Styling Tips for Plus Size Apple Shapes

I keep getting requests for styling tips for plus size apple shapes.  

But, before I even get into my tips, I feel like I need to emphasize the following:

When it comes to styling tips, tricks, guidelines, and suggestions, please ALWAYS remember…

  • Fashion is meant to be fun, creative, and an expression of the self.  There are NO RULES.
  • Ultimately wear what you want.  Wear what makes you feel good and brings you joy.
  • Everyone is unique.  No suggestion will work for everyone because everyone is different.  Some people are short, tall, long torso, short legs, small bust, big bust, no waist, wide hips, etc.  I could go on and on.  We are all unique combinations.  Use what works for you.  Disregard what doesn’t.
  • Experiment!  Because you are unique, you are going to have to experiment.  Try out some of my suggestions.  Use what you like.

Styling Tips for Plus Size Apple Shapes

Styling Plus Size Apple Shapes - Apple Shape Outfits Plus Size - Plus Size Fashion for Women - Alexa Webb

From image, clockwise: Waterfall Cardigan (similar), Wrap Dress, Bootcut Jeans, Empire Top, Long Tassel Necklace, Swing Dress (similar), Boyfriend Jeans (similar), Wrap Top (similar), Swing Dress (similar),  Long Necklace (similar), Straight Leg Trousers

Are you a plus size apple shape?

So let’s start with figuring out who this applies to.  

The apple shape applies to more plus size women than most realize!

There are two types of apples, in my opinion.  

Those who are always apples (“born apples”) and those who become apples when they gain weight (“new apples”).

Both are styled very similarly, but I bring this up so that some folks might see that although they used to be a pear or an hourglass, their tummy has become rounded, making them more of an apple-shape.


Compare my mom and I for example.  

My mom is tall with a long torso.  

And she is a “born apple,” she carries ALL of her weight in her belly.  She has skinny arms and long lean legs.

I, on the other hand, was an hourglass.  

I’ve got hips, booty, thunder thighs, and wings for arms.

But, when I gain weight beyond a size 18/20, I really become more of an apple shape because my midsection becomes so rounded and filled out, that my natural waist is no longer the smallest part of my body.  

I become a “new apple.”

So, although my mom and I still look very different, we often dress similarly because of our large(r) midsections.

Born Apples

  • Remain apple-shaped regardless of size or weight gain/loss
  • Carry weight in their tummy
  • Average to large breasts
  • Have small(er) legs and arms

New Apples

  • Are not apple-shaped unless they gain a certain amount of weight
  • Can become an apple-shape during peri-menopause as weight gain in the tummy is a characteristic
  • Carry weight all over and have proportional legs and arms

Why should these seemingly different body shapes be styled similarly?

Because the ultimate goal of styling these shapes is to minimize the tummy, create the illusion of a defined waist, and/or play up other features.  

And once you learn how to do this, you can recreate the same “faux” silhouette time and time again.

I can look at catalog/website images of clothes and immediately know whether something is going to look good on me or not.  

It is second nature and I take it for granted.  But I will teach you how to do this too!

Styling Plus Size Apple Goals

  • Minimize the tummy
  • Create the illusion of a waist
  • Play up positive features
  • Create a new silhouette

How do we achieve these goals?  Let’s start with the top and work our way down.

Styling Tips for Plus Size Apple Shapes

Your favorite neckline is going to be a V-neck or deep V-neck.  

This is going to visually draw the eye up and divide the width of your shoulders and chest.

And since we are bringing the eyes up, invest in a good bra.  Keep those girls up!  A scoop neck, especially a lower scoop works well also.

Whether you are looking for dresses, tunics, or tops, look for:

  • empire waists
  • wrap styles
  • swing
  • trapeze
  • babydoll
  • skater
  • a-line
  • peplum (only peplum styles with a high/empire waist)

Plus Size Dresses for Apple Shapes

A New Silhouette

As I was trying to show in my poorly drawn Instagram post, you can create a new waistline by choosing clothing with a waistband, elastic, belt, tie, etc., at the smallest part of your torso, just under the bust (classically referred to as the empire waist).

This includes adding your own belt to swing and trapeze styles.

One of my favorite work tops looks like a shapeless muumuu that’s been cut at the hip.  

It looks ridiculous until I add a belt.  

Then it is fabulous!

Plus Size Tops and Tunics for Apple Shapes


Special Circumstances

But I have a couple of special circumstances or caveats to add.

First, if you have a small bust, this may not work as well for you.  

Because there is not a large difference in the width of the bust and width of the “new waist” (just under the bust), you may be unable to get that new faux waist silhouette.  

That’s ok.

You can still look for most of the styles listed above, but you’re going to look best in the trapeze, swing, and wrap styles.

My mom is a great example, she is a classic apple with a small bust, and she looks like a million bucks in these basic a-line tunics

They bring the eye up to her decolletage and face, skim over her tummy (camouflage), and create a long line.

But Won’t I Look Pregnant?

Second, I often hear, “that [insert empire waist/babydoll top or dress] will make me look pregnant.”

Yes, often maternity clothing does come in similar styles.  

Because often pregnant women become apple-shaped with large tummies and these styles are the most flattering to that shape.

So, you might look pregnant, either by virtue of wearing a style of clothing that is common to maternity wear, or because you share the same shape as a pregnant woman, regardless of what you are wearing.

For example, I can easily look pregnant in a flattering empire waist tunic or skin-tight bodycon dress, because that is just my shape.

I have a big tummy like a pregnant woman.  

It happens!

But I am going to look better in the empire waist tunic than the bodycon dress.  

And to me, that’s what matters.

More Plus Size Apple Shape Dresses

Top Layers for Plus Size Apple Shapes

Next, let’s talk about layers!  

Top your look with a structured single-breasted blazer with a nice v-shape, with the point of the V or button just below the bust.  

Make sure it fits your shoulders.

Wear it open with a flowy layer under it or a scarf on top of it.  

The shape of the blazer becomes your new shape, so look for a structured feminine shape.

Also look for open, long, draped, and “waterfall” cardigans or toppers.

Bottoms for Plus Size Apple Shapes

As for jeans and trousers, the ideal is to balance out the tummy with a bootcut or straight leg.  

Even a boyfriend cut is flattering.

Some stylists will tell you to stay away from skinny jeans and jeggings.  

But I feel like most people aren’t flattered by a skinny jean, except maybe very tall thin models.

But, the skinny leg is in style.  

So instead of shying away from them, try to wear them in a more flattering way.

When apple-shaped, wear skinny jeans and jeggings with a long swing or empire waist tunic, a draped cardigan or some combination.

Classic apples have shapely legs (I’m jealous), so I think they are an asset to show off.

When putting together a skinny jean outfit, think of how great an apple looks in a mini swing dress and just add skinny jeans.  

That is the silhouette you are looking for.  I hope that makes sense.

So hopefully you have a better idea of what to pick when shopping for your apple shape.  

And remember to always experiment!

Plus Size Apple Shapes

Styling Plus Size Apple Shapes - Plus Size Fashion for Women - Alexa Webb

From image, clockwise: Wrap Dress, Bootcut Jeans (similar), Long Necklace (similar), Pleated Tunic (similar), Boyfriend Jeans, Empire Top (similar), Empire Dress (similar), Belt (similar), Waterfall Cardigan (similar, similar)

If you have any questions, please leave in the comments below.  

This post is just the first in a series about dressing for your plus size shape. 

For more styling educational posts like this one, go here.  If you’re a pear, go here and if you’re an inverted triangle or strawberry, go here

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109 thoughts on “Styling Tips for Plus Size Apple Shapes

  1. Brava… This is one of the most detailed well informed articles I’ve read.
    A raving reubenesque “new apple” gal!

      1. Just found your blog. Great article and sure helped me.
        Thank you,
        I like the idea of the waterfall cardigan , it would look better on me. Where can I find one

  2. Great post. This helps clear up the shape question for me since I didn’t feel like I fit. I’m definitely a new apple, short with small breasts. Thanks!

  3. These ideas are wonderful.

    HOWEVER, above the knee skirts and dresses do noting for a BBW except draw the eye to the wider parts of the body. If you are “dressing for success”- knee length or below is much more “appropriate” ( and at 60, having been in multi settings in my career, and, at one time almost 700 lbs, I know). Don’t give the wrong impression please

    1. While I prefer below my knee, there’s much unsaid in your post. Length below the knee can often make your legs look bigger if the dress cuts off at the wrong place. IE, mid calf etc. Today, many women, even older, wear leggings or tights to make shorter styles more acceptable. And it really depends on who the “bbw” as you call it IS. Alexa did a great job with this info.

      1. Thank you, Dottie. I didn’t directly discuss hemlines. Most of the dresses I feature are at the knee , which is the most common hemline you’re going to find for plus sizes. There are a lot of variables, such as trends, age, height, leg shape, etc.. Like I said in the beginning of the post, it is really about your preference and experimentation. 🙂

  4. Great post … As I get older … And rounder …!!!! It is harder and harder to dress and still look good here Southern California …. Great ideas …. Keep them coming …. ?

  5. Alexa, if I were with you now I would give you a great big hug!!!! Thanks for listening and posting a blog entry for dressing us apples out here!!! I loved the suggestions. This post is very much appreciated. Thanks again!

  6. Alexa, you are my go-to fashionista on the web. Thank you for the great information, I feel like you wrote it just for me. Keep those great outfits coming!

  7. I love your blog and this is great info, I really needed it and appreciate your eye for fashion. I always struggle with what to wear and sometimes feel overwhelmed when I am shopping in stores, with your help I can now start to put together new things and figure out what works for me.

  8. Hi Alexa! Thank you SO much for all the info and tips you provide. I have a tough time finding a great structured blazer. I’m a born apple shape, so it’s tough to find a nice flattering blazer. Any suggestions?

    Same with jeans. All the jeans I bind always have extra material in the butt area. I can never find a quality jeans that are the perfect. Suggestions?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Rose,
      Did you check out some of the blazers linked above? You want to make sure the blazer fits in the shoulders, that is the most important thing.

      My mom is a born apple and loves the Torrid jeggings, as do I, a “new apple,” but I was also told by an apple that they didn’t work for her. My mom and I usually get a size lower than usual.

      I would also try the Smooth & Comfort Rockstar jeans from Old Navy.

      Let me know how you make out!

  9. It would be great on your outfit posts if you said which body type this style could be flattering on. To me, a lot of plus size caters to hourglass. Thanks for the Apple tips.

    1. Hi Christine,
      I can do that. In my opinion, most outfits can be tweaked to be more flattering for apples. For example, if I have a basic outfit, like a cardigan, tee, and jeans- choose a swing tee or tunic instead of a basic tee. That’s why I think it’s so important to learn about the best options and how to create a new silhouette, then you really know what to look for and what changes to make. 🙂 Thank you for your input. I really appreciate it!

  10. Hi Alexa! Love the post and the photos help me tons when trying to figure out different styles. I do have a question… What about skirts? I love them but not sure what style to purchase. I’m a classic apple, lean legs, heavy midsection, and small bust. Please help!!

  11. Hello Alexa, I love your posts. They are very helpful. I am a born apple that looks very pregnant. I have trouble with work dress pants. I try to stick with straight leg because others just have wide legs that are not flattering. Skinny pants are okay but I think I need something in between, like a slim fit pant. I also can’t wear heals or pointy flats due to foot problems. Any suggestions for shoes that can still be stylish with these outfits. Thank you!!!

    1. Hi Kelly,
      Maybe try a slim boot, which is really slim in the hips and thigh and then has a boot cut at the bottom? Also, I’m going to work on putting together some posts on wide width shoes in the next month or so. So stay tuned! 🙂

  12. Love your post! Who says plus size can’t be trendy, right? I like how you emphasized that in fashion we should ultimately wear what we want, and wear what makes us feel good and brings you joy. I think it’s also nice to know that there are plus size boutiques out there that cater to plus-sized women.

  13. Hi, I’m a new apple but with an under active thyroid, I have a large saggy stomach due to constant weight gaining and losing, I always buy longer tops but for once I’d live to wear a skirt with a top tucked in but how do I hide my stomach? It really hangs

    1. Hi Jackie,
      I understand your issue. I too have saggy stomach problems. What first comes to my mind is shapewear. Specifically something to give you a little lift and to hold you in. What I have found is that briefs and bodysuits are much better for giving a lift than the shorts or leggings types. These shapes tend to pull and hold the stomach up. So first I would try a brief or high waisted brief. Like these: (firmer control with straps that hook to your bra) or (lighter control, but more comfortable).

      And if those don’t do enough for you (or you are wearing something that is more bodycon), try an open-bust bodysuit like this: or The straps will offer even more support and “lift.”

      This smooth base should give you more confidence when trying different skirt/top combinations.

  14. How do I build a warwardrobe of foundation prices to wear under my clothes. Where do I start. I like a lot of under garments in sets.

    1. Hi Deborah,
      Are you talking about shapewear or just undergarments? If you are talking about shapewear, what type of issues are you trying to address (i.e., overall smoothing, creating a waist, lifting/holding in a tummy)? Please get back to me and hopefully I can help you find some things.

  15. Hi! I am trying to figure out if I am a pear shape or am an apple shape. My Hispanic genes has given me a large behind and my weight gain has given me large thighs. I do have a weight-gain-looking stomach, but I don’t look pregnant. I think I am an apple due to the fact that my stomach is not flat, and sweater material and cotton tend to hug and accentuate my large behind. Based on my description, would you agree that I am an apple?

  16. Love the amount of detail in the article. Only concern is that the images used to demonstrate the styles you are suggesting for apple shapes are not of larger plus size women with a whole lot in the middle. It’s hard to imagine how any of those styles would look when the models are all but flat in the middle. 🙁

    Otherwise, great article. I especially love how honest you were about peplum, empire waist, etc. making you look preggers. I have the same issue being a “new apple”. I used to kill it with peplum, having a large lower half – full hips, thick thighs…typical Latina. But this gut, it’s taken me by surprise and I have no idea how to dress it. I am slowly finding my way back to fabulousness.

    I do find, for anyone out there listening and having the same issue, that blouses that are fitted at the bust (NOT TIGHT) and looser below without cinching the waist, something like a trapeze dress that hits at the hips, is very flattering. Also, tops with a side split that runs up to the smallest part of the waist. Man, I can’t get enough of those. Super flattering.

    1. Hi Tina,
      Thanks for the feedback! I agree, it is often difficult to imagine what clothes look like on a variety of bodies when the average plus size model has an hourglass figure and flat tummy! 🙁

      And yes, trapeze tunics rock! I appreciate your input.

      Thanks for reading!

    2. Exactly!!
      I would like to see more realistic versions of apple shaped women!
      Most of these women were not true Apple shaped!!

      1. I don’t think any of the models are apple-shaped. Models are typically not apples. And I cannot afford to purchase everything discussed and then find and pay apple-shaped models for photographs.

        The images are simply links to examples of the styles I discuss in the post. The point of the content is to share my knowledge with the written words. I assume people will read what I wrote and understand.

  17. I just love your post and style. Especially the more budget friendly!

    I think I’m an apple shape but in your article you say apple have nice legs. I don’t think my legs would be described as nice. Most of my life I’ve been “bottom heavy” (big booty and thunder thighs) and smaller on top. But I wouldn’t say my hips were wider then my shoulders so I never thought of myself as pear shaped. As I have gotten older everything has gotten bigger especially the batwing arms and but and thighs. So much so that I am at a loss as to how to not look sloppy. Too often I size up so tops will fit my arms and end up looking like I’m wearing a tent. Sigh. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Hi Kristie,
      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      Do you find that you have the arm-fitting issue with knit tops or blouses/jackets with stretch? I am just curious if you might consider either getting a tailor to take in the “tent-like” tops that fit your arms or start with getting some custom sized clothes, for example, eShakti offers custom sizing for a nominal fee. Also, have you thought about adding a belt or choosing tops with an empire waist?

      I think I need more information to make more suggestions. But, I will say the best way to go from sloppy to chic is a tailor!

  18. This is literally the best article about fit for Apple Shapes ever. Whenever I try to buy plus size clothing it looks horrible because I have no bottom and my legs are smaller. This helps me significantly.

  19. Happy to find this article and gain some insight. I’ve been trying to figure out what on earth to put on this “born this way” apple body for years. I am so incredibly insecure about my body. I try so hard to COVER IT ALL UP. I wear a lot of black, things that don’t cling, but I crave color. Any ideas on how to improve body acceptance/ self esteem?
    I just don’t know where to start! I believe I will start to shop for a blazer/jacket.

  20. Thank you! I am using your tips as I work through a series of exercises for designing my wardrobe. It’s helping me narrow down what patterns I should make. As a “new” apple and someone who’s not good at fashion/outfits, your advice is very helpful.

  21. Alexa,
    Thank you so much for this! It’s so detailed and I understood exactly what you meant by each example. Thanks for the pictures, that helped tremendously. You’re a Godsend for us plus size women who are looking to be stylish and work with the shapes we have attained or have been given.

  22. Thanks so much Alexa, as a ‘new apple’ I totally forgot I had legs. Crazy as that sounds! No longer will I be hiding my entire body to conceal my round tummy. Am pulling out the fake tan (and a razor lol) before hitting the shops for skirts and wrap dresses ?

  23. Thank you, Alexa! I love the tone of your blog. I think I am an Apple, or maybe a rectangle? Large stomach, but measurements quite similar across bust, waist, and hips (size 24-26). But I think your tips would work for either shape, no? Just discovered your blog and I love how detailed and sensible and encouraging this post is. I’ve recently been trying to get up my courage to buy a jacket online since I can’t find one I like where I live (Australia), and I think you have helped me narrow my shortlist and I’ll be favouring single breasted over double (goodbye pea coats) and going for something between hip and mid-thigh. Can I get your opinion on A-line coats for an Apple, please?

    1. Hi Marianne,
      An A-Line Coat should work well for an apple. I know you said your waist is a similar measurement to your bust, but how about just under your bust, before the fullness of the belly? Is that “faux waistline” smaller, if so, I would also recommend you look for skirted coats, which I prefer for my shape. Here are some coats that I recently bought or caught my eye: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

      Hope that helps!

  24. Thanks, Alexa! Yes, I do have a slightly smaller faux waistline (great term). I particularly like #3 from Torrid, and I would be very curious to see if any of those work on me. This was the one I had in mind when I asked the question, though the color doesn’t really suit me: I am now eager to go through my wardrobe inspired and armed with new knowledge. 🙂 I look forward to checking out your other posts.

    1. Hi Marianne,
      That shape coat, like the one from Torrid, can be very flattering, but it’s important that 1) it fits correctly, dipping in just under the bust at the “faux waist,” which often means that 2) your bust must be big enough / there is a large enough difference in measurement of your bust and the smaller “faux waist,” if that makes any sense!

      I definitely think the Lands End coat is also a great choice to give you some shape as well. And will work better than the others if you don’t meet those first 2 criteria I listed/you have a smaller bust.

      Let me know how you make out. I would love to hear if you find something great! 🙂

    1. Hi Pauline,
      That is a great question, it sounds like you might be an inverted triangle. Are you hips noticeably more narrow than your bust or shoulders? (Inverted Triangle) More often we look at shoulder width and hip width in relation to waist. But a larger bust can throw things off, visually. When you look in the mirror do you see a balance between your upper (shoulder/bust) and lower (hips) body with a defined smaller waist between? (Hourglass w a large bust) Or are your measurements roughly the same, no defined waist? (Rectangle) Or do you have a large tummy (no defined waist) with a slightly larger bust? (Apple)

      In my opinion, especially in plus sizes, it is more about looking in the mirror than measurements. If you can give me some more information I can help you narrow it down more.

      1. I don’t know if anyone else would notice that my hips are narrower (!), but I’m 51″ around the chest, 43″ waist, and 48″ around the widest part of my hips. I wear an “H” cup. I’d like some idea of what I should be wearing/styles that don’t accentuate my bust and flatter my shape. I once read that if you’re busty, you should avoid round necks, cowl necks, turtle necks, bateau neck lines, etc and shoot for V necks. Is that true? I tend to wear the same style over and over but in varying colors – i.e. camisole or sleeveless T topped with longer open cardigan/sweater over pants. I have a whole closet of it. So boring 🙁

        1. Hi Pauline,
          It sounds to me like you might be an hourglass with a large bust. Does that sound right to you? You are fairly balanced with a smaller waist?

          It sounds to me like you are pretty self-conscious about your bust size. And while I completely understand that, as we all have things that bother us about our bodies, I think that might be an area to work on improving your body image.

          I am in no way saying that in a judgmental way. I can easily list at least 10 areas I am actively working on improving the way I feel about. In this society, as a woman, especially a plus size woman, we have insane unrealistic “beauty ideals” shoved down our throats all day every day.

          But, what I am saying, is that it sounds like you are pretty proportional and you have a fairly defined waist. And let me tell you, MANY (many) women would LOVE to have that kind of balance. So try to keep that in mind when you find yourself being critical or having negative thoughts about your shape.

          All of that said, you are correct, those who are broad/large busted will be more flattered by V-necks, especially deeper Vs. The reason is that it visually splits the width in half, draws the eye up to the open space (your decolletage) and face. Having the chest, especially the upper chest covered, like in the case of a crew neck or turtleneck, will only make the size of your bust look larger/wider.

          But, I also want to say, your “uniform” of the tee under a cardigan worn open is another really smart way to visually split the bust size in half, similar to the idea of a deep V top/dress. So kudos to your for figuring that out!

          Maybe try to build off of that theme by trying different prints or a kimono instead of a cardigan. Also, cardigans come in duster length, making them more interesting and chic. Maybe pair them with an over-the-knee boot or a v-neck swing dress? Have you considered a blazer with nice princess seaming, with a closure under the bust, worn open though, maybe even with a peplum to give you some balance. Something like this one.

          But, as I said, I really think the main things you can do are

          1) Experiment. I can help you with “guidelines” but ultimately you need to look at what works for your unique shape and they only way to do that is trying things with an open mind, which brings me to #2…

          2) Work on your mindset. Try to think of your shape in a more positive light. Because if you’re really uncomfortable with your shape, no matter what you wear, you won’t feel good about it. And that is the goal- to feel awesome! Seek out images of plus size bloggers, for example, who have a large bust. See how great they look. Check out Kristine of TrendyCurvy’s IG for some inspo!

          3) And bear in mind that you really want things to fit you properly to truly flatter. You may need to get yourself a tailor to help fit things off-the-rack. Often if someone has a difficult time buying off the rack, I suggest trying a company like eShakti, which offers customizing and custom sizing, for just an extra $10. You take the measurements yourself and the clothing will fit like a glove! You can read about some of my purchases here.

          I hope this helps you on your style journey!!!

          1. Thank you so much for such a thorough response – I never thought of myself that way, but I guess I am a busty hourglass! You absolutely picked up on how self-consciousness I am, and I realize I need to work on that. Having gone back to work and needing to look my best after having worked from home in pajamas for so many years, buying clothes that I feel good in has been a challenge. There were times when I left a store and burst into tears the moment I shut my car door as the experience was so depressing. Your blog has been an inspiration and I’ve received quite a few compliments over the last few weeks as I’m slowly evolving a style of my own. Your words will ring in my ears when I next shop, and I’m going to remind myself that I could totally rock every outfit and be just as fierce as Kristina over at TrendyCurvy. Actually, that’s a total lie as I’m the least fierce person I know, but I’ll shoot for a little bit of feisty; it’s good to start somewhere, right?! Thanks again for the advice, tips and links. And I will definitely try eShakti out. I truly appreciate all your advice and look forward to new posts on your blog 🙂

  25. I don’t know if anyone else would notice that my hips are narrower (!), but I’m 51″ around the chest, 43″ waist, and 48″ around the widest part of my hips. I wear an “H” cup. I’d like some idea of what I should be wearing/styles that don’t accentuate my bust and flatter my shape. I once read that if you’re busty, you should avoid round necks, cowl necks, turtle necks, bateau neck lines, etc and shoot for V necks. Is that true? I tend to wear the same style over and over but in varying colors – i.e. camisole or sleeveless T topped with longer open cardigan/sweater over pants. I have a whole closet of it. So boring 🙁

  26. This was a great article and reinforced what I like to wear and I think looks best on me. I always follow the Apple shape suggestions because I do have a definite belly and want to deemphasize it. But many of the tests out there classify me as a rectangle. I think I look terrible in rectangle clothes. I am overweight and short, 5 feet tall, and my measurements are 45 inch shoulder span, 45 inch bust, 40 inch natural waist, 45 inch hips. I am also short-waisted and come much closer to wearing regular length pants than a regular length jacket. I have to have a petite jacket. Any advice? Good stores to shop in? My favorite brand, when I can afford it, is Misook.

  27. Hi,
    I’ve just read your article with interest. A major issue I find though is getting clothing to fit! My waist is bigger than my hips. Always has been regardless of my size. Clothing just isn’t designed for apple shapes. And don’t get me started on jackets! It’s so frustrating.

  28. I am a newbie with long legs, so I end up with my pants looking just a tad too short and dresses looking more like shirts. Plus folks of height are not yet on fashion’s radar. I have noticed that many plus sized pant makes make the pants with a shorter inseam than regular sized pants (by an inch). Do you know of a pant that is tall?

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      I am working on adding tall resources to my shopping guide. I do know that Torrid and Eloquii offer multiple inseams in some of their pants. Check out Alloy for jeans. I should have more ideas soon!

  29. Am I the only apple with bust bigger than hips? There is no way an empire waist, trapeze, swing is flattering. Nor is it my smallest dimension. I can’t find anything that fits. I didn’t have this struggle as a straight size – including armholes that extend below my bust. Men’s clothes fit better than plus sizes. I like to feel feminine. Am I doomed to never having anything pretty? Never wearing a dress again? And I’m tall.

    1. It sounds like you might not be an apple, who, typically, are largest at their midsection/stomach. It sounds like you are an inverted triangle shape. If that is the case, you’re correct that an empire waist will not be as flattering. You should look for true wrap (adjustable) styles, fit-and-flare dresses in structured fabrics and a-line skirts. One of your largest issues will be getting dresses to fit properly, so you may have to get an tailor for investment pieces. I also recommend getting custom sized dresses from eShakti. They are AMAZING! The quality is so good for the price and you can take the measurements yourself! I have complete confidence that once you know your true body shape, what silhouettes flatter you, and where to shop, you’ll have a closet full of pretty dresses!

  30. The concept of “new apple” answers so many questions, since I have an hourglass silhouette from the front and not the slim legs of a born apple. Thank you!
    I’m curious about your suggestion to wear belts. It seems to me a belt at the waist would make me look even more like Humpty Dumpty, while a belt right under the bust would emphasize my bust, which doesn’t need any help. I do understand that not all styles will work for all apples, but I’d have thought belts would be bad for everyone.

    1. Hi Suzanna,
      So glad you found the post helpful. Yes, belts aren’t for everyone. But, they absolutely can look good on some plus size people, myself included. I just posted this on Facebook the other day demonstrating this idea.

  31. This was very very helpful thank you! I am a curvy girl. not hugely over weight but definitely not skinny. oftentimes it’s hard to find things in between the two. All body sizes are beautiful! it’s just helpful to find outfits that make you feel good and look good. Again thank you for these helpful outfit ideas!

  32. Thanks a lot for your helpful advices, I live in Spain and I don’t know where I can buy so beautiful clothes that you recommend us.
    Congrats for you job!

  33. Thank you so much. I have always been an hourglass and was confused about what I am now since I have gained weight. I never knew you could change shapes. I love the 2nd and 4th dress on the models. Where could I find them?

  34. I’m a “new apple” shape and I would even throw in a term I like to use, exaggerated apple. 🙂 By that, I mean very large breasts. I wear about 14/16 and my bra size is 38G. I’ve tried some of the styles you mentioned but feel like they are emphasizing my already large breasts. Are there certain tips you’d recommend to create the silhouette you mentioned while also not drawing attention to my girls?

    1. I am a new ish apple too, 54, going thourgh the life change, weight gain etc I dont think I have ever felt so depressed about getting dressed or buying clothes and now live in blouses and leggins and I hate it – I want to be able to buy a summer dress but every single one makes me blubber – my middle is so wide now i really have no waist at all nothing seems to skim over the belly as it is wide all round – i have desperatly tried to look for pics of women that look like me and can wear a dress but cant they all seem to have a wasit or less round tummy or wear shapewear and I just use it hot sweats etc i want less layers not more and not tight… Any ideas at all of pics of woman my shape with a total round tummy that is out and not flat – desperate help 🙁

  35. These “apple shaped” styles are NOT AT ALL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE REAL POPULATION. W e apple shape people are often shorter than your models (obviously) and true apple shape women have little to no hips or ass… so where are the styles for the MAJORITY? And suggesting tunics with leggings, uh, not a good idea because we tend to look like popsicles. Remember we have thin legs and much wider tops. Icecream cone is what I’ve been called when I’ve worn ” LEGGINGS &TUNIC, so yeah, stop with the obvious suggestions that many have tried before it became a style.

    1. I’m so sorry you’re so displeased with my post that you feel the need to SHOUT at me in the comments. Hopefully, Google will help you find what you’re looking for. Maybe search “non-obvious apple clothes?” And this is just a guess, but maybe the “ice cream cone” comment was more about retribution for your shitty attitude and less so about your appearance? Just sayin’.
      I hope you can find some way to stop spreading negativity during a pandemic. We’ve all about reached our breaking points, but let’s not take it out on each other. I hope you can find some peace.

      1. I really don’t think she was shouting, but extenuating certain words like you would when speaking to someone. Shouting would be all caps.
        Just my opinion- 🙂

    2. As a 5’4″ apple-shaped woman, I think tunics and leggings are wonderful. The key if you’re busty is to wear a tunic that comes in a bit below your bust rather than flow from the full bust. Skater style and A-line or trapeze tunics that swing out from below the bust are great. The belly is hidden, there’s no waist band to attract the eye, and slim legs look nice. (I’m more of an ice cream cone in jeans and a top, in part because I look chunkier overall and thicker in the middle.)

    3. Why so negative Debi? Disagreeing with other people’s opinions is fine, but there’s no need for the caps and the nastiness.

      If you have a question or some positive feedback or even ideas of your own that could work for other people – we’re all ears. If not, don’t waste your time and everyone else’s with that kind of a post. Just saying …

  36. Thank you for covering the new apple shaped women. I had a true hourglass shape 40lbs. ago. I wasn’t sure how to dress myself now. Love your blog! Natalie

  37. I am an apple shape and none of the models are apple shaped. Mist of the models are pear shaped and some are even skinny. Apple shapes have large stomachs that look 8 months pregnant with small butt and small legs. These clothes are not made for apples.

  38. I am an apple shape and none of the models are apple shaped. Most of the models are pear shaped and some are even skinny. Apple shapes have large stomachs that look 8 months pregnant with small butt and small legs. These clothes are not made for apples.

  39. Hi, how would you extrapolate this for the considerably obese reaching sizes 5X and 6X?It’s difficult to determine at that size whether you are an apple or a pear because you’re just big everywhere, and nothing seems to look good no matter how hard you try. Further, it’s difficult to find images of people in those sizes that you can emulate.

  40. Thanks so much! As an apple born I think? And I am plus sized, I find that no matter what I wear I look awkward and I try hard to look feminine and pretty. No pity party here just need advice to soften my styling choices. I love this article and it gave me great simple suggestions that I will definitely use. I think I would benefit from tips for accessorizing. Keep up the great work!

  41. Hi. I enjoyed this blog, you are very knowledgeable. Any suggestions for apple shaped mother of the bride dresses? Need some help. Heavy upper arms make a jacket a necessity but the wedding is summer in Florida. I would appreciate any suggestions you may have.

  42. Finally an article I can relate to. The new Apple is me and I finally understand how to dress my body. Thank you!

  43. I see so many women who are the same “shape” as I am but who seem to be able to pull off the tucked in shirt better than I can. Maybe I’m overly self conscious but when my shirt is tucked in, all I can see is the “bottom of the apple” showing in the most unflattering way – or if I’m looking at myself from the side, and I’m wearing non skinny pants, it just looks UGH.

    This description, while written quite a while ago showed up while I was doing a deep dive for fall clothing and it is a great accurate description. I’m a “new” apple except more years into apple than I care to think of. I’m normally confident but lately I just hate the way I look in every single thing.

    I wonder how many apples (new or otherwise) feel the same as me and tend to go 1/2 1/2 because it hides the bottom of the apple even though it is not as flattering in other ways?

    Your blog post is pretty fantastic and your continued interaction with people years later is genuinely amazing so I thank you for writing this – I guess I just wonder if I’m the only new apple who feels like I’d rather hide…

  44. I wish you have catalogue to Mail and/or stylish like stitch fix for someone who knows about women became apple shape body after gaining weight .

  45. I just found your website and am learning a lot! I am wondering if this style of clothing still applies to apples with a pretty defined waist? I do carry most of my weight in my chest and tummy, but I have a pretty defined waistline as well, which makes my upper tummy protrude before narrowing a bit at my waist, then right back out! I have always thought the empire styles would accentuate that, but maybe I was wrong?

  46. Thank you for posting this article again to your stories. Not sure when I would’ve stumbled upon it myself. Such great information!

  47. This is great stuff! Wish I had stumbled on the post earlier so I could get that Lands End pleated tunic-so cute!

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