Measurements determine which body shape we have. If your body is most abundant in the area of your waistline, you likely have an apple or an oval shape. I have an inverted triangle shape with a secondary apple shape. My shoulders and bust are the broadest part of my body, but I tend to gain weight first and most in my tummy area.
Women often take on more of an apple shape as our waistlines thicken after menopause. I certainly have! Some tips to flatter the apple shape include wearing V-necks or long straight lines such as those created by a long open jacket, duster, or vest. The designs of a garment can also give the effect of a smaller waistline.
Some other tips I always use, include avoiding shapeless tops worn with pants or skirts with gathers or pleats. When I wear a jacket open, I almost always wear a belt and tuck in at least the front part of a top now. That gives the illusion of a waistline while covering most of it. A long shapeless top over a pair of baggy pants may seem like the perfect solution, but it just makes me look larger all over, not to mention sloppy. Adding a low-slung hip belt to a long loose top makes all the difference. It gives the illusion that I have a slim flat tummy which I do not possess.
The jacket I am wearing in this post is by IC Collection here. The lighter panels of print at the sides and the black body with red trim work together to make my waistline appear more slender. The zipper detail on the back gives a fun, modern touch which also elongates. My jacket was a gift from ShopMyFairLady.com where they are giving us 20% off our whole purchase until the end of November. The code to enter at checkout is – Gravy .
The shoes are by Sam Edelman via Nordstrom. The sheer black panythose are from White House|Black Market. The three-quarter sleeve top and straight leg crepe pants and the cute little faux croc bag are from my online shop here.