Get ready for your special event with our pick of the best cocktail dresses across the high street...
Is there any feeling quite as good as getting dolled up in your favourite dress and feeling like a million dollars? Men – there’s a reason ladies love shopping, and this is it! Finding that dress that you don’t want to take off is rare, but so worth trudging around a shopping centre for hours for.
The classic cocktail dress is a must-have for any wardrobe, but last-minute buying often means we settle for a style that isn’t quite perfect. Well, no more! We’ve scoured the very best of the high street to bring you 10 cocktail dresses that you’ll swoon over – in fact, deciding which one you love the most might be quite the task!
Finding the perfect one for you is all about choosing a style that suits your shape. Pear shapes look great in a 50s-style design with nipped-in waist and full skirt, while apple shapes should choose a figure-skimming shift that will show off your great legs. Hourglass shapes are the lucky ladies that can pull off fitted and bodycon styles, while petite women look great in shorter dresses paired with heels. Atheltic body shapes should choose a dress with waist detailing and embellishments to shrink that middle, whilst tall women can make the most of their frame by choosing a full-length style.
Our one piece of advice? Always pair your cocktail dress with heels. Yes, they may be uncomfortable, but they’ll make a huge difference to the way the dress looks, and your posture will improve and make you look instantly slimmer.
Go for all out femininity in this Hobbs Invitation Arabella Dress. The pretty prom-style skirt and strapless top are perfect for pear-shaped ladies. We love the quirky bow print, which keeps the dress fresh and modern.
Vamp up for your next event with this Jaeger Lace Overlay Shift Dress. The classic and demure shift style, with a high round neck and knee-length hem, is offset by the racy red lace. Team with nude court shoes, à la Kate Middleton, or throw a smart blazer over the top to complete your look.
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Opt for classic style at your next cocktail event with LK Bennett's Davina Dress. Although this particular dress comes in many colours, it's the midnight blue version that's top of our list. Featuring flattering ruching around the tummy and a modern, asymmetric neckline, this tailored dress is perfect for any evening occasion.
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