Dressing Your Body Type: Apple

(Adele, Jennifer Coolidge, America Ferrera)

  • You carry weight around your mid-section and chest
  • Your rib cage and back appear somewhat wide
  • Your waistline is undefined or has little waist definition
  • Your hips may be narrow
  • Goals: Your abdominal and torso are your biggest body issues, so you need to focus on de-emphasizing this area while also accentuating your best assets. In many cases, these are your chest and legs.

    Jackets and Blazers: Hip-length will skim past your midsection and balance out your frame. Buttons should be below the bust to trim your waist. Also, make sure your jackets are single-breasted. Too much details such as double breasts accentuate your midsection.

    Tops: Choose long tops that float away from your waist like hip-length tops and tunic shirts. They help balance you out.

    Dresses: You want to wear dresses that skim over your midsection without clinging. Choose Empire or bias cuts. Wrap styles tailor your midriff by visually lifting your bust and creating a waistline. A V-neckline will slim your upper body and draw the eye up and down. A hemline that flares outwards to balance out your top heavy body, such as an A-line is best.

    Skirts: Try skirts that hit right above the knee, at knee or calf. Short skirts will only highlight your midsection and make you look blocky. The best style to choose from are: bias cut, trumpet, structures pencil and A-line.

    Pants: Skinny and tapered style pants are tricky because they’ll accentuate your legs and make you look bigger on top. opt for a slight flare to add balance. Another alternative to skinny jeans is straight or boot cut pants worn with a pair of eye-catching shoes. Normal to high rise with a flat front will help keep your belly and midriff in place and avoid adding bulk. Avoid pleats or ruching on the front of your pants.

    Tips & Tricks
    - Opt for a dark, monochromatic look to appear longer and leaner.
    - Clothes that skim past over your midsection but nip right below your bust such as Empire cut tops and tunic shirts will lift your chest and make your waist look trimmer.
    -Shape wear especially waist cinchers will trim the waist area instantaneously.
    -Structured garments are your best bet because they hold in and camouflage the extra weight.
    -Avoid waistline details such as beading, bows and skinny belts (the thin look make your wide waist look bigger in comparison). Instead, invest in medium stretch wide belts; they pull in the weight nicely without bulking.