Cocktail dresses are the perfect blend of flirty and formal, and choosing one that is flattering will help you be the bell of the ball. Materials range from supple silks to dreamy chiffons, and colors extend to every color of the rainbow. Every girl feels extra pretty when she throws on her perfect cocktail dress. Some of the info below can help you find your own perfect dress.
Dress for your body type. If you’re petite with a small build, a tea length cocktail dress can help make you look taller. You could also wear a dress that fall just above the knee. If you’re tall, show off those long legs with an above the knees dress.
If you're full-figured, gone are the days of muumuus and shapeless kaftans. There are tons of flirty dresses available that can help hide figure flaws and celebrate curves. A baby doll dress that ends just above the knees can show off beautiful legs. An empire waist dress in a dreamy white chiffon or pale pink can celebrate your cleavage while perfectly draping and slimming your waist and hips.
If you want to show off your upper body after months of push-ups and pull-ups, cocktail dresses with asymmetric necklines emphasize gorgeous shoulders and arms. A scoop neck dress has a u-shaped neckline that scoops downwards to just above the cleavage. This is the shape that’s perfect for almost every figure, and is the perfect “simple” look for anyone looking for a basic, cocktail dress. Strapless and sweetheart dresses don’t have sleeves or straps. They’re fitted just above the chest line and are perfect if you’ve got an upper body shape that you’d like to show off.
Expecting? Who isn’t? Good-bye Lucy Ricardo dress, hello Gucci! Moms-to-be are not only ruling the workforce, but they’re rocking the cocktail party circuit as well. There are amazing high-end options for maternity cocktail dresses, and they help the expecting woman feel beautiful and sexy. Some options like simple sheaths or black form-fitting jersey dresses celebrate, not conceal, the baby bump.
As far as color goes, your options are endless. The black cocktail dress is a perennial favorite and can work anywhere. A crimson baby doll dress in red chiffon can look both demure and sassy. A white, silk ballerina length cocktail dress can look dreamy, while a white, strapless form fitting dress can look appropriately dangerous.