How to Shop for the Perfect Dress

Shopping for special occasion cocktail dresses or gowns can be difficult but Invito Couture is here to help.

You’ve just received an invitation to an event next month and you couldn’t be more excited to attend. But wait – what are you going to wear? There are so many choices and styles of dresses and gowns available today and deciding on which one to buy can be difficult. Hopefully our simple guide will help.

Invito Couture Little Black DressIf you are looking for versatility, the little black dress is a classic. It’s attractive, simple, and stylish. You can wear it to almost any evening occasion and you can wear it again by switching up how you accessorize it with high heels, jewelry, and a handbag. And the little black dress can be quite attractive – just think about Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman,” where she wears a black cocktail dress with lace trim.

Pay attention to the small details when you are shopping in search of the perfect little black dress.

What to look for in a classic Little Black Dress

  • Length: The dress should hit at the thinnest part of your leg above the knee.
  • Cut:  Make sure the dress flatters your body type. The dress should accentuate a woman’s curves and waist, but never ever be too tight.
  • Fabric:  Jersey fabric is comfortable and stretchy, but it may not hold its shape. Invest in a dress with a soft, flattering fabric such as silk or satin.

If you prefer new, trendy styles, try an updated version of the little black dress with a modern touch.

Modern Little Black Dress  from Invito CoutureWhat to look for in a Modern Little Black Dress

  • Sleeve length: Try a sexy strapless dress.
  • V-shape: Try on dresses with a plunging V in the front to accentuate your attributes. Also, V-backs can be very sexy and sophisticated.
  • Lace: A black dress with lace can be very attractive and elegant. If the dress is very detailed, keep your accessories limited and wear classic makeup (red lipstick, mascara and eye-liner).

However, if you want to avoid black altogether, Invito Couture has many different colors ad styles of Cocktail Dresses to choose from! Cocktail dresses can be silver, red, coral, cream, blue, etc. Wearing a stylish, colorful evening dress will make you more memorable and it is much more festive than black. In the wintertime, buy on dresses that are dark red, dark blue, ruby, gold, purple, or emerald green – but in summer, it’s all about the bright colors and prints!

Tips on choosing a Cocktail Dress

To choose a unique, stylish cocktail dress first get an idea of what kinds of dresses exist. A simple online search works well. Consider dresses with lace, patterns, sequins, and satin. One-shoulder dresses and open-backed are also popular, so don’t shy away from them. Also, look for quality fabrics such as satin and silk which are soft to the touch and comfortable on your skin.

If you are unsure what kinds of events and special occasions call for a cocktail dress or evening gown take a look at our suggestions below.

Occasions where an Evening Gown  is recommended:

  • Weddings
  • Cruise ships
  • Semi-formal
  • New Years
  • Anniversary parties
  • Holiday parties
  • Charity galas

Occasions where a cocktail dress may be worn:

  • Prom/ Graduation
  • Class reunions
  • Cruise ships
  • Destination weddings
  • Dinner parties (ask the host in advance)
  • Evenings out to the theater, the ballet, or the Opera.
  • Dinner at an expensive restaurant

So the next step, once you know what kind of dress is appropriate for the event you are attending and have taken a look around online at the different dress styles that are available, is to dress the dresses in person! You may call our store at 604-681-3464 or come visit us in person at 2427 Granville Street in Vancouver and see the dresses in person. You cannot get the full feel for a dress until you see it in person, and even more until you try it on. We always reccomend that you try on many different styles of dresses before deciding on the one to buy. Even try on a few that you might not originally thing are your style – you may be surprised when you try something new! Alot of people are afraid to step out of their comfort zone and always stick with buying plain solid colored dresses, and yes while these  are a safe choice – it’s not very fun! Special occasions are fun events and the dress you wear to the event should reflect that level of fun and excitement while remaing stylish and sophisticated.

Visit Invito Couture at 2427 Granville Street in Vancouver

Visit Invito Couture at 2427 Granville Street in Vancouver

If you are unable to visit us in person in Vancouver, visit our Online Store where you can shop our entire collection of dresses, gowns, jewelry and accessories. We offer Free Shipping Worldwide and excellent prices. Be sure to consult our Measurement Guide before placing your order to ensure that you order your correct size. If at anytime you have questions or special requrests, please call us at 604-681-3464 and will be happy to assist you.

Happy Shopping!

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One Response to How to Shop for the Perfect Dress

  1. Terence says:

    Absolutely very beautiful, top-notch and lovely pictures.

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