How to Dress for the “Apple” Body Type

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One of the most challenging body types to dress, The “Y” body type, sometimes called an apple, is broader around the bust and back than around the hips. With a very short waist and skinny legs, dressing Janelle became more challenging. Women with slimmer arms and legs often want to showcase them, creating more imbalance in the body. For arms and legs past their expiration date, The Wardrobe Woman, Joann Hopkins says, “If it doesn’t look good, don’t show it.” Lightweight gauzy tops and bottoms cover and feel cooler than exposed skin in the sun. A short waist is best when not defined with contrasting colors. If contrasting color blocking is used, choose darker on top and lighter on the bottom. Matching separates will always win over contrasting separates if looking more slender is the goal.



Clothes Janelle is wearing from Von Maur

LINKS to MAKEOVERGUY Favorites for this body type:

The Book: Open bust shaper: Shoulder Pads: (tip: do not use flap for bra, place under bra strap and pull out to the edge of the shoulder). Bra: Butt Pads: Corset: Tops that will work well for this body type: (Petites available) Flare Sleeve Pick-Up Top Triple Pleat V-Neck Jersey Top Paisley Print Peasant Top Countryside V-Neck Top Print Lantern Sleeve Top Cotton Boyfriend Shirt (worn tied at hip): Bottoms that will work well for this body type: FRAME Raw Hem Denim Midi Skirt Selma Pieced Asymmetric Denim Maxi Skirt Angie Drawstring Denim Maxi Skirt: Lana High Waist Wide Leg Jeans Asra Denim Maxi Skirt: Ribcage High Waist Straight Leg Jeans The Perfect Vintage Wide Leg Jeans Patch Pocket Flare Trouser Jeans Flared Denim Skirt:



  • Christopher Hopkins

    Christopher Hopkins is an entrepreneur, entertainer, cyber star, author, and appearance aficionado. Affectionately known as The Makeover Guy®, Christopher provides uplifting, inspirational, and informative online content and exclusive makeover services. Since 1990 Christopher has wowed audiences with his dramatic television makeovers and has received worldwide standing ovations fronting world-class orchestras singing Broadway’s best baritone showstoppers. As a baritone soloist, he has performed with The Minnesota Orchestra, Hannover Radio Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. His best-selling book, "Staging Your Comeback, A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45," has remained in the top ten on Amazon for over a decade. He is the founder and co-owner of MAKEOVERGUY® Appearance Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit his web site:

1 Response

  1. Toni says:

    Nothing on my aging body is “expired”. I find some of this article to be so insulting.

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