How To Dress For The Apple Body Shape: The Ultimate Guide!

Do you have an apple body shape?

Whether you’ve tried some outfits, gotten some tips and tricks from your favorite social media influencers, borrowed some clothing from your girlfriends or even attempted to recreate a look that you’ve seen your favorite celebrity rocking, it’s normal to be frustrated with your style. 

How To Dress For The Apple Body Shape: The Ultimate Guide!

If you want to dress in a way that flatters your body type, this ultimate guide to the apple body shape is for you!

In this article, we are going to be taking a closer look at what the apple body shape is, what it looks like, as well as how you can flatter your body type while styling it.

You know what to do – just keep on reading to discover how you can dress the apple body shape here. Scroll on!

What Is The Apple Body Shape?

Before we jump any further into this guide, we first want to take a moment to explore what the apple body shape actually is, as this will help you to better understand if you have one, as well as how to style it.

To help simplify this, we’re going to breaking down what the basics traits of an apple body shape look like:

You have broader shoulders that sit in line with your hips. Although, keep in mind that your shoulders and hips can be narrower in width than your midsection area.

Your bust size tends to range from an average bust size all the way to a much fuller bust size.

The fullest area of your body is situated around your stomach area, as well as the waistline area.

In other words, this is the area where your body holds the most weight naturally, but this does not mean that you have a large or pronounced midsection area.

Your back area is an area of your body that can also carry the majority of weight, although you can say that your bottom is mainly flat.

You can say that you have a wide midriff, or a wider waistline area.

You likely have very slim, toned arms with lovely long legs! 

The apple body shape, which is also sometimes referred to as an oval body shape, is characterized by bodies that have a larger bust, smaller hips as well as an undefined waist. 

Due to this, when dressing up an apple body shape, it is recommended that you add more fullness to the bottom, as this will help to pull focus away from the midsection. 

This can also help to define the waist a little more as the body will appear to be larger on the bottom.

In our next section, we are going to be sharing with you some of our top tricks and tips for dressing an apple body shape.

Whenever you’re ready, just keep scrolling down to discover.

How To Dress The Apple Body Shape

Now that we have taken a closer look at what the apple body shape actually is, we are now going to be sharing with you some tips and tricks for dressing for this particular body type.

Let’s take a look at them below:

1. Choose Clothes That Define Your Waistline

Since the Apple body shape tends to carry most of the weight around the midsection, you should choose clothing that help to accentuate your waistline and make it appear smaller. 

This is a lot easier to do than you might think!

Choosing clothes such as dresses and tops that have a defined waistline, (for example, wrap dresses or tops with a belt or cinched waist) can help you to create an hourglass shape that will flatter your waist beautifully. 

2. Opt For V-Neck Tops And Dresses

Another awesome tip that we have to share with you is to consider wearing more V-neck tops!

V-neck tops (and even V-neck dresses) are the perfect option for styling for the Apple body shape as they draw attention to your upper body and create a more elongated silhouette. 

In addition to this, we also recommend that you avoid wearing tops and dresses that have high necklines, as they can sometimes make your upper body appear larger.

While this is totally fine (especially if it makes you feel comfortable) if you want to help add proportion, you’ll want to avoid this. 

3. Opt For A-Line Skirts And Dresses

A-line skirts and dresses are perfect for the Apple body shape as they create a more balanced silhouette. Wondering why this is?

Well, the flare of the A-line skirt or dress that you will be wearing will be able to add fantastic volume to the lower body, which will be able to effectively balance out the broader shoulders and wider midsection that are typically associated with the Apple body shape.

4. Say Yes To Form-Fitting Clothing!

The next tip that we have to share with you is to consider wearing form-fitting clothing!

If you would like to bring more proportion into your body and create the illusion of an hourglass or pear body shape, then we recommend that you consider wearing form-fitting clothing.

By opting to wear form-fitting clothing, you will be able to show off your already beautiful natural shape, while also having the ability to pull focus to your natural long legs and slim arms.

As well as this, form-fitting clothing will also allow for a sculpting effect that will help to make your waist appear smaller, which will also help to emphasize your hips and make them appear wider.

As well as this, we also recommend that you avoid wearing bulky clothing, as this will potentially make your upper body appear larger.

Of course, if you want to help make the illusion of a pear or hourglass body shape, then you can most definitely consider wearing bulkier clothing on your lower body.

5. Choose The Right Fabrics

Another great style tip that we have to share with you is to opt for fabrics that are going to be able to flatter your natural body shape beautifully.

That being said, you are going to want to opt for fabrics that will be able to drape well over your body, such as silk, chiffon, and even cotton.

All of these fabrics will be able to offer a loose-fitting yet form-fitting silhouette that will not only drape your body shape beautifully, but will also help to flatter and accentuate as these types of fabric are going to be able to fall gently over the curves of your body. 

On the other hand, if you want to bring balance into your natural body shape and help to flatter your natural body shape, we also recommend that you consider avoiding fabrics that are structured or overly stiff to move in.

This is because, besides being uncomfortable to move around in,  they can also potentially add more focus to the upper body.

6. Accessorize Strategically

Another great way that you can accentuate the beauty of your natural body shape is to wear accessories that will help to pull focus away from certain body areas, as well as accentuate other areas.

For example, you should consider wearing longer necklaces, as this will help to elongate your decolletage area. 

Along with this, wearing belts around the waist can be used to help define the area and make your midsection appear smaller, while smaller, dainty earrings can help to make the upper body appear smaller. 

7. Embrace Shapewear!

Last but certainly not least, the final tip that we have to share with you is to consider wearing shapewear.

Now, shapewear clothing can be utilized by all different body shapes and sizes to help smooth, sculpt and define – and the apple body shape is certainly no exception to this! 

If you weren’t already aware, shapewear has the fantastic ability to tone and define the body, which can in turn help to create a more balanced and toned silhouette in clothing.

That being said, if you have an apple body shape and you want to help balance out your body to achieve a smaller waist and wider hips, then we highly recommend that you consider opting for shapewear that is effectively targeted towards the midsection. 

If you’re not too sure of where to start with shapewear, that’s not a problem.

Like we have already briefly mentioned above, if you have an apple body shape, you’re going to want to go for shapewear that is targeted towards the midsection area. 

So, we highly recommend that you opt for shapewear such as high-waisted briefs, full body shaping dresses and even sculpting camisoles.

All of these will have the ability to help create a more balanced body shape that will be in proportion both in the upper and lower body areas, while also helping to define the waist to make it appear smaller.

Style Advice For The Apple Body Shape

Now that you have taken the time to read through our mini style guide above for dressing the apple body shape, we hope that you now have a few pointers that you can use to go away and begin styling your body to feel both confident and comfortable!

However, before you start shopping around for a new wardrobe, we highly recommend that you take a few moments to spend some time thinking about what your personal style goals are.

Not only is this the perfect way to gain a better idea of what style goals you have, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to celebrate your body. 

So, all that being said, we highly recommend that you take a moment to spend around 5 to 10 minutes brainstorming the following things:

  • Think about 3-5 parts of your body that you love the most, and make a note of some of the main body parts that you would like to highlight and pull focus to with your clothing and accessory choices.
  • Think about some of the areas of your body that you have a neutral feeling towards and make a note so that you don’t forget.
  • Make a note of any parts of your body that you want to pull focus away from. Usually, this will be just 1 or 2 body parts, but if you don’t have any at all – then this is even better! 

How Does The Apple Body Differ To Other Body Shapes?

This is another common question that many people with the apple body shape tend to find themselves asking.

Generally speaking, the Apple body shape is one of many body shape terms that are commonly used to describe a female’s natural physical appearance. 

Some of the other common body shapes are the pear, hourglass and rectangle body shapes – and each type of body shape is beautiful in its very own way.

Compared to the other common body shapes, the apple body shape differs from the rest because it is characterized by broader shoulders, a smaller lower body as well as a wider midsection. 

In contrast to this, the pear body shape is characterized by a smaller upper body and broader hips, with a defined waist, while the Hourglass body shape has a well-balanced upper and lower body, typically with a defined waist. 

As for the Rectangle body shape? Well, this body shape is characterized by a straighter silhouette with a slightly wider waist, as well as equal proportions of the upper and lower body.

No matter what body shape you have, it’s key to remember that everyone’s body shape has its unique characteristics to keep in mind when it comes to dressing  it. 

The Bottom Line

There we have it – you have made it to the end of the guide!

Now that you have taken the time to read through this guide, we hope that we have been able to help you in learning more about the apple body shape, as well as providing you with style inspiration if you have this beautiful body shape. 

Ultimately, dressing for the Apple body shape is all about creating balance and accentuating your waistline.

By following these tips, you can create a more flattering and confident look that showcases your unique body shape.

Remember, confidence is key, and the most important thing is to wear what makes you feel comfortable and beautiful.

Before you click off, we just want to take a moment to remind you that, regardless of what body shape you might have, all bodies are beautiful and worthy.

As well as this, the style advice we have shared with you is simply intended to help provide you with inspiration, and you should make sure that you are dressing in accordance with what makes you feel comfortable and confident. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes An Apple Body Shape?

This is a great question to ask. Generally speaking, the Apple body shape is typically caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors, although it is most commonly caused by genetics.

This is because there are some women that are just naturally predisposed to carrying weight around their midsection due to genetics, as well as having naturally wider shoulders and a narrower lower body area.

However, there are some lifestyle factors that can influence a person’s body to be apple shaped, such as diet and lifestyle.

Is An Apple A Good Body Shape?

Yes, the Apple body shape is absolutely a good, healthy body shape. Each body shape has its unique features and beauty, and the apple body shape is absolutely no exception to this.

While people with an Apple body shape may have a larger upper body and a less defined waist, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this.

In addition, they often tend to have toned legs and arms, which can be showcased in flattering clothing styles such as dresses and shorts!

It’s important to note that body shape is just one aspect of a person’s physical appearance and should never be the sole determinant of a person’s self-worth.

Every body shape is beautiful and unique in its own way, and it’s absolutely essential to focus on overall health and general well-being rather than striving to fit into just one specific body shape.

So, that being said, if you have an Apple body shape, you should focus on dressing in a way that highlights your best features and makes you feel confident and comfortable.

You can, of course, experiment with clothing styles that accentuate your lower body while creating the illusion of a more defined waistline.

Jessica White
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