Apple Shapes – Show me your dress?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

If you have slim hips then a drop waist ball gown or a ruched fit and flare will look great. A lot of websites will tell you that empire dresses look flattering but I find that most of us apples have large ribcages so empires make us look bigger.  If your bust, waist and hips are all about the same then you might want to try an a line or if you are slim then a sheath.  If you try a mermaid stick to those with fuller skirts to balance out your bust.  I think its harder for us to find a dress than other shapes but they are out there.  So good luck.

Post # 4
2595 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It kind of depends whether you have any kind of a defined waist.

Some apple girls still have somewhat of a defined waist, but they tend to be short waisted with a belly out the front. For those girls, as the PP said, a drop waist is good to highlight the curve of the waist and lengthen the torso – but it’s best with a full skirt like a ball gown or fit and flare to hide the belly.  If you go with more fitted (i.e. fit and flare) then ruching is your friend!

If you don’t have a defined waist then a-lines are best, but that still gives you a few options ranging from a-lines that are more like sheaths, to those that are more like ballgowns. It’s all about the line of the skirt being fairly simple and the dress starting to flare out at a point that is flattering. 

Also structure is really awesome. You want the dress to have enough structure so that it doesn’t cling to your belly at all but flows over it so you can’t see it (or is ruched so you can’t see it). 

Edit: And here’s my dress, though it probably won’t help you that much as I am nowhere near your size and didn’t chose a traditional bridal dress.

Post # 5
567 posts
Busy bee




size 10/12 in street clothes had to order my dress in a 16 or 18 (I honestly can’t remember right now) pretty sure a 16 though

Post # 6
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I wear street size 10. I’m 5’9 ” My dress size ended up being a size 14. I needed no alterations except for taking my straps in- and adding a bustle. I was the perfect height yay for tall brides!

For me A-Line is the most flattering on my body type. When I gain weight it’s in the middle. I didn’t really diet or anything prior to my wedding, I figured he fell in love with me at the same size, he proposed to me at the same size. He’ll marry me at the same size. I figured A- line dresses seem to make you appear to be more narrow in the waist and that’s what I fine feminine and timeless so that’s what I went with.  I actually ONLY tried on A line dresses with Narrow Waists

In the end it doesn’t really matter about the SIZE- it matters about the fit and finding something to flatter. Make sure you wear whatever undergarments you plan to wear on your wedding day to your dress shopping so you can get the look you are going for. IE if you plan to wear spanx, bring the spanx






 If you are interested you can see my full recap here:

Post # 7
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I wear street size 10. My dress is size 14, although this is me squished into the sample size. Its a modified A line, so it hides my thighs. They also had this corset bra thing they had me wear which pretty much eliminated my tummy (probably my biggest problem area) and sorry for the sideways picture, I cannot figure out why it flipped it or how to fix it.

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