts and dresses in fabrics that don’t cling to your midriff. Try adding a belt to give definition and create the illusion of a smaller waist.
JACKETS: You can get away with jackets that fall just below the waist to jackets that hit mid-thigh. Just be sure they don’t hit at the widest part of your hips. Longer jackets should be structured with a curvy silhouette.
No matter what, you should wear outfits that make you feel comfortable and confident. And if that means breaking a few rules, so be it!
Have fun shopping!
Read Vol. 1 How to Dress for a Pear Shape and stay tuned for these future posts:
Style Spot has been getting a lot of questions on dressing for different body shapes. We’ll be talking about the pear shape today, since that is the most common body type for women. Then, in the coming weeks, we’ll be addressing other body types – apple, hourglass, and rectangle.
If your hips and thighs are wider than your shoulders/bustline, then you fall into this group, so here are some tips. Let’s start at the top.
TOPS: To draw attention upward, bring out the white and put on the brights. Play with different necklines and embellishments to keep the focus toward your face. Layering also adds visual interest.
BOTTOMS: Wide leg black pants and bootcut jeans in a dark rinse are going to be your best friends forever. The flare helps balance the proportion. Stay away from embellishment and cargo pockets. And avoid pleats.
SKIRTS/DRESSES: Go for A-line skirts and dresses in non-clingy fabric. Get the right size for your body; not the size you think you should be.
JACKETS: Structured jackets are the best bet for you. They shouldn’t hit at the widest part of your hips; just below is fine. And please, no cropped jackets.
ACCESSORIES: Bring on the bling – a statement necklace or earrings keep the attention where you want it, up top. A pretty patterned scarf also adds interest and highlights your face. If you wear a belt, make sure it’s a narrow belt, and the same color as the pants.
Wearing styles that complement our own unique body type make any woman feel more beautiful and confident. The bottom line is, the choice is up to you – wear what you love! And whatever your body type, we’ve got lots of fresh arrivals for you to explore.
Have fun shopping!
Stay tuned for these future posts: