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Cocktail dresses for women968

Cocktail dresses for an after-hours look that turns heads!

You should always feel confident and proud when wearing sexy cocktail dresses. Whether you're heading on a girls' night out, or you've got a hot date, this is a great way to dress to impress. A cocktail dress is always short, but it doesn't have to be super-tight. If you're a bit nervous about your body, don't worry. Look for a dress with interesting details or unusual style lines. For example, a halter-neck dress will show off your shoulders – great if you're athletic – without drawing attention to a small bust. If you've got a bigger chest, look for a V-neck or sweetheart neckline, which is always flattering. A gentle flare from the waist is more forgiving to large hips than a body-con style.

The LBD: Everything you need to know

One of the most classic cocktail dresses around is the Little Black Dress or LBD. When it comes to sexy cocktail dresses, it's hard to beat black! The problem? You may not stand out from the crowd if everyone's in the same colour. To avoid that, look for special details. If you're feeling bold, cut-outs are a great way to draw the eye. Not willing to go that far? Lace can have a similar effect, without needing to be quite so daring. You can also accessorise your LBD to stand out. Gold and black is a classic combination, so go for some eye-catching jewellery or, for a look that's sexy, sling a gold chain link belt around the top of your hips.

How to find a cocktail dress with a difference

Black may be the most classic colour for cocktail dresses, but it's definitely not the only game in town. Red can look smoking hot, but for something totally different, try electric blue. For a more sophisticated, grown-up look, go for rich, deep colours. Burgundy and forest green are both great choices for a cocktail dress that looks different. If you're wondering about light colours – yes, you can wear them after dark. They can be tough to pull off, though, particularly if you're pale. Girls with a darker complexion will look amazing in yellow or even white, though. Just remember, if you're going for white, add some edgy accessories or even a leather jacket. This will ensure there's not even the slightest whiff of bridal wear about you!