As fast as we may be moving from trend to trend, swinging from minimalism to maximalism and everything in between, the little black dress has remained one of the most important pieces in every girl’s closet. From workwear to a night on the town, from summer to winter, the LBD is like that friend that you may not talk to every day, but are very grateful to have in times of need (i.e. when you have nothing to wear!). It’s a versatile confidence booster and can be dressed up or down.

We take a look at some of the modern variations of fashion’s bread and butter as we show you how to rock yours in the most flattering way possible for your shape.

Hour glass (busty with full hips and a smaller waist)

Body-hugging dresses will accentuate your curves.



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Left: Utopia dress, R349, Zando Right: Mango slitted hem dress, R849, Mango

Pear (curvier hips and thighs)

Anything A-Line is very flattering on you and will highlight your waist line.


America Ferrera

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Left: Leigh pleated dress, R799, Spree Right: Viscose dress, R749, H&M


Athletic (straight up and down build with broader shoulders)

Show off your statuesque physique in sport-inspired shapes or slinky slip dresses.


Gwyneth Paltrow



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Left: Metallic dress, R599, H&M Right: Mango shift dress, R699, Spree

Petite (smaller proportions)

Shorter dresses in interesting shapes complement your size.


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Left: Satin dress, R599, H&M Right: Marni Jacquard dress, R11 000, Matches Fashion