Dresses for Successes

Dresses that flatter big bellies

This list is quick guide for you to use when you’re out shopping, or shopping online, and wondering “hmmm..what were those dos and don’ts again??” If it’s on this list, there’s a good chance that it will look good on your apple shaped figure.

Wear these types of dresses (and wear them often)

Diagonal gathered draping, gentle scoop neck, appropriate length, skirt hem draws attention down and away from midsection.
  • A-line
  • Boho
  • More boho
  • Seriously: more boho
  • Maxi boho
  • Wrap
  • Definitely own more than one wrap
  • Swing
  • Shift
  • Tunics
  • Kimonos
  • Dresses with loose-fitting empire waist
  • Dresses with waist that falls just above yours and then flares out at belly-button line.

Avoid these types of dresses (like the friggin’ plague!):

if you wear this, you are a bad apple!
  • Avoid anything with a pattern over the belly that’s different from patterns on the top or bottom of the dress.
  • Avoid anything completely fitted or pinching at the torso.
  • Avoid any dress made of clingy or thin jersey fabric, regardless of cut, regardless of how cute it is and how cute it looks on the model.
  • Tight Empire waists (unless you’re ready for “awww is this your first baby?” at 7-11, the bank, and Chipotle)
  • Tight corseted bodice without a flared skirt
  • No tight-waist belts, except for mini-apples.


You may click the images here, and do your own research for dresses in these styles that speak to you specifically. In future blog entries, I will go into EACH of these recommended styles in depth.

And check out my pinterest for MANY more suggestions for dresses that flatter big bellies,  in a purely visual format!

Have any thoughts about dresses or what to favor or avoid? I welcome your feedback, drop a comment!


5 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I’m so glad I found this page. Believe it or not I have many dresses that fall under the avoid category you mentioned. Clearly I have been shopping wrong. I blame the picture, they look so great and I imagine myself in the dress but with the same body as the model (how lame!). Anyways, now that I have seen the light thanks to you I will try to change my shopping patterns and I see you give very good advice.

  2. WOW, WOW, WOW, what great suggestions and advises. Every woman should consult you for their dressing sense and I am sure you will give best of the best advice as I can see you your work. Super article again from a superb writer.

  3. Great advises and tips regarding apple shaped body. I have never read such a concise yet informative article with full of useful tips. I think it is very important for us to know about our body shape, what suits to our body and how to dress. Thank you so much for guiding us.

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