January... detoxes, gyms and terrible diet plans, urgh. We don’t know about you but we've had enough of being told to sacrifice to be slim. If you’re with us then sit back, and surf these super-flattering styles designed to nip and tuck you in at all the right places. This is the easy way to drop a dress size instantly*.
*No treadmill requiredTHE SECRET SLIMMER Über-clever label Body Frock creates classic dresses that have a brilliant little secret: a special control lining (a bit like a Spanx under-layer, only comfier), which smoothes out any unwanted lumps and bumps for a sleeker, smoother silhouette. And because this fab collection of dresses comes in a variety of classic shades and prints, you can rest assured your investment will work to slim your figure for seasons to come. Left to right: Body Frock Lisa Dress in Blue, £170, Body Frock Jo Dress in Black, £170, Body Frock Lisa Dress in Black, £170. Shop all Body Frock dresses here. IT'S A WRAP Since Diane von Furstenberg first developed the waist-cinching, lump-concealing wrap dress, we've been hooked. Just why they have become such a classic is simple. The clever drape of these dresses creates the illusion of a tauter, thinner middle, whilst the flattering v-neck adds shape and dimension to the bust area, whether large or small. Not to mention the wrap dress is a really easy-to-wear style; be it day or night, office or bar you'll never feel under or over-dressed in this delectable design. Left to right: The Style Standard Cinnemon Wrap Dress by Margit Brandt, £99.99, Tramp In Disguise Florence Dress, Was £455, Now £288, James Lakeland Side Ruched Dress in Purple and Navy, Was £159, Now £79.50. Shop all wrap dresses here. THE DROP-A-DRESS-SIZE DRESS The firm stretch fabric The Pretty Dress Company use in all their dresses is pure genius. It sucks you in in all the right places. You really will drop a dress size instantly by wearing one of these figure-hugging, bump-skimming frocks. Not only are these pencil style dresses great for emphasising a woman's best bits, but the midi length helps to elongate your frame, hide wobbly thighs and accentuate the dream hourglass figure. Word has it the fabric is very similar to that used in Victoria Beckham’s dresses, but these are just a fraction of the designer price tag… Left to right: The Pretty Dress Company Hourglass Pencil Dress, £95, The Pretty Dress Company Royal Blue Vermont Pencil Dress, £101, The Pretty Dress Company Mayfail Pencil Dress in Camel, £95. Shop The Pretty Dress Company's full range here. BLACK IS BEST It’s the most figure-flattering colour, but these dresses add extra pow with clever panels, bandage style details and super-luxe fabrics. We love the block leather detailing on this Emba design as it draws the eye towards the top and bottom of your frame reducing attention on your middle — perfect for apple shapes. And The Style Standard's Sasha dress uses a smooth and simple fabric, which acts to smooth over hips — a pear shaped lady's best friend. More on the petite side? This Bernshaw beauty will introduce curves you never knew you had whilst the clever bandage effect will maintain your slim figure. No matter which fruit you are in the body shape bowl rest assured that the classic LBD will work to skim, slim and lift your figure. Left to right: Emba Cure Pencil Dress, £58, The Style Standard Sasha Dress by Sarah Clough, £149, Bernshaw Beverley Dress, £360. Shop all of our black dresses here. TEAM LBD'S TOP TIPS FOR DRESSING SLIM -The easiest of all slimming rules: good posture. Hold your head up, shoulders back and tummy in for an instantly longer, leaner shape. -Invest in shapewear. With a nipped and tucked body beneath dressing yourself down a dress size is easy. -Show off your best assets. Love your legs but hate your waist? Flash perfect pins in a sexy mini dress and no-one will be looking above your hemline. -Choose shoes wisely. Ankle straps create a horizontal line that cuts you off at the leg. Instead opt for elongating nude shades or open-toe high heels. -Accessorise. A chunky necklace will distract from a muffin top and an over-sized bag will make you appear smaller. For more on dressing for your body shape click here.