Are you an ‘apple’? Our tips for flattering your figure
Golden Delicious. Granny Smith. Braeburn. According to research carried out by Nuffield Health the standard shape of a UK woman’s body is now ‘apple’. In layman’s terms, that means ‘round around the middle’.
If you’re an ‘apple’, and want to look your best, here are our top tips for flattering your figure.
It’s a common mistake to choose oversized loose clothing when you’re looking to hide your tummy. However this can often make you look bigger than you really are. The trick is to opt for clothes that skim not drown. A top with an empire line waist – that’s a waist that sits just below your chest – will help draw the eye up to the narrowest part of your torso. The rest of the material below the empire line will then skim over your tummy and hips.
Team your top with a waterfall-style cardigan. These cardigans feature extra material at the front which falls in a soft drape down the body. They’re a great way to layer up and detract from any areas you’re not entirely happy with.
When it comes to jackets, a bit of structure works well on apple shapes. Look out for jackets with some padding in the shoulders. Don’t worry – we’re not talking 80s power dressing, just a little bit of definition! The added ‘oomph’ in the shoulder area helps to balance out an apple-shaped body and create a silhouette that looks less round and more defined. A shorter-length jacket will also help to define your waist.
Apple women usually have legs most of us can only dream of – so make sure you show them off! Add a pop of colour to your wardrobe with jeans in shades of mulberry and teal, and make sure you choose styles that hug your curves. Skinny, slim-fitting jeans will do your shape more favours than a pair of boyfriend-style jeans.
Apple-shapes should embrace prints and patterns as bold designs have the effect of making the body look smaller. Plus, if you’re a fan of stripes, always opt for vertical ones as they create a look that’s more streamlined.
No woman’s wardrobe should be without an illusion dress. They’re all the rage with celebrities – everyone from Kate Winslet to Carol Vorderman has been pictured in one. So, if you’ve got a special occasion, make sure you invest in one of these excellent cheats. Team with control pants, a pair of skyscraper heels, and a cardigan for any moments when you want to cover up.Pictured product: Claire Richards print illusion dress from Simply Be