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Cocktail Dresses for Women

From runway shows to movies, cocktail dresses for women are often on display. With colorful fabrics and artistic designs, it has been the clothing staple for a night out with friends or even dinner with parents.  Cocktail dresses for women are attractive and never go out of style. It has now become a piece of clothing that every young woman must own and collect.

Types of Cocktail Dresses for Women

There are several type of cocktail dresses for women. The first type is lbd or litlle black dress. Little black dress was conceived by French designer Coco Chanel in 1926. Its first incarnation was a sleeveless sheath that hit just above the knee. The dress is often thought of as the foundation piece in a woman’s wardrobe. Almost any black cocktail dress can function as a little black dress, as long as it can go from day to evening with accessorizing.

Then another type is strapless cocktail dress. Strapless cocktail dresses for women are like short, less elaborate versions of formal strapless gowns. Fabric choice in a strapless dress is important; silk, satin, chiffon, tulle and lace overlays are appropriate while cotton or jersey knit may come off as too casual. Strapless cocktail dresses typically have fitted bodices, fitted waists highlighted with ribbon or a sleek belt and body-skimming, A-line or bubble skirts. Necklines vary and include straight and sweetheart.

The shift cocktail dress is a classic silhouette that works best on straight figures. It typically has a high neckline and a straight skirt that extends from darts sewn in at the bust, resulting in an unstructured waistline. Shift cocktail dresses are usually sleeveless or have cap sleeves. Long-sleeved shifts tend to have bell sleeves. Accessories tend to overplay the simplicity of the style; instead, shiny silk or patterns of sequence make it an appropriate cocktail dress.

The shaped shift dress has all the characteristics of a shift dress but with a structured waistline that hits at the natural waist. The most common shaped shift dress is sleeveless or cap-sleeved and has a hemline that hits at or above the knee. Rendered in black, it is the quintessential modern little black dress. Navy or dark gray are other classic color options. Materials such as wool crepe, wool boucle and silk blends can be dressed up with accessories or worn unadorned.

The silhouette of an A-line cocktail dress often comes across as vintage-inspired, especially when constructed with a bateau neckline, a sleeveless bodice and a hemline that reach just past the knees. A-line skirts flare away from a woman’s body, so the upper portion of the dress tends to be body-skimming, which creates balance to the overall look. The accentuated waistline is a visual draw, often embellished with ribbon belts or rhinestone pins. When buying a cocktail dress, but the best one that you can afford. As always, select one that complements your body and disguises the body parts that you don’t want to show, while accentuating your assets. Consider wearing a shrug or dressy cardigan over your cocktail dress if you don’t feel comfortable exposing your shoulders and arms. Likewise, wear dark hose or even dark tights with your knee-length cocktail dress if you don’t want to put your legs on display.

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