How to dress an apple-shape body type

The most important thing to know when buying clothes is what suits your body shape. Over the next few weeks I will be analysing different body shapes and giving tips on what items suit you best. In this first post, I talk about the apple shape.

Apple figures tend to have a rounded stomach, broad shoulders and a less defined waist. Apples also possess slim hips, lovely legs and can either have a small or ample bust. If you gain weight, fat stores around your upper half especially the mid-section.

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So your goals are to accentuate slim arms and decolletage. This will bring some shape to the waist and balance the torso. In accentuating slim legs, this will bring balance to your frame by creating a flow from your top half to your bottom half.

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Style tips on how to dress an apple shaped body type:

  • Get a properly measured bra and make sure you have adequate support
  • Experiment with colours and prints. This will add dimension and flair to your outfits.
  • V-Neck dresses are great for ample busts.
  • Choose empire line tops and dresses if you have a small bust
  • Go for tops with ruching or wrap tops
  • Wear open or v-neck tops
  • Wrap dresses are great as they accentuate the bust and the side tie draws attention from the waist
  • Avoid halternecks
  • Avoid fitted or clingy silhouettes
  • Avoid double breasted jackets
  • A drop waist is flattering for apples
  • Look for dress styles that sculpt the waist
  • An A line dress is very flattering as the full skirt will give the illusion of a smaller waist
  • Choose flat fronted trousers or skirts
  • Boot cut or flared trousers will balance out your body
  • Don’t wear bulky tops and chunky knits
  • Wear kitten heels if you have small calves. They are easier on your feet and you can wear them all day.
  • A chunky shoe like a wedge heel can balance out your top half

Remember you want to draw attention to areas of your body you really like, legs, arms, cleavage. When you focus on your positive points you can look lighter and more shapely.

I hope these style tips helped you if you’re an apple shaped body type.

Stay tuned for my next post on the pear body shape.

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One reply on “How to dress an apple-shape body type

  • Kayla

    Do you have any style tips for larger ladies, not necessarily fitting into a regular “shape”?

    Also, do you have any tips for leaders with a disability?

    Thanks for your consideration.


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