Apple shaped women have larger midsections, but often have slim arms and shapely legs. If you're an apple shaped woman, wear one of theses dress styles to flatter your figure.
1. V-Neck Dresses
V-neck dresses flatter the apple shaped figure by drawing attention away from the shoulders and towards the bustline. Apple shaped women often have shapely busts, and should be sure to wear supportive, well fitting bras that show off their busts to the best advantage.
Dresses with low cut, curving necklines have the same effect on the apple shaped figure as those with V-necks.
2. Dresses with Empire Waistlines
Empire waistlines emphasize the bust, which is exactly what the apple shaped woman should do to call attention away from her larger midsection. Dresses with empire waistlines fall in a straight line from the bust to hide the midsection, and have a slimming effect on the apple shaped figure.
3. Above the Knee Dresses
Apple shaped women often have shapely, attractive legs, so if you're an apple shaped woman, consider showing off this asset. A dress that ends above the knee can show off your legs, and a pair of low heeled, pretty shoes will draw attention to your dainty feet and ankles.
4. Dresses with Full Skirts
A dress with a full skirt will flatter the apple shaped figure by hiding the midsection. Don't wear your skirts too loose, however, or they'll look baggy. Choose a dress with a skirt that's tight enough to give your figure a shapely appearance, but loose enough so that the fabric isn't skin tight, as this will make you look larger than you are.
5. Dresses in Solid Colors and Small Prints
Apple shaped women should avoid bright, multicolored dresses and large prints that catch the eye and instead wear colors and patterns that have a slimming effect. Dark colors, like black, burgundy, royal purple and navy blue, are flattering to the apple shaped figure. Soft pastel colors also have a slimming effect, as do small patterns like polka dots or tiny flowers; just avoid any garish, eye catching patterns or colors that will draw attention to your midsection.
6. Dresses that Draw Attention to the Bust
Apple shaped women often have shapely busts, and drawing attention upward to the bust has a slimming effect. Look for dresses with embellishments like lace, beads, embroidery or shirring around the bust. Wear a supportive bra for the best effect.
7. Dresses that Hang Straight
Any dress style that hangs in a straight line from the shoulder will flatter the apple shaped figure. Avoid A-line dresses and other dresses with a gather at the waist, as these styles will make your midsection look larger than it is. Choose a dress that's full enough to hide your figure, but not so full as to be baggy.
Your dress should give your apple shaped figure a more shapely appearance, without revealing folds or curves that you'd rather hide.