I’ve got the Big Belly Blues. Yes, I’m an Apple in a world that seems full of Pear-shaped people, and even when I lose weight I look puffy in the middle. Fortunately, I’ve learned how to dress in a way that minimizes my belly and accentuates more positive parts of my figure.
Redefine your waistline. I used to wear trousers and a blouse to work with a tidy little belt, but I don’t do that anymore. Now I redefine my waistline by visually tricking the eye with Empire or A–Line cut shirts and dresses. When my clothes focused attention on my real-life waist, my Apple shape made my belly look huge. Now the emphasis in my clothes is higher up and my belly isn’t front and center.
Accentuate the positive. Although my belly is bigger than I’d like, I have fabulous legs (if I say so myself, and I do…often!) Back in the days when I tried to fit in with my male colleagues by wearing trousers, my legs were hidden. Nowadays I emphasize my legs by wearing dresses and fun shoes. Maybe you have a lovely bustline or toned, trim arms. Accentuate the positive! You’ll look and feel better.
Accessorize! Have fun with accessories. I love shoes to the point where my nickname is “Imelda Marcos.” I enjoy wearing a pretty silk scarf on a windy spring day. What are your favorite accessories? Use them to draw attention away from the waistline. I like to wear patterned tights to emphasize my legs. Big, dangly earrings are a little too much for my facial characteristics, but maybe they will draw attention to your thick, shiny hair. Play with accessories. Enjoy the added “oomph” they bring to your wardrobe.
Try some monochrome. One color or one pattern all the way down has a slimming effect, especially when you choose a silhouette that compliments your physique. Avoid wearing outfits that use two colors-one above, one below–to define your waist at the belly-line as these outfits emphasize your apple shape.
Shop for success. These days, I go to my favorite store and shop with Lori, the Best Boutique Salesperson In History. I pay a little more, but Lori won’t steer me wrong. She tells me when I need a little more length, tirelessly fetches and carries slight variations on the same theme (“Try that in a misses rather than a petite…it has more give”), and brings me knock-em-dead accessories to complete my outfits. I may the world’s biggest cheapskate in other areas, but I swear by my shopping. Find your own Lori and when you do, hang onto her for dear life.
Wear clothes that make you feel beautiful. Some strange alchemy occurs when you dress well and feel attractive. Suddenly, you notice strangers taking a second look. You stand up a little straighter. You make eye contact. I notice that the opposite happens when I wear something I’m not confident in or comfortable wearing. I stand in the back of the room. I fidget more. How about you?
It’s easy to get discouraged when your body doesn’t look like the bodies you see in fashion magazines, but having an Apple shape doesn’t mean you have to give up good looks and beautiful clothing.