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The ten best dresses for every body shape to wear right now...

Do you love wearing dresses but struggle finding the right style to suit your body shape? Are you looking for an easy and comfortable outfit which works for multiple occasions? Would you like to save time getting ready and feel kick-ass confident in what you're wearing?!

A Personal Stylist can help you save time, avoid the stress of uncertainty when out shopping, the hassle of online returns and enable you to feel confident, stylish and fantastic every single day!!!! So if you've answered yes to one or more of the above questions, read on to find the perfect autumn/winter dress for day/work and for evenings/Christmas parties for your body shape...

And if you don't know your body shape download my FREE Body Shape Guide then come back and read this!! And if you do know your shape consider my BODY SHAPE LOOKBOOKS which contain useful tools, tips and visuals on the styles to suit you and the ones to avoid to save you time, money and stress when out shopping or building outfits from your wardrobe. Comes in a pdf booklet format and are just £10.

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Athletic Body Shape

You are in proportion, wear the same size top and bottom and are slender with lack of curve.

The Princess of Wales is a slender athletic and chooses styles to accentuate her slender frame yet also gives her shape - look at the exaggerated shoulder, belted style and pleats to the bottom half of this dress which gives her shape and movement.

All over print maintains your natural proportion and if petite aim for a small, even print, such as a polka dots, small even stripes, small florals, checks etc. The larger the print the more it will dominate your frame.

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1.Party dress - Ted Baker

Pink frill dress - perfect for date nights, girl's nights out,

Christmas parties and so easy to dress down by adding

chunky boots and a biker or this seasons shearling jacket to toughen the look up.

Add a blazer and long boots for a work outfit and a chunky knit and trainers at the weekends. Pink is such an on-trend colour for this season and into spring 2023 too so keep wearing it into next year and beyond!

2. Day dress - & Other Stories

Such a gorgeous shape and fun heart print makes this dress a winner for autumn, winter and beyond.

The high neck and shorter style works well for your shape and this can be easily dressed up or down making it really versatile. If you require more shape to the waistline just add a thin belt to draw the eye in and create a waistline.

This style would also work for a petite pear shape belted.

Complete with a red lip!

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Hourglass Body Shape

You are in proportion and wear the same size tops and bottoms.

You have a distinct waistline which often sits quite high, a medium to large bust and a curvy bottom and hips.

Trousers can sometimes be tricky for you as they can gape at your waistline.

Holly is a slender hourglass and wears pieces to accentuate her curves. You can be a size 8, size 18 or a size 28 and still be an hourglass - it's your shape not size!

  1. Party - Me and Thee bardot dress

For a start this is such a beautiful colour and this fabric is perfect for an hourglass body shape, you want to aim for fabrics which glide over your figure accentuating your gorgeous curves. The ruching across the stomach area is also useful and flattering.

Keep accessories to a minimum and let your beautiful figure, dress and personality do the talking for you!

Such a classic piece that you can wear for evening events, Christmas parties and winter weddings for years to come.

2. Day - Rixo Dress

This is such a great shape for a curvy hourglass as the pattern is uniform maintaining your lovely proportion, allows your bust some space with the v-neck which you can adjust, it's belted and has a lovely full skirt giving you great movement.

This style also comes in other colours and prints though this colourway is great for dressing down for autumnal walks with a cozy knit or a turtle neck top underneath, dressed up for lunch out with the family or for work simply by adding a blazer and cream boots.

I've seen this dress in the flesh and it's such beautiful, quality fabric!

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Pear Shape

You wear a larger size or more on your bottom half with a curvier bottom and hips and take a smaller size on your top half.

Small-medium busted with a small high-waist and sloping shoulders. You can often wear high-necked tops, with shoulder pads/details, creating interest and drama on your top half which balances out your wider hip area.

Keep your bottom half simple with straight leg or wide-leg trousers and A-Line skirts/dress styles. Consider high-waisted styles to accentuate your small waist which will lengthen your legs too - great tip for petites!

1. Party - Anthropologie Dress

Gorgeous metallics and a flowing skirt style makes this dress a wonderful shape for a pear shape as it skims over the hip area.

The round neck and a higher neckline suits a pear shape as a smaller busted body shape you can take the additional volume on the top half.

This is the type of dress that's very easy to make look super dressy for a black tie event, Christmas part or a winter wedding but equally if you added a fluffy cream knit and biker boots can use it as a really interesting maxi skirt too for a chic daytime winter look

2. Day - Kitri Geometric Dress

The shape of this fabulous midi shirt dress with a flattering waisted style in a geometric print will ensure a great fit for pear shapes.

The puff sleeves and frills to the shoulder area creates drama on the top half which works well to draw the eye up and balances out the wider hip area .

So easy to dress down with boots as shown, simply add a chunky knit and a biker jacket for a cosy weekend look and wear undone over leggings and a polo neck for a chic work outfit.

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Strawberry Body Shape

Also known as Inverted Triangle, all the curve sits in the top half with a large bust, often square shoulders tapering down to narrow hips and slender, athletic legs.

Can often have a flat bottom which can make trousers harder to fit and due to the size of bust can be short in the torso so a great bra is essential to lift the bustline and give a little more space in the torso!

Keeping the top half simple and adding drama, shape, print and colour to the bottom half will balance the frame.

1. Party - River Island

This fab shimmery number is such a great shape for a strawberry body shape as it allows the bust some space with it's simple v-neckline and elegant shaping to the top half.

The length is great for showing off those fabulous pins - if you are conscious of getting your legs out River Island have some great midi and longer styles too.

Perfect for a Christmas Party or a winter wedding, add a long faux-fur cream coat for the ultimate party entrance look!

2. Day - Omnes

A fabulous little dress in a great style for strawberry body shapes as the frill and shorter hemline detail adds the drama to the bottom half and gets those legs out!

Such a versatile dress for day to night as it's so easy to dress up for work simply by adding tights, boots and a blazer or jacket and whipping the jacket/tights off for a night out.

Layer this one up with a polo neck underneath for a chic layered look that keeps the warmth and the style!

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Apple Body Shape

Carrying all the weight and curve in your top half with little to no waist definition. Often you are better with a low to mid rise trouser or skirt.

With a medium to large bust, slender arms and legs with neat ankles. The key for you is to balance your top half and draw attention to your great legs and/or your slender ankles.

Fabrics which glide rather than cling are wonderful for you and the empire line dress was made for your body shape.

Party - Rixo feather dress

This is basically Melissa Mcarthy's outfit in a shorter style with feathers! An empire line style meaning the gather is under the bustline and so will glide beautifully over the stomach area enabling your wonderful assets your legs and slender ankles to shine.

The v-neck gives your bust some space and elongates your frame and the feathers not only looks beautiful it also balances out your frame. And with the longer sleeve there it's practical and balances out the legs on show!

Day - Anthropologie Dress

This is such a lovely shape for lots of body shapes including Apple Body Shapes as it's a v-neck shape which gives you space for your bust. Plus it's an empire line which means it draws you in underneath the bust giving you the illusion of a waist and gives you length, great if you are petite!

The print is beautiful and because the pattern is vertical this also creates length for you.

This is such an easy dress to wear day to day and dress down for casual by adding a lovely knit over the top or a longline cardi to compliment the earthy tones.

A dress is such a wonderful piece in your wardrobe as it's a complete outfit and enables you to get ready super quick in the mornings and simply get on with your day. It's also a piece which can be dressed up or down and worn throughout the year making it a worthy style investment. Let me know which dress is your favourite?

And if you'd like to know about your Body Shape, get your FREE Body Shape Guide or book on to my next Body Shape Confidence workshop here.

Take care,

Abbey x

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