With a round (apple) body shape your goal is to create the illusion of a smaller mid-section or disguise any extra weight you’re carrying around your tummy. If you have great legs then draw attention to them and ensure your bust / hip ratio looks balanced. Shapewear is a must for this body type. Look for options that will help give definition to your waist and smooth your bodyline.
Here are our tips for dressing to your shape:
- Tops with a V, U or scoop neckline.
- Tops with an empire waist (sits just below the bust) and a soft draping lower half.
- Loose cut cross over top/shirt in a soft draping fabric. One with a shorter front and longer back is particularly flattering.
- Tunic tops, mid hip length, are great but if you’ve extra weight in the bottom go for a cut that finishes a few inches below your bottom.
- Shirts that nip in high on the waist and them skim away around the stomach. If wearing a shirt out make sure it has a curved hem.
- Long overcoat or cardigan worn open.
- Single buttoned tailored jackets – mid hip in length.
- Cape jackets, hip length. Longer lengths are ok if you’re tall.
- Straight legged pants / jeans / leggings with or without a slight boot cut and a mid-rise and/or flat panelled waist (pregnancy jeans can be a great option for this body shape if proportions are particularly unbalanced).
- Wide legged pants if you’re fuller in the thighs and tall.
- Skirt lengths that sit on the knee, or just above, or minis if your ‘pins’ are amazing.
- Draping A-line skirts.
- Straight skirts or pencil cuts, if hips and legs are leaner.
- Waist high tailored shorts, mid thigh length or just above with or without a cuff.
- A-line dresses in a block colour
- Tunic dresses
- Empire line dresses
- Wrap or crossover dresses
NB: As with skirts go for lengths on or just above the knee or shorter – the better the legs the shorter you can go.
Colours and prints
- Deep shades in black, navy, chocolate browns, grey or aubergine for example to create a slimmer silhouette.
- Darker pants with light or bright tops
- Block colours.
- Monochrome – i.e. a dress with a black empire line top and white skirt or one with black sides and a white panel front.
- Subtle patterns and prints. In regard to separates, if you don’t wish to draw attention to your upper body then favour patterned bottoms with a plain top or vice-versa.
- Vertical stripes.
- Lightweight fabrics, with a soft drape that skims your curves such as cotton, viscose and wool or silk blends. Nothing too bulky or clingy.
- Matte fabrics – ignore overly shiny material.
- Opaque fabrics over sheer or thin ones.
- Statement jewellery or shoes to direct eyes away from the middle of your body.
- Long length necklaces – gives the illusion of length through the torso.
- Pumps, wedges and knee length boots.
- Belts – thin if you’re short in the torso, wide if you’re long – to give the illusion of a more shapely waist.
Celebrities with Round Body Shapes
- Catherine Zeta-Jones
- Drew Barrymore
- Jennifer Hudson