Vintage cocktail dresses are the perfect type of attire for a variety of different formal and semi-formal events. However, to get the most out of wearing a cocktail dress when you’re going out, it’s essential that you style it right. This means that you should choose which features you want to emphasize, accessorize, and dress it up or down, depending on the event you will be attending.

Choose What You Want to Emphasize

If you have a selection of cocktail dresses in your closet, it’s important to remember that different dresses highlight different parts of the body. For example, dresses with a sash or belt will usually draw emphasis to your waist while a dress with a V-neck will emphasize your bust. When you’re going through your closet, think about which features you want to call attention to.

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Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

No cocktail dress is complete without a few accessories. When you’ve picked out a dress from your closet, take the time to select accessories that will truly emphasize your best features. For example, if you chose a solid color dress, enhance it and call attention to your eyes and smile by wearing a flashy pair of earrings. Or, if you’re planning on wearing a shorter cocktail dress because you want to highlight your long legs, put on a pair of stilettos to emphasize this even further.

Dress it Up or Down

Keep in mind that cocktail dresses don’t always have to be worn for formal parties and can easily be dressed up or down depending on the situation. For example, if you have to be at work all day and don’t have time to run home and change before an event, go ahead and wear your dress to work but pair it with a blazer and boots to create a more casual look.  When it’s time to go out, take off the blazer, put on a statement necklace, and swap the boots for a pair of high heels.


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