These days holiday party invites start rolling in come early November. This year instead of wallowing in sheer, what-to-wear panic, be prepared to dress your party best this season—no matter what your shape. Whether you’re curvy, boyish, petite, or full-figured, we’ve got a few red-carpet looks that are both festive and flattering.
Reaching for a sack dress might be a natural reflex, but a loose shape will only add pounds. Enhance your figure in a form-shaping sheath dress or a forgiving wrap dress. And black is not your only choice hue this season: Embrace navy, gunmetal gray, and Bordeaux—all of which are rich and slimming. Reward your newfound bravery with a bold, statement accessory and fabulous heels.
Play up your figure’s best asset in the holiday party staple: the LBD. Victoria Beckham’s bone structure is not a requirement for this season’s modern dress shapes; the focus is simply on tailoring aka perfect fit. A structured black dress with top and bottom slits and a strong cinched waist is a flattering and fun alternative to the ubiquitous, long and flowy LBD.
You can’t go wrong with a simple LBD, but where’s the fun in that? Show off your personal style with peplum, lace, and bows—it’s all about the placement. A peplum will cinch your waist and add a gentle flare at the hip to make you look more curvaceous; bows add an ultra femme touch at the shoulder; and lace is always feminine especially when the scalloped edge accents a skirt or dress.
Lastly, the final touches of your holiday dress are the most crucial and most fun to put together: the accessories! Whether you opt for opulent and sparkly gems for a classic touch or bold, metal pieces for a modern look, the same approach goes with your holiday dress of choice – make sure you are comfortable in it and it speaks true to you.
For more tips on styling for the holidays and right on into the New Year, check out Natalie’s bestselling book, Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. It is available in Paperback, Kindle and Abridged Ebook Format.