The apple body shape is one that has narrower shoulders and hips, with a wide, undefined waistline. This is one of the more frustrating body shapes when it comes to finding properly fitting clothing because most clothing styles are made for narrower waistlines and wider hips. The biggest problem that many women complain about is the fact that most tops feel tight at the waist or that pants sag too much at the hips and buttocks.
When it comes to the apple body, the main purpose of the clothing will be to balance the top and bottom with the waistline. Get styles that will add shape to the bust and hips, while also draw the eye away from the waist. This will create a more proportional look, which will make you look slimmer.
Look for tops that accentuate the bust by wearing a lower-cut neckline. V-neck, drape neck, scoop neck and sweetheart necklines are all great choices to draw the eye up and away from the midsection. Also avoid tops that are very form-fitting or have a lot of detail at the waist since they will only make your waist area look larger.
Another thing to consider is the length of the top. Many apple-shaped women will have a shorter midsection, giving them a squat or compact look up top. Try to avoid cropped tops or anything that sits above the hips. If you wear longer tops that drop just past the hips, it will elongate and slim your body. Empire waist tops are a great choice, since they have detail above the waist and gently flare out to the hips.
The best pants to help balance out a wide waist would be boot cut or flared, but if you have a great pair of legs, you can also show them off with a pair of skinny style pants. The key is to choose a mid-rise waist since this will give you the best coverage without the worry of the infamous “muffin top”. Avoid low-rise pants since they will only emphasize a wide waist.
When it comes to skirts, try to find styles that sit just below the waist. Choose flared, a-line or pleated styles that will add more shape in the hip and balance out the waist. Many apple-shaped women have great legs, which easily allows them to wear shorter skirt styles that show off slimmer calves and thighs. While maxi skirt styles are a possibility for apple-shaped women, they will only suit those who have longer legs.
The best dress styles that help balance out the body from the waist are those that hide the waistline. Look for a-line and empire waist styles that flare out from above the waist, or try looser styles that flare out from the hip area. Also, avoid getting dresses that have too much detail (ruching, cinching or ruffles) around the waistline, they will only add bulk and draw attention to the waist. Finally, look for lower necklines like v-neck, sweetheart and cowl necks that draw the eyes up to the chest.