The holidays are fast approaching, and you know what that means: It’s time to add a cocktail dress to your winter wardrobe. Holiday celebrations, whether you’re going to work parties or hosting your own seasonal soiree, are great opportunities to feel fun and sexy in a more formal outfit.

If you’re feeling a bit nervous about donning your ensemble in public, don’t worry. We’ve put together some tips for feeling more body confident while strutting your stuff in an elegant dress.

Say Yes to the Right Dress

It’s hard to feel fabulous in a dress that’s completely wrong for your body type or not suitable for a certain event. You’ll have a better evening when you put together an outfit that’s flattering, fun, and appropriate. Here’s how:

Find A Dress That Actually Fits
The right fit will make you feel spectacular. If you’re in love with a dress that looks great on the sales rack but not on your body, move on to the next one. The ideal dress should fit like a glove and flatter your best features without feeling too tight—that can have the opposite effect of making you look bigger.

Aim for Simplicity
Sometimes, less really is more. While shopping for “the one,” look for dresses made of elegant fabrics and with clean lines. A little, black dress, for example, will do just fine, and it can still be sexy with a slit up the side, a deep V neck, or sheer netting subtly placed across the bust or arms. Simple gowns often come with velvet, silk, and sparkly touches that add a hint of glamour without going overboard. If you feel like your look needs more, you can always dress up a minimalist ensemble with your own accessories, which leads us to our next point.

Choose the Right Accessories
Accessories add a bit of personality to your outfit, making it pop. We recommend updating an old dress or complementing a new one with a fabulous pair of shoes. Bright red or metallic shoes are a fun choice if you’re wearing all black, and a sparkling clutch or handbag can add some flair. Wear your favorite earrings or necklace to tie everything together. Just be careful not to overdo it with too many pieces.

Pump Yourself Up Beforehand
One of the best ways to make yourself feel confident in your body this holiday season is to pump yourself up with positive self-care! In addition to picking out a killer outfit, try developing a pre-party routine that reminds you of your best qualities before you head out.

Go to the gym the day of your event, treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure, say nice things to yourself in the mirror, and share some drinks with your best friends beforehand. These activities will make you appreciate your body, health, and well-being and will set the tone for a fabulous evening.

HD Body Sculpting at Belle Medical

Belle Medical is proud to help women of all body types achieve a slimmer, more feminine look with our natural-looking and long-lasting body sculpting treatments. If you need help fitting into a more eye-catching cocktail dress before the holiday season (or after!), contact Belle Medical to learn how we can remove stubborn fat from your thighs, abdomen, hips, arms, and more without surgery. Our treatments’ minimal recovery time means you can be in and out of our clinic in no time at all. When you give yourself the gift of a more desirable appearance, you can feel like the star of every holiday party.