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 the tummy area.
Women often take an apple shape as their 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.
I always use some other tips to avoid shapeless tops worn with pants or skirts with gathers or pleats. When I wear an open jacket, I almost always wear a belt and tuck in at least the front part of a top. 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 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.
The jacket I am wearing in this post is by IC Collection. 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.
The shoes are by Sam Edelman via Nordstrom. The sheer black pantyhose are from White House|Black Market.