Few wardrobe items are as iconic as the little black dress; it's the ultimate way to pull off a timeless look with minimum effort. The question is, which style is best for your body shape? Use our expert guide to get you prepped for party season
Typically, if you have broad shoulders you will also have narrow hips, which in body-shape terms means that you’re an ‘inverted triangle’. It may not sound the prettiest of definitions but some of the world’s most beautiful women including Angelina Jolie and Cindy Crawford belong in this camp. The trick is simply balancing your proportions.
Your perfect style: Keep it simple on top and opt for an A-line or flared silhouette to (subtly) widen your bottom half. This lace design with an asymmetric hem is great as it nips in at the waist, while drawing attention away from your shoulders.
For those lacking in the curves department, fear not: the ultimate beacon for a boyish figure – and the little black dress – has to be Audrey Hepburn. After wearing a Hubert de Givenchy gown in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, she created the look that launched a million LBDs. So if you’re slender like Audrey, choose long and lean, fitted designs with cut-away details or embellishment.
Your perfect style: Make the most of your slim frame with a figure-skimming style. This bodycon number will look incredible, thanks to the eyelet detailing on the hips – a clever design to cheat your way to curves.
Having a teeny-tiny waist is the most sought-after silhouette for womankind. Whether you’re hourglass or pear-shaped, if you’re lucky enough to match this description, embrace it. Choose styles that make your best asset the focal point, keeping it simple everywhere else.
Your perfect style: This embellished design from Autograph. The hemline is short enough to show off your legs, yet long enough to keep it sophisticated, while the full-skirted silhouette will make your waist look even smaller.
For a subtle take on sexy, this is the trick for you. If you’re not particularly fond of your arms or legs, choose a piece that will make your décolletage the focal point of your outfit, making sure to keep it sophisticated, not scandalous. For party season, add a delicate necklace complete with shimmering body oil for a luxurious finishing touch.
Your perfect style:Your perfect style: OK, we know it's not technically an LBD, but this chic jumpsuit guarantees to flatter. Featuring a tailored leg, it will elongate your lower half and hide your arms, while the V-neck and scalloped lace detailing keeps the focus up top.
Photographer: Zoltan Tombor / Stylist: Niki Brodie / Hair stylist: Panos at CLM
Make-up artist: Adam de Cruz / Model: Chloe L at Viva