We all want that perfect party dress for the festive season, something that makes us feel great. But do you know your body shape? And how to dress to accentuate it? That is one of the keys to a successful shopping trip, and> the perfect party dress!

Check out my top tips for the 4 main body types and> go find your perfect Christmas look!

Apple

If you tend to carry weight around your middle you want to try and> highlight your shoulders and> legs, so a shift dress would be perfect. V Necks would really suit this body shape as would a belt around the waist. This would create more of a waistline. Shorter skirts are a great way to show off your legs which are usually a good asset for apple shapes.

Pear 

If you’ve got bigger hips, and> could be considered more pear shaped you want to elongate your figure and> accentuate your top half. Think Kim Kardashian and> Eva Mendes. A fit and> flare dress would work wonders. Play about with different necklines, maybe strapless or spaghetti straps which will show off your slender top half. Any dress with detail on the in the top half will also draw attention to your best assets!

Rectangle

If you’re a rectangle shape your waist, hips and> shoulders will all be a similar size. You want to use your clothing choices to try and> create the illusion of curves, something like a crop top and> skirt matching combo would really suit this shape. Layering or dresses with large accent features like a big belt will also help and> add dimension to a rectangle figure.

Hourglass

If you’re curvy with a tiny waist you want to accentuate it. Try something like a wrap dress to cinch you in around the middle, and> really show off those curves. As with Apple Shapes you may want to look at V-necks and> belts! Fitted dresses are also a great option for this figure.

I would love to know if these tips help you out and> to see your Christmas party dresses. Tag me @ode2fitness or use the hashtag #ode2fitmas