Sexy has always been synonymous with riding hemlines and plummeting necklines. Lovely long legs with stilettos and fresh summer tans typically come to mind when the word “sexy” is mentioned. However, there is a very thin line that separates sexy from vulgar. Fashion trends in Bollywood and Hollywood alike have been showing us that this year, long dresses are every bit as sexy as short dresses.
Long dresses as well as evening gowns have an air of elegance about them that we do not often see in shorter gowns. In order to create an old Hollywood style of class on your next date, or an afternoon out shopping, pick long maxi dresses over shorter dresses.
Follow this style guide to decide which dress will be best for your body type and where to wear it to in order to be a show stopper just like the women on the red carpet.
GATSBY INSPIRED DRESS – It’s not mystery where this dress got its name, inspired by the 30’s flapper, champagne and sequin styles. This dress will go best on women that already have some natural curve, very thin women in such a straight cut gown can appear to be wiry.
How to Wear Long Dresses:
Wear this to wow him on date night, paired with some great chunky jewelry like the design line from “Pretty Stoned.” Shorter women often refrain from wearing such dresses for fear of looking stumpy. Wear stilettos with this gown for an instant boost in height!
Black Long Dresses – The lovely dress that Audrey Hepburn made an overnight superstar out of, is perfect for the very petite woman. However there is no body type that is known to look bad in the Black Long Dress!
How to Wear – Pair it with gold Grecian flats and a long thin chain to give yourself the perfect outfit for a casual evening out with girlfriends.
This gorgeous white lace and chiffon gown will instantly become the product of envy. The indulgent white lace covers from the neck to the ankle but doesn’t at all affect the overall sex appeal. Ideal for tall athletic women; this long dress will make you appear more feminine at an evening ball or benefit and the full lace skirt will make you appear statuesque and curvy.
HOW TO WEAR – Since the dress itself is so detailed, don’t wear a lot of accessories with this one. Instead pick a black closed-toed shoe and try a red lipstick to highlight your face and the intricacies of the dress rather than the accessories.
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This emerald long dress with a slight mermaid tail is perfect on women with some natural curve to their body. The fitted bodice will hug a petite waist to enhance the natural contours of the body. Perfect for any fancy events or charity dinners.
HOW TO WEAR – Pick either bold silver earrings or a bold silver necklace to enhance the sparkle that is already in the dress. Wear heels to elongate your legs whether you’re standing or walking.
An emerald beauty! This dress is perfect for pear shaped women. The frill on the bust will give you a fuller look while cinching your waist. Although flowy, the skirt has no excess fabric to weigh you down at the hips.
HOW TO WEAR – Try this dress with a set of bangles and some embroidered flats to give this casual day gown a sexy, ethnic feel.
This long peach gown goes great on anybody short or tall so long as they are naturally curvy. The A-line hem hangs softly and has a lot of top-heavy decoration. A deep cut back will accentuate your little waist from behind and the peach color looks fabulous on women with an olive skin tone.
HOW TO WEAR – The embroidery on the top makes jewelry unnecessary. If you are a tall woman try pairing it with pretty, plain flats to avoid making the detailing too overpowering. Short women can put on a pair of simple heels to extend your legs . Try to avoid heels that are to strappy or detailed to keep it elegant rather than giving it a promenade effect.
Gray strapless gown with an a-line skirt looks amazing on pear-shaped women. The heavily embroidered top will draw attention, and the loose flowy skirt will make your hips seem smaller.
HOW TO WEAR – Being an inherently elegant gown, don’t wear to anything that isn’t asking for formal wear to avoid looking overdressed. Feel free to wear a pair of silver or diamond earrings but try to avoid necklaces so as to not take away from the embroidery work on the gown.
Fabulous old hollywood gown features a gold sequined dress top and a billowy black skirt. The rich folds instantly give it a class and elegance.
Any woman with an athletic figure can pull this dress off. The billowed black skirt will accentuate your little waist whilst adding curve to your figure. For a dramatic effect, try this dress without any jewelry but do evening style makeup with a slick, neat ponytail for a hairstyle.
A straight line sequined dress ball gown. Step straight into the days of Marilyn Monroe when you put this gown on. Looks perfect on curvy women. If you are athletic the cut of the dress could possibly make you appear to thinner although the slight flared bottom adds a bit of natural curve.
Try pairing this with a pair of black heels and simple earrings. The flash of the dress is plenty dressy, so in this case as far as accessories go, less is more.
An a-line formal gown with a heart shaped bust, the yellow dress will be in the spotlight anywhere you go. Pear shaped women can wear this dress because the heart bust will accentuate your top more than your bottom.
How to wear – Wear a bejeweled choker with this dress to match some of the subtle shiny bits in the dress. Pick a silver shoe and you’re sure to be the prettiest belle at the ball.
This lacy masterpiece will make you look curvaceous and how! The color of crushed cranberries looks lovely on fair skinned women because it acts as a sharp contrast to your skin tone.
How to Wear- Avoid jewelry while wearing lace dresses. Unless you are wearing a simple drop of pearl or diamond earrings let the lace be the star of the show. In order to keep the back visible, pull up your hair in a tight bun that works best for your face shape and match the dress with a pair of gold shoes. You will be unforgettable at any formal event you go to.
Take a step into the future with this silvery mermaid gown. Yellow flowers adorn the shoulders and are just begging to be worn during the summer. Cutouts at the sides accentuate your waist and the mermaid flare gives a perfect shape, making this the perfect gown for toned women. Wear this to any formal event where the crowd isn’t going to be too conservative or too boisterous. The flashy fabric and cutouts may appear a little overboard for the old-fashioned.
HOW TO WEAR – Keep a pair of muted sand or black colored shoes handy. Feel free to wear your hair down. You are already a non-traditionalist if you are wearing this dress, no need to stick to traditional formal up dos.
Petite women can wear this modern twist of a red sparkly formal gown. The rusching at the top will give your bust a fuller look and the lace belt at your waist will give you some implied curves. Full lace shoulders and a cutout back will continue the curvy look at the back.
HOW TO WEAR – to create an old Hollywood look pair with a simple gold necklace or earrings. Keep your hair up or down but keep it simple and classy. If it is down, go for soft curls, or try a french roll.
This dress is sure to be a showstopper and would look great on top-heavy women. Although most of the detailing is at the top and you’d usually want to avoid this if you are top heavy the full layered skirt will even out the sequined top. Perfect for a very grand party or event.
HOW TO WEAR – When wearing heavily detailed dresses remember not to overdo the accessories. Try something like a gold choker and keep a simple hairdo. Very pale women should avoid wearing this color for fear of appearing washed out.
Look absolutely fabulous in this black and cranberry mesh detailed gown. Great for fair women with a thin body-type, this dress will accentuate your waist whilst the heart shaped cranberry bustline will add curve to a relatively straight figure.
Wear on a very formal evening out.
HOW TO WEAR – Try wearing this dress with a pulled back hair do so that the attention stays on your face and the detailing in the dress. Avoid wearing necklaces and bracelets especially with mesh. Try it with a simple pair of silver earings and a pair of stilettos.