Best Brands for Apple Shapes – Women Over 40, 50, 60
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More Fashion Tips for Women With Big Tummies
- Short or cap sleeves should be avoided because they make women like us look top heavy.
- Sleeveless dresses (and tops) are good for showing off slender arms.
- Sometimes, wearing a sheer, gauzy top over a sleeveless style will look hip, and if the top is long enough, it will help cover the tummy.
Take a deep breath, if your waistband's not too tight, because there's more.
- Try lightweight fabrics in dark colors (or camouflaging prints) for your tops.
- Use layers, but always avoid tops that stop at the widest part of your waist.
- Soft fabrics (sometimes used in layers) are also friendly to your apple-shaped bod.
Empire Styles for Apple-Shaped Bodies
Empire dresses and tops can be tricky for women who carry their lunch on their waistlines because some styles will come across as looking like maternity tops. However, every woman’s body is different so each garment must be tried on to determine if the cut is good for you and your natural shape. (That's why God created return-shipping labels.)
Some brands (like Karen Kane) sell empire styles that have a cascade of fabric that falls from between the breasts and it covers the tummy. It sounds all wrong, but it works wonderfully when it's done right.
Balancing a Heavy Top Half
Most of the time, the bottom half of your outfit should not be short or tight.
Skirt Tips: Your body is different than everyone else's. You'll need to experiment to see what is right for you.
- Skirt Length: Knee length (or shorter) skirts can make some top-heavy women look like they will tip over, but short dresses can be great when worn as tunics.
- Flared Skirts: Flared skirts are (usually) better than pencil skirts. Of course, with some tops, you'll need a straight skirt.
- Gypsy Style Skirts: Gypsy skirts with tiers (any length) can be hip, as long as the part near the waist is fitted.
- A-Line Skirts: Stiff A-line skirts are always dorky.
- Stretchy Waistbands on Skirts: Long, hippie-style skirts with stretch can be pulled up so the waist sits at the slimmest part of your torso. Be careful not to look like Urkel if you tuck in your top.
- Tops and Skirts: Most of the time, your top should be in a color similar to your skirt.
Jeans and Pants: Yeah, I know it's hard to find the right combination of tops and trousers, but with a little effort, you can do it.
- Bootcut Pants: Wear bootcut or flared jeans or pants to balance your stomach.
- Leggings: Leggings are a good alternative if you can't find comfortable jeans. Just make sure to wear a long top.
- Belts: Belt buckles are usually bad. Some days, all belts are just bad in every way. One exception is the belt on your trench coat (Mac). Trench coats that fit are very, very good.
- Zips: Look for side-zip slacks. (These are not easy to find.)
- Comfort: Pants (and skirts) with wide, stretchy waistbands are good for long hours of travel.
And, the designer who invented those yoga pants, gauze pants, and stretchy-waistband jeans with the "drawstring tie" in the front, should be publicly pilloried. That's the last place on earth I want people to look. (The tie shows through when I wear lightweight tops. And, I'm certainly not going to tuck my top into my pants.)
Shoes for Apple-Shaped Women Over 40
If you're young enough to wear heels, you should do so at every reasonable opportunity.
- Shoes: Wedge-heeled sandals and chunky-heeled shoes (especially if your outfit allows for footwear in nude/beige colors) will lengthen your leg and make you look skinnier. Well, nothing will really make you look skinnier, but heels will make you look more height-weight proportionate.
- Boots: Fashion boots with chunky heels are fabulous. (You can wear nude/beige boots with spring and summer dresses. Alternately, you can wear black or dark boots to match a darker hemline.)
- Stilettos: Slim or stiletto heels will often look out of proportion with your body type.
The best hope for all of us apple-shaped women is that some young designer will have an apple-shaped mom, and that designer will experiment with new concepts that will make his or her "old mum" look great. Apple gals, young and old, skinny and fat, are waiting... with credit cards in hand.
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