Cocktail dresses are a must-have in your wardrobe if you love to go out on the town or to dress-up events. However, they’re not easy to find when you have a not-so-perfect aging body? It can sometimes be challenging to feel glamorous in them if they aren’t appropriate for your body shape or if you’ve gained excess weight.
We have bulges, flabby arms, and other imperfections that need to be covered up. Below are a few cocktail dresses that will look elegant and flattering on just about any figure.
This post was originally published on 11/2017 and updated on 9/2021.
Cover up your flaws
One thing I look for and can’t always find at a store are evening dresses that have sleeves. Most are skimpy and sleeveless, made for tight little twenty-year-olds or celebrities with a standing appointment at the plastic surgeon.
If you have a large bust a V neckline usually looks the best as long as it’s not a “down to your belly button” V. That style is in vogue right now, and even over 50 actresses are wearing them. Frankly, I think they look awful on 20-year-olds let alone women over 50.
A few older women can get away with a short skirt but most of us are better off with a knee-length or mid-calf dress.
Stockings have become passé. But, if you wear them, make sure they match your skin tone. Avoid cheap stockings with colors like “suntan.” Remember Leggs? Wolford support tights look natural and give you support at the same time.
Where to shop
Nordstrom is one of my favorite stores and they always have a lovely selection of cocktail dresses. Their clothes are high quality, they have great customer service and offer free alterations. You can even bring in clothing that wasn’t purchased there to alter. View Nordstrom’s current cocktail dresses here.
Most of the dresses you see below are available in larger sizes because not too many of us wear a size 2 anymore or even a size 10. The advantage of shopping for clothes online is that you’ll find more variety and can filter out exactly what you want without having to look at yourself in an ugly dressing room mirror. If you don’t like the dress you ordered once you’ve tried it on, you can easily mail it back to return or exchange it.
Tell me what you think of these gorgeous cocktail dresses!
And you’ll need some stylish shoes to go with your dress
If you love wearing stilettos with your cocktail dress, good for you, but I’d rather be comfortable. The shoes below have low heels so your feet won’t be aching after a long night of partying. Click on the images below for more information.
You can also find a wide variety of shoes at Zappos.
What do you look for in a cocktail dress, or do you prefer to wear pants, instead? Please leave a comment below.