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Best for straight-upand-down fig­ures

A pleated skirt and blou­son sleeves will give the il­lu­sion of curves. Patch­work, £59, Ware­house (ware­house.co.uk)

Best for nar­row shoul­ders

A high col­lar and state­ment sleeve will give the il­lu­sion of broader shoul­ders. Crêpe, £120, Ghost (ghost.co.uk)

Best for hour­glass shapes

Slinky fab­ric that skims, rather than clings, and a belt make for a great fit. Checked, £169, Bauk­jen (bauk­jen.com)

Best for bot­tomheavy fig­ures

Ruf­fle de­tail­ing on the bust will add vol­ume and bal­ance out pro­por­tions. Crêpe, £240, Lily and Lionel (lilyan­dlionel.com)

Best for tall frames

As a gen­eral rule, the taller you are, the big­ger the print you can pull off. Belted, £165, Ivy & Oak (ivy-oak.com)

Best for small busts

A pussy-bow col­lar can look overly fussy with a big bust, but it’s per­fect for those at the other end of the spec­trum. Silk, £390, Cefinn (cefinn.com)

Best for short frames

The sim­ple cut of this dress will elon­gate, and smaller prints are per­fect if you’re pe­tite. Polka dot, £115, Ar­ket (ar­ket.com)

Best for big busts

This py­jama col­lar creates a flat­ter­ing (but not too low) neck­line. Mono­chrome, £159, Fin­ery (fin­ery­lon­don.com)

Best for slim frames

A small, all-over print won’t swamp the very slim. A-line, £49.99, Zara (zara.com)

Best for plus sizes

This chic shirt dress is avail­able up to a size 24. Tie-front, £45, Marks & Spencer (mark­sand­spencer.com)

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