The Little Black . . . or Red Dress

In all truth, it doesn’t matter what color the dress is. What matters is how you feel when you wear it. Every woman should own “that dress.” It makes you feel confident. Sexy. Powerful. Unstoppable. There are a lot of factors that go into figuring out which one it actually is. Here’s a short list.

Fit: Be realistic about, and play to, your assets. If you’re a small-chested woman, the plunging neckline won’t do anything for you. If you’ve got a beautifully curvy shape, wearing an A-line dress would be a waste. Don’t settle for any dress that doesn’t flatter or accentuate your body type. And seriously? It should be comfortable, within reason. If you actually want to enjoy wearing it. Remember the bit about confidence. Not possible in a dress you’re constantly adjusting.

Quality: It’s true: there are dresses out there that cost little to nothing, fit beautifully, and last for forever. I have two in my closet. They are the unicorns of the fashion world. Instead of tracking down a mythical beast, save your time and energy and go to a decent department store. And, don’t worry about paying through the nose! There are plenty of ways to save money on the perfect dress . . . one extremely easy and practical way is to use Groupon Coupons. They have coupons available for tons of different department stores like JC Penney or Neiman Marcus or even Macy’s. If you know you’re going to a mall to find “the dress”, it pays, literally, to do a little research first.

Color: OK, let’s be honest with ourselves and with everyone else. Not every color looks amazing on every woman. There are palettes of colors that look beautiful on each person. As a brunette, I always lean towards dark reds, maroons, and even plum colors. A good friend of mine, a blonde, loves blue because it brings out her strikingly beautiful blue eyes. Also, remember: this should be the go-to dress that accentuates all of your best features. The attention should be to your best assets . . . not to the print or color of what you’re wearing.

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