While you can’t go wrong with the quintessential little black dress, you can make the most of your attributes by selecting a cocktail to enhance your figure, detracting the eye from your weak spots, and drawing attention to your assets.
You can even use jewelry to draw the eye to the neckline and away from the body entirely. Follow along with our tips for selecting the perfect cocktail dress, regardless of your shape or size. When you’re dressed to kill and you know it, you’re free to relax and enjoy the occasion, spend time making merry with friends rather than wasting energy wondering how you look.
Determine your body shape, and select colors and styles to suit your general shape and flatter your figure. Then experiment with the tips for each body shape until you find your best look.
Attributes include a slender and often elongated torso, small bust, with hips and thighs proportionally larger than the torso and waist.
Toss the tight straight skirt in favor of an a-line skirt or empire waistline to de-emphasize the lower half of your body. Add padded shoulders to balance the top and bottom. Select a two-toned dress with the lighter or brighter color above the waist and the darker tone below the waist.
Attributes include a small bone structure and waistline with bust and hips proportionally larger than the waist: in a word, voluptuous.
De-emphasize your voluptuous, abundant curves by shedding tight-fitting clothing in favor of clothing with a looser, smoother fit. Monotone colors work best by providing a sense of continuity from head to toe. Draw as much attention away from your bust and hips as possible by accessorizing with jewelry high on the neckline. If your clothing is monotone, you can wear flashier earrings as well, which draws attention to the face and away from the body.
Wear sleeves to cover the largest part of the arm. If your lower arms are shapely, you can wear 3/4 sleeves.