How To Dress An Apple Body Shape

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This week I’m teaching a class called ” Shop like a pro: Learn your body shape.” I love teaching women how to look great in clothes. The smiles on their face when they love what they see in the mirror or learn a new trick brings me true joy. So in prepping for my class I put together a few images of different outfits that compliment each body shape. I also broke them down into work-wear, weekend and date night categories.

This week we are starting with the Apple or Inverted Triangle body shape. Think Sherri Shepard, Wendy Williams and  Catherine Zeta Jones. Apple shapes carry their “weight” in the upper half of the body. They are the exact opposite to Pear shapes which carry their “weight” in the lower half of their bodies.’

One of the points I make in this class is the importance of knowing your measurements. That includes, bust, shoulders, waist, hips, and length (for inseams). This will not only help you when getting things altered and tailored but also during shopping.

If you are like me and you hate trying on clothes, the next best thing would be to keep a measuring tape with you at all times. That way you can measure the waist & hip of pants, dresses, and skirts when you are shopping. Although trying things is is best, though it can be annoying.

 A good clear indication that you are an apple shape is if your shoulders are 5 inches or more wider than your hips. Though your hips and thighs are smaller than your top half you are known for having gorgeous legs! And therefore I threw some dresses in with my 3 looks for my beautiful apple shaped readers! Check them out below.

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Why the Work Look Works: I chose this mini aline dress for a few reasons:

  1. It shows off your legs.
  2. The shape of the dress isn’t tight but falls just enough away from the body to show your shape but hide any visible belly jelly.
  3. The print is fun but work appropriate. It also draws more attention to the hips and creates the illusion of more curves.

The jacket is polished and keeps your arms covered. The pump is good for the office or happy hour but can be worn with many things in your closet. Same as the handbag.

Why the Weekend Look Works:  If you want to be trendy this Fall then add sneakers or leather to your look. The sporty luxe trend thats exploded everywhere is perfect for weekend errands or social gatherings. I chose to pair denim and leather together to breakup the look. Doing denim on denim would be ok too, but adding texture to your bottom half creates balance and adds symetry to your body. The vest is a fall staple for some but, for you worn open will add visual interest to your look. Black is boring at times, red is passionate and vibrant. Chose a shoe (or carry both with you) and your ready for a playdate or a night with the girls.

Why the We Time/Date Night Look Works: By now you are getting the feel for how your body shape works and how to look great in your own skin. I love this dress by Kenzo. Mainly because of the feather detail but, also because any woman can rock this look, from 22 t0 42 to 62. What more could you want it in black baroque chicness. With your body shape everything you love about your body is revealed and what you don’t love is concealed! I’d say job well done to any dress that does that!

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Have more questions? Are you an Apple Girl and wants to try one of these looks? Send your pictures, questions, and comments to skinnyminority@gmail.com or tweet me @CurvyGirlStylis (leave out the t) with the hashtag #cgstalk 

 

Wear It Now: Oversized Jacket

 

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I got this oversized jacket because it reminded me of the movie Clueless (don’t you just love that movie). At the time of purchase, (like 18+ months ago) it wasn’t exactly oversized. Fast forward to now and its a bit bigger but still just as stylish and ironically even more on trend (or haven’t you noticed that plaid is everywhere). Here’s why it works:

  1. Pushed up sleeves always look cooler! And in many cases make you look thinner, especially when your skin shows. Try this at home with an older jacket/blazer.
  2. Can be worn as an over-coat before coat season officially starts.
  3. Oversized yes, shapeless no! Curved princess seams are a girls best friend (and yes in some cases they are better than diamonds). Your jacket must have shape to it. Tailoring with great seams is just the place to start. They are usually located on the sides and backs of jackets.  The last thing you want to have is a boxy oversized anything. You want to show the curves you have and add some where there aren’t any.
  4. I added a pinstripe shirt to show you an easy way to mix patterns. The key is to make sure the colors are the same if not similar. Create a color story with your outfits and visually it will make sense.
  5. Color blocking is fading out, remember this formula: statement on top, simple on the bottom or the reverse. A good story has 1 main character and your outfit should be the same. Statement jacket, simple pumps.

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How To Dress For A Funeral?

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When I told my friends and family I was prepping for this post they all said, What? Why? What kind of questions do your readers send you! In your defense I replied, ” Well a funeral is a life specific  occasion. Grim and sad as they may be, its something we all experience. And yes what to wear, depending on the circumstance can be one of your top 10 questions concerning the event. In fact did you know that what to wear to a funeral service is one of the top 5 most Googled style questions on the net? Grim and sad as it might be I thought that was pretty cool. So here’s what I’m proposing you wear to one of life’s most un-welcomed occasions. And yes it’s black. 

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The Art Of Style: Karima Renee

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Inside My Wardrobe | A great collection of vintage dresses. Way too many jackets and blazers and not nearly enough shoes. Far too many women don’t take advantage of wearing dresses. They make getting dressed 10x easier. Rachel Roy once said “if you want to hide the circumference of your thighs wear a skirt.” A dress is the next best thing!

My Power Piece | A crisp white shirt. No Matter what you pair it with, it works. From a silk ball skirt to boyfriend jeans. 

My Work Uniform | My favorite blazer, a white or grey tee my favorite jeans or pencil skirt + pumps. Please See Below. 

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How I Shop | I’m an in-store kinda girl. But since I’m always in front of a computer I constantly browse online yet I rarely buy. The stylist in me likes to feel the fabric and see the construction of the garment.  

How I Pack | In a very organized way with all my bases covered. Coordinating colors. Only packing 2 pairs of shoes. And lastly putting all toiletries in slide grip ziploc bag.  

Who/What Inspires Your Style |  I get inspiration from everything. Movies, Trends, Bloggers other Stylist, Instagram, lol. 

Fall Essentials |  All things black and white. Lots of Grey and Hunter Green. And an Olivia Pope Coat. See More Here. 

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What Do You Carry In Your Bag | Tons of lipstick and gloss. Floss. Business Cards. IPhone. Wallet.  

 

How To Where A Blazer

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This is a stick up, though its not what you think. Ladies, the time has come for us to be honest with ourselves. Forget the number on the tag and do whats best for us..truly. In this post I’m robbing you of everything you ever knew about wearing jackets and blazers. I’m revealing the hard truth, dispelling myths and spilling secrets. Ladies, it’s time for some girl talk, curvy girl stylist style!

WHAT IS A BLAZER?

BLAZER (blāzər) ; noun, a lightweight jacket, typically solid-colored. A plain jacket, typically dark blue, not forming part of a suit but considered appropriate for formal or semiformal wear. 

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How To Wear Booties At Work

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I’m so excited that Fall is here! Which for me means that you can rock blazers! Blazers and booties are like cookies and milk, sweet and salty, winged eye liner and red lips. You get the picture. In part one of this post I talked about how to wear booties off duty/ on the weekend. In this post I’m showing you my on-duty uniform. I love to show my legs, they’re one of my best assets.

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