We all know the little black dress is a figure-flattering outfit option but for those looking to lose those extra few inches here's the most slimming of them all... BODY CONFIDENCE Lipstick Boutique Jodie Dress, £30, Ukulele Pola Dot Bodycon Dress, Was £70, Was £30, Gorgeous Couture Bailey in Black, £172. Whether you're a petite lady or have curves to flaunt the body-con dress is, believe it or not, your best friend. The clever stretch and mould fabric will work wit whittle your waist, smooth over lumps and bumps, emphasise your hips and accentuate your bust giving you a womanly figure to be proud of. PULL-ME-IN-PEPLUM The Pretty Dress Company Black Brooklyn Peplum Dress, £101, Explosion Monochrome Peplum Dress, £65. The peplum is a 'one style fits all' kind of dress. Boyish shapes can look forward to make-believe curves in all the right places with the genius waist ruffle-detail dress and apples and pears can enjoy a more defined figure with the same style of frock. For a double hit of figure flattering loveliness Team LBD recommend investing in this season's monochrome peplum which will break up a thicker frame. OPTICAL ILLUSION

Reiss Alexie Stripe Black Lace Dress, £149, Scarlett Black Long Sleeve Fascienne Dress, £145, Aftershock London Tablita Snake Print Dress, £87.

Wrap details will lead the eye in, over-sized pockets will take attention away from a large middle or bust and slim hips and as we all know the classic panel dress will give the illusion of super model-like proportions. If you don't have it, fake it!

LONG AND LEGGY LittleBlackDress.co.uk Ultimate LBD - Long, £95, Jarlo Alexis Maxi Dress, £89. It's a myth that small women can't wear long dresses. With the right cut of maxi dress every shape and size can enjoy a sophisticated full-length style and it will actually allude to a longer, leaner bottom half. Shop all black dresses here.