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 small bust

If you're barely a B cup, bring on the beading. Swarovski-crystal embroidery adds texture to this slim gown, making a modest bosom appear fuller. A scoop neckline and cap sleeves turn the spotlight on your collarbone and shoulders.

Gown, $3,148, Allure Couture. Fur wrap, $995, Oscar de la Renta; 323-653-0200. Earrings, Erwin Pearl. Necklace, Emitations. Ring, Sylvie.

BEAUTY NOTE: Hair that goes up stays up with John Frieda Luxurious Volume Extra Hold hairspray.

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