Style is nothing without fit so choosing a perfect dress to complement your figure is important for looking great and feeling confident. Knowing your basic body shape will help you find flattering dresses that accentuate your features. Now that summer has arrived, it’s the perfect excuse to discover beautiful dresses for those summer days and evening soirees.

Take a look at our body shapes guide to help you pick the most flattering dresses to suit your silhouette.

Hourglass silhouette

If you have a fuller bust, rounded bottom and hips, and a small waist, you have the characteristics of an hourglass shape. For ladies that have this figure, experiment with a flattering dresses that contour your shape yet avoid bulk around your curves.

flattering dresses for every shape

To create a visual balance in your outfit:

  • Opt for a V-neck or scooping necklines
  • Try bold and block colours for contouring
  • Accentuate your waist with nipped in or belted styles
  • Avoid fussy styles, dropped sleeve lines and high necklines

Apple shapes

For ladies that have fullness around the middle, great legs and a rounder shoulder line, you have the characteristics of an apple shape. To style your shape, contour your bodyline and avoid detail around the tummy and hips.

flattering dresses for every shape

To create a visual balance in your look:

  • Opt for V-neck dresses to accentuate your chest area
  • Choose wrap dresses which are great for skimming waist and balancing shoulders
  • Wear a statement pendant offering a focal point
  • Avoid wearing belts and dresses above knee length

Pear silhouette

Full hip and thighs, a defined waist and smaller shoulders and bust area often outline this common shape. A great way to accentuate your features and balance your top and bottom half is to create broader shoulders.

flattering dresses for every shape

To create a visual balance with flattering dresses, try:

  • A-line skirts with volume at the hemline
  • Wrap dresses to balance your figure
  • Cap sleeve detailing to focus on shoulder area
  • Opt for V-necklines to accentuate chest area
  • Avoid dropped waistline, flared or ruffled sleeve lines and straight dress styles

Athletic or rectangle shapes

For ladies with an athletic shape, your figure may showcase a straight shoulder line, little waist definition and straight hip and bottom area. If you’d like definition in your silhouette, creating the illusion of curves is a great way to achieve a fantastic look.

flattering dresses for every shape

Create a visual balance with your style by:

  • Adding volume to your outfit with focal points
  • Experiment with prints and colour blocking
  • Wear waist clinching belts to emphasis figure
  • Avoid long, straight dress styles and shift dresses with square necklines
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Jersey is a fabulous material; it’s comfortable, flattering and, above all, versatile. At first glance jersey’s tight-fitting properties may make it a daunting prospect but in reality the seemingly clingy fabric can flatter women of all shapes and sizes. Various brands and fashion designers have used jersey in their designs but few would call themselves ‘jersey specialists’ yet British brand CeMe London do claim to be just that. Their contemporary, creations are all made using soft, pliable jersey making them incredibly easy to wear and could comfortably fit into the wardrobe of any modern woman. Jersey allows CeMe to make form fitting, flattering clothing; CeMe’s dresses are designed to make women not only feel feminine but look it too. To celebrate this wonder material, and CeMe’s stylish designs, we thought we’d give a quick round up of the jersey specialists’ best pieces.

The little black dress is a wardrobe staple and jersey makes an ideal LBD fabric; CeMe make some truly attractive LBDs. This particular black dress is modern but elegant, modest and wearable but also flattering and feminine. This is a dress you could wear to the office, the bar or even to a special event.

Jersey is also very good for draping as this stylish grey dress proves. CeMe use draping in quite a few of their designs and this technique helps to flatter the body without drawing attention to unwanted lumps and bumps. With its trendy cowl neckline this dress would look great simply teamed with a killer pair of heels.

Many of CeMe’s designs come in simple block colours and many of us often think of Jersey in terms of plain, classic colours. CeMe, however, also use bright, modern prints in some of their dresses; this not only adds interest but also presents a contemporary take on jersey-based design. This appealing print dress has a classic silhouette, like many of CeMe’s jersey designs, but its abstract up-to-date print gives it a decidedly modern air. This is a dress you could wear with a leather jacket or a blazer, to work or on the weekend; in short this is a versatile, contemporary dress.

The occasional print aside, CeMe’s designs may seem a bit minimal at times but that’s not to say they couldn’t cause a stir. This white asymmetric dress may look simple yet it’s also incredibly glamorous. This is a dress that flatters you in all the right places; really it needs only a pair of heels and the right accessories and it’ll be ready to hit the town. This is a dress that proves that less really is more and that’s the wonder of jersey; with this wearable yet figure hugging fabric even the simplest designs become extraordinary.

Hannah Balsdon

 

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Like the classic shift and the sexy sheath the wrap dress is iconic style that everywoman should have in her wardrobe. A wrap dress is flattering, feminine and easy to wear; this simple form flattering style can be worn by women of all shapes and sizes making it a modern classic. Over the decades there have been many different versions of the conventional wrap dress but some designers use traditional wrap-dress shape to create unique, new styles. This approach allows designers to utilise the flattering ‘wrap’ silhouette and tweak it to suit their own aesthetic and vision. One such designer using the ‘wrap’ to create stylish pieces is Katya Wildman. Katya’s brand, Bombshell, is known for producing sensuous figure hugging dresses and, as such, the brand’s designs often feature a ‘wrap’ style shape. It’s very hard to resist Bombshell’s sexy designs and their sarong/wrap style dresses are particularly desirable. As such we thought we’d give you a quick round up of some of our favourites…

This sensuous red dress looks fit for a 1950s screen siren; it combines an enticing red print with a warp dress style profile. This is a dress that was just made for hourglass figures and, these days, very few clothes are. Yet for all its sensual glamour this is a versatile little red dress that could take you from office to bar.

Sticking more closely the tried and tested traditional wrap dress this dress has all the style of the original iconic piece but with a twist. The dress has a concealed zip on the front which allows the wear to bare as much or as little flesh as they like. In essence here is a dress that possesses both the professionalism and free spirited sexiness that everyone remembers from the wrap dresses of the 1970s. Bombshell have just brought the 70s dress up to date and added an extra dose of sensuality.

Wrap dresses aren’t just for daywear, the style’s sexy silhouette works equally as well at night too. Bombshell’s elegant evening dresses, like the brand’s daywear, also draw on the ‘wrap’ shape. This feminine and ladylike little number uses a wrap outline to subtly flatter the female form. Like all of Bombshell’s designs this dress is sexy but here the sexuality is muted and restrained making this a dress fit for even the most sophisticated events.

Hannah Balsdon

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With cold, wet winter winds hitting the UK the style conscious woman is faced with a problem; how does one stay stylish in the rain? Fortunately Lux-Fix stocks a variety of stylish and practical outerwear and footwear that is ideal for the wet weather. A well designed waterproof Mac or traditional grungy parka can be your best friend in a shower or storm; whether you’re a smart dresser or a casual fashionista there’s a waterproof coat for you. Similarly by ditching the wellies and investing in a pair good quality boots you will be able to face any puddle in style. In short rain doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to take a hit; with a bit of planning and some wise purchases you can look as chic is wet weather as you do in the sunshine. So, without further ado, here’s a quick roundup of the most stylish wet weather fashion Lux-Fix has to offer.

Let’s start with UK based design collective Protected Species; Protected Species use technically sophisticated but functional outerwear that doesn’t compromise on style. Case in point their fashionable West End Waterproof Mac which combines timeless styling with cutting edge design. This traditional looking Mac is actually made of Fluid Intelligent Fabric making it a modern and practical twist on a classic. This coat may be waterproof but you can style it in much the same way as any Mac or trench; in short this is a raincoat that you could wear office in pride.

The parka is the ultimate practical but stylish coat; a good parka should be robust enough to shelter you from the elements but also have a rock ‘n’ roll inspired cool all of its own. Just about every high street store comes up with a parka each winter but British brand Parka London’s coats are a cut above the rest. Their designs are simple, classic and hardwearing with an undeniably British feel; their pieces are simply designed for the British climate. Their Freja Parka (above) is loose fitting enough to fit over even the chunkiest of knitwear and also has a water resistant finish making it ideal for cold, rainy days

A good pair of boots is a must for winter, wet weather or no and a hardy pair of riding boots can make a great alternative to wellies. The Spanish Boot Company creates classic, practical riding boots inspired by traditional Spanish boots. The brand’s boots are certainly functional and perfect for equestrian enthusiasts but they are also well designed and beautifully crafted making them also fit for day-to-day use. Their Polo Boots for example could be used for riding but they would also work just as well as fashionable city footwear. This combination of style and practicality make The Spanish Boot Company’s boots a very stylish wet weather option indeed.

Hannah Balsdon

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With Christmas over and 2015 officially under way now we’re getting to the depressing part of winter. The weather’s still cold but, January sales aside, there’s little to look forward to.  Fashion-wise at this time of year many of us find ourselves hiding under layers and layers of knitwear for warmth but it doesn’t have to be like this. It’s still possible to see out the rest of the winter in style thanks this winter’s most comfortable trend; faux fur. Long seen as a cheap imitation of high end real furs seen on the catwalks faux fur is having a renaissance; in fact even some real fur is beginning to look decidedly faux. Faux Fur today doesn’t simply try to ape the real thing instead it’s colourful, contemporary and fun. This isn’t a difficult trend to pull off; with chic faux fur accessories popping up everywhere even the most cautious fashionista could easily incorporate fake fur into their wardrobe. Today we’ve scoured Lux-Fix to bring you the warmest, chicest furry items our site has to offer.

British brand Helen Moore’s colourful and carefully crafted faux fur pieces are contemporary and have a sort of opulent air. Their fuzzy striking clutches are an incredibly easy way to channel the new fur trend. This furry magenta clutch could add a lovely pop of colour to any winter outfit and is quirky enough for year round usage.

If you’re looking for a warm but stylish winter jacket to get you through the remaining cold weather months you could do a lot worse than one of Faux England’s feminine coats and jackets. Unlike Moore’s pieces Faux England’s designs are pretty traditional and have a nostalgic vintage feel. This is a jacket that could be both paired with jeans and a jumper during the day and thrown on over something sparkly at night. As a result this classic jacket is definitely more of an investment than a seasonal, trend motivated buy.

The party season may be over but if you’re heading out during the next couple of months Helen Moore’s stylish Vixen scarf would make an excellent accessory.  Full of old school glamour yet also thoroughly modern this scarf would look utterly ravishing draped over one shoulder. Frankly whatever your night-out style the vixen scarf is guaranteed to take your outfit to the next level.

Ski bunnies and bohemian travellers alike will no doubt be impressed by Hipanema’s faux fur earmuffs. These are definitely winter accessories for the active and the young; whether you’re headed off to the slopes or just refuse to let the cold weather keep you indoors these earmuffs are an ideal alternative to the ubiquitous beanie.

Hannah Balsdon 

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