Know your body Shape – Part 3 of 4 – Apple

This is the third in the series of four posts about tips to dress better by understanding your body type. In this post, we will explore the “apple” shape. To read more about other shapes you can check our posts on Pear, Rectangle, and Hourglass shapes.

Although everybody and every “body” is different, even within the same shape category, there can be a difference in the way two people may appear. If you don’t fall in the exact definition of apple shape then you may consider mixing and matching shapes to find the right fit for you. It is difficult to categorize your body into just one of the basic body shapes. Be open to possible secondary body shape.

What is Apple shape?

Apple shape can also be referred to as a circular or round shape. This can be easily identified with your body measurements. Before we go further, another aspect of understanding is that an inverted triangle and apple are also somewhat synonymous. Both shapes are known for their bigger upper body, but typically, true apple shapes carry a little more in their midsection while inverted triangles do not and they have slightly broader shoulders.

Another slight variation in shape is the diamond shape body or also known as rhombus shape. Diamond-shaped bodies also have a fuller waist and midsection, but they have slightly narrower shoulders and wider hips. They also carry weight around the upper thighs, with slender arms.


You can be categorised as a rectangle shaped body if –

  • You have a medium to large bust.
  • Your waistline is rather undefined. Your weight tends to form on the stomach.
  • Your shoulders and hips are slightly narrower compared to your big bust and belly.
  • Slim limbs and nice legs
  • Example Body Measurements
    • Shoulder all-around – 44”
    • Bust-46”
    • Waist- 42”
    • Hips-47”
  • You have straight hips and bottom
  • You have very little to no waist definition

So if you fit into the above described body characteristics of true apple, you should consider these below tricks-

Create a balance– Wear outfits that help create a visual balance between your wide shoulders, bust, and waist with narrower hips.

Eye movement- Create focus on the areas you want to highlight, which can help you create curves, lengthen, or emphasize your favorite body parts.

Prints and patterns-  You can also break the outfit at the waist and divide it with top part with diagonal lines, big prints, and texture. These are better for concealing than solid colors.

So while dressing up you may want to consider these points-

  • Dresses with elevated waistlines that are just below the bust can be a good option for you.
  • An empire waist dress can work well as long as there is not too much of gathering at waistband, else it will create unnecessary bulk around the belly and make it look like a maternity wear.
  • A shift or tunic dress , fit and flare dresses which falls straight down, giving just enough space for your tummy area but is not baggy, is good.
  • A wrap dress with a V neck-line is perfect, emphasizing the bust. But do not tie the wrap at your belly area, rather tie it just below your bust at the slimmest part of your waist.
  • Another good style is the drop waist that narrows at your hips leaving nothing tight around your tummy.
  • Dresses that accentuate your shoulders, neckline, or bust and help define the waist.
  • Peplum tops which have a built-in waist that flows out, adding some curve to a less defined area.
  • Off-the-shoulder dresses or tops- Bare skin tends to draw the eye, so show off those shoulders when you have a chance.

You could maybe consider not including too much of these in your wardrobe-

  • Avoid high and narrow necklines that hide your chest and visually narrow your shoulders.
  • Avoid crop tops and tight-fitted shirts that would highlight the wider tummy area.
  •  Stay away from details and embellishments around the midriff area, so as not to attract extra attention to this area.
  • Avoid clingy knits that would show off the wider midriff.
  • Avoid tiered or ruffled skirt styles that would bulk the tummy area.
  • Avoid Very short skirts that would only highlight your midsection and make you look boxy.

Here are a few style references that will work well for you.

V-neck dresses or tops
It helps reveal your collarbone and thus break up a uniformly shaped top half. The bias cut body of this top gives room for the belly without making it look bulky and clingy.  Also, another point to note is that the best hem-length for tops, when worn with pants, is just below your hipbone.

Empire waist dress
This shibori dress with a high waist and loose asymmetric flowly drape will work well for your body shape. For those of you who don’t feel comfortable in exposing your arms, this dress would be a very nice option. The length of this dress is also perfect enough to show those slimmer legs.

This cotton checks dress with starps in bias cut , may also work well for this body type. Moving the focus to the bare shoulders and the bias cut softly drapes down, which emphasizes the body without clinging. The big checkered pattern also does the trick.

Your special party look-

This empire waist Shibori twirl& show dress, in cotton silk is a winner for you. Deep V-neck and high waist of this dress are the perfect combination. It makes your waist appear smaller, just below the bust and helps bring focus to the slimmest part of your body. The long high waist dress also cleverly creates an illusion of more height. Incase you are not comfortable showing your arms,  this dress is perfect answer to all your problems.

Team this up with high heels and some nice neck-piece and earings and voila you are all set to go.

These are few other options

Just to give a better idea, to make it easy to relate to this shape these are the few famous rectangle-shaped celebrities – Elizabeth Hurley, Angelina Jolie, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Drew Barrymore, Oprah Winfrey, and Sonakshi Sinha.


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