Because we want you to look amazing at your next event - be it a wedding, an office party or some other elegant evening affair - we have compiled a list of tips to help you shop for just the right frock.
1. If you've got a great waist, showcase it. Nothing celebrates the Curvy Girl's body better than a defined waist, or the illusion of one. So, look for designs that cinch. Seek styles that are made with a waist that falls where yours naturally does, or have it altered. Fit is key.
LEFT: Chrisette Michelle
RIGHT: Tadashi One-Shoulder Cocktail Dress, $375, saksfifthavenue.com
2. Keep length in mind. A short cocktail dress usually falls a couple of inches above the knee. Longer styles may reach as far as tea length. If you're petite, higher hemlines that give the illusion of height, by showing off more leg, can be quite flattering. Make sure to keep it tasteful, though. Taller Curvies can play with length a bit easier. Either way, keep in mind that if you have thick thighs, below the knee tends to work better, even if the style is form-fitting.
LEFT: Kay Unger Belted Silk Taffeta Dress, $510, saksfifthavenue.com
RIGHT: Soprano Sleeveless Beaded Faux Wrap Dress, $68, macys.com
Mo'Nique is a great example of a Curvy Girl who always looks well sculpted in eveningwear.
RIGHT: David Meister Asymmetrical Three-Quarter Sleeve Dress, $320, saksfifthavenue.com
5. Consider the weather in this transitional season, but don't lean on a cover-up. Nothing screams "I'm insecure about my body" more than hiding under a shawl or scarf. We know it's still a bit cold outside, and a little something to block the chill is certainly in order, but you should choose a dress that makes you feel comfortable, leaving your wrap on the chair when it's time to dance.
Short Taffeta Halter Dress With Rosette Neckline, $99, davidsbridal.com
What's your favorite type of cocktail dress? Tell us!