The key to choosing evening dresses is to make sure that you select a design that suits your body shape. “If you turn out in the right gown for body shape you become the cynosure of all eyes,” says June Okungbowa, General Manager of Collectibles, Lagos. Getting the right colour and design is important too, she adds. Do you want a halter neck, V-neck, bustier or spaghetti design?

These are what to note while shopping for evening outfits. As long as you choose the right colour, sometimes you don’t need a designer evening dress to make a fashion statement. Black is the color of authority and power. It’s popular in fashion because it’s stylish and timeless. It also makes people appear slimmer. Blue, the color of the sky and the ocean is one of the most popular colors. Peaceful, tranquil blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals.

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However, blue can also be cold and depressing. Purple is the color of royalty and it connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication. It’s also feminine and romantic. Red is the most emotionally intense color and it stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It’s also the color of love.


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