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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!
Here are 10 tips to use when shopping for your Oval shape.
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
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
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
Tops that flare at the hipline
Printed A-line, Trumpet, above knee flare skirts
Regular or lower waistline
Structured Pencil Skirt
Length kept at the knee
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
Trapeze Coats that fall below the waist to mid-thigh
A-line dresses with high waistlines
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
Detail around the waist like gathered bands
Short or boxy tops
High waisted pants or skirts
Items that are too tight
Tucking in tops
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0439088669.
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