The em­pire line strikes back

Your Shape the ap­ple

The Press - Zest - - Fashion - JANE BROUGHTON

I ■f you are a tra­di­tional ap­ple shape, you’ll carry most of your weight around your waist area and have fuller breasts, while your hips and back­side are slim. So how can you dress an ap­ple-shaped fig­ure to make the most of its pro­por­tions?

Look for dress styles that have a high waist­line. The em­pire line is a great look for ap­ples as it down­plays the torso.

Full skirts that are high waisted will help achieve bal­ance with a fuller top half.

Hide an ob­vi­ous midriff with long-line T-shirts. Lay­er­ing is good to dis­guise a larger top half. Avoid tiny skirts and tight-fit­ting jeans as they will only ac­cen­tu­ate your small bot­tom half

Choose wide-legged pants or capri pants that will even out your body shape.

Longer skirts will draw the eye down­ward and away from your midriff, giv­ing the il­lu­sion of a longer torso.

■■■■■In­side the Lines dress, $795, Miss De­meanour dress/duster coat (comes with slip), $549 Cloth­ing from Trelise Cooper, Re:start, City Mall, Cashel St, ph: 03 377 1222

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