Apple Shaped? 4 Tips for Flattering Casual Wear

Apple shaped women have slim bustlines, hips and legs, but round midsections and thick waistlines. If you’re an apple shaped women, the way you dress can have an enormous impact on your appearance. Follow these tips for flattering, slimming casual wear.

1. Avoid Tight Trousers

Apple shaped women should avoid tight trousers and jeans that are tight around the midsection, as they’ll draw attention to that area. Instead, wear wide leg trousers and boot cut jeans that create a clean, straight line from hip to ankle. Cotton tank tops and silky camisoles look great with boot leg jeans, and a light jacket or button down shirt that falls below the waistline can hide your midsection.

2. Wear A-Line and Empire Dresses

A-line dresses create a straight clean line that hides the wide midsection and are narrow at top to emphasize the bustline, so A-line dresses, especially in cotton, are great for casual wear. Choose loose fabrics with a little stretch, so they don’t cling to your figure. Empire waistlines also emphasize the bustline and hide the midsection; light fabrics in this style are a comfortable and stylish option for apple shaped women.

3. Choose Tops that Make You Look Slimmer

Apple shaped women should choose tops that emphasize the bustline, since the bustline is often a very pleasing feature for this body shape. Tops should be made from light, loose fabrics and should create a straight, clean line from the bust to the hips. Choose tops in these styles and fabrics:

  • V-neck
  • Wrap around
  • Ribbed
  • Cotton tank tops
  • Camisoles

Layering tops made from light, thin fabrics beneath a V-neck, long sleeved jacket or button down shirt makes your midsection look more interesting without emphasizing its shape. Camisoles are great for layering since they often feature pretty embellishments around the bustline that can add interest to your outfit, while distracting attention from the midsection. Avoid bulky tops made from thick fabrics, like sweaters, sweatshirts and heavy jackets, as these make you look larger than you are.

4. Aim for Clean Lines and Solid Colors

If you’re an apple shaped woman, your outfits, whether business or casual, should aim to create clean lines from the bust to the hips, or even further if you have thicker hips and thighs. Fabrics should be loose enough so they don’t cling and reveal your figure, but not so loose that they’re baggy, because that will make it obvious that you’re trying to hide your shape. Bright colors and busy patterns will draw attention to your midsection, so wear slimming, dark colors or simple patterns. Apple shaped women are often advised to wear monochromatic outfits, but if you don’t like wearing all one color, you can mix things up by wearing outfits in two different shades of the same color or by wearing a simple pattern that draws attention to your bustline and face.

Avoid tops with ruffles and other decorations, unless those decorations draw attention mostly to the bustline.


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