Dress for Your Body Shape: Apple Shape

Apple body shape is the most difficult shape to dress but you can learn it just by following these simple styling tips! This type of body is top heavy, with a big bust, undefined waistline, narrow hips and thin legs.

It sometimes, but not always, have also a rounded tummy, which is the weak point of this shape. It is also probably the most difficult shape to dress but most definitely not an unattractive one!

In fact, some of the most gorgeous and famous celebs have it, such as Drew Barrymore, Catherine Zeta Jones, Tyra Banks and Angelina Jolie.

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The key in learning how to dress for the apple body shape is to focus on the slim and gorgeous legs. You should always try to wear clothes that draw the attention away from your waist and your midsection and create more balance in the body or that will actually create a waist. For this reason, structured pieces of clothing are your best bet, as they will add definition and, if you are a bit curvy, hide the extra weight.

Another part to focus the attention on is the cleavage, which in this shape is definitely abundant. A great, supportive bra will make all the difference for you, so make sure to choose the right one!

Here are the top styling rules to dress for the apple shape!

Dresses and Skirts

Any garment that skims down over your midsection will look great on the apple shape. For this reason, the perfect dresses for you are those with an empire waist or a bias cut, or, even better, the wrap dresses.

Always make sure that the dress you are wearing highlights your bust through low necklines, such as a V neck that will also have the effect of elongating you. A belt is also a great tool that will help you in this and will add a slimming definition.

Go for short dresses and skirts that will show off your legs. The ideal length is half thigh. If the hem reaches the knees it is still acceptable, but avoid maxi skirts that will make you look larger and shapeless.

A low waist skirt is better than a high waist one, which can cause some problems in the area of the belly. Go for a flared skirt or an a-line one that will make your waist look smaller!

Dresses and Skirts for Apple shaped women


You should always try to elongate your top with some styling tricks such as using a V neck that will have, as previously mentioned in the dresses, a slimming effect. Choose tops also with embellishments around the neckline and on the shoulder area that will attract the attention to your bust and slim limbs. Shoulder details such as puffy sleeves and shoulder pads will also help in this sense.

Go for an imperial waist also for the tops, that is tight just under the breast and skims down over your tummy.

Long tops that float away from your waist and midsection will help you to balance out your apple shape.

Stay away from ruches and frills that add bulk to your top part, but choose instead simple and draping fabrics that will have a more slimming effect.

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In order to balance your top heavy silhouette, choose flared and wide leg jeans and pants. However, do not exaggerate! You do not want to hide those gorgeous legs! Boot cut pants will also look great on your apple shape.

Avoid skinny jeans and fitted pants that will accentuate your thin legs and consequently make your top part look heavier. The only way you can wear them is with a pair of knee-high boots that will add volume.

Keep in mind to never add bulk to your hips or hide your lower body in baggy pants!

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Statement and eye-catching necklaces are perfect to draw the attention upwards and also chunky earrings will have the same effect.

Go also for colorful scarves, tied around the neck!

Accessories for Apple shaped women


Any kind of boots, especially knee-high and over-the-knee ones, will be great for the apple shaped woman as they will add volume to your thin legs making them look more proportionate. Anyhow, you are one of those lucky ones that can wear any kind of shoes, so go for it girl!

Shoes for Apple shaped women

Because, as I have mentioned at the beginning, this is a difficult body shape to dress, all this tips I have given you might seem a bit overwhelming  at first sight.

However, the main thing to keep in mind if you have an apple body shape is to check that what you are wearing focuses the attention on the shoulders, the neckline and the legs, taking it away from your waist and midsection.


When it comes to hairstyles, the goal is to create balance by drawing attention away from the upper body and towards the face and lower body. Here are some hairdress ideas for an apple body shape:

  1. Shoulder-length hair: A shoulder-length haircut is a great choice for an apple body shape, as it draws attention away from the upper body and towards the face. Soft layers and side-swept bangs can add dimension and movement to the hair.
  2. Pixie cut: A short pixie cut can be a great choice for an apple body shape, as it adds height and draws attention upwards towards the face. A pixie cut with longer layers on top can create the illusion of a longer, more balanced silhouette.
  3. Long layers: If you prefer longer hair, opt for long layers that start at the jawline or below. This will create movement and help to balance out the upper body.
  4. Side part: A deep side part can add balance to an apple body shape by creating a diagonal line that draws the eye down towards the lower body.
  5. Waves: Soft, loose waves can add volume and movement to the hair, drawing attention away from the upper body. Use a curling iron or hot rollers to create loose waves or beachy curls.

Remember, the key to choosing a hairstyle for an apple body shape is to create balance and draw attention away from the upper body. Experiment with different styles and find what works best for you and your unique features.

Also remember to try to accentuate the waist with wide belts, worn quite high, just under the bust, and made in stretchy materials!

About the author

Stephanie Reed

Stephanie has written for many online and printed magazines and she is now working as the editor of So Vain, which she founded, but also as a fashion consultant and stylist.


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