Dresses for Apple Shaped Women

You don’t need to hide your upper body in a little black dress if you have wide shoulders. Instead, look for body-balancing details like the trendy asymmetrical neckline, like the one-shoulder style.

dresses for apple figures

Avoid puffy sleeves or voluminous tops paired with slim bottoms that will exaggerate your shoulder width. Disguise a thick waist in a little black dress by either raising, lowering or eliminating the waistline.

This dress works by skimming the body without defining the waist.  A drop-waist dress, which hits somewhere around the hipbones, or empire waist dresses which have a raised waist are other good choices. Balance a top-heavy figure in a little black dress by opting for the most flattering

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


The main traits of your apple shaped body are:

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

Apple bodies should avoid halter, heavily decorated, off-the shoulder, and boat necklines as these accentuate your already broad shoulders. Try to avoid puffy sleeves or big tops in combination with slim bottoms. This will exaggerate your wider shoulders as well. Strapless and scoop necklines work nicely, as do soft, rounded necklines with a narrow bodice. Stay away from heavily embellished bodices however. The most flattering neckline for a full bust is the V-neck or a plunging neckline as they make the body appear less round.

A fuller skirt on a dress will also balance your fuller bust. Choose fabrics that aren’t too clingy or stiff. An empire waist can also work well by drawing attention to your midsection and away from your heavier top. Necklines for the full bust: the V-neck, square neck, wrap or portrait style. Look for fabrics that skim (jersey is good), but aren’t clingy or too stiff. Also, avoid ornate necklines, embellished bodices and blouse styles.

Check out our fabulous selection of women’s dresses online to find that perfect day dresses, party dresses, evening dresses and even prom dresses from a range of online shops.

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