If your legs and hips are slimmer than your upper half, you probably most likely have an apple shaped figure. You are in good company, as actresses such as Catherine Zeta Jones and Drew Barrymore have apple shaped figures. Apple is one of the four general body types of women. The other three are pear, hourglass, and ruler. The most flattering clothing styles for an apple shaped figure will help you appear narrower in the shoulders and waist, and accentuate your best features, which are your legs and chest. Here is how to choose the absolute best styles for your apple-shaped body type, from top to bottom.
TOPS and SWEATERS. A good choice for a top would be one that skims your body and falls straight down to your hips (but not past your hips), elongating your figure. Bulky tops and chunky knit sweaters are not flattering for your figure type. Also, avoid ruffles, as they add volume. Frilly tops will not be as flattering on you as sleek shirts. Thin layers are an attractive look. Try layering a camisole with a long, body-skimming, simple cardigan. Also, choose for v-necklines, which will draw attention away from your shoulders.
COATS and JACKETS. Avoid jackets with shoulder pads, or any sort of ornamentation on the shoulder such as buttoned tabs or epaulets. Also, avoid double breasted jackets. Choose blazers which button just below the bust (no higher, no lower). The most flattering jacket length is exactly at the hip.
ACCESSORIES. Create slimming, vertical lines with a long scarf or chunky, long necklace.
SUPPORT GARMENTS. Because apple-shaped figures tend to have larger breasts, make sure you are wearing a very supportive, perfectly fitting bra.
SKIRTS. Generally, shorter skirts are more flattering on apple-shaped figures than on other body types. Flared or A-line skirts will balance out your torso. Also, a tiered, ruffled skirt may be very complimentary to slim hips and legs, which are charactistic of apple-shaped figures. Choose patterns and bright colors to show off your legs. Avoid straight skirts.
PANTS. Choose pants that have a flat front (no pleats)! Pants that have a lower rise than your natural waist are a good pick. Make sure your pants are not too tight (to avoid a muffin top). Since apple-shaped figures have flatter buts than other types, try to find pants that have big back pockets, preferably with flaps. Skinny or tight jeans, and jeans with tapered ankles are to be avoided. Boot-cut or flared leg pants are best.
WAIST. Empire-waisted styles look great on nearly everyone, particularly if you are apple-shaped. A raised waist takes attention away from your middle. Steer clear of belts, low-waisted styles, and any clothing that cuts your middle in half visually. Horizontal stripes should be avoided.
COLORS. Dark on top and light, bright or patterned on the bottom will look flattering on you. Try a patterned skirt with a black top. Or try beige pants with a navy sweater.