by: Bridget Allen
Don't let shopping for that special evening dress
intimidate you! With a little help, you can start early
and find the perfect dress for evening out. Here's how:
Decide on the formality. Is it cocktail or evening
attire? Cocktail and evening attire is dressier – think
little black dress. Long dresses are reserved for formal
The most important feature of your new dress is it's
style and color. Not every dress works for all body
types. Dress to flatter your figure. If you aren't sure
what is your best asset, ask a friend or
Once you know the type of dress, now choose a style.
Instead of going trendy, select a dress that reflects
classic, timeless elegance. Here are some styles to
Halter Dresses are one of the sexiest formal looks
around. Several version exist including a
tie-behind-the-neck look. Straps vary in size, width and
fabrics. A halter dress draws attention to the upper
half of the body including the face, shoulders and bust
line. This is great to draw unwanted attention away from
the hips and legs. Skip the necklace and opt for
earrings when wearing a halter dress.
Cocktail dresses are the most versatile for special
occasions. Most opt for the little black dress which is
the most popular look for a cocktail. Today,
jewel-tones, bright and rich fabrics do well for a
short evening dress. Most cocktail dresses can be easily
accessorized with pearls, diamond, gold and silver. If
you want to hide wide hips, opt for a dress that is
strapless or has cap sleeves.
For simplicity, nothing beats a sheath dress. They are
flattering with clean lines to keep the dress from
overwhelming your figure. The sheath dress can be
dressed up or down as the situation dictates.
The jacket dress provides more coverage without the fuss
of a wrap. The matching dress and jacket is perfect for
anniversaries and weddings.
Not every figure looks best in a one piece dress. For
those hard-to-fit bodies, a dressy separate can do the
trick. Choose one special piece and mix it with a solid
piece for that special occasion.
Off the shoulder dresses instantly shows off lots of
skin but not in areas that make you uncomfortable.
Accentuate the look with a great necklace piece or