We are never so exposed as when we’re in lingerie. Well, except for when we’re in a swimsuit! Luckily, many of the same principles we apple shapes can use to find a good swimsuit can ALSO help us find good lingerie. Use this guide to find lingerie that flatters your apple shaped figure.
There are soooo many different types of lingerie – it can be a bit dizzying to know where to start. Plus, there are so many accessories that go with lingerie – garters, garter belts, every type of stocking and thigh-high, gloves, fingerless gloves, hats…it can be totally overwhelming.
Good news for apple shapes: run-of-the-mill, mainstream, readily available styles of lingerie are indeed among the most flattering for us! These include the halter teddy, slip teddy, and baby-doll teddy.
Let’s look at some examples, shall we? Don’t worry, I won’t include any lingerie examples that include nudity or pornography – it’s all workplace safe.
As always, if you like any of my suggestions, click the image to learn more. I didn’t pull in zillion dollar examples, most of these pieces are in the $10-$20 range.
As you can see, this has a halter top with neckline embellishments, and an asymmetrical hem flaring out from the loose empire waist. This particular teddy will flatter slim to plus-sized apples by drawing attention up to the bust and shoulders, and then down toward the thighs and legs.
Remember slips? My grandmother ALWAYS wore one under her dresses. These days, it’s rare to find anyone who does, aside from the occasional shapewear slip. The slip teddy is exactly that: a teddy shaped like a slip, usually opaque, and lacking a fitted bra. Take a look.
This style of lingerie is VERY comfortable because of the lack of underwire and other support-providing mechanisms. This particular example is great for apples because of the embellishment at the bust and again at the bottom hem – drawing the eyes up to the neck and shoulders, and then down toward the legs.
A babydoll teddy is generally made of lace or sheer material, with a structured bust (often both underwire and padding), and a flared dress and skirt. There are usually bows, broaches, and other ornamental touches.
Here are two examples. This is probably the most “recognizable” kind of lingerie. Women wearing babydoll teddies always remind of me of presents wrapped up in wrapping paper.
This example has some of the same features of the slip teddy described above, but more structure under and beside the bust, including underwire. There are also more lace embellishments on the bust and sleeves, as well as the hem. Additionally, the dress body flares out more from a babydoll style teddy than a slip teddy.
The material is semi-sheer, striking a balance between “provocative” and coverage, which is essentially why we wear lingerie at all rather than just our birthday suits.
This particular example would be quite flattering on apple shaped bodies of all sizes.
The next example is *actually* called the “velvet kitten”. Lingerie clothing names can be hilarious.
As you can see, this has a structured bust with padding and underwire, string sleeves with bows, and a sheer patterned skirt with a flared hem.
Apple shaped women will benefit from this style because of the attention it draws to the bust and legs, and the camouflage effect the patterned material has over the tummy (even though the material is sheer, it overrides your existing belly texture).
Babydolls are probably the “easiest” kind of lingerie to find and wear, when you’re in a hurry and want to amp up your own personal ooolala.
We apple shapes also look smokin’ in long gown lingerie. The length slims us and provides a new visual line, and all of the attention goes to our bust and upper body. Here’s an example.
The long gown lingerie is super fun because of the paradox of being covered and yet not covered. For those of us who might be shy about our legs or just adopt a less-is-more philosophy when it comes to our own sex appeal, a long gown, especially when sheer or partially sheer as the above example, can strike the perfect balance.
Other fun things to try:
Teddies with shoulder cut-outs
Shoulder cut-outs draw even more attention to our upper bodies, driving the visual narrative all the way up.
A romper is the lingerie counterpart to the onesie jumpsuit. They can be super cute and comfortable, and can be quite flattering for apple-teenies and average sized apple shapes.
Plus-sizes, watch out for ones with waistlines that are too fitted or shorts that are too tight – those will work against our goal and if there’s anytime you need to be comfortable in your own skin, it’s when you’re in lingerie!
Lingerie is an opportunity to play dress-up, something we all did as kids but most of us stopped as adults. And what else completes the perfect costume but some ridiculous, pretty, feminine gloves?
Lucky for us, sexy gloves also help apple shaped figures re-write the narrative and draw attention to our upper body, arms and hands. If you’ve never tried these, you really should. You’ll be shocked at how feminine they look and feel.
Anything to avoid?
This is personal, and obviously doesn’t apply to everyone – so take it with a grain of salt! However, for most of us, it’s a good idea to avoid catsuits and body stockings. Those don’t do apple shaped figures any favors. Same for anything “latex”. And I can’t think of many examples where a garter belt would be flattering, since it draws attention exactly to the midsection.
Any thoughts on lingerie for apple shapes? Did I miss anything? I’d love to hear more about what you like or dislike about it, or even more about your favorite pieces. Looking forward to your comments.
PS – Because I’m a Pinterest addict, I’ve created a board JUST for lingerie for apple shapes. Take a look, poke around, and enjoy (ps: I update Pinterest almost every day, so definitely follow me there!)