Find out what to wear to fit and flatter your apple body shape. A bit of smart shopping and clever dressing could make all the difference. In true Essentials style, we’ve done the hard work for you — here’s our guide to finding the most flattering clothes for an apple body shape.
How do you know if you have an apple body shape?
- Apple body shapes tend to carry their weight on the top half of their bodies, mainly in the bust and tummy areas, so you’ll look your best in clothing that makes you look taller and slims down your mid-section.
- You don’t have much of a waist.
- You have great legs and your friends are jealous of your impressive cleavage, so your clothing choices should make the most of these assets.
Remember that the trick to looking and feeling your best is to wear clothing you’re comfortable in, so try not to take fashion ‘rules’ too seriously – they’re really just guidelines to what shapes and cuts of clothing are most flattering on your particular body shape.
Apple body shape: What you SHOULD wear
- Longer length jackets and tops that sit just below the hip bone are the most flattering for your apple body shape.
- Choose single breasted coats, and those with a deep V-neck to avoid adding bulk to your frame.
- Go for flattering A-line, flared skirts.
- Wide leg jeans and trousers can balance out a fuller tummy.
- V-shaped necklines will elongate your body (and show off one of your best assets!).
- You can’t go wrong with tops and dresses that are fitted over the bust area, cinch in under your bust then skim over your tummy.
- When in doubt, throw on a simple wrap dress — it will nip you in under the bust, bring attention to the smallest part of your mid-section, show off your legs and flatter your bust!
- Don’t be afraid to wear short dresses or skirts — you have great legs so you really should be putting them on display!
- A good bra will lift your bust, making your waist look slimmer and your torso longer.
- Belts that sit in the smallest part of your mid-section — for apples, this is usually just above the natural waist — can be flattering, but don’t choose anything too chunky or wide.
Apple body shape: What NOT to wear
- Short jackets that end at your waist and double-breasted coats will make your middle look wider than it is.
- Tucking in your tops and shirts will make you appear shorter and draw attention to the widest part of your body.
- Skinny jeans — yes, we love them but they’re unflattering on most body shapes. Instead, go for boot-leg jeans.
- Polo necks. Your body (and especially your cleavage) looks great in a deep V neckline. If it’s cold, opt for a scarf instead.