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The perfect dress for your upcoming party or formal affair can be hard to choose without first knowing what's out there.

Shopping online can make it easier, but you still need to know what type of dress is appropriate. Evening gown, cocktail, tea length, fancy, frilly, or simple and business-like.

Of course, the right style dress that fits your body type and coloring is the perfect way to show off your own fashion sense and individual style, espcially when dressing up for a special occasion. It isn't as easy as it is for the guys who only need to get a suit or a tux!

Cocktail dresses - The iconic "Little Black Dress" made famous by designer Coco Chanel is still a classic. Today, cocktail dresses are still short in length and alluring in appearance, created in fabrics ranging from rich velvet to semi-glossy fabrics that emit a formal or semi-formal feel. Glam it up by accessorizing with a small handbag or clutch along with pearls, gold or silver earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

Formal dresses - Regardless of your social status, at some point in every women's life a formal dress is going to be hanging in her closet. Whether it's for a wedding, prom, school homecoming, or other formal event, a floor-length formal gown immediately creates a silhouette that's graceful and statuesque. Worn In lighter colors during the spring and summer, and in richer hues and fabrics during the colder months, formal gowns today come in a dizzying variety of styles including A line, empire waist and wrap around.

Around the Web, top sites cover the basics of what to wear to which functions, and offer previews of the latest styles - in prom dresses, homecoming, or bridal or formal gowns, and more about the latest trend in wedding dresses - designing your own!

Have fun!

More about dress styles & shopping around the Web:


How to Choose the Perfect Party Dress - Get advice on choosing the right dress for the right occasion with related tips on fabrics, colors and other considerations. This is from Overstock.com, so while you're here browse around for a great bargain....

Wedding Dresses for Body Types - They go through each style and discuss what type of figure goes with each. The links to other bridal information are great, but the shopping guide is the best part of this site and is a must before you go out and start trying on.


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