What’s an apple body shape like?
A woman with apple body shape tend to have wider middle compared to her shoulders and hips. Because your abdomen is wider, it’ll appear like you have no waist. Your overall appearance appear to be rounded. The shape of an apple echoes exactly this type of body shape hence the name. You can have medium to large busts, wide or narrow shoulders and/or fleshy arms. Your most attractive asset is your legs. Alternate names for apple body shape are O shape and circle.
You may have an apple body shape because of these three likely reasons:
1. You tend to be wide (carry extra weight) at your abdomen area (especially waist).
2. An overweight H (banana/rectangle) or hourglass.
3. Post-menopausal women. Since estrogen is produced lesser, all the fats now reside at your belly.
How To Determine If I Am An Apple Shaped?
To determine if you are an apple shaped, stand naked in front of the mirror with feet together. If your middle section (abdomen area) is wider compared to your shoulders and hips and you carry extra weight at your belly area, then you’re an apple shaped. Usually an apple shaped body has little to no waist definition.
Celebrities with apple body shape:
I’m apple body shaped. Here’s what I should do…
1. Don’t draw attention to the waist.
2. Trick the observer’s eyes into looking elsewhere (e.g. face, shoulders, busts and legs)
3. Define my waist.
Apple body shaped is one of the most difficult to style. But worry not. With our guidelines below we hope you will find something useful to help you dress for your apple body shape.
Tips & tricks to dressing apple body shape:
2. Wear tops that end below your widest part of your stomach or longer.
Go for tops that end at just below your widest part of your stomach. Anything higher (at your waist) is unflattering. You can also go for longer tops but be careful if you have short legs as longer tops will make you shorter.
3. Wear V-neck empire tops and evening dresses.
Empire top and evening dresses cover your stomach while the V-neckline draw attention to your face. Remember to avoid gathering just below the stomach because it’ll make you look like you’re pregnant.
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5. Avoid clingy and loose tops.
Clingy tops will show off you unflattering waist area. Tight fitted top should be avoided at all cost. Although loose baggy tops can hide your stomach, it is formless and make you shapeless.
8. Wear detailing at necklines, shoulders and busts.
To draw attention upward instead of you mid-section, try wearing details at your necklines, shoulders and busts such as beadings, sequins, ruffles, pleats, lace, flare sleeves or butterfly sleeves.
10. Wear monochromatic or column of color clothing.
By wearing monochromatic or column of color clothing from head to toe, you’re creating a long vertical line that elongates your body up down instead of left right.
13. Wear long jackets, cardigan and coats.
Long jackets, cardigan and coats that skim past your waist will do wonders for you. Jackets can hide whatever you want to hide underneath. Best length are the ones that end at the top or middle of your hips. Wear jackets and cardigan unbuttoned to create slimming vertical lines.
14. Wear single breasted jackets and coats.
Double breasted jackets will add weight to waist. Go for single breasted jackets and coats instead. You can wear one with wide collars to draw the attention upward.
15. Wear packed prints with less negative space.
Go for prints that are packed and with less negative space so that the eyes will focus at the prints as a whole entity and make you look slimmer especially at your waist area. They are also perfect for hiding details.
16. Wear belt at your most narrow point of the waist, with less detailing and in low contrast.
If you would like to add belt to your outfit, wear it at your narrowest point of the waist. Also wear the belt in low contrast with your clothes and with minor detailing as not to draw any attention to it. You should also avoid wearing thick belt as it can add bulk to your stomach.
17. Wear just above knee, knee length and calf length skirt.
Go for just above knee and knee length skirt to show off your killer legs. If you have slim legs, calf length skirt is recommended too. Avoid skirt that are too short as it will draw the attention upward at your waist area and make you look bulky. You can wear many types of skirt to attract the eyes to your legs such as A-line skirt, pencil skirt, trumpet skirt, hi-lo skirt and bias skirt.
18. Avoid skirt and pants with detailing at or near the waist.
Details like patch pockets, band, gathering and embellishment at or near the waist of a skirt and pants will add bulk to your mid-section. So avoid them. Go for pockets that are built into the seams.
19. Wear straight, bootleg and wide leg pants.
Bootleg, wide leg or flare pants are especially flattering for apple body shape because it will balance out your upper half and at the same time attract the eyes to it. Straight legs pants are also okay but not skinny pants as it will make you look heavy on top (attract eyes to your waist) and skinny at the bottom. Wear normal rise pants. High rise pants will only show your protrude stomach while with low rise pants you get muffin top.
20. Avoid cargo and tapered pants.
Apple body shape women should avoid cargo pants with pockets near the waist and tapered pants which ballooned around the hips and sometimes thighs and narrow towards the hem. Reason is because it will attract the eyes to your waist.
22. Avoid oversized bag and bags that sits at your waist.
Carrying oversized bag at your waist area will only further add bulk and draw the attention to your stomach. Go for medium sized bag instead and wear it high near your busts or low at your hips like clutches, tote bags and structured shoulder bags. If you prefer long straps bag, go for cross-body bags which ends below the hips.
Are you an apple body shaped? How do you style your everyday outfits? Do you follow any of the tips listed above? Share with us your thoughts.
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