Dressing for an apple shape

Whatever your shape or size, here at LavenderLime we know that it can often be a difficult task finding the clothing that best flatters your figure. Our ethos has always centred around having fun with fashion and finding the pieces that make you look and feel your best and giving you that extra bit of confidence. One thing that helps when it comes to navigating both in-person and online shopping is to have an idea of our different body types, as this helps to give us an idea of our best features and how to draw focus to them.

We've given you the low-down on the pear-shape body, so today we're looking at another classic silhouette: the apple body shape. So, what is an apple body shape?

An apple body shape is characterised as having comparatively broader shoulders than their hips, with a larger bust and waist compared to their proportionally slimmer legs. If you tend to carry weight most around your midriff, don’t have a well-defined waist but boast slim hips and legs, you’re likely to have an apple shaped body type. If this sounds like you to a T, we’ve created a guide for choosing apple body shape clothes, including how to dress a plus size apple body shape. So let’s take a look...

What Clothes To Wear For An Apple Body Shape

When it comes to what clothes to wear for an apple shape, there are several key tips to keep in mind. As ladies with an apple shaped body carry their weight around their middle and have broader shoulders, the main goal when picking out outfits is to even out your proportions by drawing the eye to either your decolletage or enviable legs instead. Some easy dressing tips for apple shapes include:

    • Choosing V-neck tops and dresses
    • Opting for A-line fits
    • Avoiding halter-necks and shoulder-baring tops
    • Finding flattering, floaty tunics
    • Avoiding clingy materials in favour of relaxed fits

Following these general tips will help you pick out the figure-flattering, slimming clothes for apple shapes, which will help you feel super confident and ready to take on the world! All these tips apply for a plus size apple body shape too, it couldn’t be simpler.

Dresses For Apple Shapes

Find choosing the right dress to fit and flatter your apple figure a minefield? Whether you’re updating your casual wardrobe or trying to find the perfect partywear for a special occasion, choosing the right cut is key to feeling confident in your choice.

So, what are the best dresses for the apple shape?

While you may be tempted to cover your body with loose garments in the hope to hide and lumps or bumps, in most cases, this can actually be counterproductive and can simply make you look larger. Instead, try opting for one of the following best dresses for apple shapes:

  • Swing style dresses

As swing dresses are designed to skim over your stomach and flare out to the hem, they can help draw the eye away from the tummy and towards your slender legs.

  • Skater dresses 

A skater dress is the queen of illusion. This classic style is a favourite when it comes to dresses for apple shapes, as the flattering flare out design gives you a nipped-in waist and provides the impression of an hourglass silhouette.  

  • Full-skirted & flared dresses 

Similarly, dresses that feature a full or exaggerated flared skirt are also great dresses for apple shapes, as they help to balance out your shoulders by drawing focus to the lower half of the body.  

  • Wrap dresses 

Wrap dresses are another winner for an apple shape body, as they can draw attention to your neck and elegant decolletage. They’re also perfect for accentuating your bust while discreetly hiding any bumps at your waistline. 

  • Structured shift dresses 

And finally, a classic ‘60s-style shift dress can also be a winning option for an apple body type, as the shape skims past your waistline while highlighting your slimmer legs. To avoid material clinging around your middle, try opting for a more structured material such as natural linen and cotton.

Tops For Apple Shapes

When it comes to the best tops for apple shapes, there are a few things to look out for.

Choosing tops for apple shape figures can be surprisingly easy, although picking a substantial fabric that will streamline your look from bust through to your hips is essential. Fabrics such as jersey can sometimes cling to the skin in an unflattering manner – instead, more structured, billowy fabrics such as linen are ideal for apple shapes.

In terms of style, the best tops for apple shapes follow the same rules as dresses for the apple shape (this is so easy isn’t it!). V-neck tops can be an excellent choice to help elongate the neck and, working in a similar way, wrap tops can be extremely flattering too. Additionally, look for tops that highlight your body at the slimmest point, which is usually directly underneath your bust. These shapes will give your body the hourglass effect, accentuating all your best bits and skimming over the bits you’d rather keep hidden!

Top detailing can also make a big difference to apple-shaped ladies. Look out for tops or T-shirts with a ruched or twisted front, as this simple trick can work wonders for cleverly concealing your stomach. They also add detail to your outfit so you don’t have to worry about accessorising with chunky necklaces – it’s just getting easier and easier!

Trousers For Apple Shapes

If you have an apple body type, choosing the right pair of trousers or jeans can work wonders for minimising your middle and showing off your slimmer hips while balancing your body's proportions. Often, the main issue for apple shape figures is finding trousers that fit both your slim legs and proportionally bigger waist, but we’ve got some tips to help. As much as it’s important to look great, you want to be comfortable too!

Can apple shapes wear skinny jeans? The answer is yes! You don’t need to avoid skinny trousers if your body is apple-shaped. Skinny jeans and pants are typically cut to hug the legs tightly and will show off your slim legs and narrower hips, which are some of an apple body's best assets. However, when choosing skinny jeans or trousers as an apple shape, opt for ones with a high elastic mix in the fabric content for a more comfortable fit around your middle. A winning look for apple shapes is pairing skinny pants with a tunic or relaxed shirt, as this will both highlight your legs while helping conceal your middle section. These slimming trousers will have everyone envious of your figure!

While skinny trousers are a winner, apple shapes should try to avoid wide-leg trousers or anything too baggy because this will hide your slimmest area and conceal one of your best features. This doesn’t mean you can’t try straight leg, belted or bootcut trousers though.

Whichever style of trouser you opt for, apple shapes need to pay attention to the rise of the trousers and where the waistband hits your midsection. A low-rise trouser will only highlight your stomach, while a high-rise trouser can also accentuate your tummy, rather than conceal it. Instead, a mid-rise trouser provides a smooth waistline.

When it comes to fit, these jeans should be snug enough to give you shape, but shouldn’t squeeze you too tightly. If you find jeans dig in when you sit down, try opting for an elasticated waistband. Finding a comfortable fit will give you even more confidence in what you’re wearing!

Now you know what clothes to buy for an apple shaped body, you can easily pick out the outfits that will flatter your figure and ensure you feel confident in any situation. From the perfect tops to jeans and dresses for apple shapes, we’ve got a variety of different options. So explore your wardrobe and start showing off your best bits with style!

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