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How to stay popular and dress your Apple Body Shape!

By Connie Matthews, The Stylish Director, Personal Stylist, Brisbane Australia

From time to time Women change shape.  Was this a surprise – I don’t think so.

With all the changes in our bodies it’s not uncommon to fall into this body shape at some point in time.  Also, I don’t like to call you an Apple by the way, I prefer to say Oval.

Celebrities like Oprah, Drew Barrymore, even Catherine Zeta-Jones and the stunning Liz Hurley have succumbed to this shape.  Some are on the large side, whilst others are not.

An Oval shape general means you have a fuller bust, tend to carry weight around the waist and upper back, which means there is excess around your mid-section.  Your stomach is the widest part of your body as well. The great thing here is – you probably have great legs.

It’s fair to say you have similar features to a Rectangle (Straight Up and Down) body shape, so you can follow some of those rules.

Shopping for clothes is all about creating illusions and the magic here is that it can be done.  By buying the right garments for your Oval body shape you can give the appearance of being a size or two smaller.  Fact!

What we want to do here is draw the eye up to your great chest and down to those fabulous legs.  Good to know!

Connie Matthews The Stylish Director Personal Stylist in Brisbane

Beautiful Oval Shaped Woman wearing just the right amount of accessories and in the right places.

Here are 10 tips to use when shopping for your Oval shape.

  1.  Features

Average to Barrel-sized chest

No definition around the waist and is the largest part of your body

Waist and Hips are close to the same measurement

Your buttocks are more than likely flat

Usually slender arms and legs

  2.  Tips

Keep detailing above the bust line

Engage vertical lines through your body

Clothes with vertical sliming lines

No detailing around the waist to thighs (except for pockets on pants and skirts)

If you are an average to taller woman you can have detail below the knee

  3.  Create Balance

Elongate your shape by showing off your neckline – scoop, cowl or v-necks

Elongate your waist with Empire cut tops/waistlines, blouson style tops

Accentuate your lower half with lighter bottoms, flat front pants

Shoes that have a chunky heel, platforms, wedges, Ballet Flats and Boots calf length

  4.  Tops

Scoop, cowl or V-neck tops, embellished necklines, shoulder detail draws the eye up

Empire cut tops are your best friend

Wrap style and draped tops

Perfect length is just below your hip bone

Vertical detail

Tops that flare at the hipline

Connie MatthewsThe Stylish Director Personal Stylist dresses Oval Shaped Women giving them an elegant line

Being Oval Shaped means you can look elegant and classy in tops (or dresses) that cover your mid-section with Ruching.

  5.  Skirts

Printed A-line, Trumpet, above knee flare skirts

Regular or lower waistline

Structured Pencil Skirt

Length kept at the knee

  6.  Trousers

Straight leg, boot cut or cargo pants

Pocketed and pants with a bit of stretch

Embellished & Flap pockets add curves to the lower half of your body

Wide leg or flowing pants are flattering

  7.  Coats and Jackets

Tailored Jackets

Trapeze Coats that fall below the waist to mid-thigh

Dressing oval shaped women is something The Stylish Director Connie Matthews Personal Stylist can do

Oval Shaped Women can look as gorgeous as an Hour Glass Shape. Just need to know how.

  8.  Dresses

A-line dresses with high waistlines

Wrap dresses

Flowing and light fabrics

  9.  Beach Wear

Tankinis are super flattering, especially with the mid-section draping loosely

One piece with built in support for your chest

Ruching in the torso region with one piece

10.  Avoid

Detail around the waist like gathered bands

Short or boxy tops

High waisted pants or skirts

Items that are too tight

Small prints

Tucking in tops

Wide belts

Pointed, slim or dainty shoes

Once you understand the rules around your body shape, dressing will become simple.  Having the right garments, ready to go every day, will give you the confidence to attack anything that comes your way…and better still – head on!  You’ll feel more empowered knowing you look a million dollars.

Personal Styling is what I love the most.  Helping you recognise how beautiful you are, just happens to be one of the benefits.

Many women spend a fortune on Mindset – I say ‘put on a fabulous dress and see the personal transformation’.

You can visit my website and learn more about what Personal Styling is all about HERE.

Find out what one of my Guest Bloggers had to say about the benefits of engaging a Personal Stylist HERE.

Reading about your shape is one thing, shopping for it is sometimes altogether different.  If you still have questions on your body shape drop me an email: or call me on 0439088669.

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