This week is the second instalment of my SS14 styling for your body shape series. Last week, I wrote about the Hourglass shape
and how to make the best of a small hip to waist ratio. This week, I will be looking at a body shape that is a bit more common: the Apple.
In case you aren’t sure whether or not your body is “Apple” shaped, here are a few pointers…
Apple shape: top heavy with wide, defined shoulders, thinner legs and a flatter bum. Apples also generally have bigger breast and a larger waistline (or stomach). When you put weight on, it tends to cling to your upper body, especially the stomach area.
So let’s have a look at what’s on your horizon for SS14…
It seems Paris is the place to shop the runway if you are an Apple. From Chanel
, all the big Parisian houses offer great alternatives for all apples. Your best asset: endless pins. So flaunt them, while playing on proportions on the top half of your body. That doesn’t mean “wear a tunic and leggings”. Au contraire
, you can have lots of fun: oversized blazers and flippy skirts as seen at Chanel and Isabel Marant
, chunky Spring knits and shorts or skirts as seen at Chloé and Jay Ahr
, or a simple trick is also to throw a wide coat over a tighter dress as seen on the runway at Galliano. When it comes to skirt, the shorter the better !
I’m not gonna lie, trousers this season aren’t really apple friendly. Ideally, you want skinny pants that will show off your legs. For SS14, the shapes are generally quite wide and floaty, or when on rare occasions skinny trousers come out to play like at Saint Laurent, they just aren’t right the right look for apple shaped ladies. All hope isn’t lost though as I found those three great silhouettes for you to emulate, courtesy of Christopher Kane
(skinny straight leg pants with oversized cut-out sweat-shirt), Simone Rocha
(cropped straight pants with short boxy jacket) and Thakoon
(a riskier long wide pant with slightly oversized blazer). When it comes to trousers, you want to keep it slim and play with upper body proportions.
Shop Apple silhouettes (high-street and high-end)
I also created a pinterest board dedicated to the Apple body shape that I will update regularly with new finds and new collections.