Mind & Body

Spotlight on ‘apple shape’.

Women with an ‘apple’ shape will have an ample bust, rounded stomach and slimmer hips. Many apple shapes will find it difficult to find clothing to fit them, as fashion tends to cater to more ‘up-and-down’ body shapes, with the high street following closely behind them. However, it is possible to pick up some flattering gems out of the range of clothing available to you – you just need to know what to look for. The trick is to use clothing to highlight your favourite bits, whether that is your cleavage, your legs, slim arms, a great bum or whatever it is that you love the most about yourself!

First things first, a well-fitting, supportive bra will do wonders for your figure, and for your confidence. Creating a good base with underwear will mean your clothes hang properly – so make sure you are fitted regularly and replace any worn out bras which are lurking in your wardrobe. If you want to show off your impressive cleavage, open up your neckline with V-necks and scoop-neck tops and dresses.

Don’t hide yourself away in baggy clothing – structured clothing will give definition to your upper body and help you show off your best bits. Try single-breasted, tailored jackets and boot-cut trousers with a flat front and a wide waistband. Fuller skirts, such as A-line or circle skirts will also give the impression of a smaller waistline.

Wrap dresses are flattering on pretty much all body shapes, but particularly on the apple shape where the tie waist will nip in your waist and the fabric will fit well over a fuller bust. A wrap dress can also be dressed up for work or play – try drop earrings to draw attention to your face and jawline, and chunky bangles to show off slim wrists.

Last but not least – don’t be afraid of colours and patterns. Strong block colours and vibrant patterns can help you accentuate your best bits and draw attention from areas you’d rather hide away. This season is all about monochrome, but adding a pop of colour will lift your look and make you smile!

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