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This week: I am looking for a cocktail dress for an upcoming sales event. I am specifically looking for something that is sexy and sophisticated, but with enough coverage. I am open to patterns and solids, and I really love pairing dresses with statement necklaces. – Mallory.
Hi Mallory. Lucky you—you have so many options available, especially now that spring collections are hitting the stores! Right now, peplum dresses are having a major moment, but they can be tricky to pull off. For a sales event, we suggest you check out a less-pronounce peplum, like the one seen on Jovonna’s Metallic Mix Dress ($68). Pair this dress with a brightly-colored statement necklace and you will have an instant outfit! If you don’t think a peplum dress is right for your body, we recommend checking out Nanette Lepore’s Tap Tap Dress ($230)—it is super versatile. Not only does it come in two pretty colors—a pretty pink and a chic sea-green—but it has removable straps, so you can switch between strapless and strapped, depending on what the occasion calls for. If these colors are a little too bold, a dress like Blu Moon’s Summer Lovin’ Mini Dress ($154) has plenty of life, and the perfect neckline for a pretty silver statement necklace. Good luck!