The Best Evening Dress Silhouette for Your Body Type

How is it that stars like J-Lo and Scarlett Johansson appear so ordinary in the streets, yet transform into glowing goddesses on the red carpet?  After all, celebs are just like us…unless you count the luxe mansions, private jets, and personal glam squad at their every beck and call.  One secret to their red carpet confidence?  They dress to accentuate, not conceal, their body types.  Not sure of yours?  We broke it down one evening dress at a time.  Suit up for your next special event-a wedding, gala, or your own red carpet run-in a specific silhouette that highlights your best assets.  Whether you’re pear-shaped like J-Lo or hourglass like Scar-Jo, read on and become a pro at dressing for your shape.

If you’re pear shaped, try…

Just like the fruit, pear shapes are narrower on top and curvy down below.  Accentuate your hips with a trumpet evening dress, which is form-fitting and flares out slightly just above the knees (i.e. less dramatic than a mermaid silhouette).  An off-the shoulder neckline broadens your narrow upper half for a formal, flirty finish, while the moody floral print is at the top of our trend list.

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If you’re hourglass, try…

Hourglass ladies are noted for their bombshell curves and narrow waists (think: Kim Kardashian and Marilyn Monroe).  Make your figure really pop with a mermaid silhouette, which is slim-fitting, nipped in at the knees, and perfect for accentuating your curvaceous frame.  Up the wow-factor with lattice beading and illusion side panels and darling, the spotlight is yours.

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If you’re apple shaped, try…

Apple shapes, like Jennifer Hudson, boast all-over curves, notably around the midsection.  Choose a simple silhouette that skims over your frame, like this A-line evening dress.  A-lines universally flatter all body types, but this breezy silhouette, named for its letter “A” shape, cinches the middle and draws the eye up to your sexy shoulders.  Looks like we found your New Year’s Eve gala dress.

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If you’re petite, try…

Small and lean?  Your fall into the petite category, like celebs Reese Witherspoon and Mila Kunis.  A sheath, or slim-fitting, silhouette in a single shade adds length and won’t overpower your tiny frame.  Bonus: the racer cut and side cutouts on this evening dress create the illusion of curves, while the floral beading adds a touch of glitz.

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If you’re tall, try…

If your height reaches model proportions à la Gigi or Gisele, try an extravagant ballgown dress for your next formal fête.   The grand silhouette is effortless for you to pull off, as your towering frame balances the full skirt.  And to be honest, we’re actually tearing up over the beauty of this floral metallic ball gown.  Queen, much?

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