Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Cocktail Party Dress

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As Coco Chanel said, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” 

Finding the perfect cocktail party dress might seem impossible when there are so many options out there. You have to pick a dress that is both flattering and comfortable. 

How can you pick the perfect dress that will make you look and feel your best? Check out this style guide.  

Think of Your Skin Tone

When you’re in search of the perfect cocktail dress, you should pick a color that won’t wash you out. You can use your skin tone to your advantage to make sure you pop and look spectacular in the dress.

Not all colors favor every skin tone. If your skin tone is dark the best colors will be soft pink, yellow, green, white and light pastels. You should avoid dark colors such as black or brown since these will make you fade a little bit. 

Medium skin tones look the best in neutral shades of greys and browns. You can also go for black and even some adventurous reds and blues. Medium skin tones also look the best in most warm tones. 

Light skin tones should wear bright colors that will make them pop. Colors such as green, blue, and red work well for lighter skin tones.

You can also pick brown, navy, and black. Black is also the best color when you want to get a little black dress

However, if you have a light skin tone, you should avoid white, yellow, and cream colors. These light colors can wash you out.

Your Body Shape

No two women are alike, and although all bodies are beautiful, they come in different shapes and sizes. You can make your body type work to your advantage when you’re choosing a cocktail dress. 

If you have bigger breasts, pick a dress with a square neck. A square neck will flatter your figure and won’t make you feel like you’re spilling out. If you want to do a strappy dress, pick one with wider straps for added support.

Women with smaller breasts can typically wear dresses with lower necklines since they don’t need extra support. Thin spaghetti straps are also flattering if you have small breasts. 

If you have a bit of a belly, you need to stay away from silk or satin dresses. These dresses tend to show everything. Instead, pick a flared or empire-line dress to highlight your curves. 

Don’t know which dress is best for your body type? This selection of party dresses will give you a better idea. 

Things to Always Avoid

If you want to be a show stopper at the party or date night, try to avoid a few things when selecting the dress. Your dress shouldn’t try to do too much.

Don’t pick a dress that is short, tight, strapless, and backless all at once. Pick only one characteristic. 

Also never pick a dress that is calf length since it will cut your legs in an unflattering way. 

How to Pick a Cocktail Party Dress

In order to pick the best cocktail party dress, you should use your body to your advantage. Pick a dress that will flatter your skin tone and you body shape. You will also want to avoid dresses that try to do too much. 

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