Let’s face it, sometimes we don’t necessarily love the way our bodies look in certain pieces, we may want to be more modest for a particular occasion, and after all there’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel confident in our outfits.
However, with many evening gowns and cocktail dresses featuring a relatively “bare” look, it can be tough to find something that has sleeves, is long enough, but still has a festive and elegant feel. And to be honest – sometimes you just want a dress that works as-is, so you don’t have to fuss with jackets, cardigans, or wraps all night.
Go Simple And Sleek. Something in black or a similarly neutral color can be a great backdrop for accessories – especially a killer pair of heels and stunning statement jewelry. For instance, this BCBG Generation cocktail dress is an ideal canvas for a long statement necklace, chandelier earrings, a stack of bangle bracelets, or your favorite pair of shoes. Plus, since it is neutral you can change up your look for multiple events, meaning you can get lots of stylish bang for your buck.
Show Some Flattering Skin. Or there is always the option of getting a little sexy, with a cutout like the one on this black Narciso Rodriguez number that shows a hint of decollete.
Layer With Lace. While lace can provide a peek at the skin underneath, it is very feminine and forgiving. And it can be classically elegant, like this drape waist gown by Prabal Gurung that’s simply to die for, and perfect for a black tie gala or similar occasion, or this Florence lace paneled gown by Stella McCartney is fantastically dramatic if you prefer long sleeves.
The Classic “Le Smoking”. Yves Saint Laurent wasn’t wrong. A women can look fantastic in a tuxedo style for any black tie or white tie event, and a smoking jacket is the easiest way to do it. Pair it with wide leg trousers, a pencil skirt, or even a floor length flowy skirt and you’ll look modern and chic. We like this Diane Von Furstenberg version in black (naturally), but there are a range of options available at nearly all price points – but we think a classic le smoking is worth the investment.
Cut It Out. While larger cutouts might be problematic, smaller slices like the ones on this Decode 1.8 navy dress can work for most figures, and make a simpler style look ready for evening.
So there is definitely a way to look fabulous, contemporary and chic in an evening ensemble that isn’t a tiny strappy dress. There are no excuses for not being fashion forward no matter your desired level of coverage! With all the more covered styles available at the moment now could be the time to invest.
2. Narciso Rodriguez Long-Sleeve Dress, $200
3. Prabal Gurung Drape Waist Gown, now $1,559
4. Stella McCartney Florence Lace-paneled Cady Gown, now $2,306
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