Apple Shape Figure

The apple is a wonderful fruit. However, apple-shaped women don’t always feel as wonderful.

You see, an apple shaped body tends to have a softer fuller middle with slim thighs and upper shapely legs.

She often has fuller breasts, thinner hips and thighs and a flatter rear end than most.  A protruding tummy is also common among the Apples and is a source of much frustration and low self esteem for many of them.

When Apples gain weight, they have a tendency to gain in the midsection, they usually grow thick around the middle down to the thighs. So not all apples are curvy and overweight but generally, all have larger upper body and wider shoulder. This is down to the fact that Apple shaped women have higher androgen levels compared to women with other body types. The high androgen level leads to the skeleton developing in a more masculine pattern and fat is mainly distributed in the chest, face and abdomen.

The main traits of your apple shaped body are:

  1. Larger Bust.
  2. Broader Shoulders.
  3. Narrower Hips
  4. Less Defined Waist

The goal here is balance, that is, to make your torso look longer and make your shoulders and waist appear slimmer. We want to draw attention away from your tummy up to that beautiful face and all those other assets. You don’t have to cover those curves up Apples. So stop wearing those frumpy sweat shirts and tent dresses that are just blah and do nothing to bring out that fabulous person inside.

Tops and Blouses for Apple Shaped Women:

tops apple figureChoose clothes that skim and not cling. Flowing silks and soft cottons tailored in simple designs gives you soft silhouettes rather than emphasize those extra curves. And best of all, these fabrics are comfortable.

Dress in monochromatic or just a single colour with different shades rather than many colours. Different coloured top and bottom cuts your body in half but monochromes will make you look longer. Darker solid colours tops with small designs make your top half look slimmer. If you really want a top with some pattern, choose ones that have darker colours around the midsection with the pattern along the top to bring the eyes towards your chest and face and away from your tummy. Avoid bold patterns, large checks and light colours above your waist unless you want to look bigger.

Wear tops with a long shirttails and rounded hems to camouflage the tummy. Wrap around tops, fitted but not tight, create folds over the stomach area. Tops with V-necks are a good choice because they pull the eye away from your shoulders while accentuating your best features. Avoid showing too much cleavage, though or else you’d end up with a look that’s less than flattering. Avoid low cut tops, too, basically for the same reason. Instead wear shirts with high necklines or thick straps.

A cami or tank top with a matching jacket is always good during short walks or trips to the grocery. Baggy tops that that have puffy or full sleeves make your shoulders and arms look bigger so avoid them.

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Jackets and Coats for Apple Shaped Women:

coats apple figuresBelted jackets give the illusion of a smaller waist and trim your tummy.

Jackets should fall right below the waist to mid-thigh and never at the widest part of your hips because it will make your hips look wider.

Wear jackets and blazers open for the best vertical lines and to lengthen your body. Stay away from shoulder pads and shoulder gathers and pleats because your shoulders are already perfect as they are.

Avoid excess fabric over bust, around tummy and hips, to do this choose simple tailored jackets that nip in at your waist or belted jackets to give the illusion of a smaller waist and this will trim in your tummy area.

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Skirts and Trousers for Apple Shaped Women:

skirts apple figuresWear shorter dresses and skirts to draw the eye towards your wonderful hips and thighs. Shorter could mean about 1 to 5 inches above the knee. An A-line skirt could give you an hourglass shape.

Find skirts and pants with flat fronts or better yet those that clasp on the side or with zippers at the side or back. Avoid pockets, pleats and gathers near the waist because this will add inches to your tummy. Chiffons and silks make great skirts for Apples and you could even try bold patterns and colours with this fabric in mind.

Stay away from bottoms that are too tight or pants and skirts that are perfectly straight because these will also make you look bigger on top. Try boot-cut and flared legs for pants and A-lines for skirts to make you look leaner.

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Jeans styles for Apples shaped Women

ideal jeans apple figureApply some basic guidelines when shopping for jeans to flatter your Apple shape.

Buy jeans that have a flat front and with a rise that is lower than your natural waist, avoid tucks and button up jeans as they will add bulk onto your tummy area.

As you have a smaller bottom you can choose Jeans with back pockets that have flaps and this will make you look like you have a bigger, curvier rear.

Boot cut jeans can be an excellent choice as the wider leg can draw the eye down from the waist and create a balanced look.

Apples can have the pick when it comes to denim jean colours! Choosing jeans that are of lighter shades are great as they will add shape to your thighs.

The darker denims can still be great for you, however be aware that darker colours can make your hips appear smaller still and can draw attention to the larger abdomen and chest.

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Dresses for Apple Shaped Women

dress apple figuresThe apple body type is one of the more challenging ones to dress.

When choosing the right dress for you drop-waist dresses, which hit somewhere around the hipbones, or empire waist dresses which have a raised waist are good choices.

Try and find dresses that fit the body but just skim the waist line which will help with not drawing attention to your middle section.

Halter neck and puffy sleeved dresses should be avoided as they will only accentuate your upper body and make it appear wider. Instead a more flattering neckline for a full bust is the V-neck or a plunging neckline as they make the body appear less rounded.

A fuller skirt will balance out your top heavy figure. A line skirts and empire waists can work well by drawing attention to your midsection and away from your heavier top.

What ever you do stay away from skin tight dresses and clingy fabrics, use the shape of dresses to create curves in the right places and disguise your fuller tummy!

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Bikini Styles for Apple Shaped Women:

beachwear apple figureTo create that body balance the apple needs to take emphasis away from the bust, shoulders and stomach and draw the eye to the bottom half of your body. As bikinis can be bought as separates they can be easily mixed and matched, allowing you to using design, pattern and colour to create that perfect bikini for an apple shaped woman. The one piece bathing suit should be chosen carefully for your figure shape.

When looking for swimsuits the same guidelines will apply, whether you are looking for a costume for swimming, sunbathing or just beach wear the ideal one piece will have wider straps and possibly also have an un-padded inner bust and stomach support too.

The ideal swimsuit will have a plain top half design that will visually reduce the bust area and a patterned bottom are that will put emphasis on the lower half and balance out the figure.

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Underwear for Apple Shaped Women:

underwear apple body shapeDon’t forget that what you wear underneath your well chosen clothes also makes a difference too! Because our Apples tend to have larger breasts, it is essential to choose a well-fitted bra that provides the correct lift and support you need. The right bra completes the enhancement and should also be comfortable to wear. With larger breasts it’s also a good idea to go for a professional measurement from time to time, an estimated 80% of women are actually wearing the wrong bra size. Incorrectly fitting bras can result in puckering, rubbing and even back pain, not to mention the obvious spilling out of bigger bosoms!

Wonder knickers and control pants can be classed as tools of the trade when it comes to Apple shaped ladies! Perfect for hugging in those tummies, the new second generation of slimming pants are becoming common place sales lines in most clothing departments and for young and old alike. Control pants and briefs are becoming highly recommended for keeping a flatter tummy and control of any wobbly bits.

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Apple Shaped Celebrities

celebrity apple figuresCelebrities like Jennifer Hudson, Elizabeth Hurley and Rosie O’Donnell are just some of the apple shaped women we know.

If you are unsure of your body shape then check out the article on finding out my body shape

Slim Apple shaped celebrities include Angelina Jolie, Tyra Banks and even Catherin Zeta-Jones.

Once you have mastered how to shop for your beautiful apple shape there will be a new lease of life to your wardrobe collection and better fun putting outfits together so, celebrate your apple shaped body and don’t forget to top your fabulous outfits with a smile!


  1. The picture at the top is not an apple shaped person. Nor are any of the models in the tiny pictures. It would have been much better to show photo examples of real apple shaped women rather than just describe it with words.

  2. Thankful for all the information but could you please show pictures for each article of clothing you mentioned so that we know what we are shopping for please!

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