If you have an apple body shape, you’ll find that the most flattering dresses balance proportions and create definition. Knowing exactly what looks best on you is the first step in dressing confidently for your shape. This guide will show you the key cuts, silhouettes, and details to look out for when you’re shopping. Keep scrolling for our dress recommendations and style advice on outfitting your figure.
The bottom line
An apple body type—also referred to as a circular or round shape—is determined by the uniformity of one’s body measurements, with your shoulders and hips being the same or slightly narrower than the waistline. (Not sure of your measurements? Watch our video to learn the four you’ll need to know.) When shopping for new dresses to add to your sartorial rotation, there are three things that we recommend apple-shaped women look to achieve:
1. Add length
Whether with vertical stripes, a V-neck, or a longer silhouette, this will elongate your frame.
2. Define your silhouette
Styles with a bit of structure are best for apple body types, as they create a more contoured shape.
3. Highlight fave features
Love your legs? Obsessed with off-the-shoulder? Find dresses that show off your best assets.
The best dresses for an apple shape
Tailored shift dress
This flattering cut offers a slightly loose fit that comfortably floats over the midsection of apple-shaped women thanks to its clean and simple lines. Opt for structured over swingy designs, which will contour your shape. Bonus points if the dress has a banded waist for added definition across the middle of your body. Wear a shift in a multicolored floral print accessorized with simple ankle-strap sandals and hammered gold jewelry.
Made iconic by Diane von Furstenberg, the wrap dress looks amazing on every woman no matter their body type, and works for pretty much any setting or occasion. Whether a functioning wrap or faux, the defining tie cinches the waist to give you some definition. Those who have an apple shape will especially love this versatile number as it creates a V-neck that elongates the upper body. Choose one featuring an of-the-moment print like snakeskin, then pair it with hoop earrings and barely-there sandals.
An empire waist is perfect for playing up the bust and neckline if you have an apple shape. The raised waistline starts just below the bust, which—particularly when paired with an open neckline like this sweetheart style—helps lengthen both your upper body and torso. Pair a floral-print dress with blush-pink drop earrings and a pair of low-heeled sandals.
Midis and maxis
A foolproof trick for flattering a rounder shape is introducing vertical lines. In the most literal sense, this can be achieved with longer dress styles like midis and maxis. No matter your height, dress length is essential with these styles. A midi should hit around mid- to lower calf, while a maxi should skim the tops of your feet. Prepare to shine in a glittery style played up with chandelier earrings and metallic sandals.