Body shapes

Body shapes – Round (O or Apple)

Hi, thanks for stopping by. Unfortunately, most of the pictures in these series of posts disappeared with Polyvore, as they were linked to that site. Either way, they were quite dated already.

I’m currently developing an online course about how to dress your body and I want to make it as useful as possible! If there is something that bothers you and you want the issue addressed, you can vent your frustrations here.


Round, or commonly called apple, body shape is characterized by a rounded shoulder line, curved back and fullness around the middle part of the body. Women with this body type usually have good legs and a flattish bottom.

Celebrities who posses Round body shape – Gabourey Sidibe, Nikki Blonsky, Queen Latifah, Rosie O’donnell

round apple O body shape

To balance your silhouette avoid any voluminous details around the mid part of your body and keep this area simple and uncluttered. Choose clothes that hang from your shoulders. Try do draw attention either above your bust line or below the hips.

Your best fabrics are substantial, yet soft and fluid. You want those that hang and don’t cling or hug the figure. Look for soft cottons and linens, wool crepe, fine knits and silks.

Go for muted and subtle patterns. For example, soft of faded stripes, squiggles and spots abstract florals and paisleys all work well. Avoid geometrics pattern as they will deform and may produce strangle optical illusions.


Following clothing lines will work good for your body shape: 

Tops and dresses for Round (apple) body shape
Outwear for Round (apple) body shape
Bottoms for Round (apple) body shape


Use the following basic rules of optical illusions to balance your silhouette:

• lighter colours and fabrics with shine and textures visually increase the size of a surface

• darker colours and fabrics with matte and plain textures diminish it

• bright colors and details draw attention

• column of colour has a slimming effect

• horizontal lines make a subject look wider, while a couple of vertical lines make a person look longer and slimmer (look at Queen Latifah’s dress).

There is so much to say about optical illusions that I will soon write an entire post about them.

Look slimmer and hide tummy

Avoid the following clothing lines:
To avoid for Round (apple) body shape
Tucking usually doesn’t work on your body type.


Remember that these recommendations are for an average apple body shape. We are all unique with different proportion, colours, style personalities and so on, that need to be considered.

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