Own the night: Party outfits for every body type

Have your invites for all the year-end soirees begun pouring in? Ours have, and chances are you—like us—are already planning on being the best dressed girl in the room. But before you pick that outfit from the window display you saw at your favourite store, check out our ultimate guide to dressing according to your body type. You will be the life of the party in more ways than one.

Petite frames


Opt for ensembles that will add an illusion of height with small to medium print patterns and vertical stripes. Strapless dresses and peplum tops paired with a mini skirt or shorts do wonders for small figures. Stick to monochromes and subtle embellishment on the bust to shift onlooker attention towards your legs. #streettip Finish the look with a pair of sky heels to accentuate your frame. 

Pear-shaped figures


With your hips being the widest part of your body, bodycon ensembles that highlight every curve are a no-no.  Instead, dresses with embellished neckline will draw attention to your narrow shoulders. Pick A-line dresses and slightly flared boot-cut trousers that will show off your upper half while simultaneously slimming the area around your hips.

Apple silhouettes


Tear away attention from your broader waistline and accentuate your toned lower half with your choice of ensemble. Classic fit and flare dresses, with V-shaped necklines, are your failsafe choices. Short hemlines will show off those shapely legs. If you’re in the mood for glittering separates, balance your patterned and embellished bottoms with neutral topwear.

Athletic leanings


Draped dresses with a cinched mid-section will help to tone down the width of your shoulders towards your slim bottom. While flared pants add balance, a full skirt will show off your best features—those toned legs. Pastels and bold colours are equally flattering, but add a dash of print to make the most of your body type.

Hourglass shapes


The season’s hottest curve-hugging ensembles are made for you. Mid-rise skirts paired with crop tops are your on-trend party saviours this season. Pick vertical stripes prints, ombre tones, and bright hues to look oh-so-awesome wherever you go.

Curvy beauties


Dresses in plunging necklines and A-line silhouettes are never-fail ensembles for your shape. Monochromes and jewel tones help slim your frame while diagonal strips and prints contour and accentuate those gorgeous curves.
#streettip Channel a red carpet star with a flowing maxi.

Statuesque frames


We secretly hope for your endless legs and lean frame. From skinny black dresses to sheathed beauties, just about any silhouette makes you look like you’ve stepped out of the pages of a fashion glossy. Forget the LDB—cigarette pants teamed with embellished topwear is your ultimate when-in-doubt party outfit.

Walk into the New party in these haute looks and see the numbers of your style followers go up by several notches. Like Harry Winston said, “People will stare. Make it worth their while.”

Images: Ami Clubwear; Ann Taylor; ASOS; ASOS Curve; Chicwish; Daily Telegraph; Farfetch; Girl with Curves; Jo & Kemp; Loft; Lulus; Missguided; Nordstrom; OK Bridal; Shopbop; Woylaa

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