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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Evening wear for the straight up an down body shape

Banana babes, when you are you are going out for the evening we know that you want to look a million dollars. Check out our top tips and picks for the best evening wear for the straight up and down body shape.

To refresh your mind about what it means when we talk about a banana body shape, take a look at our body shape style guide.

What to wear for banana shapes

Dresses and Jumpsuits

Look for dresses or jump/playsuits with a halter or high neckline to draw the eyeline up this like this Woven Stripe Jumpsuit from Forever 21. The ruffle detail to the empire line is perfect for banana babes.

A problem that a lot of banana body types have is that the lack of a defined waist can make them look shorter than they actually are. The vertical stripes on this Plus Hannah Tape Detail jumpsuit from Boohoo is sure to elongate your legs.

Peplum details on your dress (or top) can add definition to your waist and add a certain ‘Va Va Voom’ to your evening glam.

We’re loving this dusty pink number from Pink Boutique

Alternatively, if you want to draw attention away from your waist try this style from Dresslily. The Openwork Insert dress has detailing to both the decolletage and hem as well as 3/4 length sleeves.


‘Jeans and a nice top’ are the go-to outfit for a casual evening out but when you have a straight up and down/ banana body shape what kind of top should you choose?

The Bardot trend was made for the banana body shape as it’s a great way to show off your shoulders and draw the eyeline up. The bold aqua Pom Pom Bardot top from Evans is a perfect example.

The Together Embellished Blouse from Marisota is available exclusively for sizes 24-32. It’s a great choice for evening wear for the straight up and down body shape as not only does it have 3/4 sleeves but also cold shoulder detail and embellishment around the chest.

Trousers and Skirts

When it comes to choosing the right evening wear for the straight up and down body shape you could go choose to go for a dress/jumpsuit or separates like trousers (or skirt) and a top.

We mentioned earlier that your body shape can sometimes make you look shorter than you are so when you a choosing a pair of trousers look for styles that will elongate your legs.

Vertical stripes are a great way of making your legs look longer and we’re loving these black and ivory Striped Wide Leg Trousers from Live Unlimited London.

For a more defined silhouette, choose slightly flared trousers like bootcut jeans. We love these Raw Denim Tailored Boot Cut jeans from the Next Curve collection.

Most styles of skirts will look great on the straight up and down figure but we recommend pencil and a-line. The ivory striped skirt from the J by Jasper Conran Collection at Debenhams is perfect for an evening out for dinner.


No evening wear outfit is complete without the perfect accessories but did you now that the bag, jewellery or even belt that you choose can impact your silhouette.

Go bold with statement jewellery like a chunky necklace or chandelier earrings; perfect for drawing the eyeline upwards.

The totally opposite advice applies when it comes to belts; choose a slim style and wear them low on your hips. You can grab this pack of 3 from ASOS Curve.

Over to you, banana babes, tell us what outfits you like to wear on an evening out in the comments section.

As with all of the InSyze body shape style guides, our tips are purely guidelines not ‘rules.’