Styling the Luscious ROUND Body Shape

Round apple body shape styling tips

The round body shape, also known as an apple, is characterized by fullness in the midriff without a defined defined waistline. 

If you have a bit of a tummy and you bust, waist and hip measurements all about the same (or your waist measurement is largest), you’re considered a round.  Rounds gain weight in their midsection first but may have an impressive bust, great legs and nice arms. 

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  • Dress to highlight your best assets (arms, bust or legs).
  • The right bra is a game-changer for you as the area under your bust is often the narrowest part of your torso.  Lift your bust to lengthen and slim your body.
  • Use clothing to create the illusion of a more defined waistline. Empire waistlines highlight the narrowest part of you and create the illusion of an hourglass shape.  Wrap tops, “fit and flare” styles and peplums  (a short flared fabric around the waist of a garment) are also good choices.
  • Choose necklines that open up the chest and draw the eye upwards like V-necks and wide scoop necks.
  • Avoid clingy fabrics in favor of those that glide over the body and camouflage bumps.
  • Skirts to the knee or slightly longer will lengthen you.
  • Dark wash bootcut jeans and trousers, which fall in a straight line from the hip down to the ankle, are the most flattering pants.
  • Avoid clothing that adds volume to either half of your body. Ruffles, tiers and puffy details emphasize roundness.

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