With the launch of our Shape Report for Ovals, we thought it’d be great to hear from someone with an oval shape who has tried lots of Gwynnie Bee items. Enter Emily Sandford of Authentically Emmie, who has been a Gwynnie Bee member for over a year and has tried lots of pieces. She shares some of her favorite styles from our Oval Styles Collection and styling tips for those with oval-shaped figures.
I used to think that I had an hourglass figure, because that seems like what everyone wants to believe they are, right? Really though, I’ve got an oval shape (also known as apple): my mid-section is full without a lot of waist definition, and my bust, waist and hips are close in measurements to each other. There are lots of styles that look great on ovals, and ways to “cheat” visually to create a narrower waist.
- I’m a huge fan of wrap dresses because they close under the bust – the narrowest part of my midsection.
- Anything with a defined waist that is slightly higher than the natural waistline is great, as are v-necks.
- I avoid items that are too high on the neck, or that are too billowy without waist definition.
- Belts are awesome for ovals, as it creates shape where there might not be any.
- I’m also a fan of the cropped jacket or cardigan as it ends at a narrower part of your body than a jacket that ends at the hips.
And for reference, I’m 5’10 and a size 24/26.
NY Collection Printed Maxi Dress, sizes 1X-3X: “I worried about this dress because of the horizontal stripes, but didn’t hesitate in trying it since it’s so easy to return to Gwynnie Bee if it didn’t work. It’s one of my favorite GB pieces (loved so much I actually purchased it.) The faux wrap top coupled with the waistband under the bust creates a flattering shape. I layered it with a denim jacket, although I’ve worn it sleeveless as well. It never fails to get compliments.”
Karen Kane Extended Back Tank Dress, sizes 0X-3X: “This tank dress is so comfortable and flattering for an oval. It looks like a solid all-over print, but there is actually seaming under the bust that helps draw the shape in at the waist. I like short dresses as us ovals typically have great legs! The extended back, slightly hi-low hem adds visual interest. I paired here with the Karen Kane Shirred Sleeve Drape Jacket in Raspberry, which is also a great piece for ovals because it’s a cropped length which draws more attention to the upper part of the body instead of hitting on our wider hips.”
Kiyonna Desert Rain Maxi, sizes 0-4: “Kiyonna as a whole does wonderful items for oval shapes because of their classic wrap silhouettes. This maxi dress has a lovely neckline and under the bust, a visual detail that brings your eye to the narrowest part of your torso. I wasn’t a huge fan of the little bit of pleating on skirt, but at least it started lower down and not under the bust – that would have given it a more maternity effect.”
INC Houndstooth Faux Wrap Dress, sizes L-3X: “This is another one of my favorite pieces from Gwynnie Bee because it’s the perfect wrap silhouette. It’s a true wrap, meaning you adjust and tie the dress closed versus a faux wrap that is sewed down. This helps with adjustability as far as tightness in the waist and coverage of the bust. The tie waist is really flattering, and it’s a great knee-length dress.”
NY Collection Floral Print Maxi Dress, sizes L-3X: “This dress was a little tight on me as the bottom is more of a column fit than A-line, but the visual elements work well for an oval. The v-neck top combined with the black-banded high waist create a flattering look. I also liked that the pattern was more concentrated at the top of this dress and the solid portion fell on my stomach, which I’m most self conscious about.”
Thanks so much Emily for sharing your first-hand experience with these items! We’d love to hear from some of our other members. Check out our Oval Styles Collection and let us know what are your favorite items for an oval shape?