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How to Dress if You Have an Apple Shaped Body

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Dress if You Have an Apple Shaped Body

Knowing how to highlight your best features and hide your flaws is key to looking incredible at all times, no matter what your body shape. There are all sorts of different body shapes, but in this OneHowTo article, we?ll focus primarily on apple shaped bodies, which are voluptuous and curvaceous. Read on to learn how to dress if you have an apple shaped body and follow our tips on how to look drop-dead gorgeous all the time.

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What is an apple shaped body?

An apple shaped body is rounded, with an accumulation of fat around the abdomen area and no defined waist. Women with this body type tend to have:

  • A thick back
  • Round shoulders
  • Big breasts
  • Broad and undefined waist
  • Wide hips

Therefore, the goal when dressing and selecting the appropriate clothing should be to conceal the roundness and shape the figure. Choose clothes that slim down the figure and make you look svelte. Some celebrities with this body type are Adele, Queen Latifah and Amber Riley. Here we'll explain the golden rules to follow if you have an apple body shape.

How to Dress if You Have an Apple Shaped Body - What is an apple shaped body?

Loose shirts and blouses

To conceal a tummy, go for sweatshirts, blouses, shirts, etc., that are loose and made from light fabrics, which fall naturally. Avoid tight-fitting, clingy clothing that will accentuate any of your flabbier areas.

In addition, draw attention to the shoulders and legs, thus diverting attention away from the belly. For this, low-cut, rounded or v-necklines are best. On those occasions when you want to create an impact, go for bright necklaces that capture the eye and make you look truly spectacular.

If your arms are wide or too thick, hide them with shirts or blouses that have three-quarter or Japanese-style sleeves, or ones that come up to the forearm.

Empire cut dresses and flared skirts

The ideal dresses for women with apple body shapes are empire cuts, especially when they are tighter on the bust area with a low v-neckline, and looser from the waist down. They enhance your assets and slim down the tummy and hip area. Avoid super-tight, frilly dresses, or those that have contrasting fabrics and patterns, as these will only add more volume to your figure.

Likewise, flared skirts in light fabrics are a great option, as well as those with a straight cut. When you try on a skirt, make sure that it ends at the thinnest part of your leg. This will make your legs look super sexy and svelte. Avoid skirts with pleats, folds and creases like the plague.

How to Dress if You Have an Apple Shaped Body - Empire cut dresses and flared skirts

Blazer and jackets to the hip

Blazers have become very fashionable and are also very versatile, They add a touch of chic and sophistication to any look, from the most formal to the most casual. Girls with apple body shapes will look great in blazers or jackets that end at the hips, especially those with a V cut and with a maximum of two buttons in the middle.

If you want to look slimmer when wearing these jackets, a simple trick is to tie you hair up in a ponytail, a braid or a bun. This will enhance the neckline and make it look longer and thinner.

How to Dress if You Have an Apple Shaped Body - Blazer and jackets to the hip

Straight trousers

When choosing the right trousers, go for straight cuts without any added details or beading. This is the best choice to make legs look thinner and elongated, which can be further accentuated with high-heels.

Another tip to bear in mind is to choose high-waisted or medium-waisted trousers. Avoid low-cut or hipster jeans at all costs as these will draw more attention to your tummy area.

How to Dress if You Have an Apple Shaped Body - Straight trousers

Dark colours

There is no doubt that dark colors slim the figure by creating the illusion of less volume. You'll look so svelte and sexy! Therefore, girls with this body type should opt for block colors in dark shades , such as navy, bottle green, dark grey, etc. This does not mean that your wardrobe has to be filled with dark clothes. Add a splash of color with accessories and jewelry. Mix and max to see what suits you best. If you need some help, see our article on How to combine the colors in clothes.

How to Dress if You Have an Apple Shaped Body - Dark colours

What you should avoid...

There are certain garments or fabrics that are unflattering if you have an apple body shape and should be avoided at all costs. Here are some of them:

  • Bright, tight or pleated fabrics.
  • Large prints and many layers.
  • Short or balloon-type skirts.
  • Tight, flared, beaded, trousers, or those with clips, pockets, etc.
  • Tops with thin straps or crop-tops.
  • Short waist jackets or bolero type jackets

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