Which-shape-are-youAPPLE SHAPED BODY

Most people mistake a pear-shaped body for an apple-shaped body. An apple shaped-body is heavy in the middle and above the waist, while a pear-shaped body is heavier below the waist and in the upper thighs. Here are some other characteristics of the apple-shaped body;

  • Hips and shoulders have the same width; waistline has the same width or is wider.
  • You gain weight mainly around the waist, at least in proportion to the other parts of your body.
  • You probably have slender lower legs and arms.
  • Your high hip is wider than your lower hip.
  • Your bust and/or midriff are larger than your hips.
  • You might be short waited.
  • Your thighs or hips are probably the narrowest part of your body.


Factors To Consider

dress-apple-shaped-bodyYour horizontal Apple body shape along with vertical body figure (are you short-legged/long waisted or short-waisted/long legged?), height and body scale are important factors to consider when dressing your body shape.

If you for example have a short waist you’ll benefit from wearing long tops that visually elongate your waist because it’ll slim your midsection. On the other hand, if you have short legs, focus on your lengthening your legs with simple bottom styles or pair a long top with a short and structured jacket

You will want to take attention away from your middle, since it’s already full. To draw attention away from your middle, avoid low shorts or pants, high-cut shirts, or any fabric length that cuts off below or above your middle. You’ll want to distract people from your middle by directing their attention elsewhere or by creating more definition in your waistline.

  • You should also avoid wearing an outfit with a different pattern in the belly area. This will draw more attention to your belly.
  • Avoid wearing thick belts, which will draw more attention to your middle.
  • Avoid clingy shirts or dresses, which will also draw attention to your middle.


  • Statement and eye-catching necklaces are perfect to draw the attention upwards and also chunky earrings will have the same effect.
  • Go also for colorful scarves, tied around the neck!


What not to wear?

  • Big puffy jackets
  • Big shapeless garments that don’t show any waist or don’t use vertical layers
  • Bulky trousers with lots of pockets and zippers at the front
  • High necklines (you can wear lighter tops underneath a layering piece as shown in the top image)
  • Tight clingy T-shirts
  • Avoid wearing everything in one solid color. Better to mix color with a texture or to use several layers in different colors to create vertical lines