Finding clothes that flatter and slim apple shaped women can be quite difficult. As summer approaches, taking off the layers and exposing your figure may be daunting, but it does not have to be. We have the tips you need to make your summer fun and enjoyable, for you and your wardrobe. In this piece we will focus on dresses and how to slim you down using a few but powerful tricks.
- Trick number one: Draw attention away from your waist
- Trick number two: Definite your waist
- Trick number three: Love your body shape
- Trick number four: Wear your dresses with confidence and poise
- Trick number five: Embrace your new love of dresses
One of the major concerns for apple shaped women is how to avoid clothes that may make them seem rounder. Clothes that have volume may add weight, and clothes that are too tight, may not flatter – but then again when have tight clothes ever been flattering?
The secret when it comes to slimming is knowing how to balance your figure and proportions. It is not a trick of adding more weight where there isn’t any, and using extreme methods to lose weight, the matter is only in visual illusions. That’s what fashion is about, creating the right illusions to gain the desired results.
So, here we are. You are about to learn how to use your fashion outfits to create illusions that make you look thinner and slimmer.
The first step begins with what goes underneath the dress: your undergarments. A great bra, one that lifts your bust off of your abdomen, is your foundation for the perfect illusion. Make sure that the bra lifts your bust so that your breasts sit halfway between your shoulders and elbows. Shapewear can also be a great asset for apple shaped women to slim the tummy and create the appearance of a waist.
Now it’s time to pick the right dress.
Empire waist dresses look great on apple shaped women. They elongate the figure, slim the stomach and feature the bust and the shoulders, creating the illusion of a slimmer torso. Since the waist sets right below the bust, it highlights the thinnest part of your figure and thus slims you down and gives a shape to your figure. There is a small concern when it comes to empire dresses. These dresses may make you look pregnant. To avoid the maternity look, it’s important to select a raised-waist dress that is sleek and smooth; avoid loose dresses with too much bulk and weight around the stomach.
A-line dresses are very similar to empire waist dresses, and thus, are also recommended. They balance your body by creating the appearance of a waist while drawing eyes away from your stomach.
A dress with the right neckline will also elongate your figure and balance out your silhouette. V-necks are perfect for apple-shaped women. The V-neck will draw attention to your face and neck, will perfectly shape and lift your bust, thus moving all eyes upwards and away from your lower half.
A deep U-shaped neckline is also recommended. Both U-shaped necklines and V-shaped necklines create a vertical illusion forcing the eye to travel downwards and upwards rather than sideways, again, slimming your figure.
A wrap dress is a must-have for apple shaped women. It brings forth two elements we talked about above: the V-neck and the high waist. The V-neck emphasises the bust, elongates the face and the body, while the belt wraps elegantly around the high waist, giving you curves and a longer, thinner look. Likewise, a shift and a tunic dress can elongate the body and are great for a casual look.
If you feel more comfortable in a loose dress, or need a variation from your empire-like dresses, shirtdresses and dropwaist dresses can work wonders on your shape, particularly if you have a thinner apple-shaped figure. These dresses will add some height and allow you to dress a bit more comfortably.
As always, tailored dresses are highly recommended for all women. Tailored dresses can add structure where you need it most.
If you are a woman who loves her geometric and floral prints, you are in luck – that is as long as the print has minimal spacing; the bigger the spacing between the print, the rounder you will seem.
A note on a few items you should avoid:
Stay away from halter necks, puffy sleeves, skin tight dresses, clingy fabrics, and dresses with too much detail around the waistline; avoid full tunic dresses over leggings.