Apple shaped brides can find themselves in a tizzy when shopping for a dress. I know, I know, tizzys and brides go hand in hand, but for apples, weddings present a special sort of anguish.
See, for many apples, it’s the first time we thought about how on earth to make these beautiful dresses look beautiful on us. Especially for those of us who spend most of our time in what we find the most comfortable – oversized clothes, scrubs or sweatpants – being the princess on our big day can be intimidating, even frightening.
Luckily, the same principles that apply to best dresses for apple shaped women apply to wedding dresses.
Anything A-line. With Diagnonal LINES. AND Ruching.
This dress has a ruched bodice and diagonal skirt line: this smooths and shrinks the midsection. As a reminder – ruching is the gathered material that crates a “wrinkled” draped look.
The dress also has embellishments along the bust and neckline which draws the eye up.
This particular plus-sized model is even closer to apple shaped than most! Go Dressilyme!
This dress also has a ruched bodice and diagonal line, with lace embellishments along the sleeves and neckline and bust to draw the eye up.
The diagonal gathered fabric on this dress starts higher and is even more dramatic, for maximum concealing.
Both of these specific wedding dress examples also have multiple layers on their skirts, and a reinforced bodice. The combination of a reinforced but fitted bodice and a layered, flaring skirt work together to create structure and silhouette.
These two examples are among the most flattering wedding dresses apple shaped women can wear.
If you hate these ones, that’s cool! But when you’re out shopping, look for dresses with stylistic elements in common and you can’t go wrong!
2. DIAGONAL LINES
Try Before You Buy – even if you buy online
Even if you’re one of the millions of brides shopping online for your wedding dress, TRY THEM ON! YES: THEM. Plural. I bought mine online, and Ibought several different wedding dresses (and returned the ones that didn’t work). How? Why? Because I wanted the perfect one. Gone are the days of needing to spend thousands on a dress – the one I chose was a whopping $180 (and I rocked it – that’s me under the pagoda).
The two dresses I selected as examples above are on sale right now for about $160.
In my humble view, why hemorrhage money for something you wear once (ok, maaaaybe twice if you repurpose it into a zombie bride costume on Halloween)? Speaking for myself, we wanted to devote more of our budget to an awesome reception than to a designer gown. (My husband still managed to spend thousands on his suit and shoes…but that’s another story.)
So, here’s my suggestion: buy several promising dresses online. You are an apple, so don’t expect each and every one to be flattering or perfect. However, don’t settle for anything that comes below either of those reasonable expectations. Pick the one you love the most (and the one that loves you the most), get it tailored if necessary, and call it a day’s work.
STYLES AND EMBELLISHMENTS TO AVOID
- Waist belts of any kind
- Decorative buckles or pins or accents on the center of the waist (see the example in picture)
- Color accents or sashes on the center of the waist
- Any dress that is TOO TIGHT. Don’t buy a dress that’s one size too small and expect that you will diet or corset your way into it, by hell or high water. That kind of thinking is a trap. Do not accept discomfort on your wedding day: the tightly-laced look isn’t necessary to look awesome (and most of the time it makes us look like stuffed sausages unfortunately. The most important reason why I’m stressing this? You want to be relaxed and enjoy your time with your guests. This isn’t as possible if you can’t breathe and are spilling out of a corset every which way.
- Mermaid style dresses – they’re pretty, right? And awfully trendy. Everyone wants to be Ariel these days. But leave ’em for our hourglass and pear girlfriends – the mermaid style draws attention TOWARD the center of the body and that’s just about the last thing we want on our big day.
Please reach out with any bridezilla rants, apple anxieties, or other thoughts, comments, or questions about the best wedding dresses for apple shapes! Your feedback is valuable and helpful.