Dressing Your Shape – Make That Little Black Dress Work for You This Holiday Season!

The black dress holds rank in the Style Hall of Fame as a hardworking staple for the party circuit. This holiday season, make that LBD work even harder for you by picking one with the most flattering features for your body shape. Whether you’re an X, H, A, V, O or B, body shape is every stylist’s starting point. These are the expert quick hits of what to look for in the quest for your best dress.

Diandra: X Shape, Founder of Liel and Lentz Jewelry

An X Shape or hourglass figure is when the hips and shoulders are proportionate, with a defined waist and balanced bum and chest. The rule of thumb here is choosing cuts that define the waist and follow your curves. The bandage dress is a classic example, while this modern tutu and fitted sweetheart neckline tee is a wild card look that flatters and is ready for fun.

Kaila: V Shape, Registered Veterinary Technician

V Shapes have broader shoulders with narrower hips and bum, often with a full to medium chest. Her best LBD is either an asymmetric, one shoulder piece, or an A-line cut that adds balance like this longer sleeved number.

Stylist Tip: 3/4 sleeves are a V Shape’s best sleeve length.
Bonus Stylist Tip: The A-Line dress is probably the most universally flattering cut and is the very, very best cut for an A Shape body (which is when the hips are broader than the shoulders).

Dress, skirt, and top from smitherystyle.com. Jewelry lielandlentz.com


Rebecca: H Shape, Founder of Sugar Plum Sleep

The H Shape, also known as The Column, has straighter lines with little waist definition. That’s why a style that’s fitted through the skirt and blouses at the waist works best for the H Shape — it creates curves and adds softness. If you’re thinking that you love the sparkles but can’t see yourself getting much wear out of this dress beyond one particular occasion, that’s where Rent Frock Repeat swoops in. They provide a serious style quotient that you can rent for the evening and return post party.

Marlissa: O Shape, Owner of Mai Lin Jewelry

O Shapes have a full chest, rounder tummy, and killer legs. Show them off and sculpt the midriff in styles that use pattern or seaming to change how the eye reads the body. In this case the motif mimics an hourglass to create an effect that is super flattering. The structured fabric and empire waist seaming also compliment this body shape.

Dresses from rentfrockrepeat.com. Jewelry lielandlentz.com

Haley: V Shape, Associate at Smithery Style

V necks and V shapes are style soul sisters because the cut helps break up a broader shoulder line and gives the girls some breathing room. If you want your holiday pick to work beyond a cocktail in hand, adding pattern makes it easier to dress up or dress down. Picture this piece with booties, tights, and a leather jacket for street style.

Erica: B Shape, Lifestyle Blogger at www.annageorgianna.com

Bump style! The cold shoulder trend livens up a basic piece but it also helps balance the body by adding visual interest up top. Ruching is the name of the game for bump fashion, especially in a fabric that has great stretch and a substantial weave (versus anything too thin). Ani + Wren curate high quality B Shape pieces for every stage of the nine and beyond.

Dresses from aniandwren.com. Jewelry lielandlentz.com

While these are the insider tips & tricks to finding your best holiday LBD, the only real ‘rule’ is that if you feel awesome in it then you’ll radiate good vibes all night long. Now bring on the mistletoe, sparkly drinks, and merrymaking!

RENA RUTKAUSKAS is creative director and co-founder of Smithery Style, helping women dress for their body shape. She believes that no one should ever feel she has nothing to %$#^! wear. smitherystyle.com


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