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Off the Shoulder + Spandex

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Can you wear an off shoulder outfit as an apple shape? Yes! Just follow these tips to look amazing.

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

Off shoulder outfit for apple shapes

I’ve tried so many off the shoulder tops and usually shudder with disgust when I put them on. They aren’t the best trend for apple shapes unfortunately because  we already have wide shoulders, and an off the shoulder top just adds more width to the shoulder area.

This top is the only one I’ve actually worn and liked.

The secret to choosing an off the shoulder top for an apple shape is-

It’s a stretchy material (think swimsuit material)- 

This makes it super flattering because it hugs my waist area. A lot of off the shoulder tops are very loose in the waist area. It also makes the ruffle part drape nicely. Added plus! No ironing. Think nylon, spandex, viscose, elastane.

3/4th sleeves and LONG ruffles-

I’ve noticed for off the shoulder tops to look flattering on an apple shape it needs to have pretty long sleeves/ruffles that drape past the elbow. This also has the effect of looking flattering because the waist area isn’t fully exposed. The longer the ruffles/sleeves, the better.

A dark color-

Given it already is a trend that doesn’t flatter the apple shape in general (widening already wide shoulders), it’s important to choose a top that is a dark color. Think black, navy blue, dark brown, dark green, plum etc.


One thing that always universally looks good on an apple shape is a long top- one that either hits right at the hip or even lower. This length is flattering because it elongates the torso.


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An off shoulder outfit for apple shapes-

I recommend wearing heels and a boot cut jean in a light wash. The light wash balances out the lower half– making the lower half wider (we want that to balance out the widening of the shoulders) and the heels and bootcut also elongate the leg.


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Where you can buy items similar to what I’m wearing

This off the shoulder top in black has a great length, is a spandex/rayon mix, and has 3/4th ruffle sleeves.

This viscose/elastane top even has vertical buttons– another elongating feature.

I love J Brand jeans. Here’s a light wash boot cut pair. 

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Want more inspiration for outfits that look great on apple shapes?

Here’s a great work outfit featuring a vested floral peplum top and wide leg pants. 

A bright peplum pencil skirt works great with a navy blazer. 

And some budget trench coats that look great especially on petite apple shapes. 

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