The Apple

To determine if you are an Apple Body shape, look at yourself in the mirror in your underwear. Stand with your legs together and your arms a bit away from your sides. Examine the area from under your arms, past your bust and ribcage, over your waist and hips to the fullest part of your thighs. Then compare yourself to the image and review the questions and characteristics below. We suggest you look at all the body shapes to find your closest match

BODY SHAPE STYLE ADVICE

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 CHARACTERISED 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 your hips are slightly broader than your shoulders.
  • You lean towards an inverted triangle if your shoulders are slightly broader your hips
  • You lean towards a full hourglass 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 bodyline - avoid details around bust, tummy and hips. Keep detail in top and lower thirds.

  • Keep the clothing line straight to slightly fitted, but fabric soft so you avoid unnecessary 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 the bust, as well as below your arms and along your waist
  • Splits at waist work wonders

YOU SHOULD AVOID:

  • Wearing belts whether big or small
  • Sleeves which finish next to your bust
  • Any details, fuss and volume near bust, tummy or hip area e.g. no lapels, double breasted coats or jackets, high-waisted trousers or waistbands
  • Skirt above knee length
  • Clothing that finishes at your fullest points e.g. jackets, cardigans
  • Excessive fabric in the mid section
  • Gathered or tiered skirts
  • Clutch bags or shoulder bags
  • Petite shoes, kitten heels, boots with buckles, Uggs boots

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