capsule, capsule wardrobe,

Skirt + Stripes

capsule, capsule wardrobe,

These two pieces are great places to start when creating a capsule wardrobe for an apple shape.

*Will this outfit work on your body type? All my outfits emphasize flattering an apple shape -wider shoulders/narrow hips. In the above picture I am 5’1′ 140bs. I am petite and also have a high waist and short torso.

Capsule Wardrobe: 2 Essentials

As an apple shape, the goal of balancing out my figure is to elongate my upper half and widen my hips. If I could choose only two items as the very essentials of starting a capsule wardrobe for an apple shape, I would choose:

A 3/4th sleeve top in a dark color. 

This shirt is so versatile. You can wear it with tuxedo pants, shorts, fit and flare skirts, jeans, you name it. The 3/4th sleeve is the most flattering length for an apple shape. It’s wearable year round and unlike a short sleeve or a cap sleeve, it doesn’t create more width where an apple shape has the most width (in the shoulders).

A stretchy, striped pencil skirt that hits right above the knee or at the knee. 

Apple shapes have the best legs. This pencil skirt allows for several things. First it gives width to the hip area which is what is lacking on an apple frame. Second, it showcases an apple figure’s best asset- legs. The pencil shape also hugs the body so as to create curves that mimic an hourglass. Make sure you get a pencil skirt that truly tapers and comes in at the knees, otherwise you lose the shape. This skirt is great for pairing with drapey vests, blazers, fitted tops, and is the perfect work wear staple.

Where you can get items similar to what I’m wearing:

A few 3/4th sleeve tops with the perfect fabric that is the balance of being stretchy but not clingy. Look for a 96% rayon, 4% spandex mix.

Black options

Here’s a V-neck knot shirt.

This V-neck has cold shoulder dolman sleeves. 

This has a scoop neck with a high-low hem. 

Navy options

A V-neck with  a pocket and a few buttons. 

Drapey V-neck with dolman sleeves and a high-low hem. 

Purple options

Plus size swing-shirt in a beautiful purple fuchsia. 

Dark gray options

V-neck slim poncho style shirt. 

Drapey U-neck top. 

Dark red option

Wine colored scoop neck tunic. 

A stretchy pencil skirt with horizontal stripes:

Look French in this basic black and white. 

If you look good in beige or brown, this is a great option. 

Go nautical in this white and navy option. 

A chocolate striped option that’s knee length. 

Another knee length black and white option with larger black stripes. 

If you are opposed to stripes…

Consider printed skirts as another option. 

Want more striped skirts outfit inspiration?

Here’s another look I did that’s work appropriate. 

And the same skirt done for a casual look. 

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