Just as enjoyable as a party itself is the getting ready and choosing which party dress to wear. One of the big decisions this season for any parties that you attend will be whether to opt for a long or short party dress. Both are very much on trend and both have lots going for them. Which one you decide to wear will depend on your own taste and the party that you are going to. For those of us who are impulsive, it will also depend on which dress catches are eye when we do our shopping. Everyone perception of what is a long party dress and what is a short party dress will differ but for the purpose of this post long dresses will include anything below knee length and short dresses, knee length and above.
Long Party Dresses
The ultimate long party dress for this summer has to be the maxi dress which has been seen in various guises throughout the season. From formal styles in black, satin or chiffon to more causal printed maxi dresses with bold and bright patterns or pretty vintage style florals, there are plenty of maxi dresses to choose from. But long party dresses also include those with three quarter(or mid calf) length skirts which are particularly suitable for daytime parties and occasions such as weddings and racedays. These dresses look great with either flared a line skirts which look amazing on ladies with larger hips or straight pencil style skirts which look stunning on slim ladies and those with hour glass shapes, particularly when accessorised with a belt.
The beauty of long party dresses is that they are suitable for more formal occasions, they are great for those who are a little self conscious of their body and they are incredibly stylish and subtly sexy without showing too much off. The strappy and fitted top of most maxi dresses help to balance the flowing skirt and show a bit of your body shape and the empire line is particularly flattering for those who want to cover a round tummy.
Short Party Dresses
Short party dresses are ideal for party animals who want to party all night. They are also great for hot balmy summer evenings when you want to keep as cool as possible. If you have amazing legs then a short party dress worn with killer heels is probably the best way to show them off. Short party dresses can range from cute baby doll dresses (also great for covering round tummies) with frilly details to vampy body con dresses, sequin or embellished dresses and the ubiquitous classic LBD. The trick to looking really stylish in a short party dress is to balance the hemline with the neckline. So if you are looking for a super mini dress opt for a higher neckline which will avoid it looking too much.