How to Style Apple Shape Body
Anyone with an apple-shaped body out there? Sometimes it feels like in a sea of body types, the apple-shaped body is one least talked about. What is an apple shaped body? How do you dress an apple shaped body? What looks best on an apple shaped body? If you have a full, rounded stomach with no defined waist, I’m giving you my top tips on how to style apple shape body.
What is an apple shaped body?
Before I get into the tips, I want to make sure you know exactly what an apple shape body is. People with an apple shaped body tend to carry most of their weight in their midsection. This makes the midsection the widest part of the body. As a woman with an apple shaped body, I thought it was impossible to look good while with a bigger belly. I’m here to tell you firsthand that anybody in any shape can look amazing. There are a few tips and tricks anyone with an apple shape body can do to dress stylishly.
Tip number 1: Redirect your focal point
With having all of the weight in the midsection, the trick to styling an apple shaped body is to find a new focal point for the eyes to focus on. One of the easiest things you can do is wear a v-neck paired with some sort of necklace. V-necks open up your chest area, drawing the eyes there and away from the midsection. Find v-neck T-shirts and sweaters to your wardrobe. With dresses, look for a wrap dress that gives that similar v-neck look. Having pieces with side slits makes the piece a bit more forgiving around the midsection by not clinging to the waist.
Tip number 2: Find a new waist
Many may say to never tuck anything in or wear a belt if you have an apple shaped body. Yes, belting or tucking things in on the widest part of your body can accentuate your waste. The key is to redefine your waist. Instead of tightening a belt around your natural waist, go a bit highter. This is the smallest part of your body and will give your body more shape when.
Tip number 3: Wear high waisted anything
Honestly, try to wear high-waisted anything. From leggings to jeggings, shorts, and denim pants, the higher the better. Since apple-shaped bodies are prone to muffin tops and basically the belly overflowing (lol what a description), high-waisted pants make the belly area feel more secure. Madewell has some really good quality high-waisted denim jeans.
Tip number 4: Peplum tops and Empire Waists are your best friend
Peplum tops and empire-waisted tops do are amazing for apple shaped bodies. This is because it does a great job at loosely covering the midsection, giving your body some shape at the same time. Similar to tip number 2, the way this item is structure gives the illusion of having a waist, something apple-shaped bodies can lack. You can even add a belt to define the waist even more.
Tip number 5: Wear items with side slits
One of the easiest ways you can wear things that are form-fitting without hugging your midsection is by find items with side slits. Having side slits make it more forgiving around the midsection. This way, you won’t need to wear anything too large or oversized in order for it to fit around your midsection. The side slits give that area a bit more room to breathe and easily drape over and flow down your body.
Tip number 6: Look for items that give your body more shape
Click here too see an example of a dress that has extra fabric around the hips, making the body appear to have a more hourglass figure. Clothing items like this are amazing for apple-shaped bodies. You can also use color to your advantage. You can find dresses that have a design to give you the illusion of a smaller waist. By wearing a lighter color in the front, but a darker contrast towards the sides, you can see how this can play a trick on your eyes to make it appear as if you have a smaller waist.
Tip number 7: Break oversized outfits up with layers
If you have on a dress or a top that lacks shape making you appear larger, break it up by throwing on layers like a vest or a duster. Dusters and vests are perfect layers to add on vertical lines to your outfit, elongating your body. If it’s too hot to wear extra layers, you can have the same effect with a long, lightweight scarf.
Pro tip: use color blocking to break it up even further. Use a darker layer on top of a lighter colored top to break it up even more.
Tip number 8: Don’t hide your body
PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DO NOT WEAR OVERSIZED CLOTHES TO HIDE YOUR BODY! This is unflattering no matter what body shape you have. Embrace your curves and love the skin that you’re in. It’s all about working with what you have and finding the right pieces for your body type.
Always remember that apple shaped bodies is just another unique body type. Our bodies are just as loved as a pear shaped body or any other body shape out there. Love your body and the skin that you’re in! Hope this helped any apple shaped bods out there!