Kelly Rowland’s Edition by Georges Chakra dress shows us how to look conservative – but chic – with this form fitting sheath.
Selita Ebanks took our breath away in this sleek dress with a ruffled hemline.
Solange’s deconstructed wrap dress is perfect for a night out with the girls or a fancy first date.
Show faux peeks of skin with a lacy mini like this one worn by Tracee Ellis Ross.
Don’t be scared to go for whimsy prints, like heart-shaped motif on Tracee Ellis Ross’ dress.
Silk, slits and satin belts make a little black dress like Toni Braxton’s go from sweet to sultry!
Here again, Tika Sumpter, sparkles in this sequined shift dress. Opt for the same when you need to add extra oomph to your evening.
A low neckline and high hemline make for a sexy mini cocktail dress, as Tika Sumpter proves.
Rebecca Crews, here with husband Terry, picks a cocktail dress with figure flattering ruffles which work with any body type.
Seasonal brights like the fab fuschia hue of Selita Ebanks’ dress instantly elevate any shape or fabric.
Skim over problem areas and highlight fab features like fit and legs with tunic style mini’s like Rutina Wesley’s.
It doesn’t always have to be short, summer’s chicest cocktail dresses can be long and lush like newlywed Niecy Nash’s dress.
Go tribal chic with ethnic inspired prints as seen on this sweet dress worn by Marsha Ambrosious.
Dress up more casual pieces, like Lala Vazquez’s shirt dress, by adding a belt and pumps.
Here too, Kelly Rowland provides perfect inspiration with this dramatically ruffled Marchesa cocktail dress.
Go for the bold by selecting a cocktail dress with eclectic elements – like buckled leather strips – as see on Kat Graham’s dress.
Opt for accents, like Jessica White’s cream colored clutch and pumps, that elevate the mood and color of your cocktail dress.
Take a page from Angela Bassett’s book and keep things light and bright with poppy colors like yellow for your cocktail dress.
Amber Rose shows that even exaggerated prints, live over-sized Gingham can make for a sweet, and spicy, cocktail dress.
Soft,fluid lines – like the one on Alicia Keys’ green dress – add elegance to your cocktail dress.
Bold color and even bolder accessories, like Gayle King’s, elevate a classic cocktail dress into a red carpet affair.
Like Jill Scott flatter your figure in a custom cut cocktail dress that enhances curves – instead of squeezing them .
Here again, Scott picks a figure flattering cocktail dress that plays up her gorgeous body.
Alek Wek shows how fierce rocking tribal inspired prints can be in a cocktail dress. Unexpected details like fringes and squared necklines also up the ante.