New Year’s Eve is a time for looking forward, for feeling good, and for having fun. So do you want to feel like you need to lurk in a darkened corner? Do you want to feel like you need to hide your entire body behind anyone or anything that will stand still long enough to cover you in pictures? Of course not! It’s all about dressing to highlight your best assets…and camouflaging the rest. This way, you’ll feel like strutting your stuff long after the clock strikes midnight!
Dresses that work with your problem areas:
Arms – If your problem area is your arms, then look for dresses with sleeves, either half or full length. Bell sleeves and blouson sleeves have a very hip, retro feeling, and they will flow away from your arms while camouflaging them. And be sure to keep the dress fun and flirty by choosing a shorter length, at or above the knees, since a dress with long sleeves and a long hemline is prone to feeling matronly (it all depends on the fit).
Legs/hips – If, on the other hand, you feel that your problem area is your leg/hip area, think dresses with sleeveless or halter tops that nip in at the waist and flow out into an A-line or maxi skirt. The waistline can even be as high as an empire waist, just make sure that some part of your waist is defined…or else the long, full skirt can look and feel like a tent.
Large bust – Even though there are some who would envy having your ample bosom, it takes tailoring and careful necklines to both flatter and avoid looking too risqué. A crew or halter neck can often make your bust look even bigger, so opt for a dress with a V-neck or square neck top. Try to avoid strapless, because even if you can manage to find a bra that will hold you up, you will definitely be adjusting yourself in-between every song. And if you are feeling a bit daring, a halter top or sheer overlay with a sweetheart neckline will help to channel your inner Marilyn Monroe.
Narrow hips – If your hips are lacking curves, it’s so easy to create some! Look for dresses with more structured and full skirts. You’d be amazed at what a few layers of crinoline or tulle will do. Ruffles, too, will add a completely feminine look and shape. Shorter dresses with circle skirts will also help to give the appearance of added curves.