Fashion, Mind & Body

Different dresses for different body types

It’s Christmas party season, which means you’ve probably started the quest for the perfect dress – and, like us, are struggling to find The One. Whilst we can’t promise the dress of your dreams, we know that learning about your body shape and what suits you can make the world of difference when it comes to picking fabulous, flattering frocks.

For the lucky lady with an hourglass shape, steer clear of loose or boxy shapes and veer towards those which have a structured waist. A peplum dress is bang on trend this season, and is a stylish and elegant way to enhance your shape. For those with a smaller waist and curves which don’t fit the traditional hourglass description, invest in a classic wrap dress; you’ll be nipped in at the waist and the material will mould to the curves you have to flatter your shape just the way it is. The Porcelain Plunge Bra will stay smooth underneath any material, and give your curves just the boost they need for true party confidence.

For all you ladies with a larger bust try a tailored dress and a supportive bra like the Leila Balconnet Bra which will stop you revealing more than you intend. Top-heavy women should try a structured top and use the skirt to add interest to the look; pleats, ruffles and patterns will all help balance your figure. Alternatively, an empire line will highlight your slimmest part – just below the bust – and is a graceful and refined choice paired with simple accessories.

For those blessed with wide hips and a smaller upper half, why not try a halterneck which will balance your slim shoulders and wider bottom half? A one-shoulder or strapless dress has the same effect. The Evie Strapless Bra will provide support under unusual necklines and stay invisible so your dress can take centre stage. Don’t forget that the skirt should skim over your hips and bottom without clinging for the most flattering look.

What will you be wearing this Christmas party season?

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