Gowns with pomp are back in a big way. Ushering in the new formality are styles that focus on the perfect fit. Whether your shape needs softness or structure, these statement dresses will flatter your contours with compelling elegance.

THE BEST DRESS FOR: A short waist

Nothing lengthens a midsection like a dropped-waist gown. This satin stunner (we love the peplum trumpet shape) gets bonus points for its shimmering crystal trim.

Gown, $4,500, Jennifer Salzman. Earrings, Badgley Mischka; Henri Bendel, 800-423-6335. Gloves, Carolina Amato. Clutch, Beavaldes.

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