Straight-leg and slightly flared bootcut pants create a sense of proportion with the upper half of your body; trouser-jeans are a great denim option for apple-shaped women. In addition, look for higher-waisted pants and pants with a little bit of stretch, as they have a girdle-like effect to hold your stomach in while remaining comfortable. Avoid skinny jeans, which create an unbalanced silhouette, and pleated pants, which emphasize your middle section.
Apple-shaped ladies tend to have fabulous legs – show them off! Flared and a-line skirts are best, as they nip in at the waist and create an illusion of a smaller waist. Also, try circle skirts that sit high at the waist for a fun, easy daytime outfit. The recently-popular mermaid-hem skirt is also a great option, as it sits high at the waist and flares out gently below the hips. For older women, knee-length a-line skirts work well for both day and nighttime.
Shirtdresses, wrap dresses, and dresses with a-line skirts are the best fit for this body type – just not dresses with a built-in waist. Empire-waist dresses also work well, as they skim the stomach and hips, and feature the bust and shoulders.
Dropwaist dresses can also work for thinner apple-shaped ladies, as they skim the body. Just remember to go for dropwaist dresses that fit more loosely (go up a size if needed!) so that dress is not tight-fitting around the hips.