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8 dresses that are elegantly sexy

When buying a dress, finding the right balance between elegance and sex appeal can be hard, especially in view of the array of dresses that hang in high street and designer stores alike. The key? Less is more. The less you reveal, the more is left to the imagination. Of course, all dresses show some parts of the body and not others, so the secret in finding that dress is knowing what tools you have in your arsenal. 1This dress from Anna is surprisingly versatile, despite being modern and elegant. The layered shape of the skirt will skim your curves perfectly, while the tight bodice slims the waist. Wear it with a blazer and pumps for more elegant occasions, or a denim jacket and ballet flats for more casual affairs. 2Diane von Furstenberg clearly knew what she was doing when she invented the wrap dress. It will make you feel confident and feminine, while at the same time highlighting your best features. Buy yours in Question-Air, and wear it anywhere from a day at the office to a night out. 3The concept of leaving things to the imagination is embodied perfectly in this dress from Iris Boutique. Cut from a striking red satin fabric, it may seem slightly conservative, but the elastic waistband adds definition to the waist and hips, and the fabric falls beautifully. 4 It may be of midi length, but the subtle transparencies and the contrast made by the clashing pink and black add an element of sexiness to an otherwise beautifully elegant dress. Buy it in Wolf & Badger. 5 Floral lace patterns were seen at Burberry Prorsum in skirts worn with silky tops, and since then have filtered down to the high street. We love this dress from Bow and Pearl for the subtle peek-a-boo transparencies the pattern creates, as well as its figure hugging shape. 6This dress from Frock and Frill is young, fun and flirty. The A-line shape adds elegance, as does the elegantly embellished bodice. It will look great on elegant occasions like a wedding or a dinner, and will have heads turning. 7Once again, the element of concealing and revealing comes into play. The short dress length means you can show off your legs by pairing it with heeled sandals, and the pussy-bow and buttons allow for a little revealing to counter the long sleeves. Dress from Viola London. 8 Peplum dresses are the ultimate item where sex appeal and elegance meet. It will make your waist appear tiny, and will generally streamline your figure, highlighting the best assets. We love it with a delicate heel and a classic handbag to make a first impression that will last. Buy it in StyleJump.
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