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It can be a minefield choosing a party dress - you want to make sure you get it right, both for the occasion and for your body type. In order to do this, research is necessary - make sure that you know what party dresses are out there and what you’re looking for to ensure that you feel happy, look stunning and ooze confidence.
Cocktail dresses tend to be fitted, and often finish just above the knee. However, there are those that reach to the mid calf or longer. Commonly, these dresses have a sweetheart neckline and are strapless but this varies depending on the dress, with one shoulder varieties becoming more popular this year. These dresses come in a variety of colours and prints so you’re sure to be able to find a dress that reflects your personality, whether you prefer sequins, deep plunging necklines or feathers, there’ll be a cocktail dress out there for you.
Occasion dresses tend to be darker in colour, reflecting a more sophisticated feel. They tend to have higher necklines and lower hems ensuring that modesty is kept at all times and many of the designs also incorporate diamantes into the design, giving your dress that extra bit of sparkle. They can vary in length from just above the knee to floor length and tend to include straps to make sure that you don’t fall out of your dress at a very embarrassing moment.
Bodycon dresses are tight and clingy, hugging the body and clinging to every inch. Originally, they were only for people who felt confident with their bodies but panelled versions of this dress are also becoming more popular.
Skater dresses tend to be fitted at the top with a skirt that flows out from the waist. This floatier feel often makes them quite popular as they are feminine without being overly tight and clingy. They tend to have sleeves and scooped necks meaning that they flatter nearly every figure.
Maxi dresses suit any body shape, they are floaty and flowing, reaching down to the floor and hiding every little lump and bump as they do so. This makes them extremely popular, particularly in summer, when the loose style ensures that you remain cool. They can be plain or patterned, both of which work for this style of dress.
Choosing a dress is not a choice to be taken lightly. It needs lots of thought and numerous trips to the changing rooms to be carried out successfully.