An apple body shape is heaviest in the torso and above the waist.
If you have a wide torso, broad shoulders, an average to fuller bust and an undefined waist, you probably have an apple shaped body.
We’ve come up with these five tips to help you find outfits that will flatter your figure:
1. Create the illusion of a waist.
Add definition to your figure and give yourself a waist through tops and dresses that have a tie or skinny belt at the waist. Tops and dresses that flow downward from your bust are best, such as those with a high waistline, an empire waist or A-line outfits. That being said, be wary of outfits with a built-in waistline as it might not fall at the right place on your body.
2. Highlight your cleavage.
Your upper body is likely to be slightly slimmer than your torso, particularly right underneath your bust. Use a good-fitting bra to give your breasts lift and use v-neck tops or dresses with plunge or scoop necklines to break up the size of your chest and create length.
That being said, using statement necklaces that end on your bust or wearing tops with embellishments near the neck will bring extra attention to your bust that might make you look top heavy. Try smaller necklaces that end above your cleavage.
3. Create vertical lines.
Give yourself a longer, leaner silhouette with long cardigans, jackets and sleeveless vests as outerwear, long tops (they should end just below the hip bone), and simply outfits with vertical stripes.
An open jacket that’s fitted at the waist is also good for this, as well as colour blocked tops and dresses where there is a darker colour at both sides, and a lighter colour in the middle.
4. Draw attention away from your torso.
Try tops that draw attention to your arms, whether you opt for lace or embroidered sleeves, fluted, cuff or flared sleeves or sleeves in a contrasting material or colour.
Draw attention to your legs by wearing flared or bootcut trousers, or those with wide legs. A high-waisted pair of shorts or trousers is also a good option, as long as it creates definition at the waist.
You can also adopt several techniques to hide your torso including using patterned tops which camouflage your body, tops that are ruched in the middle, and tops that aren’t too clingy.
5. Show off your legs.
When it comes to shoes, emphasise your legs with platform shoes, wedges, calf-length boots, ballet flats and strappy sandals. Make sure your feet don’t end up looking too big as this can draw attention away from your legs, making them look smaller and in turn making your hips look wider.