This post was inspired by a client I took shopping this week. An apple shape women in her mid 40’s, Mother of 2, hitting menopause. Sounds like you? Read on…
With bodyweight fluctuating after having children our body shape starts to change. When women reach menopause and the estrogen produced by ovaries declines, fat migrates from our buttocks, hips and thighs to our waists later fat is stored at around the tummy, boobs and arms giving us a rounder shape on top. However, this doesn’t have to be the norm as regular exercise and watching what we eat can slow down the process.
Jeans shopping for an Apple can be tricky as often you will find jeans are tight on the tummy but loose on the leg and the bottom just hangs! Not a good look so with this in mind follow the rules below…
5 Rules For The Apple Lady To Follow:
#1 a: Just because you have a fuller tummy area doesn’t always mean you need a high rise jean. Apple’s tend to be short waisted so it’s important to know your rise before you start. If the rise sits on or over your belly button it’s a good indication it’s not for you, adding more fabric to your problem area and digging in when sitting down. Keep an eye out for denim brands that have built-in tummy tuck such as NYDJ. More recently Wit & Wisdom have created an ‘Ab-solution’ design that flatters with power-mesh panels to mould and hold, including a waistband with interior control and booty-lift construction. Cenia ConVi Jean is a convertible style that has zips on the waistband that can be worn closed for a cinched waist or open for more room for Apples.
b: With your jeans on take a tape measure and measure from the crotch seam up to two fingers below your belly button. This will give you the measurement of the rise that will be comfortable for you. Or if you don’t have a tape measure use a ribbon or a piece of string. Take this shopping with you and use it as a guide when picking out jeans to try on.
#2: Flaunt your assets. Apple’s tend to have slim legs so go for a straight leg, skinny or crop styles. The new Girlfriend style could be an option as it’s a slimmer version of the boyfriend jean. Take note jeans that hide your leg shape will make you look bigger than you really are!
#3: Pump up your derrière: Unfortunately Apple ladies tend to have flatter bottoms than our curvy sisters. So the key here is to look for a jean that will give your bottom depth. Flap pockets are good for this as they give the illusion your bottom has shape. Salsa Jeans invented the Secret Push-In jean which pulls in the tummy as well as pushing the bottom up giving the flattest of bottoms a perk. If you’re looking to create more curves then the Mystery curve skinny has two removable pads in the interior back pocket, adding volume and redefining your bum!
#4: Always choose a jean with at least 1-2% Lycra mix in the fabric content ( you can check the label inside the jean). This is important for comfort and for keeping the shape. Lycra & Elastane do the same job. I have found jeans with a Cotton, Polyester & Lycra mix keep the best shape.
#5: When trying on jeans do the sitting down test: Make sure the jean isn’t cutting into your nether regions and they feel as good sitting as standing. Also, remember denim does stretch so if you can do up the smaller size and still breathe let this be your guide.
Cheat Notes For Apple Ladies:
1: Look out for a curved yoke as this will give shape to your bottom, 2: Flat front pockets take away the bulk from the tummy area, 3: Pockets with curves will give your bottom a lift, 4: Flap back pockets give depth to a flatter bottom.
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Image: Rene Magritte