Cocktail Dresses

Cocktail Dresses for Your Shape

It’s sleek, sophisticated, and sexy. “But how will it look on me?” you ask. Good question. Before purchasing that perfect cocktail dress you’ve always wanted, there are a few things you may wish to consider. So we all can’t have that ‘model perfect’ body that seems to grace the pages of most magazines these days, but is that any reason not to look your best? Of course not! With a few handpicked tips and tricks, you can emphasise the positives, and downplay the negatives.

Identify your body shape

The most important factor is to choose the right cocktail dress for your shape. While most individuals can identify attributes that will fall into more than 1 category, choose the category that best describes you overall;

Pear attributes
What is it? Slender/elongated upper body – Smaller bust – Hips and thighs larger than upper body.

What to look for:
Find an empire waistline dress or an A-line skirt. These help to de-emphasise your lower half, making the body look more proportional.
Two-toned dresses with light colours on the top and darker on the bottom will accentuate your torso.
Padded shoulders will balance the top and bottom.

Straight attributes
What is it? Petite chest and bottom – Few visible curves – Slender legs

What to look for:
A dress that incorporates a multitude of layers that gather
A surplice tops or wrap accentuates the waist with a flowing skirt
A cocktail suit with a peplum jacket

Round attributes
What is it? Waist curved outwards – Thick or thin legs – Wider appearance

What to look for:
V-shaped necklines
Empire waistline dresses
Eye catching accessories

Inverted Triangle
What is it? Broad Shoulders – Narrow waistline – Petite hips

What to look for:
Asymmetrical hemlines
Flair skirt with a neutrally coloured top
Wide legged cocktail suit

Oversized Hour Glass
What is it? Tiny waist – Large chest and hips – Small bone structure

What to look for:
Monotone colours
Looser fitting clothes
Flashy accessories to divert attention from curves
Remember that beauty comes not only from style but also from self-confidence. When you feel good about the way you look, it shows. Spend a little time planning and shopping to find that perfect cocktail dress and you’ll be well on your way to turning heads in no time at all.