3 Perfect Party Dresses For Your Body Type

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By now, there are enough reminders on your phone for holiday potlucks, white elephant gift exchanges, office bashes, and all-night Champagne ragers that the notifications are starting to blink as frenetically as your neighbor's tacky roof display. And, your wardrobe isn't ready. Solve this seasonal quandary the lazy-girl way: First, let us do all the legwork; second, choose one stellar outfit that fulfills all your partying needs. Something that won’t require a ton of time or thought to put together, but still looks amazing from the moment you step into it until the moment you saunter home. And, we believe the 33 examples ahead are just the thing.
Carefully selected for the specific body types they suit, these party frocks are made for flattering your figure. In other words, they do all the work so you can concentrate on remembering the name of your S.O.’s out-of-town cousin that you only see once a year, or planning how to make a swift exit from tonight’s party #2 in order to make it in time for party #3. ’Tis the season, and ahead, ’tis the sartorial guide for helping you get through it.
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Long Torso
Instead of attempting to make your longer torso look shorter, counter the length with a widening and seriously romantic off-the-shoulder cut. The broad neckline of the dress will draw attention upward. Just be sure to select a length that's intended to hit just around the knee — on your frame, this will probably fall just a smidge higher.
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Busty
In order to best flatter your shape — your largest measurement is in the bust — look for a silhouette that has some type of subtle accent at the waist. Belts and ties can work, but we prefer something a bit more streamlined, like these frocks that use colorblocking and texture to highlight your middle and give your figure definition. A V-neck also flatters and shows off some cleavage — how deep the plunge is totally your call.
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Pear
Not only is a fuller, T-length skirt a staple for most pear-shaped women, but these examples specifically work for their doubled-up tops, as well. The layered style — some with a mixture of sheer fabrics or clashing patterns — brings attention to the torso, the smallest proportion on your frame. And, the dance-floor-ready skirt gives the dress a body-skimming, not clinging, fit to best flatter the killer curves on your lower half.
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Apple
For an apple shape, keep the silhouette simple but go wild with textures, colors, and patterns. A clean-lined, column shape dress will flatter a frame that carries most of its weight toward the center. Meanwhile, the short hem lets you show off your legs and the V-neck top draws attention upward, as well.
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Hourglass
While your shape looks equally great in plenty of silhouettes, for this holiday season, we suggest playing up of-the-moment athletic detailing. Look for clever piping, outlining, and mixed textures on a slimmer fit. The nod to sportswear will look sexy, but not in an over-the-top, obvious way.
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Ruler
With proportions that are all generally the same — shoulders, waist, and hips — your figure looks incredible in a daring, deep-V dress. Sure, the shape is instantly sexy and could even be a bit risqué on some, but the plunging cut creates instant curves along your linear frame.
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Ballerina
The silky column dress is one that feels inherently elegant once you slip it on. And, for a shape that's lean and long like yours, the style will flatter with its body-skimming fit. Should you hope to further winterize this negligee-like look, it can also be easily layered with a thin turtleneck beneath.
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Petite & Compact
This season, match your own petite frame with a silhouette that's also a mini. The length of this frock will elongate your legs, with or without the assist of heels. However, we also love the contrast collar neckline that brings attention to your face. As for prints, pick the most impactful and playful one you can find.
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Carrot
Since a carrot shape is categorized by wider shoulders, a high-neck dress — mock or turtle — will flatter your broader top. However, be sure to choose a hem that's full and has movement. This will add width to your slimmer bottom, and create symmetry all around.
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Short Torso
A short, flashy, and slightly loose-fit dress will work amazingly on a short upper body like yours. Not only will the statement-making fabric and clean shape disguise exactly where your high waist begins, it will also allow you to show off your extra-long gams. Of course, it is winter, so don't forget the tights.
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Small Chest
Thankfully, a small-chested gal's go-to jacket of choice is not just staying in the outerwear department. A sleek, tailored, double-breasted dress — like the coat — adds a little bit of dimension, and highlights your petite-on-top frame. Plus, we love the slightly borrowed-from-the-boys silhouette in dress form.
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