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Would very much like your advice. Firstly, I am definitely fat (size 20 - 22) so that is not in question. However I am unsure about actual shape. My bust and hip measurements are both the same with my waist being 3 inches less. I have always felt that i was an apple as I carry a lot of weight on my stomach but I also have a massive overhang due to 5 c/sections. I would love some advise on what to wear please!
My advice would be to buy clothes that are cut rectangular with no shaping under the bust or waist but keep it streamlined so it skins. Buy fabrics that have some stretch in them like heavy weight jersey. With an overhang you want to skim over this so with tops I would advise they come down to mid-thigh and then opt for fitted bottoms with an elasticated waist and again in a thick stretchy material like jeggings.
Then you're an hourglass. the fact there's not a massive difference between waist and hips is immaterial. You're apple if the waist is bigger than the hips, and pear if the hips are bigger than the bust, so with a smaller wasit and equal hips and bust you're an hour glass. Chances are if you lost weight that shape would be the one that emerges.
Sounds like you're neither, perhaps you are The flatteringly named rectangle as I am? I don't have a lot of hip to waist ratio, but I do have a fair amount of boob and my hips and bust are about the same. Don't have enough waist to be an hourglass www.thechicfashionista.com/rectangle-body-shape.html