TSM Styling Session: How to style an Apple Shaped Figure

When I started this blog under a year ago, I wanted to differentiate it from other popular fashion blogs (by drop dead gorgeous model-esque bloggers) by featuring, well short legged non model-like me and other gorgeous everyday women who Tyra Banks would describe as ‘fiercely real’ with varying heights, body shapes, personalities and nationalities. What I’ve found along the way, however, is that most of my friends and clients either fall into the boyish straight body type or the pear shaped category (Recaps here) who are generally petite and super fun to style but not equally representative of the population or my vision.

I was therefore really excited to work with and style Zuzu who has a different body shape to mine and previous clients. What I loved about the sessions was that we started from the very beginning: In Zuzu’s wardrobe and worked our way up to the second shopping and styling session. Despite trying to find a suitable date for what seemed like forever (okay, just over 6 months), the timing could not have worked out better given Zuzu recently moved houses and de-cluttering to make room for more pieces to add to her existing wardrobe was a priority.

As with all my styling sessions, let’s get to know Zuzu a little better:

T-Styled Me Personal Stylist Azura client

Zuzu’s Profile Stats

  • Zuzu’s Height:  Approx 5 ft 3” (1.6m)
  • Skin tone: Fair
  • Build: Medium
  • Body shape: Apple. Refer to this post if you need a reminder
  • General Clothing size: Size M-L depending on cut, UK/AUS 10-12.
  • Lifestyle: Busy with work and furnishing her newly purchased home and this young lady has a BIG weakness for designer handbags!
  • Shopping preference: Wants basis
  • Shopping frequency: Regular, every few weeks
  • Style Preference: Casual, preppy, work orientated
  • Personality (in three words): Career driven, bubbly and & positive  (All in my opinion!)

Zuzu’s Styling criteria

  • For this wardrobe refresh and styling session, Zuzu wanted to discard items in her wardrobe that no longer fit her, having lost weight gradually over the past few years and identify items which required updating or that were missing altogether. For the shopping session, Zuzu wanted outfits that were different from her usual style and was open to a slightly edgier look.

T-Styled Me Personal Styling and Shopping Wardrobe Refresh London

And so the culling and list-making began …T-Styled Me Personal Styling and shopping London Melbourne

T-Styled Me Personal Styling and Shopping

Now, guys, I honestly thought I shopped a lot … but let me tell you something, this young lady could give Rebecca Bloomwood a run for her money!  😛 She had a lot of clothes and one of the recurring themes we discovered was that she had multiples of the same garment in several different colours and safe shades and items that only matched one or two pieces in the wardrobe. We talked this through and removed pieces which no longer fit Zuzu’s changing shape and lifestyle. One of the items we got rid of was her leather jacket.

T-Styled Me Personal Stylist

TSM London Styling Session AzuraLike most classic apple body shapes, Zuzu carries most of the weight in the middle region around her waistline and has enviously, slim legs, arms and hips and these were the areas we wanted to focus on and show off. The current leather jacket that Zuzu owned was both too large now and very boxy which didn’t suit her body shape and actually created extra weight around the mid-region. We decided that an updated leather jacket with simple detailing with a slimline silhouette, amongst other items, would make its way onto our shopping list to help create that definition around her waistline.

Azura Cos Green dress Apple shape

Tips for dressing for an Apple Shaped body

  • Wrap dresses which define your waistline and lower rounded and V necklines help create definition and highlight your bustline
  • A-line and full skirts will make your waist look smaller.
  • Show of your legs with skirts and dresses that are just above the knee
  • Opt for single breasted tailored jackets that create slimming torso

During our shopping and styling session, I chose a dress for Zuzu which cinched her waist (and added a thick belt to emphasise this) as well as a patterned v-neck dress with a full skirt which really gave the illusion of a hour glass shape. If you’re apple shaped, avoid cropped boxy jackets and gravitate towards the slimming single buttoned simple tailored jackets.

Tips on how to dress an apple shaped body

Great minds think alike and we both found the perfect leather jacket for Zuzu which was more current, suited her body shape and was both comfortable and within her budget. Here are few of shots post shopping session…

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T-Styled Me: Understanding your body shape 101 (Part 1)

I’ve made it back to the land down under in one piece, albeit majorly jet lagged and am fighting the urge this very moment at 1pm not to close down my laptop and hop into my big old comfy bed to nap. I hope writing this post helps me stay awake!

Since my last styling post where I classified Gee as having a rectangle body shape, many of you have shown interest in understanding how to dress for your own body shapes so I’m declaring this post a ‘T-Styled Me Body Shapes 101 post’ where I’ll focus primarily on the rectangle body shape and elaborate on the others body shapes as I post up more styling lessons with different body shapes later on.

Although there can be a LOT of factors to consider when dressing for your figure ( body shape, face shape, bone structure, skin tone etc) I’m taking a ‘Keep it simple’ approach and focusing on two main factors: Your horizontal and Vertical body shape

Body Shape (Horizontal Shape)

  • This body shape classification is based on the measurements of your horizontal proportions so the easiest way to determine this is to measure your full bust (no.2 below), natural waist (no.3 – smallest part, not sucking it in!) and your hips (no.5 – around your bottom at the widest point)
  • You may find that you don’t fit neatly into the 5 categories below and that’s perfectly fine. Often you can have a primary and secondary body shape but the key is to pay attention to the tips for both body types.

Rectangle body shape / straight figure

This is actually the most common body type and a relatively easy shape to dress in terms of balancing proportions.

How do I know if I have a rectangle body shape?

  • Your hips and bust are balanced but your waist is not very defined
  • Your waist measures 1′ to 8′ smaller than your bust
  • Your legs are shapely and one of your best assets
  • Your bottom is more flat than round
  • You tend to gain weight in your torso first then upper thighs and arms
Examples of Celebrities with rectangle shaped figures
  • The aim of dressing rectangle shapes is to add dimensions to your frame and curves from the waist up or waist down and show off your slender arms and legs
What to wear
  • To define your waist – invest in belts that are dark and simple in colour to accentuate your waist
  • Tops: Try Off the shoulder, boat neck, V, U and sweetheart necklines as well as belted jackets and tops to create a visual V towards your waist. You can also wear embellished, ruffled blouses and shoulder detailing to create curves in your upper body.
  • Bottoms: Tapered trousers, skinny jeans, bootleg cuts and capri pants will suit your shape. Look for detailing such as pockets on trousers to create curves and use flowy fabrics (eg summer shorts) to soften your boyish figure.
  • Dresses: Halter neck and wrap dresses are great. If you’re well endowed then wear a lower neckline which shows skin and vertically breaks up the chest area
  • Swim-wearModerate to full coverage bottoms (light, bright & patterned) and similarly ruffled, padded and push up bikini tops / tankinis.
 What not to wear
  •  Stay away from full and extremely baggy pants and straight boxy mini skirts as these will not help create curves.
  • Lucky for you there’s not a lot you can’t wear!

I’d suggest studying outfits that you like on similar body types such as Katie Holmes, Cameron Diaz, Heidi Klum and Kate Middleton (she’s probably a mix of an inverted triangle and rectangle) as these will likely work for you too.

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