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Plus Size Clothing Guidelines

You shouldn’t get too hung up on your body shape, but it is somewhere to start in order to dress in a way that flatters.  You can still bend some of the guidelines and still look fabulous in your plus size clothing.

We are going to focus on the adorable Apple shape.  No one is probably exactly an apple, but you could have an hourglass with a touch of apple or a rectangle carries some weight around the middle like an apple.  Regardless, don’t get too hung up on the rules.

When you are proportioned but carry your weight around the middle, you are an apple shape.  As such, you don’t have a defined waist.  Rectangles also have a less distinct waist, but the apple body is curvier and rounder all over.  The two things to keep in mind for women’s plus size clothing for your apple shape are you can either try to create a defined waistline or you can go with a waist-less look by wearing big tops or dresses.  Whichever you decide, both looks can work for you.

To configure a waistline, lifting the bust with a good bra is the beginning.  Next choose lower necklines like scoop, V-necks or open collars.  Wrap tops and front or side rushing can also be very flattering for the apple.

Select tops, shirts and blouses that float away from the waist, but that are structured on the shoulder and sometimes at the hem. Look for tops with lots of sleeve detail like flares, slits, lace or cuff treatment as this will attract attention to your slim, pretty arms.

To liberate your waistline, select tops that float away from the waist, but that are structured on the shoulder or at the hem. Volume at the right place in your plus size clothing can flatter because it doesn’t cling to the midsection. A structured jacket or cardigan over a top that floats away from the waist creates a tailored look over a roomy layering piece.

For tops and dresses the apple figure will suit patterns and texture because they do better at camouflaging than solid colours.  The length of your tops should either end just below your hipbone or a few inches above the crotch point when you wear jeans, pants or skirts.

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