What to wear to your Christmas Party!

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MAKE AN ENTRANCE AT YOUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY WITH THESE STYLISH FINDS FROM MOSMAN COLLECTIVE'S FASHION CONTRIBUTOR SAMANTHA McNAMARA

 
 

The silly season is upon us and with it comes a raft of events, sure to stretch even the most well stocked wardrobe. Most of us instinctively know what looks good on us, but every now and then, even the most fashion conscious women fall in love with a perfect party dress that’s just not flattering!

So, with that in mind, I've put together my ultimate style guide to fit your body shape this festive season!

PEAR SHAPE:

The pear-shaped silhouette features hips wider than shoulders, the key here is to accentuate your top half - by elongating and balancing your figure.

 
 
 Sam's Christmas party edit for pear shaped dressing.

Sam's Christmas party edit for pear shaped dressing.

Your wardrobe essentials this season are:

1. A knee-length A-line skirt.

2. Ruffled or embellished tops matched with simple, unadorned pants and skirts.

3. Flared skirts or dresses that draw attention away from your wider hips.

4. Empire line dresses that are full length or flare out just below your knees.

Hot tips: Bare arms and shoulders will bring focus to your upper body. Also, a nude shoe will draw attention away from the lower part of your body.

 
 

PEAR SHAPED PARTY DRESSES

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LOVER

 

Watercolour A-line dress

Available: Fox & Dove Boutique.

1a/647 Military Rd, Mosman.

$395

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CAMILLA

 

High/Low dress

Available: Camilla

2/647 Military Rd, Mosman

$599


 
 

APPLE SHAPE:

An apple-shaped silhouette means your shoulders and hips are roughly the same size, while your hips are slightly narrower. The key here is to highlight your shoulders, cleavage or legs - to draw the eye away from your midriff. 

Your wardrobe essentials this season are:

 Sam's Christmas edit for apple shaped party dressing.

Sam's Christmas edit for apple shaped party dressing.

1. A great fitting bra that shows off your cleavage beautifully.

2. Flowy tops that de-emphasise your midsection.

3. A knee-length, empire line shift dress to emphasise your great pins.

4. Vertical line patterns to create the illusion of an elongated silhouette.

5. V-necks, v-necks, v-necks! (Try them with a jacket over the top) 

6. Any dress with a waistline at the slimmest part of your body.

7. Structured, knee-length pencil skirts, soft plain pants or skirts.

Hot tip: Avoid clingy tops, big shapeless garments and high necklines at all costs!

 
 

APPLE SHAPED PARTY WEAR

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ULLA JOHNSON

 

"Valentine" silk georgette dress

Available: Ulla Johnson

W: ullajohnson.com

$690

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KITX

"World Difference" top + pants

Available: Kitx

W: kitx.com.au

Top: $399 / Pant: $469.99


 
 

HOURGLASS SHAPE:

You’re an hourglass if your shoulders and hips are roughly the same size, your waist is thinner than both - and more defined. The key to great dressing for your shape, is to highlight your curves and emphasise your waist. 

 Sam's hourglass Christmas edit.

Sam's hourglass Christmas edit.

Your wardrobe essentials this season are:

1. A supportive well-fitting bra.

2. Darker coloured garments.

3. V-neck wrap dress to flatter your bust and cinch in your waist.

4. V-neck fitted dresses and tops.

5. High-rise, A-line skirts.

6. High-waisted pencil skirts.

7. Belted, fitted coats.

Hot tip: Avoid high necklines, ruffled tops or dresses - and any garment with excess fabric.

 

HOURGLASS SHAPED PARTY DRESS:

 
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PRIVACY PLEASE

 

Kimono Maxi

Available: Revolve Clothing

W: revolve.com.au

$202.34

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LITTLE JOE WOMAN

 

Strange But True Dress

Available: Little Joe Woman

W: littlejoewoman.com

$350


 
 

RECTANGLE SHAPE:

 Sam's rectangle body shape edit.

Sam's rectangle body shape edit.

Rectangle silhouettes have hips, waist and shoulders that are roughly same width, paired with an athletic frame. The key to great dressing for your shape is to create curves in strategic places using cleverly cut shapes and accessories.

Your wardrobe essentials this season are:

1. High neck lines.

2. Tops with details and ¾ sleeves (tuck them in for more shape)

3. A shift dress in a bold colour.

4. Fitted knee-length pencil skirts.

Hot tip: Avoid shapeless clothes and anything without a waist.

 

RECTANGLE SHAPED PARTY DRESSES:

 
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HUSK

 

Eyelet dress

Available: Husk

880 Military Rd, Mosman

$619

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THURLEY 

 

"Enchanted Garden" 

mini dress

Available: Thurley

W: thurley.com.au

$549


 
 

TRIANGLE SHAPE:

If you’re a triangle, the top part of your body is larger than your bottom part. The key to great dressing for your shape is to draw attention to your lower half of body and accentuate your waist.

 Sam's Christmas edit for a triangle shape.

Sam's Christmas edit for a triangle shape.

Your wardrobe essentials this season are:

1. Vertically striped tops that are darker than what you wear on the bottom.

2. Strapless and soft textured tops to soften your shoulder line

3. Open necklines of all kinds.

4. Structured jackets in bold colours.

5. Belts that define your waist.

6. Full skirts to create more width, balancing your top half.

7. A-line skirts.

8. Wide legged pants.

Hot tip: Avoid padded shoulders and horizontal stripes or big bold printed tops like the plague!

 

TRIANGLE SHAPED PARTY WEAR

 
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ELLERY 

 

"Sinuous" cropped flare

Available: Ellery

W: ellery.com

$1195

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LOVER

Buttercup mini dress

Available: Love the Label

W: loverthelabel.com

$550

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BEC & BRIDGE

 

Frou Frou strapless top

Available: Bec and Bridge

W: becandbridge.com

$130

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