Are you an Apple Body Shape?Marianne Henio
You Are What You Knit
A Guide to Knitting for your Shape and Style
Are you an Apple Body Shape?
We want to look as good as we can in our clothes, especially when we have spent hours at our knitting machines, or with our needles to produce our latest piece. Last time I talked I mentioned that the initial step was to recognise which body shape we are and then knit according to our shape for the best results. So which body shape are you?
There are 5 basic shapes – the hourglass, the apple body shape, the pear, the rectangular shape, and inverted triangle. Let’s start with A and the Apple Body Shape. So how do you recognise if this is you? The apple body shape is often confused with the pear shape. The apple body shape is ‘top heavy’ and carries the weight in the middle and above the waist, whereas the pear is heavier below the waist and in the upper hips.
The apple shape will have a wide torso, broad shoulders, an average to fuller bust, a flatter bottom, a lesser defined waist, and will tend to store any extra weight at the waistline. The hips tend to be narrower than the bust. Let’s look at the celebs. Catherine Zita Jones has the gorgeous apple body shape.
Your best assets are your legs and you will want to elongate your torso to show off those pins! You will want to minimise your mid section by highlighting your shoulders and legs, and by drawing attention to your neckline and bust. Simple! Ok, how?
Take the attention away from your middle. There are a number of things you can do. You need to create more definition to your waistline, not draw attention to it. So…
- Avoid garments that cut off above or below your middle.
- Likewise, garments with a pattern or detail which draws attention to your middle should be avoided.
- Don’t go for thick or fancy belts which draw attention to the waist area. Built in waistlines or dresses that pinch at the waist will also bring unwanted attention to the waistline.
- Avoid clingy garments, particularly in the mid section. This is especially true with knitwear! A shift dress is a great shape for an apple as it doesn’t hug. A shorter length is great to show off those legs!
- The opposite is also true…avoid baggy shapeless tops as this will overemphasise your mid section.
- Instead, choose A-line, empire line and high waistline tops. Tops that flare will always work for you.
- A-line skirts and dresses, such as Catherines, full circle skirts, and a ‘hanky hem’ are great shapes for the apple shape.
- A great length for tops is just below the hip bones.
- Use of colour by choosing dark going down the edges and light down the centre will elongate the body
- A structured or tailored jacket or coat nipped in at the waist is a good shape as it creates a curve in at the waist. Single breasted and not too much detail is also good.
- Loose hanging waistcoats or cardigans and layers help take the emphasis from the middle and elongate the body.
Emphasise your bust. This is a great way to take attention away from the mid section! As apple shapes you will have a great bust so show it off! There are classy ways to draw attention to your bust, therefore elongating your body…
- Wear a good supporting bra.
- Wear V necks, scoop, strapless and plunging necklines which give the illusion of a longer torso.
- A-line dresses are great at lengthening the body.
- Empire line blouses and dresses flowing out from under the bust will draw attention to the bust and take attention away from the middle.
- Avoid overly ornate tops and necklaces. You don’t need these attention seekers.
- Monochrome garments will elongate your proportions.
- You don’t need to over-emphasise your bust. You need a balance. So avoid top shapes such as high necklines, halter necks, off the shoulder or boat necks.
Show off your legs. Apple shapes have great legs so show them off. Your legs tend to be thinner in relation to your upper half, so don’t minimise them. This only exaggerates your top half. Use these tricks to balance out the body…
- Avoid leggings, tight trousers and skinny jeans. These will make your legs look smaller and your waist larger.
- Opt for plainer trousers avoiding over fussy detail especially near the waist.
- Back pockets on trousers gives more shape to an apple shape flatter bottom balancing out the waist.
- Choose a high-waisted cut. Also, a wide leg, boot cut or flare will balance out the body shape and elongate it and avoid looking top heavy.
- Or try a low-waisted cut which sits on the hips avoiding any larger tummies.
- Avoid trousers that are tight at the waist or cut right across the middle as these will emphasise the waist.
- A high-waisted circle skirt accentuates the small of the waist and flares out over the tummy. A shorter length is great to show off the legs.
The list may seem endless, but these are all good pointers to follow if you are an apple shape. As knitters we can learn to adjust patterns to suit our shapes, or wear a garment with certain other items and accessories to accentuate the areas we want to and disguise the areas we don’t. Having the knowledge of what we need to do will go a long way.
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