*Will this outfit work on your body type? All my outfits emphasize flattering an apple shape -wider shoulders/narrow hips. In these pictures I am 5’1″ 143lbs. I am petite and also have a high waist and short torso.
Business professional attire goes colorful
If you keep the cut of the dress classic and professional, you can go a little bolder with the color choices. I chose to pair a rich emerald with a bright cobalt blue. They are both jewel tones so they compliment each other.
Tips for an apple shape wearing this outfit
As an apple shape, make sure you choose a dress that is either A-line (fit and flare) or pencil. If the skirt just goes straight down, creating two parallel lines and doesn’t hug at the knees a little, it will look unflattering and make you look boxy.
Tips for business professional attire when wearing dresses or skirts
Think tailored, not bodycon
You can achieve this easier with non-stretchy fabric like the dress I’m wearing which is 100% polyester.
Choose a high collar
No cleavage = more professional.
Knee length or midi length
Too long looks bohemian or unkempt and is hard to look tailored. Too short looks unprofessional. Avoid showing any upper thigh. If you do choose a dress that shows any upper thigh, make sure to wear opaque tights.
Where you can get items similar to what I’m wearing
Here are some beautiful emerald green dress options:
Some cobalt blue cardigan options: Lots of buttons.
If you’re going to wear a high collar dress like I’m wearing, it’s best paired with a classic round collar structured cardigan.
For shoes, I’m all about comfort. You get this by choosing flats, block heels, or heels 2 inches or lower. Here are some great blue shoe options:
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