Dress for your body shape: Apple Shape or Inverted Triangle

What is an apple shape? 

  • You are generally well-proportioned.
  • Your shoulders are broader than your hips.
  • You are not necessarily as curvy through your hips.
  • You don't have a well-defined waistline (if you do, you're likely an hourglass).

Guidelines for dressing the apple shape. 

  • Play up your full bust, amazing legs and/or arms. 
  • Silhouettes that don't rely on a traditionally structured waistline are your hardest working pieces. 

Apple shapes, rejoice! You can dress your shape and play up your most favorite features. Your shape is known for broader shoulders. The difference between true apple shapes and inverted triangles is that apple shapes carry a little more in their midsection while triangles do not. 

First, Let's start at the top

Good news! The most comfy tops happen to look amazing on you! 

Must haves;

  • Breezy A-line silhouttes
  • Flowy tunics
  • Relaxed, boyfriend button-ups
  • V-neck anything

Looking for more structure? Choose a substantial fabric that will streamline your look from your bust through your hips. Fabrics like raw silk, linen, tweed and thicker cotton (avoid jersey - it can be thin) will all do the trick. 

What about sleeve length?

This is where the rules go out the window. If you love your arms and shoulders and are proud of those push-ups, go strapless or sleeveless! If you prefer to cover up, try a more fitted sleeve to help balance your fuller bust and midsection. If you're on the curvy side, elongate your neck with v-neck or scoop necks. More of a subtle kind of girl? Look for a higher neckline in a dark shade like black or navy. 

Second, Let's add layers | The best jackets for your figure

Apple shapes look great in any vest, coat or jacket that hits at the hip or upper thigh. 

A-line coats or straight. knee length trench styles less the waist belt will be super flattering and ponchos... girl they are your power coverup. 

Third, Say yes to dresses! 

If you love a great dress - you're in luck! Strapless styles look great on you. Maxi styles with a lower neckline are super flattering and a wrap dress can be your secret weapon (avoid "wardrobe malfunction" moments by wearing a cami underneath).

If you like your legs, go mini all the time. If not, then knee length shift and sheath styles look great too! A-line styles are great for curvy apples.

And when in doubt, diagonal stripes and darker colors are always slimming. 

Lastly, Let's dress the bottom

Take your pick! Skinny jeans and leggings look great on your shape, especially when paired with a breezy tunic, oversized sweater or generous button down.

Flares with heels are great for elongating your silhouette.

If you have long legs, feel free to wear bootcut or flared pants with flats. Remember that the hem should either come to the top of your heel, or all the way to the ground. 

Remember everybody and every body is different. If you're not an apple shape through and through, think of mixing and matching shapes to find the right fit for you. 

As always, have fun with style!


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