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Feel figure fabulous this spring with our need to know guide about how to dress if you have an apple shaped body. Don't just hide away in drab unflattering clothes; give your style a serious shake up. Trust us, you won't only look incredible, but you'll feel amazing too. When it comes to trends comfort comes first, if a certain style doesn't suit you, then avoid it. There's nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in an outfit. Instead, invest in luxe basics that you can re-wear year after year, and treat the trends as a small update every new season. So whether it's the new must have bag or the ‘it' print parading down the catwalk, just give the trends a small nod with a handful of items.

For the basics, no matter what shape you are, make sure that they are fully flattering for you figure. A key knowledge in what shapes and styles suit you is a must, especially if you have a tricky silhouette, like an apple shaped body. Not to worry though, because have an expert guide of how to do it. So have a browse through our ultimate style guide for an apple shaped body.

  • The must have spring throw-over you need in your wardrobe is a long-line sleeveless jacket. It will automatically streamline your centre creating a totally slimmer middle, the dream right? For a contouring effect, pick black.

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£139, Massimo Dutti. £69.99, Zara. £39, JD Williams.

  • When it comes to jeans, straight or bootcuts are perfect for emphasizing your slim pins, and won't make your entire shape look mis-shaped (avoiding the lollypop stick look). Make sure they have a higher rise and sit comfortably around your middle. A high waist with built in support will give you that extra pinch.

Buy now for £19.50, Marks and Spencer

  • The less cling the better when it comes to dresses and tops. A terrific tunis is your shape superhero, whether a top or dress, the free-flowing shape will glide over your tum. Very forgiving on a rounder middle and completely comfortable. Choose breathable cotton for the warmer days ahead (fingers crossed).

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£99, Hobbs.

£325, By Malene Birger.

£39, Warehouse.

  • Avoid horizontal stripes; they will make you look larger rather than smaller. Instead always choose lengthening vertical stripes on your dresses or tops.

Buy now for

£49.95 at United Colors of Benetton

  • When it comes to prints, the bigger and more graphic the better. Avoid smaller ones at all costs because they can make you look larger.

Buy now for £40 at Next.

  • Know your secret weapon. A wear your own bra body will give you all of the slimming support you need.

Buy now for £32 at Maidenform at Figleaves.

  • Up your accessories. Lengthen your torso with a long pendant necklace or skinny scarf. Or look for bags with longer straps and work them cleverly across your body.

(From left to right) Scarf, £69, Jigsaw. £9.99, Mango. Necklace, £10, Topshop

  • A clever cocoon is the spring coat for you. Easy to wear and a must for an apple shaped body. The loose shape won't cinch around your stomach, and it's still smart enough to wear for a special occasion. We say let this coat do all of the talking, and pick a super fancy one that will last for years to come.

Buy now for £455 at Weekend Max Mara at Harrods