When it comes to shopping eveningwear, you want to make a statement, and there’s no better way to turn heads than to rock a dress that clings in all the right places to really show off your best features. No matter what your height, size or shape, there are some simple tips you can use to find the ultimate evening dress for you.
Apple shapes may be larger around the tummy and bust, but they’ve got killer legs, slender shoulders and slim hips. If you’re an apple shape looking for evening wear, then you want to look for dresses that show off your great bust and legs, while nipping you in to create a waist, creating more of an apple core shape than an apple. Wrap dresses are ideal for apple shapes, as the side tie draws attention away from the stomach and defines the waist. Look out for plunging necklines and v-necks too, as not only do these styles lengthen out the appearance of your torso, they draw the eye upwards and really enhance your cleavage. This gorgeous Next evening dress (below) is perfect, with a wrap waist and v-neck combination. And don’t forget the power of control underwear. Control pants are ideal for cinching you in at the waist for your big night out – they’re the stylist’s secret weapon and all the A-list celebrities reach for them before they hit the red carpet!
This is by far the most common shape, where you shoulders and bust are smaller, while your hips, thighs and bum are larger. All it takes to rock a dress as a pear shape is to look for a style that balances out your proportions and makes the most of your nipped in waist. You want to accentuate your shoulder and bust, to draw the eye up away from the larger hips and thighs. So look out for evening dresses that are strapless, halter neck, or feature strong shoulders and shoulder detailing.
If you’re a strawberry shapes, then you’ll have slender legs and hips, a smaller tummy, but broader shoulders and a bigger bust. Essentially, you’re the opposite of a pear shape. So this means that for evening dresses, you want to look for pieces that will draw the eye down, away from your broader shoulders, and even out your proportions by creating interest around the hips and waist. Draping and gathered detailing around the hips and waist will do just that, and look out for drop necklines and v-necks that will draw the eye downwards and away from your shoulders too. The only thing to avoid is bandeau style dresses, halters and spaghetti straps, as these can make your shoulders look broader than they really are.
If you’re not sure what body shape you are, you can use this handy online tool to figure it out for yourself before you go shopping for that perfect evening dress style.