Your Shape, Your Style? New Year's Eve Dresses That Are Right For Your Body Type

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Your Shape, Your Style? New Year's Eve Dresses That Are Right For Your Body Type

CURVY - DON

CURVY - DO

America makes this body-conscious style work for her by choosing a fabric that hugs her curves, not clings to them. The strong shoulder with intricate detailing is a great eye-catcher. 

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What to Wear if You're Curvy:

A plunging neckline and flutter sleeves draw eyes upward while the knit skirt lies smooth over any bumps. 

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APPLE - DON'T

It might look cute on the hanger, but this droopy top does nothing for Jessica's midsection - except making it look twice as big!

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APPLE - DO

Beyonce enhances her curves with this wrap dress that conceals trouble spots and works with what she's got.

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What to Wear if You're Apple-Shaped:

This dress conceals any bulge by wrapping around the waist. 

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PETITE - DON'T

Not only is this modest black number boring, the long silhouette makes petite Reese look shorter than she is!

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PETITE - DO

Mila looks stunning in this dress. The skirt adds volume to her figure, and the plunging sheer cutout creates a long, streamlined effect.

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What to Wear if You're Petite:

This dress is seriously similar to Mila's runway look at a fraction of a cost, and the fun stripes add a playful edge. 

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BOYISH - DON'T

A dress like this isn't flattering for lanky Kristen. Instead of creating curves, it just clings awkwardly and makes her look super uncomfortable - not cute!

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BOYISH - DO

You'd never know Natalie is sporting a boyish frame beneath that flouncy strapless frock. To top it off, a cute shrug cleverly disguises broad shoulders. 

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What to Wear if You're Boyish:

The nipped waist creates shape, and the shoulder ruffle adds a dose of flair - exactly what you need for going from boyish to bombshell.

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ATHLETIC - DON'T

This yellow dress might have looked amazing on the runway, but it just doesn't work in real life, especially for Cameron's athletic build.

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ATHLETIC - DO

Jen's halter shows off her athletic shoulders without placing too much emphasis on them.

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This dress will show off your athletic figure without hugging it too tight, and the halter straps are perfect to accentuate your shoulders. 

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Photo Credit: Neiman Marcus

 

TALL - DON'T

Cut this dress in half, and we might have a winner. Tall girls need a little extra something - a short hemline or a belt, for example - to break up a monochromatic look.

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The waistline on this shift breaks the look up and keeps tall girls from swimming in fabric. 

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The waistline on this shift breaks the look up and keeps tall girls from swimming in fabric.

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As if making New Year's Eve plans weren't stressful enough, with the holiday comes the added task of finding the perfect party dress that will work for your body type. If you're like us, the week before New Year's Eve might mean frantic trips to the mall, desperately seeking the perfect combination of glitter, sequins, and a style that won't look completely wrong on you.

Since last-minute shopping binges never tend to work in our favor (and usually end in a less than flattering outfit), we've planned ahead this year and put together a guide that will help you find the perfect New Year's Eve party dress, broken down by body type.

If you're unsure about the rules, use the celebrity dos and don'ts we've assembled as examples - that should make it pretty obvious. You'll find a range of styles that will flatter different figures, but one rule remains universal: the more sequins, the better.

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