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BellaNaija Style presents the Body Shape Series Vol. 1: Apple



BellaNaija Style is taking you back to the basics with this new series called The Body Shape Series!

In this 5-part series by one of our new voices – Eki Ogunbor, we will go over how to dress your body right. No matter your body shape, we have tips and tricks for you to find the perfect styles that embrace and enhance your body.
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Some people still question the difference between fashion and style. It may seem trivial but no question is stupid, we can all learn. It’s important to distinguish these terms to further understand fashion and how it applies to you as an individual.

Fashion I think is what the industry tells us it is. It’s the general term for trends we see on the runways and what’s classified as trending or in ‘vogue’ (not the magazine). In relation to fashion, style is more of what you do with the information the industry feeds you with. How will you transform these trends into a style that best suits you, taking into consideration your personality and your body shape?

Although using fashion as a medium to express yourself through your personal style is great, the most important thing to remember about this is how it looks on your body, how comfortable you feel and what message you communicate to the rest of the world.

Look at it this way, whether you choose to believe it or not we are all creative beings and we all want to express ourselves one way or another, either verbally with words or without. You don’t have to be an artist or designer but the way you write, sit, walk and talk is an extension of who you are & your creativity as a person and so is your style.

The way I see it, your easiest canvas is your body and you’re the painter, are you creating a masterpiece or a hot mess? Don’t answer that … Lol.

apple body shapeFYI, body shape is not to be confused with body type and here’s why. Your body type has to do with the way your body functions as a human being and the balance of fat and muscle tissue in your body.

Over the next few days we’ll be showing you different body shapes applicable to us women and how best you can rock your body. We’re also open to interacting with you, our BellaNaijarians! Share your thoughts in the comments section as usual and show us ways you rock a trend on your Instagram page with the hashtag #BellaNaijaStyle telling us one thing you love about yourself/your body and we just might share your image in one of the body shape posts.

The first body shape I’ll be talking about is the Apple. African American actress Amber Riley is a perfect example.attends the 47th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 5, 2016 in Pasadena, California.Characteristics of the Apple Shape

  • Most of your weight forms around the midsection, which is your stomach.
  • Your bust size varies from average to large.
  • You have narrow hips and in most cases your legs are your best asset.

For the apple shape, your waist is the widest part of your frame and so there is no waist definition. To look your best, you must aim to deflect attention from your midsection and create a more defined waist with what you wear.

Wearing clothes that add curves and fullness to your lower body and taper your top half help you achieve this balanced look.

Also, be careful with lengths. You have great legs so feel free to show them off but be careful not to go too short or this might draw attention to the wrong places and back to your mid section. Wear darker colours on top and light colours on the bottom to take attention away from your top half.

Tips for Your Top

  • V necks are very flattering because it shows off your neck, which is usually the slimmest part of your body.
  • Dresses with an empire waist line – cut under the bust work well with this shape.
  • Define your waist with a peplum top, fitted at the waist and flared at the hips.
  • Use a belt on any top to cinch you in at the waist.
  • Wrap tops and jackets work great as well to define your waist.
  • Cropped jackets are also a great way to define your waist. If you wear a full length jacket, wear a top with a flattering print inside or draw attention to your waist with a slim belt inside or over the jacket.

Tips for Your Bottom

  • Fuller skirts work best to fill out your hips.
  • Wear a pencil/straight skirt with a peplum top to give you a smaller looking waist and show off your legs.
  • Pencil/straight skirts with a full bottom also help to accentuate your hips.
  • Wide leg trousers also help fill out your hips but balance a slim leg trouser with a top that defines your waist, like a peplum top.


  • Big tops and jackets
  • Shapeless dresses with no waist definition
  • Tight t-shirts and blouses

attends the 47th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 5, 2016 in Pasadena, California.Here’s why we love this look !

The full skirt helps to balance the fullness of her top half.

The colour combination is perfect, black on top with black sleeves to make her appear slimmer and a lovely pink print to keep your focus off her top half.

If you aren’t afraid to show some skin, Amber shows you the best way to do it with this crop top.


NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Amber Riley is seen around Lincoln Center - Day 1 - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on September 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

This black flared dress is perfect. It gives her a waist line and shows off her slim legs.

Coming down to Nigeria, Eniola Badmus and Funke Akindele have Apple shapes.BN-Red-Carpet-Fab-Africa-Magic-Viewers-Choice-Awards-AMVCA-March-2016-BellaNaija0357-600x900

The fullness on the bottom of this floor length dress helps to balance out her figure, while we love the ruched design, making her waist line look slimmer.

Funke Akindele is also a slim apple shape and she styles her frame very well.

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If you have a slimmer Apple shape, don’t be afraid to show off your best assets. Funke rocks this perfectly, because her slim long legs are the center of attention in these blue ripped jeans. The long sleeve V-neck also tastefully shows off her collarbones, and makes the focus of the upper part of her body her beautiful face.


Funke Akindele also looked amazing at the AMVCA. The darker colour at the top slims her waist line while the lighter colour on the bottom takes your attention away from her midsection. The V neck also helps flaunt her neck and cleavage.

Jennifer Hudson is a great example of a slim apple shape after her impressive weight loss.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Actress Jennifer Hudson attends the DKNY Women's Fall 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Skylight Modern on February 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)

I love this black outfit on her. The cropped jacket and high waist skirt meet at her waist line and help define it, making it look even slimmer.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Actress Jennifer Hudson attends the Zac Posen Fall 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Spring Studios on February 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

The wide leg pants she has on here helps even out her body proportions and I need that jacket in my life!

Sherri Shepherd is famous for her Apple shape. She does it right when she wears fit and flare or A-line dresses.

WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 05: Sherri Shepherd arrives for the premiere of PureFlix Cinema's "Woodlawn" at Regency Bruin Theater on October 5, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

attends the 2016 Stellar Gospel Awards at the Orleans Arena on February 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


THE WIZ LIVE! -- Press Junket -- Pictured: Amber Riley -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

This outfit is not very flattering for her shape. The kimono jacket in this print adds no definition to her frame and makes her look a little bigger than than she is. It also makes her look like she had no time to get dressed and just stepped out in her house clothes.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Actress Jennifer Hudson attends The Color Purple Listening Party at W New York - Time Square on February 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

I like that this dress has a full skirt. It gives her curves around the hips and shows off her slim legs but again be careful with length, you don’t want to go too short.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 13: Sherri Shepherd attends "Ride Along 2" advance screening at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station on January 13, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)

This outfit is a No. No defined waist. No focus on her slim legs. The loose fit top makes her stomach look larger than it is.


Look out for the next volume in the series, it’ll be for pear shapes!


Photo Credit: | Jesse Grant/ Getty Images | Brad Barket/Getty Images | Virginia Sherwood/NBC | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images | Earl Gibson III/Getty Images

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style. Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving


  1. jinkelele

    March 10, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Well done…..loved this.
    I’m a slim apple shape. Funke and Jennifer wear it well. I don’t have a defined waist and I look great in pencil skirts and the jeans and top combo that Funke wore. Though I do have a butt.
    Great tips

  2. Bimpe

    March 10, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I disagree… Amber Riley or dunked akindele isn’t an apple shape. And the nonsense about slim Apple is ridiculous. Have ever seen a slim Apple… I am guessing so why use the terminology Apple. I think Amber Riley is round.

    • Bimpe

      March 10, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Oh my God… Autocorrect fall my hand sha… Just when I was living in the moment of making a comment that i believe was sensible, made it less sensible. The grammatical errors though. I guess Eki Ogunbor head is very strong sha.

  3. Audrey

    March 10, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I don’t even know what my body shape is. I kinda look like apple shape ( flabby arms,don’t know if my shoulders are wider than my hips,not too broad waist but tummy protrudes a little) but I have big buttocks and not too wide hips.great legs. who can help me?

    • Majestic

      March 10, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      Google and a measuring tape are your friends..


    March 10, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    I am Jennifer Hudson kind of Apple and getting dress for work everyday is a task on its own.

  5. Sha sha

    March 10, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Who makes these damn rules anyways?

    • Love

      March 14, 2016 at 6:39 am

      They aren’t rules – it’s advice ( take it or leave it)

  6. genie

    March 10, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    i’m definately nt apple, beautiful people btw

    • Love

      March 14, 2016 at 6:39 am


  7. Tosin

    March 10, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    plx also do agbalumo. i tink i resemble mango, agbalumo and gizzard.

  8. Tosin

    March 10, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    plx also do agbalumo. i somehow resemble mango, agbalumo and gizzard.

    • July

      March 10, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      U r hilarious

  9. lola

    March 10, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Lovely article Eki! Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  10. adey

    March 10, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    @ Eki Ogunbor keep it up and I must say u look simply beautiful in this green out fit I love u style

  11. K

    March 11, 2016 at 12:13 am

    The “slim apple” shape is actually called carrot shape

  12. wendu

    March 11, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Another celebrity that comes to mind with an apple shape is Munachi abili (sp)…..Her photo should be up there

  13. MUM

    March 11, 2016 at 8:34 am

    well done again i cant wait for the analysis of all the shapes to know hw to dress me well.

  14. Sylvia

    March 11, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Get your facts right, there’s no way Jennifer Hudson is apple shaped. Her hips are about the same width as her shoulders, which will make her an hourglass. You don’t have to have a fake body like Kim Kardashian or wear body magic like Toolz before you are considered hourglass shaped.

  15. MarieScarlett

    March 11, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Sylvia I have to call you out on the Kim kardashian and Toolz comment, It was totally unnecessary!

  16. Cleopatra

    March 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Jennifer is no hour glass. her top half is heavier and wider than her waist down. google search a pic of her in a slim blouse and skinny jeans.
    she is the perfect definition of an apple shape.

  17. smilez

    March 11, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    very nice……so shy abut some clthes but this has really being helpful….please more apple shaped styles…..thank you

  18. Aduke

    March 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I have Jennifer Hudson’s shape too. Thanks Eki. Now I know more about my body

  19. ZeeZee

    March 23, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    This is lovely!!! Could you do a series on shapers and spanx and where to buy them in Lagos? Also please include a price range/check feature in the story. Some of us are pears or string beans who have through childbirth or weight accumulation or surgery acquired a thickened middle. How do we dress that? Have we become an apple shape?

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