Topsy Turvy

The most important part of your top is the neckline.

Wear these type of tops:

  • Plunging necklines
  • Strapless
  • Scoop neck
  • V-neck
  • Cowl neck
  • Scoop neck
  • Wrap tops
  • Tops with more than one layer of fabric
  • Tops that are ruched

A Superior Apple Summer Shirt:

Avoid these types of tops:

  • Very high necklines including turtlenecks
  • Decorated or embroidered neckline
  • Halter tops
  • Polo necklines
  • Sweetheart necklines

This is a general list for your reference, while out shopping or browsing through stuff online. Check out my blog for more detailed reviews and analysis of tops! And, as always, follow me on Pinterest for the even more great information for apples shapes in a purely visual format.



2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Hi Penelope!
    I love your site, it made me laugh a couple of times. I like the ‘How Do You Like Them Apples’ link with ‘mini apples’ ‘average apples’, and ‘voluptuous apples’ and tons of apple-puns throughout. 😀 Very funny.
    Also, I had no idea that necklines had this much effect on how clothes looked on a person based on their body shape. What necklines do you think are best for someone like me? I’m a small person with a small waist, average boobs, but my hips and butt are a little big for the rest of me. Thanks for your insight!

    1. Hi Briana, thanks for the awesome feedback! Yeah, I may be genetically predisposed to make cheesy puns…my sense of humor is grate!

      With a small upper body, small waist, and a larger lower body, you are a petite pear! Some celebrity pears: Kim Kardashian, Shakira, Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson. To distinguish a pear from an hourglass, you just need to drop an imaginary line from the shoulders to the hips – pears have wider hips than shoulders. Examples of hourglasses for comparison: Nigella Lawson, J-lo, Scarlett Johannson, Marylin Monroe.

      It depends on your personal style, of course, but pears wanting to draw attention away from the lower body can wear eye-catching colors and patterns on the upper body, and darker colors on the lower. For necklines, the main goal is to widen your shoulders. Sweetheart necklines, boat necklines, and scoop necklines all do this. You can also wear jackets and shirts with more structure around the shoulders (including shoulder pads and cap sleeves). Wearing things that make your shoulders look broader will also have the effect of making your waist look even smaller. You can also rock wrap dresses with no ruching, and plunging necklines.

      Does any of this line up with things that might be true about some of your favorite outfits? Let me know!

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