The seasonal quandary about what to wear to all those festive evenings and parties is as inevitable as twinkling lights and Christmas trees.
This year, I thought that it will be more useful to give you some example of outfits that fit your body shape, rather than giving you my favourites or what’s trendy. Dressing for your body shape is KEY to be stylish. But, instead of worrying about how to hide bits of our bodies that have seen better days, let’s make a promise this year to look and feel confident at every Christmas evening or party by switching attention to the good bits – those areas you are proud of and want to show off.
From family gatherings to romantic dinner dates with your partner, by using a little know-how and picking an outfit that works with your body shape, you can spend less time worrying about how you look, and more time enjoying yourself.
BEST FOR... TALL & SLIM
Party season dressing is a breeze when you’re tall with a long torso. Try wearing a high waisted pleated midi skirt with a cropped top (ideally with a higher neckline) for an elegant and sophisticated look. Play around with textures and add some metallics for a festive feel. Complete the look with strappy sandals or sock boots.
BEST FOR... A BIG BUST
If you have la bigger bust, it can be tricky to find flattering clothes that don’t over-emphasize your chest. Many styles and fashions cater to women with smaller busts. But there are plenty of options that will make big-busted women look and feel great!
The key is opt for styles with open necklines (i.e, avoid outfits with high necklines). V-necks, Round, Scoop necklines, Square necklines and Boat necklines will all help to balance out your bust without drawing too much attention to them. Why not try a bold coloured wide leg jumpsuit with a v- neckline this Christmas?
BEST FOR...GREAT LEGS
If you have amazing legs, but conscious f your torso area try a simple, short or long-sleeved shift or column dress. You can go shorter on the length as the long sleeves will balance the exposed skin, while the loose-fitting shape is ideal if all those party canapés go straight to your middle.
Opt for a length you are comfortable with, but don't go any longer than knee length. Look for one in silk or with a sprinkling of sequins for an evening party, and team with chic strappy sandals. This style is also perfect if you are short and plus size.
BEST FOR...SLIM WAISTS
If you have a smaller top half than bottom (this is me!!), then your waist is the asset to flaunt. Look for outfits that cinch you in at the middle and flare out, gently skimming your hips- Also see top image of me in the black dress.
Opt for dresses that cleverly mix fabrics, textures and colours between the top and bottom halves. An asymmetric style will earn your some extra style points!
BEST FOR... SMALL & PETITE
When you’re short on height, eveningwear doesn’t need to be difficult. Match your petite frame to a mini dress and keep the hemline short to make the most of those legs.
Bold and daring prints look great on a smaller frame, so go wild and try the brightest, most exciting prints you can find. And unlike many silhouettes, high necklines look great on you, so try a high collar, preferably in contrasting fabric or colour, that will draw attention to your face.
I hope you found this post useful!
Enjoy the festive season!
Your Personal Stylist,
PS: Bag in the image of me is by Sarah Haran