5 Tips for Dressing Your Apple Shaped Body

Apple shape body

Apple shape body

If 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 shape

Top for apple shape


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)


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 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.

Frannie Hooded Cardigan

Frannie Hooded Cardigan


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.


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.

Tbags Los Angeles  faux wrap

Tbags Los Angeles faux wrap


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.


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.

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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.