Our guide to choosing the perfect party dress for your figure!

With some of the biggest nights of the year ahead, the pressure of choosing the perfect party dress can get a little overwhelming.

Rather than grabbing the first on-trend piece you see, shop for your body shape this year. You'll be oozing confidence – and Christmas sparkle!

Here are a few guidelines…

If you have an hourglass figure…
If your shoulders and hips are roughly the same width, with a smaller than average waist, you've got a gorgeous hourglass figure. Show off the smallest part of your body with cinched in waistlines and fit n' flare style skater dresses. 

An open neckline and a nipped waist make this dress party perfect:

Caitlin Drape Crepe Dress, €62, Oasis

Don't be afraid to show off those pins, either – this tunic skims your curves in all the right places:

Sparkle Tunic, €56, Warehouse

If you have a pear-shaped figure…
A small chest, and shorter legs that are wider at the hips and thighs make you a pear shape. Go for dresses with empire waistlines or higher cut waistlines that give the illusion of longer legs.

We love this structured two-piece style dress:

Pink Jacquard Overlay Dress, €55, Miss Selfridge

And this sequin dress will sit perfectly on a pear-shaped lady:

Scatter Sequin Dress, €107, Warehouse

If you have a boyish figure…
If you're straight up and down with a smaller chest, go for styles that drape or gather around the chest or waist to give you a curvy silhouette.

This dress will draw the eye to the top half of the body:

Lace Bodice 2 in 1 Dress, €73, Oasis

And with a smaller chest you can afford to have more beading and detail all over:

Silver Megan Bodycon Dress, €112, Miss Selfridge

If you're curvy…
High-impact curves can look super-sexy when styled just right. Go for semi-fitted dresses that hug in the right places.

This plunging neckline is covered by a sultry sheer mesh panel, meaning you won't be on boob-spill alert all night:

Black Textured Mesh Plunge Dress, €87, River Island

This wrap dress looks amazing on all figures, and the waist-tie sash shows off your curves to perfection:

Red Bird Wrap Dress, €22.99, New Look