8 easy ways to dress confidently for your top heavy body shape with our expert advice
Do you have a top heavy body shape? Or maybe you’re not sure if you do but suspect you might? The easy way to tell is if you have a large chest and upper body area, and little waist definition. You may also have slimmer arms and legs, but tend to collect weight around your middle. You’ll also most identify with the Apple or Inverted Triangle body shape. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie all fall into this category, so you’re in good company!
If, like actress Susan Sarandon, you have a top heavy body shape, dressing to flatter your figure can feel difficult at times. But, with a few clever styling tricks, dressing your shape can be a cinch and you can look just as fabulous as Sarandon at Cannes. It’s just about learning the golden style rules to how to best flatter your figure. The main goals should be to flatter your abundant cleavage and create definition in your waist, resulting in a gorgeous silhouette.
We’ve picked out some of the best buys for top heavy women, including clothes for work, an evening out, relaxing at home and those all-important special occasions. We’ve also detailed how to wear these pieces and why they’ll flatter your figure, meaning that you’ll pick up more than just a few tricks to look and feel your best. Once you know how to dress for your body shape, shopping for clothing will be a breeze.
Some quick style rules to follow are to embrace the V-neck (which will show off your cleavage), stick to fitted pieces that nip in at the waist, and avoid items that constrict your top half (like buttons or tight collars).
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Ignore the myth that you shouldn?t wearbold patterns if you have a top-heavy body shape. Bold, bright colours are agreat way to anti-age any outfit, and they can also help balance out yourshape. Opt for wrap-style dresses in a colourful print as made famous by Diane Von Furstenberg that will define your waist and have a flattering neckline, like this dress that comes in a variety of patterns from Boden, £48.00
Don?t let your hemline swamp you. Sometimes a maxi-dress that falls all the way to the floor can end up looking boxy and unflattering. Instead, if you find a dress you like but it?s not quite the right length, consider taking the hemline up and getting it adjusted. A dress that skims above your ankle, or a midi-dress that falls below the knee and shows off your slim lower legs is a fabulous, playful way to dress your figure. Midi-dresses are this seasons hottest trend, so there are plenty on the high-street to choose from, such as this shirt dress by Coast.
Belted dresses and jackets – like this one by Principles by Ben de Lisi at Debenhams – will define your waist and bottom half, rather than leaving all the attention up top.
?but, don?t let a belt restrict your wardrobe ? it?s not the only way to cinch in your waist and dress a top heavy body shape. The key is to accentuate your favourite part of your body, whilst balancing out your shape. Perhaps you want to wear a pair of fitted jeans to draw attention to your long legs, or a fitted skirt that shows off your amazing curves. Try this high waist pencil skirt, available at Next for £30.
Getting it right underneath should be the very first step to dressing top heavy figure, so invest in a supportive and well-fitting bra like this one by Chantelle. Available at Figleaves.
Reveal and conceal – there’s a fine balance when dressing a fuller top half but low-cut V-neck dresses and tops are a quick way to flatter. Just be sure to go low-key on the bottom half for a really styled and pulled-together look. This dress by Gorgeous Couture is perfect.
Balance out a larger top half with a full A-line skirts, like this one
by Reiss, £85, or wide-leg trousers. Flared skater style dresses are
A large tote bag, carried on the hook of the arm, will draw attention away from your top half. Pick up an elegant, roomy and stylish Furla tote for less at Brand Outlet.