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Cocktail Dresses: Choose the perfect cocktail dress according to your morphology and the occasion

The guide to choosing your cocktail dress

The cocktail dress is one of the essential pieces of your wardrobe. It accompanies you in your daily life or for an evening . The cocktail dress is the feminine, elegant garment, adequate to be classy without being stuffy. But how to choose your cocktail dress ? In this article you will find the guide to the different cocktail dress styles to choose the best one and our advice to help you dress with them.

What are the different types of cocktail dresses?

The fit-and-flare dress

The fit-and-flare dress is fitted through the body and cinched in at the waist. Its airy flared skirt allows for an effect of lightness and movement when traveling. It is the ideal article for women who combine work and evenings , because it is elegant, classy and basic at the same time. This dress will be excellent for V, X, H, 8 and A morphos as well for small, slender and round statures. They benefit the majority of morphologies by concealing certain "defects" of curves such as a very high or very low waist or even little marked as well as fairly developed hips or thighs. It lends itself to all occasions thanks to its light style. For round women , prefer fluid fabrics that will hug the curves without giving volume. However, this dress is to be avoided when you have a fairly long or short bust if it is marked at the waist, because the marking at the level of the pelvis accentuates the volume of the hips.

The straight dress

This dress cutout is timeless and comes back every year. Its straight cut, often slightly fitted, is flattering and boosts self-confidence by making the silhouette immediately sophisticated and mysterious. The dress with or without sleeves, fitted or not, is perfect for all evenings . Indeed, these dresses , both simple and refined, are for all occasions thanks to the simplicity of the model which is modular by adding more or less sophisticated accessories which allow it to adapt to all circumstances. The V and O morphos are attractive for this cut, it evens out the parts of the body in order to make a homogeneous aspect of the curve. However, it should be avoided for H shapes and it accentuates the curves of figure 8 shapes by masking the more marked pelvis. Opting for the V-neckline is one thing that adds a touch of elegance to the dress .

The elegant wrap dress

The wrap dress , elegant, simple and emblematic, is often present in shops in Paris. Its V-neck crossed on the front and tied at the waist brings freshness and lightness to the dress . Perfect in summer with light, pastel or bright colors, it is the absolute companion for all evenings , even weddings , without overshadowing the bride . It is particularly suitable for morphos in H, O and especially 8 ! Indeed, the rounds will be to their advantage in this cut which will come to hide the belly which protrudes. It is suitable for all sizes, stopping above the knees and sublimating the lower body. It refines the silhouette and highlights the chest.

The chic slinky dress

The tight-fitting cocktail dress is very trendy, but the idea is intimidating! Often considered sexy or daring, it is nevertheless very elegant in a sheath dress and allows you to sublimate the silhouette by marrying the chest and the hips. Favor for X and 8 morphos for whom the sheath dress embraces the shapes in a flirtatious way. Choose dark or even black colors, without exaggerating frills so as not to make the dress cheap. The mid-length or long length makes the ceremony dress more classy and is often found on wedding dresses . The step of choosing the material is very important, choosing a quality material for a bodycon dress is an important step that will ensure you look good as well as feel elegant. Forget about the A and O morphos , because the tight dress creates an effect that cups, however, for curvy women , be careful with the neckline, opt for a wise collar model and long sleeves and avoid lace. Choose silk and satin , which are fine and noble fabrics.

The ideal empire dress

Inherited from the Greco-Roman era, the empire dress is timeless, elegant and comfortable. It adds value especially for A, V, 8, O and especially H morphos . Whether for a bohemian chic country wedding , or a ball , in its long version or even in its short version for a traditional ceremony , the empire dress is the right model for events but can also be worn as a casual outfit for a party a little less formal in singular colors such as red. Worn with pumps, it is the perfect outfit for ceremonies, worn with a chunky knit cardigan matched with a pair of white trainers for the end of winter, it gives a casual chic look. This dress is particularly suitable for round women , because its empire line blurs the belly and buttocks.

The strapless dress

Feminine and elegant, is one of the most popular dresses ! In reality, this cut goes to the vast majority of silhouettes. It exists in short or tight. When the design is heart-shaped, the dress has a rather sexy style, while the straight bodice is very refined and simple, also as an evening dress . Very popular also in white for wedding dresses . The A and H morphos are beautifully worn with the strapless dress , which reveals the shoulders and the bust. However, V-shaped morphos must avoid the strapless dress that highlights the shoulders. In addition, this fashion is suitable for all occasions , but is not suitable for going to work . This shape is of course to be avoided for large breasts unless the leotard is straight, then it presses the bust close to the waist.

The comfortable trapeze dress

This shape is very feminine and romantic like a summer in Paris. It is very easy to wear, which makes it a versatile dress adopted by the vast majority of women whether for big or small occasions . Classic and essential, often close to the body at the top and wide at the bottom, it is very comfortable to wear and goes perfectly with H and A morphos . It benefits morphos that have a "defect" at the level of the pelvis, that is to say too shortened or too extended, or an insignificant size .

Which evening dress is made for me?

The short dress

The short evening dress highlights pretty, slender legs and lengthens the silhouette. This cut is often trendy for going to dinner, partying in the evening as well as during the day. However, choosing a short evening dress can make you uncomfortable to sit down, our advice is that this outfit choice is not the most appropriate for going to work . For tall women , this may accentuate the length of the bottom. Choosing to wear with flats will make you stand out. Avoid also for H and V morphos.

The long dress

In a romantic style, the long evening dress is fluid and airy. Whether as a guest or for a wedding dress , she is classy and timeless. Generally, its length reaches to the ankles or even to the ground. To avoid when you are small, because it packs down and does not bring height to the silhouette. The perfect length hits right at the level of the foot bone. Namely, dresses that touch the ground are not very practical and increase the risk of falls, especially in the evening for dancing! If you are rather small, favor just below the knee.