How to find a flattering wedding dress for an apple body type

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An apple shape is one where a woman has larger upper body proportions. For example, she may have broader shoulders, or a fuller bust, as well as a wider waist and hips. As a curvaceous apple-shaped woman, how do you find a wedding dress that is flattering to you? Read on for our tips on shopping for a dress that is perfect for your shape.

Advice on balancing out your figure

A fuller skirt will help your figure to appear more balanced. A draping, ruffled skirt with detailing will draw attention away from your midsection. If you choose one with a slit in the side you can show off your legs at the same time.

A ruched design around the waist, a ribbon sash tied around the middle, or delicate beading along this area will all help to bring more definition to the waist. Elegant Wedding Venues explore the charm of going for an elaborate waist design:

“Something with ruched detail across the front of the dress can be really flattering for apple shapes as they create the illusion of a smaller waist.”

If you’re looking to cut a slender figure then make sure you invest in the right undergarments for your gown. Going for shapewear and a structured, supported undergarment are ideal choices for your wedding day underwear. You can also have shapewear sewn into your gown, ideal for eliminating pantylines. It also won’t peek out from over your dress, if you are going for a shoulderless gown or a sweetheart neckline.

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Highlight your curves

Draw attention to your upper curves by going for a flattering neckline. A sweetheart neckline with embellishments or a lace overlay will show off your assets. Both sweetheart necklines or v-neck cuts are ideal choices. A grecian-style scoopneck can also look incredibly chic. Avoid a high neckline, as this will make your chest appear larger and shapeless. By choosing a gown that is fuller at the bottom you can balance the dress and avoid emphasising just one area.

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As well as slimming your figure, shaping underwear is wonderful for highlighting your curves. A bodysuit or a corset will smooth you out in all the right places, while highlighting and supporting the curve of your waist and upper torso.

Dressing for an apple shape

An apple-shaped woman has some wonderful curves and it’s a great idea to go for a dress that celebrates them. A dress with a cinched waist and a dress that can be fitted with some flattering, shaping underwear will ensure that you feel super confident on the day.

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