5 Styling Tips for Cocktail Dresses

Date Thu, February 6 2014

Whether you’re hosting a casual garden party or dressing to the nines for a buss event, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most mileage possible out of your cocktail dress. Here are five styling tips for turning heads all evening!

1: Dress For Your Figure

Apple shapes should avoid anything that draws attention to their stomachs and waists. Pears should draw the eye away from their bottom halves. Hourglasses, you already look great, so why are you reading this?

2: Accentuate Your Best Features

If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Show off your legs with short cocktail dresses cut above the knee; push up your cleavage with an underwire bra paired with an off-the-shoulder gown.

3: Watch The Waist

Belts can add flair to plain, simple dresses, but they should be avoided on anything that already has a cinched waist. Likewise, if you’re wearing an A-line or anything else that flows from the middle, don’t over-emphasize the area with cropped jackets or too many layers.

4: Choose Your Shoes Carefully

Long cocktail dresses go best with flats; there’s less chance of tripping over your heels or accidentally ripping your train. If you’re rocking a short dress, however, feel free to bring out the 6″ man-eaters.

5: Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

No cocktail dress is complete without a killer pair of earrings or a nice pendant nestled in your bosom. A matching handbag can also complement the look. Don’t forget your hair, either! Headbands, clips and other accessories can tie the entire ensemble together.

Thanks for the guest feature, Ever Pretty!

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