The Apple - our final Body shape feature for Fashion Friday - is really in a class of its own. It is the single shape that one is not born with, but rather is the shape many morph into post-menopause and with hormones.
The upper body is most impacted. First, the shoulder line starts to slant and a fullness at the back of the neck - termed as the Dowager's hump - develops. The tummy starts right below the bustling and rounds out right above the hip - becoming a challenge to dress. The apple shape's strong assets are her legs - which typically remain untouched by hormonal-based changes. They are what most Apple shaped women love to show off!
The Recipe for Balance - Dressing the Apple
- Broaden and structure the shoulder line. This can be done with adding a small shoulder pad to subtly square out the upper body. Look for jackets and toppers that have added structure.
- Define the bust line. Hunt for a supportive bra to achieve this and distinguish the bust line from the tummy.
- Work with darker colours and tones to minimize the tummy
- Maximize the leg line with full length, straight and/or slim pant cuts. Work with prints if you would like and seek out higher rise or pull on pants to fit across a wider mid section. By doing so, you bring in the rounded tummy and make the leg line stand out and even out the body's proportions.