Also called: Oval, circle or rounded, diamond or ‘O’ frame (we didn’t make these up, we’re just using them for reference!)
Is your Body Shape… Awesome Apple?!
If this is you:
You usually gain or lose your weight around the tum
You’ve probably got gorgeous legs and great arms!
You probably have ‘dipped’ shoulders and a flattish bum!
Don’t forget that you could be what we like to call the ‘Fruit Salad’ (yeah, we did come up with that particular one ourselves!). You could have it all going on around the tum but be more top or bottom heavy, you could even be slightly hourglass if you gain a waistline when you drop a few pounds. Once you can identify all of the body shapes you’re leaning towards and understand them, styling yourself will be a doddle!
One of the problems we hear from our clients who fit this body type is they feel like it’s all going on in the mid-section and there’s little definition round the waist. On the upside, we often see slim arms, great legs, and fabulous boobs with this body type!
As with the Pear shape, where you carry or lose your weight is the key to identifying your type, and for Apples, that’s going to be round the midriff and possibly bust. We have a few tricks up our sleeves to work that to your advantage.
Generally, when dressing our Apple ladies here in Redlane, we keep the extra fuss well away from the tummy or hip area. So no high-waisted trousers or waistbands (unless there’s a long top out over them), or extra material gathered at the tummy, and leave off any items that would finish at your widest points, as that draws the eye there – so we’d skip the hip length jackets or cardigans, or sleeves that finish at bust length.
What we do recommend is to create nice vertical lines for a long lean silhouette, with details above the bust line and below the hip line – for everything in between, keep it plain and simple. You’ll be drawing attention to those boobs so a good bra is an essential apple foundation! Keep the tops fitted to your slimmest point, which is usually just under the bust (empire line is perfect!), and then leaving just a little room around the belly. Most women tend to try and hide their shape in voluminous folds, but it’s not necessary to wear a tent when you’re an Apple, we promise.
The V neck is your friend, creating nice vertical lines, and structured pencil skirts can work well, but keep them at knee length. Empire dresses are perfect for you, or wrap dresses, as they draw attention upward and cover your belly. And you can wear packed prints – they’ll hide any unflattering details and even make you look slimmer by confusing the eye. Try a flared or wide leg pants to get that balance going at the bottom, but keep the trousers tailored with no bulky pockets.
There are many occasion dresses available with a fitted bust and a thicker material that doesn’t cling in the wrong places, just drop into Redlane and ask one of our qualified stylists who can show you the options we have to fit your awesome apple shape perfectly!