Dressing for your figure at the Christmas party

If there’s one occasion when we all want to look our best, it’s the office Christmas party. This is a rare chance to let your hair down and show your colleagues what you’re like outside of the day job, and the pressure to find the perfect outfit can be immense. Luckily, if you dress to suit your size and shape, as experts have been advising for decades, then you’re sure to look the belle of the ball. Here are some top tips:

Wrap style dresses look great on pear shapes, as they accentuate all your best features. Look for a dress that skims over the hip area rather than making a feature out of it, and try to also opt for dresses with detailing on the shoulders to draw the eye upwards and balance out your frame. Capped sleeves or shoulders with frill detailing are perfect for this. Plus, bold prints can work well on pear-shaped ladies as you can really show off your assets.

Boyish figures
Ladies with boyish figures can pull off the vast majority of dresses, but a style with a cinched-in waist will suit particularly well. You can also achieve the same effect by simply adding a waist belt to a shift dress, for example, to give the illusion of curves. A puffball skirt or a jacket with shaped shoulders will also work wonders to evoke an hourglass silhouette with added femininity.

Curvy ladies
Thankfully, these days the high street is starting to cater much more for ladies with curves, and you can find a fantastic range of plus size clothing at isme.com designed to flatter your shape and make the most of your assets. If you have a large bust or an enviable derriere, don’t keep them hidden away: use support underwear to create the silhouette you want, and then choose a dress in a bold colour to make a real style statement.

This season’s 1950s-inspired tailoring is perfect for those with that holy grail of shapes – the hourglass figure. Try to choose a dress that pulls you in at the waist to really emphasise your natural body shape, and avoid anything too boxy or straight, which might detract from your curves.

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