From office shindigs to slightly more elegant affairs, our calendars are filling up fast with holiday (and pre-holiday!) parties. While we’re looking forward to the festive fun, we’re facing the inevitable question: What to wear?
Of course, we all want to look as chic as possible at any fete, but we also want to feel comfortable in clothes that both dazzle and flatter. When it comes to shopping for the perfect holiday look, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and grab the nearest dress that’s either the trendiest, the most affordable, or the most basic without considering how it’ll really fit your shape. And while you may be drawn to specific silhouettes, it might be worth your while to take a moment to consider if they’re truly accentuating your very best features.
For example, if you’re drawn to stylish calf-legnth dresses, but you barely clear five feet, you may want to think about hiking that hemline up a few inches to elongate your frame (and highlight those legs!). That’s just one piece of advice you’ll find here, so read on to discover the best dress silhouettes for your particular body shape — from beanpole to bodacious—to look and feel your best this holiday season.
Read on to learn which dress styles will accentuate your best features and where to buy them now!
Approach your holiday festivities in the best shape possible—literally.
Read on to get the scoop on what type of dress silhouette will flatter
your figure best this season, and where to buy 'em now!
Your Body: Under 5'3" and small-boned
Opt for a body-conscious style with peplum detail. The emphasis on your
hips will give the illusion of slightly more voluptuous curves, while
still highlighting your legs and arms.
Sequin Peplum Dress, $130; at Topshop
Peplum Dress, $69.90; at Zara
DKNY Metallic Floral Lace Peplum Dress, $480; at StyleBop
Your Body: Your shoulders and and hips are about the same size, and your waistline is defined.
Fit 'n' flare dresses are your BFF. Accentuate that waistline with
numbers that cinch in above your belly-button and have fluttery feminine
Oasis Baroque Jacquard Dress, $131.93; at Asos
T by Alexander Wang Sleeveless Neoprene Inverted Pleat Dress, $325; at Opening Ceremony
Alice + Olivia Lace Dress, $495; at Shopbop
Your Body: Narrow on top, wider at the waist and through the legs
Empire-waist styles will emphasize your petite top half, while cleverly
hiding anything you don't want seen from the stomach down.
Rare Embellished Waist Dress, $61.57; at Asos
Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Jersey Dress Empire-Gathered, $295; at Bloomingdale's
Taryn Dress in Silk Chiffon, $59.99; at J.Crew
Your Body: Super-slim, straight up and down
Your Dress: Draped, gathered and ruched styles with Grecian influences give a curvier impression at the waist and the bust.
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Boudicca Metallic Stretch Jersey Dress, $340; at Net-A-Porter
Alexander Wang Draped Crepe Dress $222.75; at the Outnet
Wyatt Slate Green Jersey Asymmetrical Drape Dress, $62.99; at Bluefly
MM Couture Gold Tank Dress, $89; at Piperlime
Vera Wang Lavender Label V-Neck Chiffon Drape Dress, $230; at Zappos
Lanvin Draped Belted Crepe-Jersey Dress, $872; at the Outnet
Your Body: Full-figured with serious curves.
If you're not totally into the the idea of a short dress, and feel like
a maxi might be too much fabric for your frame, try styles that have
uneven hemlines. Those that are slightly higher in the front are a great
way to camouflage any trouble areas while infusing offering some style
Chiffon Dip Hem Dress, $84; at Topshop
Asos Curve Chiffon Dress With Gathered Skirt, $67.72; at Asos
Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Python Print Cap Sleeve Dress, $398; at Barneys
Wrapper Women's Plus Size High-Low Jersey Dress, $44; at Amazon
LEGS FOR DAYS
Your Body: Extra-tall with crazy-long legs
Your Dress: While
shorter gals could look frumpy in midi-length and below-the-knee
hemlines, these styles suit your leggy frame to a T. Here, we found some
super-chic and extra-playful options.
Mara Hoffman Fitted Keyhole Dress, $275; at Nordstrom
Meadow Print Tassel Midi Dress, $130; at Topshop
Your Body: Slim through the hips and legs, broader on the top. You're a dame!
Long-sleeves are not only elegant, they're super flattering when it
comes to your shape. Classic wrap-dresses draw the eye downward while
the sleeves balance out your shoulders and chest area.
Skater Dress With Ballet Wrap and 3/4 Sleeve, $43.98; at Asos
Parker Wrap Dress, $217.99; at Zappos
MICHAEL Michael Kors Ruched Hardware Wrap Dress, $120; at Macy's