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New Year's eve party ensembles designed to suit your body type

Put your best foot (or shoe) forward in welcoming the new year by dressing to maximise your body shape's potential
 

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Whether you’re lighting up the dance floor or heading to a house party, flaunting a head-turning outfit to welcome a new year ahead is positively important. After all, when the clock strikes 12 and the balloons drop, they symbolise a fresh start and a brand new day. And there’s no better way to leave your past behind than putting your best self forward on the 31st.

Here are some stylish outfits we’ve thought up for you to ring in the new year (and the new you), based on your body type. Let these be your go-to pieces to start the year right.

 

Petite

If you have a small stature, avoid drowning yourself in midi and maxi dresses. Go for girlish and sassy mini dresses instead. Pieces that have a baby-doll silhouette or an empire waistline are your best bet, as they will create an illusion of a smaller torso — and that means, longer legs! Match it with a nude pair of heels to further elongate your limbs. Tip: Avoid pieces with puffed or textured shoulders as they’ll disrupt the proportion of your body.

Get the look:

Jacquard mini dress by Alice + Olivia, £450 ($817), via Net-a-Porter

Strappy heels by Zara, $89.90

Sequin top handle bag by Zara, $45.90

Star diamante earrings by Lovisa, AUD$10.99 ($11)

 

Curvy

Curvy girls typically have a fuller bottom (think Jennifer Lopez). If for some reason you don’t want to flaunt your booty, you can mask it in a voluminous bouffant skirt. However, make sure that the skirt that you’ve chosen is cinched at the waist to highlight your figure. Pair it with a simple crop top to avoid drawing attention away from your waistline. Go with block heels, which are stable enough for a night out and can elevate your height at the same time.

Get the look:

Cropped jersey top by H&M, $17.95

Jacquard bouffant midi skirt by Sara Battaglia, £520 ($945), via Net-a-Porter

Knotted satin bag by Mango, $89.90

Pewter strappy heels by Charles & Keith, $79.90

Faux pearl and rhinestone earrings by Zara, $29.90

 

Long and lean

If you have a long and lean silhouette, it means you have a slender figure with to-die-for long limbs. While mini skirts and dresses show off your legs, keep it cool and classy with one-colour jumpsuits or pant-suits, which elongate you further. Here, we’ve selected a velvet two-piece that’s plush and comfortable. Nail the look of sophistication with a pair of iridescent pumps, a tortoiseshell purse and statement earrings.

Get the look:

Velvet blazer by Zara, $139

Velvet trousers by Zara, $99.90

Methacrylate bag by Mango, $179

Iridescent pumps by Amina Muaddi, £400 ($726), via Net-a-Porter

Wood ball earrings by Lovisa, AUD$17.99 ($18)

 

Athletic

If you frequently hit the gym, don’t hide that enviable figure under baggy apparel. Flaunt your toned physique by opting for midi dresses which are more form-fitting. Go with something that has short-sleeves or sports off-the-shoulder detail to show off your sculpted arms. To add a touch of elegance, finish your look with an understated gold purse, a pair of strappy sandals and a simple leather cuff.

Get the look:

Ruffled midi dress by Topshop, $89.90

Leather strappy heeled sandals by Zara, $119

Satin pinned clutch by Burberry, $1,880, via Farfetch

Leather cuff by COS, US$45 ($62)

 

Plus size

When it comes to dressing up for a party, flowy maxi pieces are perfect for plus-sized girls looking to conceal their curves but don’t want to compromise on style. Don’t be afraid to go bold: Opt for those bursting with vibrant colours or charming prints to stand out. You can throw on a long-line jacket or a kimono if you’re feeling cold. Pair your look with a statement neck piece to divert the attention to your collarbone.

Get the look:

Colourblock silk crepe dress by Tory Burch, £805 ($1,463), via Net-a-Porter

Sequin embroidered kaftan by Mango, $199

Tassel heeled loafers by Charles & Keith, $56.90

Beaded crossbody bag by Zara, $69.90

Gold-plated and tortoiseshell palm leaf motif necklace by Lovisa, AUD$29.99 ($29)

 

 

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