1 Clothing apple

An apple shape is characterized by rounded or broad shoulders, an average to full bust, fullness in the tummy area, a small bottom and skinny legs. To create balance, you will want to keep details above your bustline and below your hip line. Keep everything in-between plain and simple.

DO

DO TOPS

  • Detailed shoulders
  • Shoulder pads
  • Straight to slightly fitted tops
  • Flowy tops
  • Loose fit around the midsection and snug fit elsewhere – without excess amounts of fabric
  • Tops that extend just below the hips
  • Empire waist
  • Upper waist belt or detail
  • Simple lines
  • Monochrome tops
  • Dark/neutral colors
  • Layered tops
  • Ruched tops
  • Vents in the back
  • Patterned jackets that creates straight lines
  • Jackets worn open to create lines
  • A-line coats
  • Big lapels (not on the bust line)
  • Single button jackets (button under the bust – above the stomach)

DO NECKLINE

  • Wider neckline
  • Scoop
  • Square
  • V-neck
  • Large V-neck
  • Sweetheart

DO SLEEVES

  • Cap (avoid if big arms)
  • ¾ length
  • Above the wrist
  • Wrist length
  • Flared
  • Draped

DO BOTTOM

  • Clean and simple design
  • Flat fronted
  • Wide leg
  • Fastened on the side
  • Boot-cut
  • Flared
  • Palazzos
  • Simple denim
  • Dark colors
  • Details from below the hipline and downwards
  • Back pockets

DO SKIRTS

  • Skirts starting below stomach
  • A-line
  • Flip skirt
  • Panelled
  • Box pleats
  • Flat at the front
  • Fastened on the side
  • Printed dress

DO SHOES

  • Chunky shoes
  • Colored/detailed shoes
  • Medium/high heels
  • Wedges
  • Platform shoes

DO SWIMWEAR

  • Halter neck
  • Thick straps
  • Details on shoulders
  • Tankini
  • Vest top
  • Sarong
  • Underwired cups will support a larger bust

DO ACCESSORIES

  • Handbags medium/chunky

AVOID

AVOID TOPS

  • Details around bust and tummy
  • Tight tops
  • Excessive fabric around bottom, waist or tummy
  • Sleeves that finish at your bust
  • Detail or volume near bust or tummy
  • Lapels
  • Double breasted coat/jacket
  • Waist bands
  • Waist-cinching tops

AVOID BOTTOM

  • Clinging fabric
  • Belts
  • Detail or volume near hips
  • High-waisted trousers, unless hidden under a top
  • Bulky tops
  • Skinny jeans

AVOID SKIRTS

  • Above knee length
  • Gathered skirts
  • Tiered skirts

AVOID SHOES

  • Petite shoes
  • Kitten heels
  • Boots with buckles
  • Uggs

AVOID SWIMWEAR

  • Low cut bikini tops
  • Figure-hugging swimwear

AVOID ACCESSORIES

  • Shoulder bags
  • Clutch bags

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