How to dress for your body shape this party season

Fashion for every body shape

Deciding what to wear over the Christmas and New Year party period can sometimes feel like a bit of a minefield. We all have that go-to little black dress (LBD) or perfect pair of jeans that hug us in all the right places, but for the festive season you need something extra special.

But, with so many different options to choose from it can be difficult to choose an outfit that you know will suit your body shape. To help you feel and look your best this festive season, we break down the specific styles that will make the most of your body shape and give you our top picks for fun, festive fashion.

Pear shape ‘The most common shape’

You’re this shape if: have a smaller bustline and wider hips and rear

Top tip: balance and elongate your frame by emphasising your top half

Best styles for this shape: Fit and flare, structured tops, a-line or flowly skirts and Bardot sleeves

Our top pick:

Joanna Hope Jacquard Skirt, Simply Be, £95

Basic Black Bardot Bodysuit, Pretty Little Thing, £8

Hourglass shape ‘The Marilyn Monroe’

You’re this shape if: you have a fuller hip and bust and a small waistline

Top tip: Don’t hide your curves, highlight them by emphasising your waist

Best styles for this shape: crop tops, pencil skirts, wrap dresses, wide leg trousers and belted tops

Our top pick:

Fish Tail Wide Strap Midi Dress, Topshop, £39

Glamorous Rose Gold Barely There Block Heeled Sandals, ASOS, £28

Apple Shape ‘The Adele body shape’

You’re this shape if: you don’t have a defined waist and you tend to carry more weight around your mid section

Top tip: Highlight your breast area, shoulders and legs to minimise your waistline

Best styles for this shape: High waisted circle skirts, shift dresses, empire waists and tailored jackets

Our top pick:

Mermaid Sequin Embellished Shift Dress, Dorothy Perkins, £55

Ruffled High Heel Leather Ankle Boots, Zara, £89.99

Banana Shape ‘Aka the rectangle shape’

You’re this shape if: your shoulders, waist and hips are around the same width

Top tip: Highlight the smallest part of your waist to give the illusion of a bigger bust and more proportional figure

Best styles for this shape: scooped or boat neck tops, skinny jeans or slightly flared trousers, loose dresses with a defined waist and colour blocking

Our top pick:

Red asymmetric peplum bandeau top, River Island, £38

Zeta High Waist Lather Look Trousers, Boohoo, £20

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