How to dress an apple shape

I was very excited to meet up with Helen Venables last week for a personal consultation on how to dress an apple shape. Helen is the MD of House of Colour and has 20 years invaluable experience in helping women to look their best. As she says “Fashion is important, but true style is personal to you. Let’s face it, you know when you look amazing. Your face lights up, your eyes sparkle and everyone pays you compliments. Actually, that’s the real you.”

Interestingly, both Helen and I are pretty typical apples – we both have large busts, undefined waists, narrow hips and slim legs. Other features of this body shape can be:
Rib cage and and back appear somewhat wide
May have wide or/and fleshy shoulders
Slim arms
Flat bottom

In this video, Helen shows us how we can make the most of our apple shape with some great tips and tricks:

One extra tip: create balance on your lower body by wearing the right shoes – platforms, wedges, calf length boots, ballet flats and strappy sandals will all look great. Best to steer clear of kitten heels and bulky looking boots such as Uggs which will make your legs look thinner and draw attention back to your waist.

Whatever body shape you happen to be, House of Colour can help you find your style (and boost your confidence!). Their small, friendly, relaxed personal styling classes take place all over the world and are run by highly qualified stylists. What can you expect to learn if you attend one?

The shapes that flatter your body; affordable styles that capture your personality and suit your budget.
How to create a capsule wardrobe. (Getting dressed in the morning will be a joy)
How to spend wisely. Never again will you waste money on that ill-advised “bargain”.
The secrets of buying and wearing accessories. Using key pieces to make a style statement that’s entirely your own.

Find your nearest HoC stylist

gift-voucherHouse of Colour gift vouchers are available here  –
goes without saying that they make a fabulous Christmas present.


Why not read Annabel’s article about her colour and make up consultation with Helen.

tylney-hallVlog filmed on location in one of the spacious suites
at Tylney Hall Hotel in Hampshire.

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6 years ago

I always look forward to your posts as a fellow Autumn who went to house of colour as a result of your blog. I am a pear shape but still enjoyed this video. Could you please tell me where the super necklaces are from Those finishing touches are so hard to find. By the way you look fantastic in your colours and it is really very interesting what a difference wearing the right colour and shape makes. Margo

Annabel & Grace
6 years ago
Reply to  Margo

Hi Margaret, thank you for commenting so kindly on our vlog. The necklaces belong to Helen and so I asked her where they were from. She asked me to pass on this message to you:

“The lime green one was £20 in John Lewis and the creamy stones necklace was from Lola rose… £105 but goes with absolutely everything so actually a fabulous bargain. It’s important to understand what style is right for you and then keep an eye out – you never know where you’ll find the perfect piece. Craft fairs and markets are always worth a look. Hope that helps. Helen

6 years ago

Thank you for getting back to me I will go onto Lola Rose website and keep looking on John Lewis too. Looking forward to your next vlog. Margo

6 years ago

I am slowly accepting that I, too, and am apple shape. 🙂 I must know what lipstick Helen is wearing in that second House of Color video – so lovely.

Annabel & Grace
6 years ago
Reply to  grandattitude

We will ask Helen and get back to you!