An apple shape is one of the most challenging shapes to dress, but you'll look amazing in body skimming clothing that make the most of your best features. Keep things simple and shift the focus to your neckline and your great legs.
Create a defined waist and de-emphasise your mid-section by selecting styles that visually pull you in at the waist.
Paying attention to the cut of your top can flatter your silhouette by drawing attention away from your waistline and accentuate your bust.
Pair your top with a flattering jacket or coat as this stylish extra layer can help camouflage your midriff.
Add detail above the bust-line with a great statement necklace.
When choosing a top, shirt, sweater etc. you should be focusing on taking attention away from your midsection. Necklines should be both wide and low. A wide neckline will help your shoulders look wider and a low neckline will help elongate the body. Embellishments and details around the neckline are also a great way to draw the eye upwards away from your middle. Short sleeves are best for your shape, but ensure you choose loose fitting sleeves. If you prefer a longer sleeve play up your shoulders with gathers and pleats at the shoulder. Sweaters and tops that flare out at the hips will help conceal a bigger tummy and use texture and big prints as these are better for concealing than solid colours. Open cardigans, in draped fits, will also look great on you, just make sure that they end below your hipline for a longer leaner look.
Trousers for apple shapes should aim to minimise the lower body, by skimming not clinging to the body. To disguise your wider mid-section, skirts that are full, tiered or flared are great for this. Wide leg, flowing trousers will be very flattering on you too, but try to choose flat fronted trousers with side fastenings to avoid adding extra bulk around your tummy. When it comes to jeans, the simple styles in the darkest colours are best. Try looser boyfriend, straight cut and bootcut fits. The current trend for fuller skirts will look great on your shape as they skim the body without adding volume. Pencil skirts that are not tight fitting and end no higher than knee length could also work for you, but don’t add bulk to your mid-section by tucking in your top or sweater.
The right dress for your shape will skim over your mid-section without clinging. Shoulder, neckline and sleeve details will draw the eye upwards and hemlines that flare out will take the eye downwards. Loose fit shift dresses are also great for this shape. Another great “one piece” dressing solution is a wide leg jumpsuit with a loosely tied waist.
Pattern, colour and embellishments around your neckline and shoulders are the best way to draw your eye upwards. The easiest way to achieve this is to add a scarf, just make sure it’s wrapped loosely.
Ponchos are also great for apple shapes, plus they’re an easy alternative to a sweater.
Straight-fit longline jackets that skim over your hips will make you appear long and slender and are just perfect for your shape.
Avoid any details, fuss and volume near the bust, tummy or hip area such as double-breasted coats or jackets, high-waisted trousers or waistbands.
Avoid belts of any size and don't be tempted to tuck your tops in.
Avoid skirts that fall above your knee, as these will highlight the difference in proportion between your top and bottom half.