Dazzling dress, sparkling stilettos, classic clutch; your New Year’s Eve outfit is the perfect opportunity to show off that body you’ve been working on all year! On the other hand, you may not be quite ready to commit to that inevitable “get fit” resolution until the New Year is official. Regardless, it’s time to flaunt your best assets. Here are some tips, tricks, and product suggestions to make sure your perfect look is just that.
Going sleeveless is a fabulous way to show off great, toned arms. A dress with straps that curve slightly inward will accentuate and reveal more shoulder. If you’re loving the one-shoulder look, seek out one that falls just below the shoulder blades to reveal that most definition of your upper back.
A convertible bra like The Show Stopper byVictoria’s Secret is a great piece to have so you can manipulate the straps for virtually any silhouette: one-shoulder, strapless, halter, or cross-backed. For fuller coverage we love Wacoal’s Red Carpet Strapless Bra.
If you’re going totally backless, try celebrity favorite Very Bare by Sassybax. Backed by some of our favorite it girls—Cameron Diaz, Whitney Port, and Courtney Cox to name a few—this demi-cupped bra boasts pain-free adhesive for comfort during wear and removal.
If your dress is super short, ensure a ‘legs for days’ look by matching your shoes to your tights or skin tone to create a long monochromatic line. Also avoid shoes with ankle straps, as they tend to cut legs short.
Stay away from shorts-style shape wear—every time you move the skirt will hike up and really, you don’t want anyone seeing your shorts-style shape wear, right? Try Spanx Slimplicity Half Slip instead for a sleek alternative.
High waistbands and belts that draw attention to your middle subtly show off great abs and, huge plus, create the illusion of long, slender legs. To disguise a little pooch try Wolford’s Velvet Lace Control Thong for a slim tummy and no VPL’s. For full coverage smoothing try Assets by Sara Blakely Full Slip which also features conveniently convertible straps.
Lastly, while black is the classic standby, it isn’t the only slimming color of the season. Rich jewel tones like emerald, sapphire, or amethyst are dark enough to have the same effect. Also, although it is a popular holiday fabric, velvet is far less than flattering. Stick with a lighter weight material that drapes well or one with a forgiving stretch blend.