5 Tips for Dressing Your Apple Shaped Body

Apple shape bodyIf you are an apple you have:

  • an ample bust
  • broader upper arms and shoulders
  • a fuller, rounded stomach
  • slimmer hips
  • great legs.
  • a behind that is rather flat

Your goal is to conceal your round abdomen & show off your great legs. Here’s what to wear:

Top for apple shapeTops

You will look best in anything with a V-neck that shows some skin, or a top with a cutout or lots of detail, like embellishment at the neckline. Empire waist tops also work to take the attention off the tummy.

Just be sure any top you wear not be too baggy or you will look pregnant. Instead, tops should gently flow over the tummy. (Top >> Nordstrom)

Pants

Choose pants with stretch for your tummy, preferably boot cut or trouser leg. Pants should be semi-low rise with a flat front to downplay the tummy. Stay away from pants with too much detail at the waist, such as pleated pants. Choose plain, flat front pants instead.

Wider leg jeans will make you look less top heavy. Tapered jeans can make you look like you are going to fall over. Pants with back pockets will make your behind look larger and fuller.

Skirts

Skirts are a great way to show off the legs but keep them no shorter than above the knee because otherwise you will look too top heavy. Any kind of skirt that is flirty or flared will balance you out. A-lines are great for an apple shape.

Jacket for an apple shapeJacket

If you’re looking for a jacket, a structured jacket over a loose, flowing dress or a long skirt is a good choice. Just make sure it is a bit longer flowing down to your hips. If it ends at your tummy all eyes will be there. This Frannie Hooded Cardigan (seen her from Nordstrom) also works well. Avoid double-breasted jackets as they will only make you look bustier than you already are.

Colors/Pattern

Just as dark colors on the bottom help camoflauge your hips if you are pear shaped, dark colors on top and light colors on the bottom will also help camouflage your tummy if you’re apple shaped.

Empire waistlineDresses

The best dresses are V- neck dress that emphasize your bust such as a wrap dress, as long as the tie on the wrap dress sits just under the bust and not around the tummy. A shift or tunic dress that falls straight down but that is not baggy is good.

An empire waist dress like this  Tbags Los Angeles  faux wrap  (from Nordstrom)can work well as there is not a lot of gathering at the banding.  Another style for an apple is the  drop waist that narrows at your hips leaving nothing tight around your tummy.

Bras

Finally, it is very important you get a good bra to support “the girls”. Apples, especially, 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 too.

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?

Then check out My Private Stylist. It’s our cool new computerized fashion tool that pinpoints your unique body shape and reveals the styles you need to wear to flatter your figure and make you look fabulous! Find out more.



More From Fabulous After 40

Share Your Comments, Feedback, & Opinions:

Comments, Feedback, & Opinions:

  1. 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.

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