What Are Some Different Types of Women's Special Occasion Dresses?


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Textured, lace, embellished, vintage-style and body con dresses are all types of women's special occasion dresses. Women's special occasion dresses also include one-shoulder, empire waist, asymmetrical, mermaid and strapless styles. Special occasion dresses also come in a wide variety of colors and fabrics, including silk, cotton, leather and polyester.

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Department stores such as Macy's, Nordstrom, Carson Pirie Scott, Von Maur, and Lord and Taylor carry many types of women's special occasion dresses.

Different styles of women's special occasion dresses typically favor certain body types over others. Pear-shaped bodies require special occasion dresses that accentuate the shoulders and upper body. Halter, strapless, v-neck and embellished special occasion dresses work well.

Hourglass body types can wear dresses that define the waist area as not to seem shapeless. Shift and body con dresses that hug curves and fit-and-flare dresses suit them well, as they accentuate curves. Stick to light fabrics for special occasion dresses to not weigh down the look.

Apple-shaped bodies match well with special occasion dresses that streamline the shape without hiding it in too much fabric. Draped, wrapped or A-line dresses work well to add weight to the lower body and even out the shape. V-necks are also flattering for apple-shaped bodies.

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