CAROL’S CORNER

Welcome back for another night of Dressing Your Body Shape . We are now on our fourth body shape. We’ll get right to that after the picture segment. Today’s pic has me wearing another thrift store top with this gorgeous color Cami Shaper underneath. I own every color they make. The only time I don’t have one on is if I have to wear a strapless bra.

This peacock FitBit band is pretty cool and thought it went pretty well with this outfit.

Liked the Royal Blue FitCuff with it too. Being able to make my FitBit into a fashion accessory is so much fun. It has become an integral part of putting together my outfit for the day. So today we will see how to dress the Apple Body Shape. As usual follow the instructions given at the beginning of this series when looking in the mirror to determine if this is your body shape.

DO YOU

Have rounded shoulders?

Have fullness in the tummy area?

Have ok/good shaped legs?

Feel uncomfortable when tops are tucked in?

YOUR BUILD IS CHARACTERIZED BY:

Rounder shoulder line and flattish bottom

Average to big bust

Fullness around the middle

Good Legs

OTHER BODY SHAPE TENDENCIES

If you have gained or lost weight many times, your body shape can change into another one. Read below to see what other body shape tendencies you might have.

You lean towards a pear shape if you hips are slightly broader(saddle bags)than

You lean towards an inverted triangle if your shoulders are slightly broader than your hips.

You lean towards a full hour-glass if you lose weight around your tummy and gain a waist instead.

GENERAL RULES FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE AND HOW TO CREATE VISUAL BALANCE

Follow your body line-avoid details around bust, tummy, and hips. Keep details in top and bottom thirds.

Keep the clothing line straight to slightly fitted, but fabric soft so you avoid unnessecary bulk around the bosom, waist, and tummy.

Keep details above the bust line and below the hip line -for everything in between keep it plain and simple.

The shoulders need attention so you should balance them from the front and side views.

Keep your silhouette fitted under bust and as well, below your arms and along your waist.

Spits at waist works wonders.

YOU SHOULD AVOID:

Wearing belts whether big or small.

Sleeves that finish near your bust.

Any details, fuss, or volume near your bust, tummy or hip area, e.g. no double breasted coats or jackets, high waisted trousers or waistbands.

Skirt above knee length

Clothes that finish at your fullest points, eg. jackets, cardigans

Excessive fabric in the midsection

Gathered or tiered skirts

Clutch bags or shoulder bags

Petite shoes, kitten heels, boots with buckles, Ugg boots

THE BODY SHAPES AND THEIR CLOTHING LINES

Every body shape has its own characteristics and silhouette, which needs to be addressed when choosing your clothes. The aim of choosing the right clothes is to balance your silhouette. You may not be able to follow all the fashion tends that are out there, but nowadays there are so many trends in fashion that there is something available for everyone.

NECKLINE FOR APPLE BODY SHAPE

Choose lower and wider necklines, like scoop, square, large v-neck, or sweetheart.

SLEEVES FOR APPLE BODY SHAPE

Cap( avoid these if you have big arms except in the most informal of settings), 3/4 length , above the wrist,(built in shoulder pads( which ensure the clothes will hang from your shoulders), wrist length, flared, or draped.

TOPS AND SHIRTS FOR APPLE BODY SHAPE

A well fitted bra is a must, simple lines, avoid details and fuss, empire line or styles that go in under your bust, open front, opt for zips at the side or your back.

JACKETS FOR APPLE BODY SHAPE

Single button-ideally placed under your bust and above your tummy, simple empire line or straight line that hangs from your shoulders, should have a deep neckline or be worn open, shoulder pads.

COATS FOR APPLE BODY SHAPE

A-line, cardigan style, worn open, big lapels( that sit on your décolletage and not bust line), shoulder pads, vents in the back.

DRESSES FOR APPLE BODY SHAPE

A-line, wear dress designs which take attention away from the tummy.

SKIRTS FOR APPLE BODY SHAPE

Flip, A-line, panelled or boxed pleats, but they need to start at a point below your tummy, side fastening and flat fronted.

TROUSERS FOR APPLE BODY SHAPE

Flat fronted, wide legged, fastened on the side and should not cling to the body.

JEANS FOR THE APPLE BODY SHAPE

Simple denim styles in classic boot cut, wide leg or flares are best. Stick to clean lines without any extras. Darker colors in jeans are best.

SHOES FOR APPLE BODY SHAPE

Opt for chunky shoe styles, wear color and details in your footwear, medium to high heels, wedges or platform shoes work well.

BAGS FOR APPLE BODY SHAPE

Handbags are better than shoulder bags. Keep size medium to chunky.

SWIMWEAR AND BEACHWEAR FOR APPLE BODY SHAPE

A halter neck is suggested for swimwear, as it’s able to support a fuller bust. Wear underwired cups and thick straps to help with bust support. Low cut bikini tops are not recommended because they show off the waist, which isn’t the best feature for apples. Try a tankini or vest top that covers the middle and isn’t too figure hugging. For more cover use a sarong. Details on the shoulders,draw eyes towards your face.

So there you have it for the Apple Body Shape. Here’s the link to the website where all this info is from. There are all kinds of things to see and do and learn about, as well as buying opportunities. I’m gonna take the style quiz and see what it says. Should be fun. http://www.joyofclothes.com/

We have three more body shapes to cover in this series before we move onto some new topics. The next body shape is the Pear. I already have some topics in mind that have been suggested to me. So keep tuning in. For some added motivation I would like to leave you with this.

Believe in yourself that you can be successful in your journey. Take one day at a time . Each and every day is a new opportunity . Take it and run with it. Till next time, God Bless.

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