5 Tips for Dressing Your Apple Shaped Body

If you are an apple you gain your weight in tummy.  You might have always been this shape or you grew into it once menopause hit. You have:

  • an average to large bust
  • broader upper arms (and/or shoulders)
  • a full, rounded stomach with no defined waist
  • slimmer hips
  • a behind that is rather flat
  • nice legs

apple body shape

Your dressing goal is to hide your round tummy & show off your nice legs. Here’s what to wear:


  • Get a good bra to lift your bust up and off your tummy. Apples need separation between their bust and tummy.
  • Your breasts should sit halfway between your shoulders and elbows so make sure you have them hiked up. Nothing makes you look more frumpy  and old than sagging breasts.
  • Tummy shapewear also helps a lot  to minimize the apple tummy.
blue tunic

embellishment at the neck of this tunic puts the focus up top. A pattern helps hide a tummy.



  • The best necklines: V-necks that shows some skin or tops with cutouts or embellishment at the neckline. They will take the attention off the tummy and put the focus on your face.
  • Empire waist tops or tops that are knotted at the bust also work. They highlight your slimmest point which is just under the bust.
  • Tops with flared sleeves or detail on the sleeves will also draw the attention away from the belly.
  • Tops should cover  your entire tummy and end below the hipbone.

Please stay away from baggy tops! As we age and gain weight in the tummy, there is a tendency to want to wear something big and lose to cover up. A baggy top will only make you look bigger!  Your top should be slightly fitted and flow gently over your tummy. It should not cling.

dressing an apple shape

Smooth pants, a flowing v-neck top and long jacket is slimming.


  • Choose pants with stretch for your tummy
  • Boot cut or trouser leg are best to balance you out up top. Tapered jeans can make you look top-heavy.
  • Look for pants that with a smooth front – pull on or with zippers at the sides.
  • Stay away from pants with too much detail at the waist, such as pleated pants.
  • Avoid pants with pockets. They will make your behind look larger and fuller.


  • A structured jacket over a loose, flowing dress or a long skirt is great. Be sure the jacket ends at your hips. If it ends at the tummy, all eyes will be there.
  • Avoid double-breasted jackets as they will make you look overly busty and wide.
  • A duster coat or vest that ends just above the knee is slimming.
dress for an apple shaped body

Make sure your skirt flows gently over the tummy. A keyhole neckline draws the eye up.



  • Skirts will show off your nice legs, but keep them no shorter than above the knee, or you’ll look too top-heavy.
  • A flirty or flared skirt will balance you out. A-lines are great for an apple shape.
blue dress for apple shape

The high waistband on this dress minimzes the tummy.


  • Dresses should have elevated waistlines that are just below the bust.
  • An empire waist dress can work well as there is not a lot of gathering at the banding.
  • A wrap dress is perfect because the v-neck emphasizes the bust. just be sure the tie wrap on the dress sits just under the bust and not around the tummy.
  • A shift or tunic dress that falls straight down, but is not baggy, is good.
  • Another good style is the drop waist that narrows at your hips leaving nothing tight around your tummy.


  • Patterns helps to camouflage an apple tummy.
  • Dark colors such as navy, black, brown shrink large areas like the tummy.

What Not to Wear

  • Baggy shapeless clothes
  • High necklines
  • Clingy, tight clothes
  • Detailed skirts and pants with pleats, or zippers, buttons or ties at the tummy
  • Bulky coats and heavy sweaters

Are you starting to get a better understanding of how to dress if you are an Apple shape? Want to find out more about the styles of clothing will work best for your body type?

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  1. Glenda Bibbero says:

    I was a rectangle when I was younger but since going through menopause I have put on weight in my stomach. A lot. To the point that I look more like an apple now but without the big bustline. What shape have I morphed into? Is it really closest to an apple or something else. Love your posts on body shape but would like to know where you would place me so I can use the appropriate information. Is that possible?

  2. I always say to my clients: embrace your curves. A feminine body shape is always sexy regardless of your size, you just have to learn how to present it and these tips are great.

  3. Thanks for providing tips regarding dressing of apple shaped body.I shall tell my friends to follow this.