The Perfect Party Dress For Your Body Shape

party dress for your body type
Get those glasses of wine at the ready, girls! The silly season is officially here! With Saint Nick arriving in just seven days, it's time to get into that party season spirit! Me? I'm totally wearing a Santa hat while I'm writing this!

Your social calendar is undoubtedly already filling up fast (am I right, Miss popular?) and let's be honest, that six day period between Christmas and New Years is made for lashings of mulled wine and impromptu giggles under the mistletoe.  

Is your wardrobe ready? If not, don't fret! I'm back with another 'dressing for your shape' series and this time, it's all about that perfect party dress...

It's been quite a while since my last 'dressing for your body shape' post, so I thought I'd refresh you on how to find out which type of 'fruit' you are.

Nope... I'm not totally insane: read on...
How To Determine Your Body Shape
pear shaped figureapple shaped figure
 hour glass body

 rectangle shape figure


 Pear Shape
As a fellow 'typical British' pear shape, it's safe to say that this is the shape that needs to be dressed well. It's all about drawing attention to that slim waist and  making those hips and legs look long and lean. 
Here are the shapes that will give you that rocking bod (which you already have, of course).... 

The Strapless Dress
Show off those slim shoulders and rock your bod in a strapless dress. For an extra flattering look, opt for a shape that cinches in at the waist and skims out over the hips.

strapless lbd

The Skater Dress
The skater dress is the pear shaped ladies BFF. With a cinched in waist and a flattering, a-line shape that skims beautifully over the hips; this dress shape was practically made for you!
lace skater dress

Wide Leg Jumpsuit
If you're looking to stand out among st a plethora of glitzy dresses, why not opt for a wide leg jumpsuit? As well as being ultra flattering on your larger legs, this totally ticks all those Seventies trend boxes! Now get ready for the best-dressed awards to roll in...

70s jumpsuit

Being top heavy can have it's advantages; draw attention to those ta-tas and away from that tum! Go for shapes that skim over the tummy, but still let you show off those perfect pins!

V Neck Dress
How low can you go? Just as far as your confidence will take you! A v neck dress shows off your best assets and elongates your neck. For an extra flattering style, a wrap dress will skim over your curves whilst creating the illusion of a cinched-in waist.
plus size model

Kimono Maxi Dress
If you're looking to be super on-trend, go for a kimono-style dress. The loose, airy sleeves will hide any bingo-wings, whilst looking pretty and feminine! Whilst dress shopping, try and find a dress with a waistline just below your bust. This will emphasize your bust, whilst drawing attention away from your waist. A maxi length will stop the dress from looking too smock-like.

Flared Sleeve Dress
Carry a bit of weight on your arms? Girl, it's all good... Get your Seventies groove on in a flared sleeve dress. This stunning bell shape will skim over and even-out any lumps and bumps. 
flare sleeve dress

You are one lucky lady: you have been blessed with the perfect, symmetrical figure that most of us mere mortals can only dream of! To enhance your bod, go for firm-fitting fabrics that enhance your waist. 
The Bodycon Dress
Draw attention to your saucy curves in a stunning, body-con number. Fancy sequins and other embellishments? Go for it!
bodycon dress

The Wrap Dress
You have that teeny waist, so draw attention to it! A wrap dress is the ultimate waist definer. Opt for a style with a leg slit for that extra injection of naughtiness!

The Co-Ords
No one can pull off co-ords like an hour glass girl! A slim-fitting top and pencil skirt will show off-those curves, while that teeny slither of skin draws attention to that waist.

With your model-esque, up and down, figure, you can rock everything. However, if you wish to enchance your curves, there are a few clever dressing techniques that you can put into play...

The Fluted Dress
Add some shape to your up-and-down figure with a fluted dress in a thick, sturdy fabric. I suggest opting for an artistically shaped piece to really win in the style stakes.

The Playsuit
With your long, slim limbs, a playsuit will look like it's come straight off the runway when you walk into that party! Add a waist belt for a cinched-in optical illusion. Then just wait to be scouted...Unless you already are Cara Delevigne. (If so, I'm a huge fan!) 

The Skater Dress
Although I may have mentioned earlier that the skater dress is the pear-shaped ladies best friend, it's equally as magical on rectangle-shaped beauties! The way it goes in at the waist and flares out at the hips will give you an instant butt job, sans surgical procedures.

Have you found your perfect party dress yet?



  1. Oooh I really like that kimono maxi dress. I'm a huge fan of semi-transparent black fabrics when it comes to dresses!

  2. Beautiful dresses :)
    Maria V.

  3. I have an hourglass shape and the dresses you picked out would flatter my body. The first one would be perfect for a romantic date night.

  4. So nice! Have a great weekend.

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  5. Nice guide!! Good and flattering suggestions!! :o)

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  6. I'm not a rectangle but both of those princess polly outfits are awesome! I can see myself having so much fun in that playsuit!


  7. Wow you have really compiled some handy tips here...Oh that net red short dress is to die for..

  8. Very helpful!♥

  9. Great dresses!!!

  10. Great tips & dress options! I love the lace crop & skirt set! Beautiful picks lady!

  11. This is such a great guide! I'm loving all these party looks!

  12. There is really nothing you don't know about fashion! This post was very interesting and eye-opening - now I'm only not really sure which body shape I have :) But I love the dresses you show here, my fav is the blue fluted dress.
    Have a wonderful weekend of 4th Advent!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  13. Such a great post!! I want to be hour glass.. but I think I am.. square! lol

    Happy Holidays!
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  14. Such a helpful post! I always struggled (and still do at times) to find something that looks good on me. It is so hard because it might look amazing on someone and it just wont click on when you wear it!

  15. I love that you've created a thorough guide on determining body shape Rachel, especially as I've always been a bit in the dark on that front! Your style suggestions are gorgeous too - of course! ;)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  16. Perfect tips and cool suggestions!!
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  17. I love the jumpsuits!!!!

    The Cutielicious

  18. I love skater dresses so much! They look amazing on me.

    xx Izzy | Qthee

  19. A very informative post; that would make me an apple shape then. I could definitely see myself wear the kimono maxi dress and the flared sleeve dress!


  20. Amazing tips dear! This will help a lot of girls who struggle with finding a perfect dress for their body type :)

  21. Great guide for the dresses! & I think I'm a pear shape & the dresses are beautiful! In my opinion a girl can never have enough dresses.

    Laura from

  22. Good suggestions. Regardless of the body that each has, it would use all :)

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  23. I hate being a pear but I really love your ideas, especially wide legged jumpsuits xx


  24. These are all lovely picks! As a rectangle, I love a good playsuit :) Great post!
    xo Kiki

  25. Great (and very helpful!) post Rach! You are right on the money with the apple shape-- those three silhouettes are my go to. It's like you read my mind ;)

    Hope you're having a great holiday season so far!

  26. I still don't know my shape, I mean I am unsure :) It is either pear or hourglass! Thanks for the tips and recommendations.

  27. Skater dress are my new faves... This is an awesomely helpful post!

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  28. Love this post, the tips were very helpful!! ♥

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  30. Great guide!! Thank you for sharing - Really helps!!

  31. Fantastic guide! The jumpsuit is gorgeous and I need that shimmer maxi dress. Great choices


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  34. Great post!

  35. This is such an informative post! I LOVE the last dress which is a red skater dress! Simply gorgeous!

    xx Julianna

  36. I love the last jumpsuit! Nice post.


  37. Great post.

  38. Missguided Scuba Skater Mini dress is by far my favourite! I love the different dress choices of each body shape though, it's so helpful. Also here’s my latest YouTube video, I’d love some feedback from you - I’d really appreciate it!:D


  39. That Berry Red Topshop Structured Lace Skater Dress is beautiful!!!

  40. Great tips! Very helpful! Lovely dresses!
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  41. Very helpful, thank you for sharing

  42. Wow, so many amazing styles here, love these collections!!!

  43. Great selections! <3

  44. I love these posts because I generally just pick out whatever I like rather than dress for my body shape but these are so helpful. Fab post hun!


  45. What a wonderful useful post! Absolutely love your selection of dresses!
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  46. that's a lovely post with great tips and dresses selections! xoxo

  47. I love the short red dress, so cute!

    Johanna ♥

  48. That ASOS wide leg jumpsuit is sooo pretty! I would love to wear something loosen like that instead of the tight one.!

  49. Definitely would class myself as Pear shaped, you have definitely helped me out so much Rach <3 thank you! as it's really hard to find a dress that will show off my smaller waist over my bigger hips! the strapless dress is right up my street! I LOVE IT <3

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  50. Definitely would class myself as Pear shaped, you have definitely helped me out so much Rach <3 thank you! as it's really hard to find a dress that will show off my smaller waist over my bigger hips! the strapless dress is right up my street! I LOVE IT <3

    Serene | I Am Serene L

  51. Some great tips here! I have a hourglass figure however I'm very lean, so I tend to opt for dresses which add a little more shape.

    It's wonderful how simply dressing correctly in terms of dress style can make all the difference!

    Laura xx

  52. Great tips, Rachel! I love the red skater dress - it is simply divine!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  53. I absolutely love the dress selection you have in this post. I am a hour glass shape, so I am so loving the body con look. Beautiful.

    Kia / KTS

  54. This guide is so helpful, and I love the dress suggestions!

  55. I guess i have an hour glass shape body. These dresses are beautiful. I'm going to check these out! :)

    Wishing you an advance Merry Christmas!


  56. I guess I am an hour glass shape body :) these are perfect tips to all of the women! :)

    Merry Christmas!


  57. Wow! Awesome suggestions! I absolutely loved all the ideas of party outfit. The information was extremely useful.

  58. All these dresses are gorgeous and I love how you described each shape and what looks best. Sometimes it is tough if your not sure what fabric or style would look best on you. This was so helpful with great tips. I want the red dresses and the rest are just so chic! xx


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