APPLE SHAPED BODY
Most people mistake a pear-shaped body for an apple-shaped body. An apple shaped-body is heavy in the middle and above the waist, while a pear-shaped body is
heavier below the waist and in the upper thighs. Here are some other characteristics of the apple-shaped body;
- Hips and shoulders have the same width; waistline has the same width or is wider.
- You gain weight mainly around the waist, at least in proportion to the other parts of your body.
- You probably have slender lower legs and arms.
- Your high hip is wider than your lower hip.
- Your bust and/or midriff are larger than your hips.
- You might be short waited.
- Your thighs or hips are probably the narrowest part of your body.
Factors To Consider
Your horizontal Apple body shape along with vertical body figure (are you short-legged/long waisted or short-waisted/long legged?), height and body scale are important factors to consider when dressing your body shape.
If you for example have a short waist you’ll benefit from wearing long tops that visually elongate your waist because it’ll slim your midsection. On the other hand, if you have short legs, focus on your lengthening your legs with simple bottom styles or pair a long top with a short and structured jacket
You will want to take attention away from your middle, since it’s already full. To draw attention away from your middle, avoid low shorts or pants, high-cut shirts, or any fabric length that cuts off below or above your middle. You’ll want to distract people from your middle by directing their attention elsewhere or by creating more definition in your waistline.
- You should also avoid wearing an outfit with a different pattern in the belly area. This will draw more attention to your belly.
- Avoid wearing thick belts, which will draw more attention to your middle.
- Avoid clingy shirts or dresses, which will also draw attention to your middle.
Wear clothes in a way that makes your mid-section narrower. This will help you achieve a proportional body shape and visually take some pounds off your figure. Adding interest to your shoulders ,neckline and your hips helps.
- Dark colored wide belts
- Clothes that skim past over your midsection but nip right below your bust (e.g. empire line, long tops, tunic shirts) lift your chest and make your waist look trimmer
- Add more volume and structure to your hips (prints, full circle skirt, bias cut skirts, etc.)
- Shape wear, especially waist clinchers will do the trick in an instant.
- A good push-up bra lifts up your bust
You can experiment with various textures and details, but be careful with their placement on your body frame. Compared to solid colors – patterns and texture with a dark base are great for camouflaging.
- Light colors
- Horizontal details
Focus on woven garments because their rigid fabric helps skim the contour of your midriff. So avoid clingy jersey knits! Weighty jersey is an exception though but needs to be placed on the right areas such as your hips to help balance out your upper body.
This helps draw attention away from the midsection and give the spotlight to your best parts, and in most Apple body shape cases that’s your bust and/or legs.
- Low-ish neckline. Low V-necks are especially (universally) flattering on your body frame, and making your torso look slimmer at the same time. It draws the eye up and down, instead of from side to side.
- Details on the hemline to bring attention to your legs.
- Tops with sleeve details such as slits and gathers to accentuate your upper body and pretty arms.
*When wearing jeans or pants, make sure the top extends just below your hipbone to draw attention away from your midriff.
Wear dresses that skim down over your midsection without clinging.
- Empire waist
- Bias cut hem
- Wrap styles tailor your midriff by visually lifting up your bust
- Lowish necklines that slim your upper body and draw the eye up and down
Make sure the dresses highlight your bust to balance out your frame and keep eyes away from your tummy. A low neckline alone will often do the trick.
Your best dresses also feature:
- Shoulder, neckline and sleeve details
- Structured shoulders to keep the eye on and above your bust
- A hemline that flares outwards to balance out your top heavy body, such as an A-line
*Experiment with a belt to find your sweet spot. Usually, the thinnest part of your waist (above the natural waistline) is the most flattering area for your Apple body shape to wrap a belt.
Fashion tops and dresses with embellishment around the neck and shoulder area to keep the attention to your bust and your slim limbs.
- Embroideries and other pretty shoulder details (e.g. sequins)
- Flare sleeves
- Cuff sleeves
- Slits and cut outs (they slim Inverted Triangles shoulders but will attract attention to your pretty arms)
- Embellished necklines
- Gathers and rushing
Avoid waistline details such as beads and bows, and even skinny belts (the thin look make your wide waist look bigger in comparison). However invest in medium stretch wide belts – they pull in the weight nicely without bulking.
Always make sure to wear necklines that “open up” your chest and face. Looks very flattering on your heavy torso.
You can also wear simple tops, but you might want to define your waist, slim your torso and create an illusion of an Hourglass body shape – by pairing them with a structured (and nipped) jacket. Avoid jackets with sloppy shoulder-line and make sure they’re snug on the shoulders.
Jeans and pants that will bring balance to your top heavy body figure – specifically a hem cut that widens from either your thighs or knee.
- Flare and wide leg
Skinny’s and tapered styles are tricky on your Apple body shape because they’ll accentuate your thin legs and make you look bigger on top. A slight flare adds balance.
However another alternative to skinnys is straight cut pants worn with a pair of eye-catching shoes. You can wear skinnys as long as you add knee high boots (that’s because the boots add volume).
Normal to high rise with a flat front will help keep your belly and midriff in place and avoid bulking up. Avoid pleats or rushing on the front of your pants rise, and look for styles that add volume to the sides of your hips and around your thighs.
Right above the knee, knee and calf length skirts. Short skirts will only highlight your midsection and make you look blocky.
Your best skirt styles that draw attention to your legs are:
- Bias cut
- Hanky hems
- Trumpet skirts
- Structured pencil and A-line skirts
If you’re petite, stick to right above the knee lengths or add a pair of heels to avoid overwhelming your short height.
Short skirts are recommended for petites, but will emphasize your apple shape – so try putting more effort in your top by visually elongating your torso with shoulder details.
Wear long tops that float away from your waist – hip-length tops and tunic shirts. They will help to balance out your Apple body shape.
Unfortunately, frills aren’t your best friends because they add too much volume. But simple draping fabric (e.g. waterfall tops) will have a slimming effect on your mid-section.
If you have short legs, long tops will shorten them, so add heels.
Long tops with structured shoulders are your best bet but aren’t an absolute necessity if you can put more work on other areas of your body shape. A structured jacket on top of the long top helps balance it out.
Preferably hip-length to skim past your midsection and balance out your frame. Buttons should be below the bust to trim your waist.
Also, nipped waist, V-shaped lapels, and a V-neckline look best on you.
Also make sure that your jackets are single-breasted. Too many details such as double breasts accentuate your midsection.
The best and simplest way to camouflage your heavy midriff is to layer whatever top you are wearing with a structured jacket or coat. This draws attention away from this area and creates curves on the right places such as your shoulders and chest along with your hips. So invest in tailored blazers and coats!
Wearing your jacket open will trick people into thinking that there’s a tiny waist hiding in there. Looks slimming and streamlined. Although cardigans and waistcoats aren’t structured, leaving them open helps disguise your midriff.
A great pair of legs often comes with the apple-shaped body. So, whether you’re tall or on the shorter side, don’t be afraid to show off your great legs. You can do this with a pair of short-shorts, or high heels that lengthen your body and balance out your bottom half.
- Don’t minimize your legs by wearing big heavy boots, leggings, or skinny jeans. This will only make your gorgeous legs look smaller.
Though your shirt or top shouldn’t be clingy, it shouldn’t be boxy, baggy, or formless, either. If it’s too loose, you’ll only look more shapeless and your waist will look bigger. Instead, pick a shirt or top that flows downward from your bust, like a top with a high-waistline, empire waist, or A-line. Here are some things to keep in mind as you choose the shape of your top:
- A shirt or dress that has a tie at the waist will also help add definition to your figure.
- Your tops should fall lower than your hip bones.
- You can wear a long flowing top that falls below your bottom, or even a tunic shirt.
- Wear tops with flare or cuff sleeves.
- Choose a top with pretty shoulder details, like sequins or flowers.
If you have an apple-shaped body, then you should create balance on your lower body by wearing shoes that emphasize your legs. Here are some shoes to wear and some others to avoid.
- Wear: platform shoes, wedges, calf-length boots, ballet flats, clogs, and strappy sandals. All of these will let you show off your legs and create a fuller bottom.
- Avoid: kitten heels, buckle boots, Uggs, or any shoes that will make your feet look too big. This will in turn make your legs look smaller and draw even more attention to your waist.
- Statement and eye-catching necklaces are perfect to draw the attention upwards and also chunky earrings will have the same effect.
- Go also for colorful scarves, tied around the neck!
What not to wear?
- Big puffy jackets
- Big shapeless garments that don’t show any waist or don’t use vertical layers
- Bulky trousers with lots of pockets and zippers at the front
- High necklines (you can wear lighter tops underneath a layering piece as shown in the top image)
- Tight clingy T-shirts
- Avoid wearing everything in one solid color. Better to mix color with a texture or to use several layers in different colors to create vertical lines