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Best type of dresses for those with bigger stomach/ Apple shapes?

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U2TheEdge Wed 01-Jul-15 22:06:01

I am looking for a few dresses.

I am a size 10 but I have bit too much fat on my stomach and saddlebags right now.

I am looking for something that flatters these areas or at least doesn't cling to them.

I never wear dresses but I want to start. I am also 5ft 1 so need something that won't make me look shorter.

Thank you in advance.

MrsCocoa Wed 01-Jul-15 22:55:25


trappedinsuburbia Wed 01-Jul-15 23:00:48

I've ordered a halterneck maxi dress from ebay im hoping it will skim over the tummy, I cant link but loads on there for a tenner, I never wear dresses either so not a big loss if it doesn't suit.

BumgrapesofWrath Wed 01-Jul-15 23:03:22

I'm an apple and I swear by "fit and flare" dresses!

BumgrapesofWrath Wed 01-Jul-15 23:04:14

(And I find maxi dressed make me look pregnant)

tabulahrasa Wed 01-Jul-15 23:11:20

Wrap or fit and flare for me.

Brandnewbrighttomorrow Wed 01-Jul-15 23:40:24

I like empire line - shows off your boobs, comes in close round your ribs then skims over your tummy and hips A line.

Jewels234 Wed 01-Jul-15 23:44:35

Anything with a waist band does it for me. So rubbish being an apple. My hips are a size 6 and my top is a 10!

FriendofBill Wed 01-Jul-15 23:45:06

Faux wrap.

Sammasati Thu 02-Jul-15 00:10:04

Some ideas for dressing an apple shaped body here

Empire line is excellent, something that gathers in under the bust at the diaphragm can look very flattering.

With your height vertical stripes may help to elongate your frame. I would keep away from horizontal stripes and fussy pattens, sticking instead to using accessories to add interest, for example a pretty necklace with a v necked top, bangles/bracelet to draw the eye along your arms. If you have slim lower legs then a skirt or dress that comes to your knees would look lovely, maybe with a pair of pretty mid healed wedge sandals.

Can you go to a big department type shop with a friend and have a play with some different styles/pattens/clothing to see how they look on you. You don't have to buy anything, more to get a feel for how different cuts and shapes work with your body.

tabulahrasa Thu 02-Jul-15 00:45:05

An empire line looks like maternity clothes on me.

U2TheEdge Thu 02-Jul-15 08:15:43

Thank you everyone.

That is all really helpful. I will go try some on but I have a good starting point now. I just googled 'fit a flare' dresses and I like the look of them.

SaveOurBogBrushes Thu 02-Jul-15 15:53:13

As a small size 12 apple shape I'd say no to empire line - Trinny and Suzannah convinced everyone that they were the bees knees and I find they make most people look much bigger than they are. Ditto badly cut wrap dresses everyone insists make their waist look smaller. Ofc you would have to try a few on and see what you think.

There's a certain point on my stomach that if a dress is cut across it it makes me look like humpty dumpty, a little higher and it looks perfect. Never worked out the exact place but that ofc may be different depending on the person.

Try and avoid high necks and I tend to find thicker fitted materials work best in dresses for me.

Hope that helpssmile

NomiMalone Thu 02-Jul-15 15:55:34

Empire line is a godawful suggestion. You will look 5+ months pregnant.

1940's inspired tea dresses with a nipped in waist are what you need. The squared off shoulders and flared skirt balance any tummy.

Will find links.

SaveOurBogBrushes Thu 02-Jul-15 15:55:53

Other than the high neck this dress is pretty brill.

macaroonmayhem Thu 02-Jul-15 16:10:27

Like save, I think a lot of it is about the fabric of the dress. If you can find dresses made from ponte (?) fabric, it's extremely flattering, it's like a very thick heavy jersey and I have a couple of dresses in it that are great. It hangs really nicely, rather than clinging. Nothing worse than a thin material showing off every lump or bump! Boden use it quite a bit.

Annarose2014 Thu 02-Jul-15 17:42:25

2nd vote for shift dresses.

NoRockandRollFun Thu 02-Jul-15 22:42:37

Cocoon shapes work for me. This sort of shape....

marriednotdead Thu 02-Jul-15 22:49:14

There were some good tips on this thread a little while back.

tyto Thu 02-Jul-15 22:57:01

I'm an apple. I've ordered this in both colours as it's amazing on.

This from hush is also nice although I'm not overkeen on the weird hem.

CeeceeBloomingdale Fri 03-Jul-15 07:54:55

Boxy tshirt shaped dresses, never empire or wrap around shapes for me

SaveOurBogBrushes Fri 03-Jul-15 11:06:33

CeeCee if you don't mind me asking what dress size are you? I'm an apple but at a size 12 anything boxy just makes me look far bigger than something fitted. But then baggy boxy stuff was fine on me as an 8 when I was 20 so just why I was wondering.

AWimbaWay Fri 03-Jul-15 19:58:01

I've just bought this uniqlo dress in black, arrived today and I love it, I'm short too and also can't do clingy waist, this skims very nicely.

U2TheEdge Fri 03-Jul-15 21:41:29

Oh I think I am going to order that dress Wimba

I also love the one BogBrushes posted. They are all lovely, but those two seem the type that would suit me the best.

I had a look on ASOS and there are some lovely shift dresses!

CookieM0nster Fri 03-Jul-15 23:24:14

I am a size 14 top and 12 bottom apple and agree with a lot of what's been said - empire with gathers makes you look pregnant, but the empire shape maybe with darts, or cut in slightly just under the bust then flaring out, can be very flattering. Perhaps more of an 'A' line shape than empire?

I have struggled for years to find apple friendly dresses and have concluded that it is a difficult shape to find dresses for and I am better suited to two piece outfits.

I hit the sales today and much to my surprise found this beach cover up dress was actually flattering because it's slightly fitted at the top but skims nicely over my very large tummy. It's probably only holiday wear (or when in the privacy of my back garden!) but it gives you an idea of the shape.

Good luck in your search!

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