WEEKEND stylist Kate Parker comes to the rescue for your Valentine's night outfit
Q. Help! My boyfriend has booked a romantic dinner at a smart restaurant, but I have no idea what to wear. I would like to wear a dress, but I'm a little bit pear-shaped so always find it difficult to find one that fits well.
A. Great dresses can be trickier to find when you are pear-shaped. Anything with a straight skirt is harder to pull off. That said a tulip-shaped skirt can work well for you.
Another way of wearing a straighter silhouette is to opt for a cocoon shape like this pink one from Whistles (£95). Sometimes this shape can work, as long as it doesn't go in too tight and cling on the bottom. This lace dress from Next (£75) is perfect. It has a wide neckline which will help to broaden your shoulders and balance your hips.
As a pear you will find that visually adding volume to your top half will often serve you best. Sometimes, merely highlighting your small waist can have the undesired effect of making your bottom look bigger in contrast.
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Alternatively, this suit from Hobbs is a great option. The cropped style jacket (£189) is great for your body shape and could also be worn with high-waisted trousers, while the skirt (£119) would look lovely with a boat-necked knit.
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