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The Apple Shape Wardrobe: My 21 Favorite Types of Tops

Tops for apple shapes can be pretty tricky, but I tend to gravitate towards my tried and true styles which I thought I’d share!

Here are some tips for choosing tops for apple shapes:

1. I wear a lot of dark tops to balance out a slimmer lower half.

Every bright or light color has a darker counterpart or opposite.

  • rust (like above) instead of orange or peach
  • maroon, oxblood, or burgundy instead of red or pink
  • dark brown instead of yellow
  • hunter green, dark teal, or emerald green instead of lime or green
  • navy blue instead of light blue or blue
  • dark gray instead of light gray
  • black instead of white

2. If I wear light colors on my top, I try to frame it with a darker blazer or cardigan.

3. If I wear print on top, I try to do smaller prints or if larger prints, I wear a darker cardigan or blazer over it.

.4 Shirts that hit at the widest point of the hip instead of longer for me actually look more flattering because they create a nice horizontal line where apple shapes are more narrow.

5. I tend to gravitate towards quarter length sleeves or long sleeves because my arms feel disproportionately larger than the rest of my body.

6. I do a lot of v necks and deep scoop necks to elongate my shorter neck.

7. I avoid gathered waists but love ruching and smocking if it’s at the smallest part of my high waist.

8. I almost always untuck any shirt I wear because I have such a high waist, short torso. Untucking insures that the line isn’t broken up, elongates the torso, and skims over the tummy better. Even if I’m wearing a high rise jean, I still always untuck my tops.

Here are my favorite top styles!

  1. Button down collared-

2. Swing Tee-

3. Smocking top-

I would probably wear this not off the shoulder.

4. Ruched sleeve crew neck-

5. Cowl neck-

6. Dolman sleeves-

7. U-neck t-shirt-

8. Scoop neck t-shirt-

9. Kimono top-

10.Cinched v-neck-

11. Deep tie neck blouse-

12. Long flutter sleeves-

13. Color block top-

How fabulous that this top creates a horizontal line in the area of the hips where apple shapes need the most width.

14. Wrap top-

15. Puff sleeves-

16. Puff sleeve wrap top-

17. Flare sleeve peplum-

18. Twist front top-

19. Off the (one shoulder)

20. V-neck (plus size)- Also available in regular sizes.

21. Sweetheart or queen anne neckline-

What are your favorite kinds of tops? I’d love to know!

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  • 12 pieces = 35 outfits
  • tips for choosing each piece specific to flattering your shape
  • picture of author wearing each outfit so you can visualize the items on an apple shape

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