Tips For Finding The Right Cocktail Dress For Your Shape

From a workplace holiday party to a first date with the guy you hope will be the one, there are many occasions that call for the perfect cocktail dress. Unfortunately, if you're like many women, you will spend hours in department store dressing rooms looking for a cocktail dress that flatters your figure. Don't waste another minute slipping into another dress that makes you cringe or even cry. Here are a few tips to help you find a cocktail dress that will make your body look amazing:

If You Have a Pear Shape

According to Fit Desk Jockey, approximately 20 percent of all women have a pear shape, which means they have larger hips, a thinner waistline and a smaller chest. If you have a pear shape, it's best to choose cocktail dresses that draw the eye up to your smaller waistline and shoulders, and away from your larger hips and thighs.

For example, a little black halter dress will emphasize your shoulders and waistline. It will also make your body appear more triangular, which will make your hips and thighs appear thinner.

A empire waistline is another option that will also draw the eye upwards. If you have a tiny waist, a cinched waistline is another great choice. Either one of these options will draw attention away from your problem areas.

If You Have an Hourglass Shape

If you're blessed with an equally-balanced upper and lower body and a clearly defined waistline, you are the one of the lucky women with an hourglass shape. Traditionally, just about everything looks amazing on a woman with an hourglass shape, but there are options that will wow your co-workers, significant other or a potential boyfriend.

For instance, a strapless or a one-shoulder fitted dress will draw attention to your amazing bustline. A wrap dress is another timeless option that can effortlessly transition from day to evening.

Whatever cocktail dress you choose, make sure to stay away from dresses that end at the thickest part of your calves or thighs. These can make you look bigger than you really are.

If You Have an Apple Shape

A woman with an apple shape has narrower hips and wider shoulders. They also tend to have a larger chest, thinner hips and thighs and an undefined waistline. If you have an apple shape, look for a cocktail dress that give you the appearance of a waistline and provides balance between your larger top and thinner hips.

A dress with a cinched waistline, a plunging neckline and a full skirt is a great option. The cinched waistline will provide you with more definition, while the plunging neckline and full skirt will make your upper and lower halves appear more balanced.

Steer clear of fabrics that tend to cling to the body, such as satin and jersey, and large, bold prints. Instead, choose cocktail dresses made from cotton or a heavy-weight silk.

If You Are Petite

According to Bella Petite, if you are under 5 feet 5 inches tall, in the fashion world, you are considered petite. In addition to choosing cocktail dresses that draw attention to your assets, look for designs that make you appear taller. An asymmetrical hemline or a dress that is cut above the knee, such as those found at Mommy In Heels LLC, will both make your legs look a lot longer than they are.

Vertical stripes and a higher waistline are two additional tricks you can use to elongate your body, which creates the illusion that you're much taller than you are!

Finding the ideal cocktail dress for your body shape is possible, if you follow these simple rules. However, keep in mind that in the end, the right dress for you is the one that makes you feel elegant, timeless and beautiful.