Welcome back to the What To Wear series which helps you figure out which styles and silhouettes will flatter you best based on your body type.
Generally speaking, there are five different body shapes of women. But it’s important to note that most of us don’t fall neatly into one type. Often we are a combination which means it’s useful to know the different styling strategies for each shape to figure out what works for you. (If you need to know which shape you are, click here to grab my free style guide Dress Better For Your Body which will help you figure it out.) Remember that since most of us aren’t exclusively one shape, understanding the guidelines for each shape will be hugely valuable for you.
Circle or Apple Shaped Body
You have a circle or apple shaped body if you have a wide torso, slim limbs and full bust. Your shoulders tend to be round and sloping and your biggest complaint may be that you have a thick waist with no real definition.
For a circle or apple shaped body, focus on highlighting your slim limbs and draw the eye away from your middle by adding details around your bust and shoulders.
What To Wear
- V-necks, scoop necks and boat necks
- Empire waist tops and dresses
- Cocoon tops that are banded at the waist
- Swingy tunic tops
- Ruching detail
- Tailored jackets
- Asymmetrically draping blouses
- Boxy collarless jacket
- Wear tailored pieces over looser and more flowy pieces
- Tops with details on the sleeve
- Belted trench coats
- Single breasted blazers that nip in at the waist
- Skinny pants
What Not To Wear
- Anything that’s too clingy around the middle
- Pleated skirts
- Pleated pants
- High necklines
**These are just guidelines. Your ultimate style goal is to wear things that make you happy and feel confident. Your personality is the most important aspect to satisfy when styling yourself so make sure you love what you wear.
In the video, I share more stylist tips on dressing the circle or apple shaped body so you can see what to wear that will flatter this body type best.
One of the first things I do with my clients is show them how to dress better for their body types. We look at what they’re currently wearing, and I show them how to make improvements so their clothes compliment them best. Then we go on to find the perfect fit between their personal preferences and their “right-now” body shapes to set the framework for a flattering style that they love AND that makes them look amazing.
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Not a circle? Perhaps you’ll relate more to the inverted triangle body shape, or triangle body shape, or rectangle body shape. Or the Hourglass body shape.
Very interesting and helpful. Thank you 🙂
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Good grief, these never show heavy apple shapes. Always skinny people. Not helpful .
Thx for your feedback!