Tips for Selecting a Summer Cocktail Dress

Every woman wants to show up to a party looking her beautiful best.  It’s summer,  so it’s time to attend all of the swanky cocktail parties on your calendar wearing fabulous cocktail dresses that will be sure to turn heads.

Here are a few tips for selecting a summer cocktail dress you’ll love:

Keep It Simple

As with anything you wear, you want your clothes to look chic and stylish, but not overpower you. You don’t want people to notice the dress. You want people to notice you in the dress. If your dress is simple, you can change the look with different accessories and wear it to more than one party. Because of course your social calendar is booked.

Fabrics Matter

When it comes to dressing for summer, light and airy fabrics are the way to go. Wearing heavy, stiff, structured clothing in the summertime can make you look overheated, stuffy, and out of place. Select fabric that lets your skin breath, doesn’t show perspiration, and resists wrinkles.

Flattering Fit

Summer is the time to show off your gorgeous body, no matter the shape or size. But be sure to choose a style that flatters your figure. Remember, just because something zips doesn’t mean you should be wearing it. Dresses should highlight your best features and skim your curves, not tug and pull or make you look like you’re wearing a potato sack.

This season, a wide variety of silhouettes and hemlines are in style.

Got great legs? Go for a super short length, contrasted with a less clingy draped shape.

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Plus size? There are so many more options for curvy gals these days, so there’s no excuse for looking frumpy.

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All of the advice you’ll find out there tells you to skip the basic black dress and opt for color, especially in the summer. But if a little black dress makes you most confident, by all means, let your confidence shine through. Just be sure to add some punches of color or shimmer with your accessories. White looks hot, hot, hot in the summertime as well, especially accessorized with gold or turquoise. If you can pull it off, go for bright bold colors. When picking colors, always select what best flatters your skin, hair and eyes.

Cocktail parties are your chance to glam it up, so show off your fashionista side with a stylish and sophisticated pulled together look.

All dolled up for a cocktail party? I’d love to see pics!


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