The biggest sartorial challenge for a woman with an apple-shaped body (read: a big bust, round tummy with relatively smaller hips and slim legs) is to tear away focus from her generously endowed waistline and flaunt her well-toned lower half instead. While we all know what not to wear - snug, skimpy fabrics, bodycon ensembles, high necks and low-waist bottoms - what is it that one CAN wear? If you haven’t found the answer just yet, we bring the you ultimate guide. Incorporate our tips into your wardrobe first, and we’ll always be around to be thanked!
A heavy bust, which is characteristic of an apple-shaped body, warrants you turn to lower necklines. V and scoop necks are your best bet. This draws attention away from your tummy area and highlights your assets to your advantage.
POPxo recommends: New Look Floral V-Neck Tea Dress on Koovs, Price: Rs 2,295
2. Short Hemlines
Envious stems are always a draw in an apple-shaped woman. So why not make the most of them? Don’t shy away from short hemlines, be it dresses, skirts or shorts. These will drive away attention from your problem areas. Shift, skater and A-line dresses are a good bet, and flared minis should be your go-to.
POPxo recommends: Mango Flared Skirt on Jabong, Price: Rs 2,990
3. High-Waist Bottoms
Tuck in that extra tummy bulge and guard yourself against a dreaded muffin top with high-waist bottoms. Think belted high-waist trousers, mid-rise jeans, high-waist shorts and even skirts. Just make sure they’re not too snug around the midsection.
POPxo recommends: ASOS CURVE Exclusive High Waist Skinny Trouser In Texture, Price: Rs 2,025
4. Wrap Dresses
Wrap dresses are a good bet when looking to create the illusion of a slimmer waistline and also form a forgiving curvature over the midsection. The V-neck, of course, is an added bonus. Moreover, wrap dresses give your frame an appearance of balance as well.
POPxo recommends: L’Elegantae Floral Printed Wrap Around Dress on Fashionara, Price: 1,082
5. Empire Cuts
The classic fit-and-flare style is a no-brainer for this body type. It accentuates your upper body just right, while also concealing any unflattering bulges. Turn to this style not just for Western wear (tops and dresses) but also for your traditional wardrobe calls. An empire-cut tunic or kameez
with leggings is as good a choice as any!
POPxo recommends: Blue Color Brush Print Pullover Tunic by Taurus by Dhruv-Pallavi on Exclusively In, Price: Rs 1,500
6. Dark Colours and Graphic Prints
Now, we all know that dark colours are more forgiving than their lighter counterparts. So turn to them whenever you can for your upper body. Graphic and geometric prints are also a great way to create an illusion that will work to your advantage. While you’re at it, avoid heavily embellished bodices and tops that will add more bulk to your upper body.
POPxo recommends: Printed Boxy Tee by The Closet Label, Price: Rs 1,250
7. Structured Jackets
Boxy collarless jackets, boyfriend blazers, moto and bomber jackets as well as loose cardigans work well for your body type. Not only do they help camouflage the midsection and give structure to your look, they are also ideal for layering this winter.
POPxo recommends: Pastel Bomber Jacket by Stalk Buy Love, Price: Rs 1,040
8. Peplum Tops
A peplum top is a failsafe choice for you, as long as you don’t opt for a high-neck version. It will define your torso, and at the same time, cover up the midsection. Just what you were looking for in the first place, weren’t you?
POPxo recommends: FabAlley Women Black Peplum Top on Myntra Price:
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