Cocktail dresses have become a fashion staple at formal events, and you can choose one that works for you with these simple tips on what to look for.
Cut. The cut of your cocktail dress should emphasis your best body parts while hiding the rest. Form-fitting gowns can work on hourglass shapes, while those with heavier hips, pear shapes or apple shapes may do better in an A-line or empire cut that are tighter on top and flow into fuller skirts. A short princess style features a body-hugging bodice that flares into a very full skirt, another wise choice for hiding a heavier bottom.
Length. Cocktail dress lengths can range from a super-short mini to those that extend to mid-calf. A skirt cut below the knees can work to hide fuller thighs while those cut at mid-thigh can show off a killer pair of legs. Any length that shows your underwear when you sit down is too short for a formal affair.
Patterns and personality. Cocktail dresses generally give off a more casual vibe than floor-length gowns, giving you the perfect opportunity to pick one with a bit of extra flair. The flair can come from a fun print, such as polka dots, from a flirty layered skirt, or from embellishments along the neckline, hemline or scattered throughout the skirt.
Keep in mind that cocktail dresses are meant to make a non-traditional statement, and that statement can be as simple and sweet or as bold and beautiful as you are!