7 Party Dresses That Make You Look Slimmer
No matter your budget or body type, these figure-flattering ensembles will have you looking—and, most importantly, feeling—your best.
The Body-Con Dress That'll Leave Them Breathless
How do you make a little black dress even more slimming? Add a strategically placed vertical, charcoal stripe down the sides. The effect is like an optical illusion: your eyes focus on the black fabric, making your arms, waist and hips appear thinner.
The Sparkly Stunner for Fuller Figures
It wouldn't be a holiday party without a little shimmer, and in classic black and gold, this dress can take you from the office Christmakwanzakah celebration to New Year's Eve. The neckline-to-hemline strip of metallic sequins makes you look longer and leaner, too.
The "I Need to Know Your Secret!" Dress
Almost every woman has great shoulders, particularly when wearing this keyhole halter neckline (the straps are just thick enough so you don't get that dreaded underarm spillage). Plus, built-in shapewear gives you that "yes, I do Pilates daily" look—even if the last time you engaged your core was 2011.
The Ladylike Style That Will Become A Year-Round Staple
Cocktail dresses can easily veer into the too-revealing category, but this cut works anywhere. The fit-and-flare skirt hides fuller hips, and when the holiday season is over, you can pair it with a blazer and wear it to work.
The Swishy Number You'll Want to Dance All Night In
Boyish figures will love this style—the faux-leather side panels define your waist and fill out smaller busts. Best of all, the skater-like skirt gives a nice swoosh with every turn you make, polishing up even the most off-rhythm moves.
The Plus-Size Dress That Makes You Look Radiant
Plenty of women will be wearing basic black, so stand out with a burst of color and pattern. The belt emphasizes an hourglass shape, and in rich, jewel-tone shades, it's practically guaranteed to make your skin glow. Added bonus: 3/4-length sleeves that provide just the right amount of coverage for your arms.
The Red-Carpet-Ready Gown
You may not be able to raid Kate Hudson's closet, but you can snag the dress she wore to this year's Breast Cancer Research Foundation gala. It's the perfect style for parties where you're bound to be photographed from every angle: long sleeves make your arms look lean, the twist-knot detail cinches your waist and the mid-thigh front slit flashes just the right amount of leg.
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By Candace Braun Davison