A guide to the must-have item of every woman’s wardrobe – the cocktail dress. Colors, styles, and tips for cocktail dresses for every shape.

Cocktail Dress: A Buying Guide
Cocktail Dress: A Buying Guide. (Credits: Instagram / @vivianeaudi).

Great style starts above the knee! Women’s cocktail dress styles date back to the 1920s when Christian Dior introduced this major fashion staple for hip, modern femme Fatales. Today, our favorite designer cocktail dresses move beyond basic with an array of daring details.

Your Best Cocktail Dress Ever!

Shopping for a cocktail dress can be (really!) easy. The secret to finding the best cocktail dress for you is to recognize the fits that best compliment your figure type. V-neck or square neck cocktail dress styles give the illusion of a more proportionate silhouette, offering great support for full busts. Beaded or sequined cocktail dress bodices help to “fill out” and draw attention to the bust line. This style of dress is perfect for small-busted ladies looking to accentuate their assets.

Fashionistas who are looking to conceal their curvy hips will love deep or dark color dresses in lightweight silk as well as matte jersey fabrics. Show off a smaller waist with full-skirt halters or a corset-style dressCocktail dresses that are fitted at the bodice create a small, sexy waist while concealing wider areas. Show off skinny legs with a semi-fitted, strapless cocktail dress in a bright shade of satin!

Dressing a petite frame isn’t as hard as it seems. Ladies of smaller heights benefit from cocktail-length dresses with detail, such as decorative seams and jacquard. Clean necklines, such as strapless or v-neck, are ideal for this type of figure. Beware of abundant frills or princess sleeves! This “fluff” will overpower your figure and leave you looking juvenile.

Cocktail Party Dress Colours

Party dressing is all about brand-new hues and delightful splashes of color. The chicest colors of the moment are bright red, bronze, and of course, turquoise! Choose one of these shades and pair your cocktail dress with great footwear, like a metallic silver sandal or even black open-toe pumps.

Still, looking for a black dress? Get excited for the newest little black cocktail dress styles, now featured with asymmetrical cutout sleeves and back dress designs. Have fun in cocktail dresses designed with full, flouncy tiered ruffle skirts; many of these dresses may be found with a fitted bodice.

Whether choosing exotic drapes, high-sheen fabrics, or a spray of beads in all the right places, the cocktail dress is a great way to showcase a sense of style that is exclusively yours!

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