A mainstay in garish party dresses from the '80s, sequins are back and bigger than ever -- literally. As a rule, the larger the sequin, the bigger the impact.
A sprinkling of sequins can add a dash of glamour to a neckline or hem. For a seriously elegant effect, look for short shift dresses dripping in sequins. As long as the dress errs on the conservative side, the result is glitzy, not gaudy.
Whoever first said wearing white after Labor Day was a fashion taboo obviously hadn't foreseen the innocent color's influence on the Fall 2007 runway. A creamy shade of white looks fresh and unexpected in the early autumn months.
Metallic shoes are instantly glamorous, while the perfect pair of colorful heels can add a serious dose of personality. Avoid black shoes - too matronly - and shun cream ones - way too bridezilla.
Borrowed from the boys can look girlie and chic in the form of a cocktail dress. Look for feminized details of the classic tuxedo: a peter pan collar, pearly button placket, and diagonal ruffle detail. The result is a sweet, cheeky mix of boy-meets-girl.
A boyish dress demands an extra smattering of jewels. Pull out your sparkliest earrings or layer on a few extra bracelets. Heels are a must -- take style cues from your boyfriend's dress shoes with your own patent leather pumps.
The retro Sixties-inspired shift dress is the perfect wardrobe addition this year. It manages to be casual yet current, comfortable yet chic. Such a simple shape allows for an extra dose of accessories or unusually glammy stilettos. Not into sky-high heels? Sweet flats play up the gamine vibe.
Debut your shift dress at the homecoming dance, then layer it over Ts, turtleneck, and button downs for everyday wear. Switch your dancing shoes for cool skimmers and your sparkly rhinestones for understated hoops.
The artsy kimono is one of the few dresses that manages to make sleeves look elegant. The dramatic bell sleeves of the kimono dress are as fashionable as they are flattering - they can cover up your less-than-favorite arms or simply keep you warm.
To accessorize such stylish sleeves, stack on a collection of shiny bangles or a few choice cocktail rings. Skip necklaces - the kimono's deep V neck looks best with a bare neck.