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.
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Cocktail dresses: By Malene Birger Kaira Embellished Dress, £325
Channel 20s glamour with By Malene Birger's Kaira Embellished Dress. Perfect for gliding over a multitude of sins, there are so many ways to wear this gorgeous frock: Belt it, wear it loose or throw on a fitted jacket to change your look, depending on the occasion. Find more fashion trends
Cocktail dresses: FennWrightManson Ruched Gathered Shift Dress, was £185 now £95
Featuring an on-trend mix of sharp tailoring and feminine detail, this FennWrightManson Ruched Gathered Shift Dress is perfect for summer events. Complement the gorgeous baby pink hue with nude accessories and a hint of gold jewellery. Find more fashion trends
Cocktail dresses: French Connection Garden Flowers Dress, £285
Could this be the perfect summer cocktail dress? With an embellished body and floaty silk skirt, this French Connection Garden Flowers Dress will see you through all your summer events, from garden parties to weddings and beyond. Find more fashion trends
Cocktail dresses: Jaeger Lace Overlay Shift Dress, £180
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. Find more fashion trends
Cocktail dresses: Mint Velvet Mink Sequin Dress, £225
If you like to stand out from the crowd in an understated fashion, opt for this slinky Mint Velvet Mink Sequin Dress. In subtle grey and muted pink, the silver embellishment gives this shift dress that little something extra. Add chunky heels for a youthful edge. Find more fashion trends
Cocktail dresses: LK Bennett Davina Dress, £225
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. Find more fashion trends
Cocktail dresses: Reiss Melia Pleated Panel Dress, was £195 now £136
Flatter your figure in this 50s-style Reiss Melia Pleated Panel Dress. With a structured bodice (which will help create the illusion of an hourglass figure), a sweetheart neckline and pretty jacquard spot panels we really can't fault this beauty! Find more fashion trends
Cocktail dresses: Phase Eight Gabby Drape Dress, £120
Have your Marilyn Monroe moment in Phase Eight's Gabby Drape Dress. In elegant Champagne gold, this figure-hugging number is sure to make you the belle of any ball. Find more fashion trends
Cocktail dresses: T-Bags Draped Jersey Dress, £185
Want to glam-up your look for a special evening out? Give your figure some killer curves with T-Bags' Draped Jersey Dress. Team with chunky gold jewels around the neckline, and some shimmering gold heels. Find more fashion trends
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