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