Wednesday, 23 January 2013

A is for Apple

F is for Fashion and S is for Style. Never confuse the two. They are no mutually exclusive. Sometimes style begets fashion and undoubtedly fashion tastes shifts style. And then there is the key ingredient your body shape. In truth your body shape, you're legs plus your height all should be factored in when you make that purchase.

When it comes to personal style the apple shape often worries the most due to the fact the lack of a defined waist appears to constrain choice. And to some extent this is true but if you think logically you have two options either to create a waist or emphasis your other assets. Most of us always choose to accentuate our assets.

It doesn't really matter what you choose to do but how do you do it? If you feel you are top heavy with a large bust and no waist then dresses that divert attention away might appeal. A tunic style dress is the default option but do look for styles and details that are simple but have a sense of detail and proportion that doesn't scream 'tunic' - like this one from Beauty & the Boutique.

Then the other option is to create a waist and a peplum top or dress is a surprising current fashion asset for doing this. The key to making this shape shifter work is to get the proportions correct. Make sure the peplum is positioned where your natural waist is. The ideal is to get the peplum to disguise your stomach and create volume to the side giving the appearance of a waist and hips.

Lace peplum top £12 from George at Asda

If you are an apple shape share your top tips on how you dress for your shape, the rules that work or the rules you break.


  1. Being an apple shape is the worse, especially if you are an overweight one as your tummy comes from beneath your bust and rules out skirt or belt wearing completely! A skinny apple is fine, I never knew I was an apple until I gradually got bigger over the years, I used to call myself thick waisted when a size 10 skirt was tight round the waist and loose on my hips but that was 24 years ago ha ha!

  2. The Ryland dress looks great over jeans and is a nice cut and style! Hope you're enjoying your virtual apple and cinnamon cake! xx


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