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Shopping for dresses in Singapore: Styles for your body shape

Aileen Lane shares her style tips on how to select the right cocktail dress for your body shape.


Bigger on top: For women who have a bigger bust or broad shoulders

Choose deep V or U necklines to break up bulk.

Choose wider straps; thin spaghetti straps will emphasise broader shoulders or a bigger bust.

This frock is from The Vestry


Bigger on the bottom: For those with wider hips, a bigger bottom or heavy thighs

Choose dress styles that are straight or A-line. Avoid pencil skirts or skirts that add too much volume as both will tend to exaggerate the hips and bottom.

Embellishment, shine and detail usually work best on the upper body; keep the lower half simple.

Pick this style up at Tory Burch


No waist:

Choose dress styles that bypass the waist either with an empire waist or a drop waist. Twenties flapper-style dresses will probably work well for you.

Choose styles with details at the bust and above, and at the hips and below to make your waist look smaller in comparison.

Try this CH Carolina Herrera dress


Heavy legs and calves:

Choose simple hemlines that end at the slimmest part of your leg. This is usually just below the knee. Avoid tea-length styles that end at the thickest part of the calf.

Track down this number from Simply Be

Aileen Lane is a Nutritionist and Image Consultant and the owner of Nutri-Style (nutri-style.com), a company that wants to help you look your best. For colour, style, shopping, wardrobe and weight-loss programmes, contact Aileen at aileenlane@nutri-style.com.