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Do you want to find a dress to stop the show and impress everyone at the cocktail party? If you’ve looked online and throughout a variety of shops, you’ll know that the options are endless. 

Still, sometimes it’s tricky to pick the perfect cocktail dress. You have to decide between something semi formal or full-blown elegant. Plus, you have to tailor the gown to your body shape to find the cut that will flatter your body best. 

That’s where our guide comes in. Here’s what you should consider to find the perfect cocktail dress that suits your body type on any occasion. 

What’s Your Budget?

No matter your budget, you should be able to purchase the perfect cocktail dress for your high-fashion needs. However, first you’ll want to decide how much money to spend on the gown.

You’ll be wearing this to several events and parties, meaning that you want something that pops. If you want to splurge a bit, no one would blame you. If you purchase a gown that is made of high-quality and durable material, you’ll be able to keep the piece for years. 

Go for something classic and ageless, so that you’ll always have the perfect cocktail dress to whip out for a party or different occasion. Avoid trends and you’ll probably be more likely to stick with the same cocktail dress for a long while, meaning that your initial investment paid off. 

If you have a strict budget to adhere to, you’ll be able to find plenty of discounts dresses online or in your local stores, you just need to know what to look for. 

Know Your Body Type

When searching for the cocktail dress that blows your fellow party goers away, you need to know your body type. No two bodies will look the same in a cocktail dress, though certain body types tend to look better in certain cuts of clothing. 

Let’s dive into some body types and what gown styles work best for them:

  • Pear Shaped: If you have a pear shaped body, you’ll want to find a cocktail dress that accentuates your amazing hips and slim upper body. A low neckline will show off your chest and look superb.
  • Inverted Triangle: Go for a cocktail dress that cinches in at the hips, showing off your killer waist. If you’re a fan of embellishments and accessories, feel free to decorate to your liking. 
  • Hourglass: Go for something fitted and strapless if you feel called to. You can also go for something flowy to show off your legs. 

Whatever your shape, it’s crucial that you feel good in the cocktail dress that you’ve chosen. Find something that you’ll be excited to pull out of your closet and wear out to a party or event. 

Trust your gut and buy a piece that makes you happy and confident. Sometimes it’s less about the shape of the cloth and more about the confidence you bring to the material.

Determine the Ideal Length

Length is another aspect of the ideal cocktail dress that you should figure out ahead of time. Fortunately, discovering the right length doesn’t have to be a tricky ordeal. If you follow a few guidelines and answer a couple of questions, you’ll determine the best cocktail dress for you. 

If you’ll be wearing the piece to more formal occasions, something longer will be better. Consider gowns that go below the knee. 

For more casual events, you can go with a cocktail dress that ends above the knee. That way, you can have fun dancing and show off your legs. Gauge how formal the event is and what length of dress is appropriate. 

Pick Your Favorite Material

Time to pick the fabric for your cocktail party dress!

The materials suitable for evening gowns varies depending on the occasion and on your personal tastes. You should keep in mind the specific event or occasion that you’ll be wearing the gown out to. From there, you can choose the material.

For winter events, going for a heavier material cocktail dress is best. If you’re going to something outdoors, go for a material that feels good and doesn’t feel heavy. Splurging on a cocktail dress is the ideal time to try out a little black made of crushed velvet or silk. 


With all the information listed above, you’re ready to find the perfect cocktail dress to suit your needs! Hopefully, now you’re ready to step into a little black cocktail dress and take on the world. Or maybe you’re going for a long flowy number to storm the outdoor wedding. 

Whatever event you need the cocktail dress for, remember that the most important thing is to feel confident and comfortable in the gown that you choose. 

August 06, 2020 by Cynthia L


Sydney Rose Leo

Sydney Rose Leo said:

Can you do gowns.

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