The dark side: How to find the right little black dress for your body shape
Of all the essentials that make up the perfect closet, one of the most important (right after jeans and a white tee of course) has to be the perfect little black dress. Once you have found your magic little dress the stress entirely vanishes from planning what you'll wear for your next event (and the one after that!). As always when shopping for your shape you need to take into consideration which parts of your body you want to accentuate and which parts you'd rather disguise, but also keep in mind that if you try on a dress and it makes you feel hot as hell then that's the dress for you — fashion rules be damned!
The best little black dress for your shape if you're petite
When you're petite you'll either want to elongate the body to appear taller or give the appearance of curves so a sheath dress is the best pick for you. A longer hemline (to the knee) and straight up and down design helps lengthen the body, while you can add curves with a peplum or a belt around the waist.
The best little black dress for your shape if you're an apple
When you tend to hold your weight around the middle you'll be hunting for something that gives you a waist while showing off those lovely legs, so look for dresses that are fitted in the bodice and flare out from the waist. Alternatively you can look for mod-styled mini dresses with detailing or contrast that run straight down the middle (rather than from side to side) which distracts from the waist and draws the attention back to your legs. You can also try the optical illusion of a dress that flares out both at the top and the bottom (like the one pictured above). The "bow" shape of these dresses gives you a faux-hourglass shape in an interesting silhouette.
The best little black dress for your shape if you're pear-shaped
Pear-shaped ladies have the benefit of a slim upper body and shoulders which are just made for strapless and halter neck styles. A fitted top then calls for a flowing skirt that skims the hips and disguises any imbalance in your proportions. Look for fabrics that are soft and flowy without being clingy — and really when you factor comfort into the mix you can't go past jersey fabrics. Alternatively, you can try a dress with a longer peplum around the waist to disguise the hips and bring out the curves.
The best little black dress for your shape if you're curvy
If you've got that enviously dramatic hourglass figure then it is your duty to show it off. There are two ways you can go about this, either with a form-fitting dress or something on the looser side, but no matter which you choose you've gotta cinch that waist! Fuller busts should stay away from super high necklines because that will just amplify their size, but you can use v-neck, square or scooped necklines to draw the eye. Wrap dresses are also great options for curvy girls because they have that flattering neckline and cinched waist built into the design. Stay away from loose dresses without definition because they'll make you look a lot bigger than you really are.
The best little black dress for your shape if you're tall and thin
If you've got a long and lean body shape the best way to show that off is with a short mini dress (get those gams out!) with longer sleeves to balance it out. Girls with a long, willowy bod can wear the trickier trends with ease — so don't be afraid of a looser fit drop waist (like the one pictured) or really strong shoulders with a tight dress.