“Flattery will get you everywhere.” -Mae West
Ms. Mae West definitely knew how to show off her rockin’ body, as should every woman! Whatever body type you are, there are flattering styles for you. Check out Part 1: Pears and Rectangles, and share your favorite styles too!!
The Apple: If you have an apple-shaped body type, then you are probably bigger on the top than the bottom. You may have a larger chest, and carry your weight in the midsection.
Looks for you include tops that are loose but not baggy and are a bit longer. Tops and tunics that extend over the hips are especially flattering. Lengthen by wearing a heeled boot, and show off those legs with mini skirts and shorts. A higher empire waistline can also create a nice look for the apple-shaped woman, and definitely go with a lower neckline; v-necks are great. You can always layer a plunging neckline with an undershirt or bandeau for an extra layer of support.
Tops for the Apple Body Type:
These tops extend over the midsection and create a smooth flow to the hips. Both also draw attention to the neckline. Try a tunic!
Boots for the Apple Body Type:
Lift it up a little. Chances are you’ve got great legs, so show of those knees with mid-calf boots and a mini skirt!
Dresses for the Apple Body Type:
These dresses have v-necklines and fit a little looser. A little vest over the top (shown at left) also helps create definition.
These two dresses are elegant, and skip over a wider midsection. The surplice neckline on the left is also a great choice for the apple.
“Cultivate your curves – they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided.” – Mae West
The Hourglass: If you have the infamous hourglass figure, then you typically have a thinner waist, with a fairly balanced bust and hip. Often coveted for their timeless feminine shape, women with this figure know that it still takes some work.
The best looks for the Hourglass Figure accentuate the natural curves. Show off that waistline by belting dresses, trying high-waisted bottoms that cinch at the natural waistline, and wearing one-pieces like rompers or jumpsuits that also cinch at the waist. Drop the neckline a little with a v-neck or scoop neckline, and be sure you get the right support (especially if you are going strapless).
Classic Dresses for the Hourglass Figure:
These dresses both cinch the waist and hug the hips with a fitted skirt.
Belts for the Instant Hourglass:
Wearing belts at the natural waistline is the best new trend for the hourglass figure. Wear any shift, sheath or bag dress with a cute belt, and “Bam!” instant figure. Check out more belts.
Skirt and Top Combos for the Hourglass:
Two more killer looks for the Hourglass. Pencil skirts, belts and scoop necklines; check!
What’s your body shape?
Share your tips, and let me know what you would like included in Part 3!!