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This post is inspired by a client I took shopping. An Apple Shape woman in her mid 40’s, a 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 around the tummy, boobs, and arms giving us a rounded 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 body shape can be tricky, 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 An Apple Shape Lady To Follow:
#1a: Find your unique rise
Just because you have a fuller tummy area doesn’t always mean you need high-rise jeans. Apple shapes tend to be short-waisted so it’s important to know your rise before you start.
This will give your unique rise measurement. Read revolutionize the way you buy jeans by knowing your unique rise measurement for more help.
b: With your jeans on taking 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.
If you’re finding your jeans are falling down or you have too much fabric around your tummy then the rise is too high for you.
#2: Flaunt your apple assets.
Apple’s tend to have slim legs so go for straight leg, skinny, or crop styles. The Girlfriend style could be an option as it’s a slimmer version of the boyfriend jean. Avoid jeans that hide your leg shape, as they can make you look frumpy and shapeless such as a Mom Jean. Read want to know what a boyfriend, girlfriend or mom jean is?
Jeans with an interesting hem detail are great for apples, such as split hems, embroidered detail, or frayed hems as it takes the eye down the leg showing off your best assets!
#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 jeans 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 pushes 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: Stretch & recovery
Jeans with stretch should be like a rubber band stretching for comfort when you move and snap back to hold the shape.
Always choose jeans 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. Polyester is the fiber that gives the jean their snapback. I have found jeans with a Cotton, Polyester & Lycra mix keep the best shape.
#5 No VPL here!
Make sure the underwear you have on under your jeans is the same height as the jean waistband or you will have unnecessary lines and bulges where your pants end. Shapewear is a brilliant way to tame your tummy and look slimmer in your jeans. Read your guide to choosing shapewear under jeans.
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.
Figure fixing jeans you’ll love
I love jeans that offer some help fixing our figures and I’m always researching styles that work for apple shapes.
Keep an eye out for denim brands that have built-in tummy tuck such as NYDJ. More recently Wit & Wisdom & Democracy has created an ‘Ab-solution’ design that flatters with power-mesh panels to mold and hold, including a waistband with elastic interior control (hidden elastic waist) 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. Just undo the zips to widen the waistband.
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