The Perfect LBD for Every Shape

Every woman needs a luxurious little black dress hanging in her wardrobe. It became a staple ever since Audrey Hepburn graced our screens in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and it is now one of the most elegant styles to wear for an evening out. It can be difficult finding the right dress that flatters your shape and emphasizes your best assets. We have made a selection for you to ensure you make the most of your figure.


Petit LBDPetite doesn’t just mean short, it can also be slight all over. Stick to form fitted; with no fussy detail, as baggy  lothing with lots of ruffles will make you look shorter. To add some curves to your frame stick to skater style dresses, these will draw in your waist. The lace sleeves on the Antonio Berardi dress are chic and stylish and add a unique twist to a black dress. The nipped waste and flared skirt on Carven Combo Dress will create curves on smaller frames. Keep dresses above the knee, whilst pairing your black dress with a pair of platform nude heels, as these help elongate the leg.


Triangle LBDA triangle body shape comprises of strong shoulders, fuller bust and upper back and a narrow waist and slim legs. When choosing a dress with a triangle shape the idea is to create the illusion of an hourglass, so your slim hips are balanced with your shoulders.

Michael Kors Sleeveless Dress will add volume to your lower half with the full skirt, whilst the belt will define your waist, creating a beautiful hourglass shape.

Detail on top will soften your shape; the luxurious lace on the Azzaro Maylou dress will draw attention away from your strong shoulders and onto your décolleté. Add some big and bold statement jewelry such as the Ericson Beamon Blue Nile Necklace and some show stopping shoes to show off your slim legs.


Hourglass LBDThe hourglass shape is the ideal feminine shape. It is characterized by a curvy bust and hips with a slim waist. Fitted clothes will exaggerate your curves and enhance your naturally slim waist. The ideal dress for an hourglass is one with a V-neck, as it will accentuate your bust. Yves Saint Laurent’s Jersey Pencil Dress will highlight your assists, while adding some interest with it’s chained neckline. A classic dress for an hourglass shape is the Herve Ledger Bandage Dress, which are feminine and timeless and can accessorised in so many ways. For a bold look, accessorize your LBD with animal prints and block colours to make a real statement!


Apple LBDApple shape can be one of the most difficult shapes to dress. An apple shape refers to a rounded stomach and large bust. But don’t despair as there are plenty of stylish dresses that flatter this silhouette beautifully. Wear dresses that sculpt the midriff, while during attention to your preferred areas, such as your décolleté. Wrap dresses are ideal for apple shapes, as they fit nicely over the bust and draw attention away from the stomach. This Issa Royal Engagement Dress will do wonders for an apple shape. The full skirt on the Michael Kors Wool Dress will make your waist look smaller and the low V cut of the dress will highlight your décolleté. Accessorize with some drop earrings to show off your neck and face. Add a splash of colour with a fabulous bright clutch.


Straight LBDWomen with straight shapes generally have very long limbs, with smaller chests and a undefined waist. Go for dresses with nipped waists and a flared skirt such as the Lavin Velvet Dress, which will instantly add femininity to your frame. The unexpected fabric makes the dress a really luxurious piece.

Asymmetric necklines are great for drawing attention away from broad shoulders. The pleated detail on MaxMara’s Asymmetric Pleated Dress will also give the straight shape a curve by adding some volume to your hips, while the fitted, short length will show of your slender shape and long legs. High heels and a metallic clutch will finish off the look for an elegant evening look.


Pear LBDThe pear shape is a classic feminine silhouette with larger hips, slim shoulders and a smaller bust. A strapless dress will show of your slim shoulders. Karen Millen Sequin Embellished Stretch Statin Dress is an edgy  interpretation of an LBD, with the strapless top perfect for highlighting your feminine slim shoulders.

Wear skirts that are A-line. Red Valentino’s Layered Lace Dress will work great on a pear shape, as it has all the elements to create a flattering A shape. The belted waist will help balance the hips.

Style with a jacket to help broaden your shoulders. Armani Collezioni Sequin Jacket is a chic option to complete your evening look.

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Kelly Millar – Fashion and Image Consultant

KM Image Consulting

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