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Choosing The Right Cocktail Dress

by Lasonya Frei (2020-10-12)




Choosing the best cocktail dress can depend on personal style, budget, and the type of event. Since a cocktail dress can be worn to a wide variety of events, it is important to find one that helps display personal style.

Apple Body Shape

Look for empire waist dresses (fitted at bust and looser around waist and hips). Choose fluid shapes floating away from your narrowest point below the waist. Look for unique embellished necklines or sleeves to draw the eye upwards.

Pear Body Shape

Choose dresses with dark colors on the hips. Look for a-line or full skirts. Show off collarbones with strapless or open-neck dresses. Style with fitted, embellished or ruched bodices.

Straight Body Shape

A sleek, fitted sheath dress will showcase your streamlined shape. Try baby-doll or a-line styles to give the illusion of curves. Look for dresses with a feature at the top, such as embroidery, beading or ruching along neckline and bust.

Hourglass Body Shape

Embrace your curves. Select wrap dresses or other styles fitted at the waist especially with belt, tie or drawstring.

Inverted Triangle Shape

Of all the body types, it is the only body type, which has to use visual tricks to augment the lower body. Opt for dress with a flair skirt. You can also try unusual or asymmetrical hemline. If you wish to wear cocktail pantsuit, you should opt for pants with flare at the bottom. You can accessorize your dress with stylish shoes to draw attention away from your top.

Budget is also a concern when choosing a cocktail dress. There is a wide range of prices when it comes to cocktail dresses. For those who prefer a more casual cocktail dress, look for basic designs in soft, dark colored jersey, which is easy to care for, inexpensive, and can be quite fancy with the right accessories. Girls on a budget can often find off-the-runway looks for low prices at clothing stores for teenagers and young adults.

Consider the events you are attending. Know what type of atmosphere and who will be there. This will help determine how formal of a cocktail dress you need. A dress that hits right at or slightly above the knees is appropriate for all types of environments. Today, cocktail dresses come in variety of shapes, colors, texture, and material. You can choose from the all time favorite satin gown to the popular chiffon dress.







Today, come in variety of shapes, colors, texture, and material. You can choose from the all time favorite satin gown to the popular chiffon dress.