Are you an apple shaped bride? If you are looking for the best wedding dresses for the apple shape, you are at the right place!
First, I am also an apple shape, and I am 5’2″. I have gone through the journey of looking for the best wedding gown for apple shaped bride myself, and I have a lot I want to share with you in this post.
I call that a journey, because I tried a lot, and I learned a lot, about wedding gowns in general, about the apple body type, and about what wedding dresses are the best for the apple shape and what do not work.
When it comes to finding that ideal wedding dress for the most important day in your life, it is not as easy or glamorous as sipping on a glass of bubbly with your best girlfriends and waiting for the bridal shop assistants to bring that perfect dress in front of you.
Well, it could be stressful and even difficult. You have to go through a ton of gowns, or even numerous bridal shops, in order to find the one.
But, of course all that is all well worth the effort and time, because this is your big day!
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Now, I want to share with you what I went through to find the flattering wedding dress for apple shape, so that your journey of “say yes to the wedding gown” will be easier and smoother.
Let’s dive right in!
What it means to have an apple shaped body
I am a big believer that understanding our body type is the very first step of developing our best style. It’s especially true when it comes to finding the best wedding gown.
Learning about what to look for that is specifically flattering for the apple body type when you are going to the bridal shops will save you a ton of time.
Understanding what it means to have the apple body type and know what works and what doesn’t will definitely help you make the right decision for your big day.
Your Assets as an Apple Shape
First, what we have in common as an apple shape is that we got curves.
When we talk about apple body type, a lot of people first picture the plus size. That is not always the case. You can really be either thin or curvy as an apple shaped woman.
For instance, I myself am a thin apple, but I know I am still an apple shape because every time I gain any weight, I always see it on my stomach. Meanwhile, no matter how an apple shaped women gain weight, she still is going to have nice slender legs.
So, for an apple shaped woman, even when you are thin, you still come across as you have curves. What that means is you have full breasts and round hips.
That is our best assets and that should be the focus when you are looking for the best wedding dress for the apple shaped body!
The Unique Challenge of the Apple Shaped Bride
Now, I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you how frustrating it is that apple shaped women is always carrying extra weight on our midsection.
Like I mentioned earlier, an apple shaped body, even when it’s thin, still lacks natural waist definition.
That is our biggest challenge.
However, let’s look at the bright side- as long as we can find a way to distract away from our midsection and bring all the focus to our assets (nice chests, slender arms and legs), then the problem is solved!
How to Choose Wedding Dresses for the Apple Shaped Body
Before I recommend specific types of wedding dresses for the apple shape, I want to share some foundation with you.
The apple body type is a full-figured woman, with a slight hourglass figure.
In general, you should choose from styles that accentuate the waist at its smallest point. So, great waist construction is essential.
Make sure you get a quality gown with really good boning so that it will give definition to your waist. Opt for a corset or lace-up back which does an excellent job to create definition around your waist.
In terms of fabrics, choose a sturdier fabric that is rouched for the most support like satin or taffeta.
Now, let’s look at what shapes of the wedding gowns are most flattering to the apple body type.
You will be going through numerous dresses before you find “the one”, but keep in mind, whatever the details the dress has, the most important thing about the wedding dress is the silhouette. That’s exactly what I am going to tell you next.
Mermaid Wedding Gown
Since apple shape have some characteristics similar to hourglass (full bust and round buttocks), we can smartly create the illusion of an hourglass in a mermaid wedding gown!
The critical part of this is to make sure the waistline of the gown is higher than your natural waistline, which will not only distract attention away from your midsection, but also make your legs look longer.
Trumpet Wedding Gown
The trumpet wedding gown is a close cousin of the mermaid shape. The trumpet highlights the nice curves of your chest just like the mermaid wedding gown, but it is not as tight as the mermaid shape at the hips.
So, the trumpet gown is flattering wedding dress for the apple shaped as well.
Sheath Wedding Dress
A sheath is simple and sleek cut which seems to be straight up and down, when it’s on the hanger. However, once you put it on, your natural curves are going to bring the dress to life! That is why it is such a wonderful choice for the apple shaped brides.
Another reason I recommend this silhouette to the apple shaped brides is that it creates length. Whether you are petite or tall, an apple shaped woman always come across as round, which will be perfectly balanced out by the straight line of the sheath wedding dress!
Later in this post, I will talk about the petite celebrity that wore a sheath wedding dress on her wedding.
Fit & Flare Wedding Dress
Fit and flare is a generally flattering silhouette to almost any body type. It hugs your upper body nicely, and it flares out under your hips, so, it creates a fine balance for apple shaped brides who want to draw attention to the upper and hide the mid section.
The flare shape just naturally creates the illusion of a waistline in a very subtle way!
Belted Wedding Gown
Now, listen very carefully about this one, because I want to make sure you do it the right way.
Adding a belt will add a nice visual “slice” of the figure, cutting the silhouette in two parts visually. In addition to accentuating the waist, a belt can add just the right touch of “bling” to your dress.
What I want you to pay attention to is you must make sure the belt is HIGHER than your natural waist!
You never want the belt to be right at your natural waist, which is the midriff you are concerned about and don’t want others to pay attention to!
Wedding Dresses for Apple Shaped Plus Size
Now, if you are a curvy girl, then the wedding dresses for apple shaped plus size could be even more of a challenge to find. However, I got some tips for you that will definitely help!
I also highly recommend you read my other post on “Best Dresses for Apple Shaped Plus Size“, which talks about how you should choose any dress.
Low neckline wedding gown
If you are a plus size with apple body type, then you look the best with necklines that will draw attention upward while flattering your bustline.
V neck, and plunging are great options.
If you are one of the apple shaped plus size women who have thicker back, then you may want to steer away from necklines that will make you look wider, like off the shoulder designs.
Empire waist wedding dress
An empire-line dress will de-emphasise your waist, giving you a leaner look. It is flattering wedding dress for apple shaped plus size because it sits much higher than your natural waist (which is likely the widest part of your body).
Not all empire waist dresses are created equally! I’m saying this because some of them could make you look pregnant. So you really need to try a lot and choose carefully .
Modest A Line
A line style is fitted at the bodice and flows out to the ground with an unbroken line (resembling the outline of an ‘A’!)
An A-line or full skirted gown will give you the illusion of a waist making a triangle from the ground up. Due to its classic and simple style, the A-line dress is appropriate for any occasion, from a quiet backyard gathering, to a traditional church ceremony.
A great shape for all figures, in particular apple shaped plus size women, who often have a larger bust. The full skirt of the A-line can also hide a larger lower body, or create the illusion of curves on a narrow frame.
Wedding Dresses for Petite Apple Shape
Are you petite? If yes, then you have one more thing in common with me! If you are petite but have balanced proportions, you can still wear almost anything.
Petite girls in general should choose from dresses that have a waistline slightly above your natural waist to make the bottom of the gown appear longer.
You should avoid big puffy ball gowns!
Always check with your bridal consultant on ordering a custom cut gown that matches your proportions.
The average wedding dress length is around 58 inches, so getting a custom cut will help the dress details fit you better. Plus it can save you money on alterations.
Since you are under 5’4” and you’ve got a tiny frame compared with your tall girlfriends, simple is best. Clean, unbroken contours without too much fabric will elongate your figure. A big, elaborate dress can look as if it’s wearing you.
Generally speaking, narrow silhouette such as A-line or sheath dresses works well for petite brides.
Many designers offer hollow-to-hem options so that the hem and proportion of dress, especially those with lace or special embellishments on the skirt, are scaled proportionately to the bride.
The perfect example of petite bride of apple body type is Eva Longoria, one of our favorite petite actresses.
Eva Longoria tied the knot with Jose Baston at a wedding ceremony held in Valle de Bravo, Mexico in May 2016. Eva Longoria walked down the isle in a white sheath wedding dress of simple silhouette with a sweat heart neckline.
This style is designed in such a way that the seam runs vertically from the shoulders down to the hips. They are meant to be one of the best wedding dresses for petite brides who love simple and minimalist design. Many petite brides love sheath dresses as they help butter up the figure and give that long and lean silhouette needed by short brides.
Standing at 5’2”, Eva Longoria looks sensational in this sheath dress- the dress hugs her body instantly and shows off her natural curve.
For more details, read my other post on “Best Wedding Dresses for Short Women“.
Everything else you need to know about apple shape
I highly recommend you also read my other blog posts on how to style the apple body type: