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Best casual dresses for apple body shapes

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Cute, casual dresses

By understanding what styles work best for your body shape, you can always look your best. Apple body shapes have an undefined, often thick waist. Therefore if you have this body type, you should try to disguise your midsection and instead put the emphasis on your assets -- full breasts and great legs.

Cute, casual dresses

Casual dresses for apples

Fashion expert and TV personality Jeannie Mai offers these do's and don'ts for apple shaped women.

  • Do stick to solids or graphic (not round) patterns.
  • Do try fabrics with a little, not a lot, of stretch.
  • Don't wear dresses with tiered skirts.

The maxi dress is a fabulous choice for apple body shapes. A shorter dress with an empire waist and a slightly flared skirt will also help balance out your body and hide figure flaws. If you use a belt, wear it slung low and loose on your hips to slenderize and elongate the look of your torso.

Celebrity apples

Jennifer Hudson, Oprah Winfrey, Chandra Wilson, Rosie O'Donnell, Elizabeth Hurley and Catherine Zeta-Jones all have apple body shapes.

Cute, casual dresses

What to wear

  1. Evan Picone Empire Waist Jersey Dress ($99)
  2. Converse One Star Margaret Dress ($30)
  3. Rosegold Print Maxi Dress ($98)
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