Knowing what body type category you belong to will help you know what flatters you and what doesn’t. Body types are all about creating a balanced figure, highlighting your best features and concealing or “camouflaging” what may be your insecurities.
In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know about an apple-shaped body: what it is, how to know this is your body type, what types of garments flatter the most and some apple-shaped celebrity style inspiration.
What is an apple-shaped body?
An apple-shaped body type is that which is the “heaviest” on the top. This means it carries its weight just above the waist:
– broad shoulders
– wide torso
– full bust
– undefined waistline
– relatively flat booty
This body type gains weight on her waist, chest, and belly, and usually have thin arms and legs.
How do you know if you’re an apple shape?
An apple-shaped woman can easily mistake her body type with a rectangle body type because both have an undefined waistline.
The easiest way of knowing if you’re an apple shape body type is by staring at yourself at the mirror. I know, it sounds awkward, but it’s the best method.
Notice the following things:
– Your waist looks as it measures the same as your bust
– Shoulders look narrow compared to bust and waist
If your answer is yes to both bullet points, then you’re definitely an apple-shaped body.
And remember, apple shapes don’t necessarily have a large belly. What defines an apple-shaped body is an area in which it gains weight more easily, which in this case happens to be the belly.
Getting to know an apple-shaped body
Apple-shaped bodies are usually the ones that are considered “less flattering” only because they tend to have a fuller belly.
But first of all, let’s just ignore any negative comments regarding our bodies and let’s focus on the things you can do to flaunt what you’ve got!
An apple-shaped body has great legs and bust, which is what you should feel proud of. And even if you carry your weight at the waist, there are still many different styling techniques you can do in order to create a gorgeous and balanced figure.
How to dress an apple shape?
Now that we’ve talked about what makes apple body types unique, let’s move on to what to wear to make the most of your figure.
There are a few things that an apple shape woman should focus on when dressing. Let’s call them the “dressing goals”:
– Create a defined waistline
– Slim down the belly area
– Show off legs
The following types of clothes will address exactly these goals. So take notes and remember to have fun in the process!
Flattering dresses for apple shape
1. Wrap dresses
One mistake apple-shaped women make is to wear oversized garments in order to “conceal” their belly. But doing this will sometimes only make you look larger.
An effective and super flattering dressing tip for apple shapes is to wear anything that “wraps” your upper body.
In this case, wrap dresses and apple shapes are the best combo!
Wrap dresses tend to feature a V neckline which flatters an apple shape because not only is the dress’s flowy cut hiding your belly, but the neckline also makes your bust look great!
You can perfectly choose a maxi wrap dress as well. Remember that huge prints will only make you look huge, so opt for medium to small prints.
2. A-line dresses
The best thing about A-line dresses is that their main goal is to either emphasize or create a waistline, which makes them perfect for an apple shaped woman.
A-line dresses are the best type of cut you can wear in order to create the illusion of a waistline. The shape is made to open at the bottom, which means that the upper part (the waist) is narrower than the bottom.
Again, opt for deeper necklines to emphasize your bust. You can add a cute necklace to draw more attention to your bust and neck.
3. Empire waist dresses
There might be some women who won’t wear empire dresses only because they’re usually worn by pregnant women, which is completely understandable.
But empire waist dresses can easily hide your belly as well. My suggestion is to wear this type of dress only if you don’t have a really large belly.
These are some examples of dresses for apple shape that feature an empire waist cut:
4. Trapeze dress
Another flattering dress for apple shaped women is the trapeze style.
This one is all loose and looks, literally, like a trapeze. It’s similar to a shift dress in the sense that both hang loosely from the shoulders, with the difference that trapeze dresses have a wide bottom, whereas shift dresses are completely straight.
What makes these dresses so flattering for apple-shaped bodies is that, by hanging loosely from the shoulders, your belly is left with enough space as to be hidden, and that the opening at the bottom makes the silhouette wider than your belly.
Remember to show off your legs!
But you can always opt for a cute maxi trapeze style too:
Best tops for an apple-shaped body
There are some cute top styles you can wear in order to slim down or hide your belly, and other styles that will help you define your waistline.
1. Peplum with empire waist tops
Opt for peplum tops that feature an empire waist cut. In other words, empire waists that open like an A shape.
This type of tops will help you conceal your belly and will bring attention to your bust, which let’s remember is one of your best assets!
These are some cute example of an empire waist with a peplum drop-tops that will flatter your body:
2. Tunic length tops
Tunic length tops tend to have a loose fit, which makes them ideal for apple-shaped bodies.
Don’t worry, this type of tops is not necessarily the type that grandmas wear. You can find really stylish and modern tunic-length tops.
You can opt for solid color tunic tops and jeans for a cute and casual look:
You can find tunic tops with many different cuts and styles. From empire waist to asymmetrical silhouettes, any style that makes you feel comfortable will do the trick:
3. Bring attention to your shoulders
Any type of top that will make the eye focus (at least a bit) on your shoulders rather than your belly will definitely work.
These are some cute examples:
Best bottoms for an apple-shaped body
1. A-line skirts
Just like A-line dresses, any type of A-line skirt will help you create the illusion of a defined waistline.
You can wear a tight top and a cute jacket to distract the eye from the belly area.
Or opt for a shirt tied right at the waist to slim down that area:
High waisted mini skirts are another great option for apple shaped bodies:
2. Pants with back pockets
Usually, an apple shaped body has a rather flat booty, so opting for pants that have back pockets with designs or contrasting stitches will help you simulate a fuller backside.
3. Bootcut pants
Skinny jeans are great for apple-shaped bodies, but boot cuts definitely take the pie.
As you may remember, an apple shape tends to have skinny legs and a fuller belly, so opting for skinny jeans will only highlight this contrast. That’s why a boot cut jean is ideal for this type of body.
Whether it’s a trouser or a jean, boot cuts are what you need in your wardrobe:
Having a celebrity as a style icon that shares at the same time your body type is a great idea to come up with cute and different outfits that flatter you.
These are some of the most famous apple shaped celebrities:
Catherine Zeta Jones:
All body types are perfect, and even though apple shapes tend to have a large belly, it doesn’t matter as long as you feel confident and sexy.
The best part is that these styling and dressing techniques I showed you will only help you make the most of your body type, boosting your confidence and making you look even more beautiful.
An apple-shaped body is nothing but perfect just the way it is!