Cocktail dresses for any body type

Cocktail dresses have become the item to wear at just about any party these days. They are flirty enough to show everyone how fun you are, but demure enough to keep you looking classy. While hemlines continue to creep up year after year, the cocktail dress always rests just below the knee, ensuring you will still leave plenty to the imagination. Cocktail dresses can be worn any time of year: with sandals in the summer or with coats in the winter. The trick is to find the perfect cocktail dress to fit your figure.

If you are a small person, you don't want to be overwhelmed by a particularly wild dress. Select a cocktail dress that shows everyone who you are with delicate patterns or solid colors. Little black cocktail dresses are always classic and will keep from overwhelming your tiny frame. Stick to a simple cut as well. Princess seams add a fair bit of femininity and a classic A-line skirt will keep you proportioned from top to bottom.

For the curvy or full figure

Keep your cocktail dress light and breezy with flowing and flexible fabrics. The key with a full figure is to know what you want to show off. If you have beautiful, flawless skin, then opt for a baring boat neck or V-neck to show it all off. An A-line skirt is universally flattering and will be a good fit to give you nice long lines from your waist to the floor. And of course, avoid flourishes and embellishments around trouble zones so that people will focus on your best assets instead!

For the square figure

If you have an athletic build, it can be hard to feel girly in any dress. However, it is not hard to look good in even the most inexpensive cocktail dresses if you know what to look for. The key to adding feminine details is to define your waist. Pick a fit-and-flare dress that fits snug around your waist and flares out around your hips. You are one of the lucky few girls who can wear pleated, ruffled or bubble skirts without having to worry about the extra bulk! Up top, accentuate your shoulders by baring them in a halter style or opting for bulky details like flowers, sequins or ruffles. Flattering cuts like princess seams also add some great feminine curves to your style.

For the pear-shaped figure

Much like the women with square figures, the pear-shaped woman will want to draw attention to her waist. A dress with an A-line skirt will make the waist look narrow and disguise the hips and thighs under a sleek silhouette. To draw the eye upwards, opt for a lovely, decolletage-showing V-neck. Tops with accented shoulders or puff sleeves add volume on your top half to balance out the rest of your body.

For the hourglass figure

Congratulations! If you have this figure, you can get away with showing off all of your balanced curves. In fact, it is better not to try to hide them, since your body was made for commercial clothing. While you don't want to go too snug, you will be stunning in a V-neck red cocktail dress with a form-fitting pencil skirt. Let the dress do the work for you and you will be the life of the party.

No matter what kind of body you have, you can look radiant in a new cocktail dress from Sears. Whether you are going out for a dinner party or ladies brunch, stop in to pick out the perfect frock today.


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