Celebrity style: party dressing hits and misses

The office bash is right around the corner and you still haven’t a clue what to wear… eek! Well, don’t panic just yet. To inspire you to look your fabulous best and avoid any party dressing pitfalls, we put together a gallery of celebrity style hits and misses and asked Gemma Rose Breger (@GemmaRoseBreger) at Carol Hayes Management for her expert opinion. Gemma is one of London’s top stylists, and her super-impressive client list ranges from big stars like Jennifer Hudson and Olivia Palermo, through to leading fashion glossies and high end brands. Look and learn from the stars who get it right, and, sometimes, so horribly wrong.

Hit
Working classic after-dark glamour, Lauren Goodger opts for a classy figure-hugging maxi, an ideal pick for her curvy figure. Gemma is full of praise for Lauren’s demure red carpet get-up. ‘She looks gorgeous in this asymmetric gown by Lipsy. The oversized sleeve balances perfectly with the body-skimming shape and I love the shoulder embellishment – it keeps the dress on trend and adds a quirky effect to the whole ensemble.’

Miss
There’s a fine line between figure-hugging and overly tight. Unfortunately, Lauren appears to have crossed it with a frock that seems two sizes toosmall. ‘This House of Dereon dress is the wrong fit for Lauren’s frame,’ says Gemma. ‘She’s got stunning curves and should wear clothes that compliment them. If she had paired the dress with an oversized blazer, it would have looked far more flattering. Lauren needs to remember she has amazing legs and that there’s no need to flash too much skin – if she’s wearing a mini with her pins exposed, she should try to cover up more on top.’

Hit
When it comes to figure-enhancing party dressing, choosing the right sort of fabric can work wonders: Kelly Osbourne shows off her svelte silhouette in soft, draping chiffon, a look that gets the big thumbs-up from Gemma. ‘Kelly has got it so right in this Badgley Mischka outfit. The long lines of the jacket elongate her figure, the nude colour of the dress is perfect with her pale skin tone, and the black belt nips in her waist to show off her curves.’

Miss
A poor choice of material here does nothing for Kelly’s figure. ‘She hasn’t got it right with this vintage Chanel dress,’ says Gemma. ‘The satin fabric clings in the wrong places and is pulling over her stomach. Not a flattering look. She should have worn a loose grungy T-shirt over the top half to make it look like a skirt and top combo. Sadly, satin is only a safe fabric for those with a model-esque figure, and even then it can still be a risk as there are always lumps and bumps that can’t be hidden – this type of clingy material exaggerates every single blemish.’

Hit
Highlighting your best bits and playing down any imperfections is key to successful party dressing: Khloe Kardashian gets it spot on with a two-piece LBD that shows off her assets: those long legs and that hourglass waist. Gemma’s take on this flattering look? ‘Khloe looks amazing in her black Gucci dress. The nipped-in waist and prom skirt are perfect for her figure, and the narrow pleats elongate her never-ending legs. The studded bowed Louboutins are the icing on the cake – they make the dress look so fierce.

Miss
If you’re carrying a little extra weight, it’s never a good idea to swamp yourself in billowing material: Khloe looks far larger than she actually is in this overblown Gucci gown. ‘The style is wrong for Khloe’s figure,’ says Gemma. ‘She seems to be swimming in fabric. The dress is just so shapeless, and the balloon sleeves are too oversized. That pussy bow around her neck cuts off her body which makes her look chunky. This dress would look so much better if it was sleeveless and had no tie around the neck, and adding a long drapey necklace would help elongate her silhouette.’

Hit
You’ll stand out for all the right reasons if you sport a hue that works with your complexion: Uma Thurman’s shimmery gold Lanvin dress gets Gemma’s seal of approval. ‘The warm metallic colour compliments her honey skin tone perfectly, and the trench coat style is a fantastic choice: it adds volume in all the right areas to her tall, statuesque frame. Tying the belt at the side is an effective body shape trick – it’s always the most flattering place as it deflects attention up and away from the stomach.’

Miss
If you opt for volume on your lower half, go for a close-fitting top. It’s a golden style rule that Uma appears to have overlooked here. ‘Uma usually gets it right, so it’s a shame to see her in something that doesn’t work on her svelte Amazonian figure,’ says Gemma. This Lanvin outfit is too shapeless and voluminous for her. ‘The black silk-taffeta skirt would have looked so much more flattering teamed with a fitted vest-style top and a chunky statement necklace. She needs to show more skin!’

Hit
You can’t go wrong with a well-cut LBD, and Kirsten Dunst ticks all the boxes in her covetable black frock. Gemma rates her choice highly. ‘This is one of the best outfits I’ve seen Kirsten in. She’s wearing vintage Versace, and the light chiffon fabric combined with the cut-out back and pointed heels looks ultra-glam. The dress sits below the knee which can sometimes cut off a petite figure, but as it’s fitted around her legs and she has enough skin showing on top and at the back, it’s a super-flattering length for her. This look is sexy yet so chic.’

Miss
An LBD that tapers out too much at the waist can overwhelm a petite silhouette: Gemma isn’t too taken with Kirsten’s fetish-inspired Derek Lam dress for obvious reasons. ‘The A-line cut of the skirt doesn’t suit her petite figure and the heavy black Chanel booties are a bit OTT. Her boobs look uncomfortably squished, too. A lighter strappy heel would have softened the outfit, and a smattering of jewellery would have helped the ensemble look less stark and intense.’

Hit
Blessed with an hourglass shape? A dress that hugs the hips and tapers out at the calf will balance out proportions and enhance your curves: Christina Aguilera’s maxi gets Gemma’s vote. ‘She looks outstanding in this Zuhair Murad dress. It’s the perfect shape for her – the mermaid tail bottom slims out her hips and bust, and the black velvet bow around her tiny waist puts all the focus on the smallest part of her body.’

Miss
Oh dear. The curse of the overly tight dress strikes again. Christina’s clingy body con look wins no plaudits from Gemma. ‘Sadly for Christina, this Herv

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