As with the pear-type body shape, the apple-type body shape is also one of the most frequent body shapes for women in the UK. Apple-type has the following general attributes:
- Carrying weight around the middle section – tummy, bust, hips.
- Fuller middle section of the body with thinner legs and arms.
Wedding dresses which work particularly well for brides with an apple-type body shape include dresses with features that accentuate the waist line. So dresses which include belts, side ties or lace backs all show a defined waist line. If you have thinner legs, don’t be afraid to show them off by considering dresses with a shorter style!
A-Line dresses are great for brides with an apple-type body shape as they provide definition around the waist and skim over the tummy and hips. A-Line dresses come in a variety of lengths, from 50s prom styles to tea length dresses to full length, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different lengths so that you can show off your great legs!
Empire line dresses also work wonders as they will nip you in under the bust and again, skim over the mid-section areas. They show you off at the narrowest part of your body, which has the effect of elongating and slimming your body.
Some Ball Gown dresses may suit brides with an apple-type body shape, if the dresses have a corset style bodice with a lace-up back to create definition around the waist. However, other Ball Gown dresses may not work quite so well as they create volume in the areas that are thinnest, such as the legs. So instead of helping show off your great legs, the dress can do the complete opposite and hide or create volume around your best features.
Column shaped dresses made from gathered chiffon with a satin or silk underlay can also suit brides with apple-type body shapes, again particularly when matched with a corset style bodice with a lace-up back which helps retain the shape of the dress.
As with brides with pear-type body shape, it usually best for brides with an apple-type body shape to avoid Fishtail, Sheath or Trumpet style dresses as well as Column dresses made from one layer of satin, as each of these styles will cling to areas such as the tummy, hips and bottom and draw attention to them. It may also be helpful to avoid high or straight across necklines, as this will create more of a wider block shape. Instead, try scooped or cowl necklines to elongate your torso.
Brides with apple-type body shapes look great in A-Line and Empire line styles and can also take advantage of a variety of lengths to show off their great legs, so why not try on a few dresses with different lengths and see which you prefer?
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