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Dressing for Your Body Shape: Apple

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As we have learned, the Apple body shape is defined by a figure that is ‘top heavy’, with broader shoulders, a wider torso, and a full bust, waist, and upper back.  The arms, hips, and legs tend to be slender and weight gain usually happens at the undefined waistline.  There are numerous ways to flatter and accentuate the positives of this shape while minimizing the “less favored” aspects.

  • The overall goal for an apple-shaped figure is to draw attention away from the middle area.
  • Color – For the most part, avoid clothing with a different or distinct pattern in the center. Likewise, keep the lighter colors to the bottom half and the darker colors on top.
  • Shapes – Most apple figures should shy away from low cut pants and high cut shirts. Clingy shirts and dresses also draw attention to the area we are trying to minimize.  The bust area is usually one of the great features of the apple shape, so do not be afraid to flaunt it (within reason of course).  V-necks and plunging necklines should be your go-to items.  Try to avoid halter tops and boat necks which as not extremely flattering to this figure.  Empire waist dresses and A-line dresses both do a great job of flattering the bust area while skimming past the thicker middle.  And by all means, show off those legs with shorter skirts and high heels.
  • Accessories – Thick belts are a big no since they will obviously draw attention to a thicker middle. Try to find slacks and jeans with back pockets.  Since this figure usually has a flatter behind, it helps add shape and definition.

Just remember that we are all shaped as we are supposed to be, and there are flattering styles for everyone!

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