How To Choose The Most Flattering Holiday Dress For Your Body Type


No matter how beautiful a piece may be, when it doesn’t do much for your figure, the results are underwhelming. And since the holidays are all about dresses (and making a lasting impression), it’s important to know which style is best for your shape. To help you snag an outstanding frock that fits you like a glove for the party circuit, browse our guide to discover your perfect match. Shop our favorites here and score tips on what to look for when searching for the one.

Getty Images

Frocks For Your Figure

You have: a small figure at the height of 5'4" or under.

Look for: minidresses that elongate your legs with of-the-moment, romantic sleeves to add flair to the abbreviated silhouette.

Checked Mini Dress



This fun check print delivers a unique spin on the typical party mini.

Seneca Bell Sleeve Bow Tie Silk Mini Dress



Dramatic bell sleeves speak for themselves.

You have: a long, slender frame.

Look for: statement maxis and midis with details at the shoulders to add interest to your straight-up-and-down stature.

One-Shoulder Paisley Midi Dress



The cold-shoulder silhouette adds much-needed drama to an otherwise demure ensemble.

Scoop-Back Bodycon Dress



A low back shows just the right amount of skin.

You have: wide hips and a small waist.

Look for: dresses with intricate designs at the chest and a flared skirt, which helps balance out the top and bottom.

Lace Top Jacquard Mini Skater Dress



The fit-and-flare cut will give you the perfect hourglass figure.

Asymmetric Pleated Guipire and Leavers Lace Dress


Jonathan Simkhai

Dramatic red and black detailing makes this the perfect combination of edgy and classic.

You have: a full midsection and wide shoulders.

Look for: a mini with an empire waist to flatter your frame and show off your legs.

Persei Silk Mini Dress


Rachel Zoe

Nothing screams "party" like a ruffled frock.

Dress With Scalloped Lace Neckline


Giambattista Valli

This stunning red number will make you the center of attention at any holiday affair.

You have: large breasts and a defined waistline.

Look for: A-line dresses with a V-neckline to open up the chest and substantial straps for support.

Aly Fil Coupe Dress


Rebecca Taylor

The embellished V-neck and cinched waist make for a flattering look.

Metallic Fil Coupe Silk-Chiffon Dress


Stella McCartney

The shimmery print is perfect for any holiday soiree.