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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Dressing For Your Body Type: Apple-Shaped

Hey guys! So here's a part two to my body shapes post and this time I'm going to be talking about how to dress for an apple-shaped body. What is apple-shaped exactly? It means that you have broad shoulders that are wider than your hips and you're "top heavy" meaning that you have a fuller bust and you tend to gain weight around your waistline.This basically would be the complete opposite of a pear-shaped body since pear-shapes seem to gain weight around their hips and thighs. Here I'll be showing you how to enhance your figure and dress for an apple-shaped body...

Show Off Your Legs

I'm always envious of apple-shaped women because they're able to wear things like high-waisted shorts without looking frumpy like some pear-shaped girls do. Show off your best features such as your legs with pencil skirts, shorts with back pockets, and short dresses that will downplay your upper body while still showing a bit of skin. Also voluminous skirts that have ruffles on them will look great since it'll be adding extra weight to your bottom half of the body in order to balance out your proportions. 


 V-Necks

Since you have a great bust don't be afraid to show it off! Just make sure that you're not showing off too much leg and cleavage at the same time since we wanna keep things classy here ;) Some high-waisted jeans with a v-neck shirt should do the trick by accenting your neck and drawing the eyes upwards so people tend to avoid your trouble areas such as your waistline. Plus v-necks come in so many different styles of shirts and dresses so feel free to experiment with this!


Sheath Dresses

Sheath dresses are your best friend when it comes to having an apple-shaped body because they're so easy to find and instantly make you look chic! I love the way Tyra chose a bright blue belt with her dress that sits right at the waist and creates the illusion of wider hips. The trick is to avoid dresses with empire waist lines since they tend to make you look frumpy and accentuate your bust. Also notice how Tyra's neckline is cut diagonally, focusing on the upper body and avoiding the trouble areas while still covering her cleavage and looking professional. It's the perfect dress for the office or for a day time event!


Avoiding Low-Waisted Pants

Does the words "muffin top" ring any bells? Well when you have a wider waistline and wear low-waisted jeans on top of it, it creates the dreaded muffin top that no one seems to like. As I mentioned earlier, high-waisted bottoms are the way to go but if you prefer to stick to low-waisted bottoms then try to wear loose tops to cover the muffin top. Other jean options would be bootcuts or straight-leg jeans instead of skinny jeans which I heard can make you look like an upside down triangle (yikes!). Although Ciara isn't a true apple-shape, I chose this specific picture because she wore a v-neck shirt that I was talking about earlier and paired it with high-waisted jeans and made it look good!


Wearing Thick-Straps

I actually didn't know about this tip until my friend (who has an apple-shaped body) told me about it! She said that thin straps are never flattering on someone who has broad shoulders and a bigger bust because some people look slutty! After doing some research, I noticed that thicker-straps were more flattering on broad shoulders and made them appear more smaller, especially if you're self-conscious about your arms. Personally I loved the way that Miranda Kerr's Herve Leger dress hugged her curves while still having thick straps that covered some of her shoulder as well. If there's one great dress to invest in, it's a Herve Leger dress that instantly makes you look like a million bucks.


I hope you guys enjoyed this post and if you like to see more posts on dressing for your body shape then let me know!

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya
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