From time to time, no matter how much we fall in love with a trend, it's important to take stock and realise that although something might look great on the rack, it won't necessarily suit our body shape or personal style. Many a fashion must-have becomes a fashion shouldn't-have if these two key rules are not observed. With this in mind, we've put together a few tips to help everyone find a great dress for their body shape. If you have trouble finding any of the styles, try seeking the help of online catalogues where you will find a wider selection of styles, like the dresses at La Redoute.
Curvy girls have the luxury of being able to get away with a number of dress styles. In particular, wrap dresses and those with back-ties are extra flattering as they accentuate those lovely curves in and out. Necklines are also quite easy to play with - experiment with scoop, sweetheart and V-necks. Some shouldn't-dos include Empire line dresses that can detract from your shape and for those who are a little bustier - embellished bodices should also be avoided.
Those who carry their weight on their middle might want to make more of other areas such as their legs and cleavage. For this Empire line and bias cut dresses are style winners as are flared maxi styles. To draw the eye away from your middle you should avoid frocks that make a feature of the area, but equally stay clear of shapeless shift dresses that will make you look more column-shaped. A low or interesting neckline will also keep eyes away from your wider tums.
Those with shapely rears and womanly hips need to look out for dresses with balancing features. Dresses with patterned top halves or feature collars such as Peter Pan styles can work well. Pears can be advised to stay away from tube or pencil skirts, but as long as you don’t opt for a too-tight style, there's no reason you shouldn't show off your shape with a long-length tailored dress.