Flatter Your Core: The Best Swimsuits for Apple Shape Figures

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For all you lovely apples (the body shape, not the fruit!), we’ve got the tips and tricks to help you find your most flattering swimsuit. Apple body shapes are identified by a fuller midsection with an undefined waist.

Your goal: balance your shoulders and hips, create the illusion of a waistline and flaunt your curves. Choosing a flattering swimsuit for an apple shape requires just a few pointers and you’ll be saying hello to poolside confidence in no time!

Key Characteristics of the Apple Body Shape

  • Broad shoulders and back
  • Average to large bust
  • Fuller tummy
  • Undefined waistline
  • Narrow hips and smaller butt
  • Thin arm and legs
  • An “O” shape

If your figure is fullest at the middle and you don’t have a defined waistline, chances are you can consider yourself to be an apple body shape. Apple shapes also have more narrow hips and thinner arms and legs, giving their silhouette an “O” shape.
Apple Body Shape Graphic
Illustration of Apple Body Type

Best Swimsuit Features for Apple Shapes

The best bet to looking amazing on the beach is to accentuate your waist and elongate your neckline. Look to swimsuits with features that balance your frame and create the look of a defined waist. Luckily, there are a few different ways to accomplish this!
  • Underwire, boning and ruching: Tops with these features provide support and help define your bust and waistline, creating a flattering silhouette
  • Deep necklines: A plunging neckline will elongate your torso and draw attention upward, away from your middle
  • Wider shoulder straps: These visually balance your frame
  • Color blocking or striping: Strategic designs help create the illusion of a smaller midsection

Swimsuits to Avoid If You Have an Apple Shape

  • Thin straps that can make your shoulders appear wider
  • String bikinis that lack support and visual balance
  • Swim shorts that can make legs look shorter
  • Frills or bold prints around the midsection that emphasize the tummy

Finding a flattering swimsuit for an apple-shaped body is simple if you follow these tips and tricks. While VENUS has tons of stylish swim separates and one-pieces that flatter apple bodies, here are a few of our top faves:

The Slimming Skirted One-Piece

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For a retro look and ruching that works for your figure, discover the slimming skirted one-piece.
  • Soft molded cups for support
  • Power mesh for added slimming effect
  • Removable and adjustable straps

The Ruched Bra One-Piece

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  • Ruching and gathering create a flattering shape
  • Inner bra construction for bust support and coverage
  • Adjustable shoulder straps for comfort

The Caress Swim Dress

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  • Skirted bottom adds volume to hips, making middle appear smaller
  • Faux-wrap design gives the appearance of a defined waistline and draws the eye up


VENUS Slimming Skirted One-Piece
VENUS Ruched Bra One-Piece
VENUS Caress Swim Dress
Dressing an apple shape for the beach or pool is a breeze at VENUS. With so many swimsuit options for apple-shaped bodies, you can’t go wrong. Whether you choose a one-piece or swim separates, just remember these key points while shopping:
  • Choose a style that creates a more defined waistline
  • Avoid styles that widen the shoulders and back
  • Choose pieces that balance the hips with the shoulders and bust
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