With this in mind, I was dismayed to find that a lot of stores use "cocktail dress" interchangeably with "prom dress." Horrified at the thought of looking like a high schooler instead of a business professional, I immediately ruled out poofy skirts, tulle, and/or taffeta.
Looking for something classier, I tried on this dress at J. Crew...
I really liked this dress on the website, and decided go to the store to try the regular 00 size. As expected, the regular sizing does not fit as it is supposed to. It was roomy everywhere, but especially around the shoulders and bust, where the fit should be snug. The skirt wasn't exactly a "sheath" on me either, but I hoped these would all be remedied on the petite version. It did fit pretty nicely at the waist and the length hit right above my knees. (You just can't tell in this photo due to the slight downward angle.) I considered going online and buying it in size 00 petite, but... wait! Look at it, I could probably wear this in the office! This isn't an evening dress... Try again, Amy.
So what am I looking for? An evening dress that looks classy and not "high school"... and definitely not "Vegas"! The more I narrowed down my criteria, the more I began to think of Audrey Hepburn... so the next two contenders are from ModCloth.
First, a little black dress:
(I snagged the last one so it's no longer available... sorry!)
Next, a flowy, neutral dress:
ModCloth "All Neutral" Dress, size S
I've never ordered from ModCloth before, and I'm not sure how petite-friendly they are. Luckily, ModCloth has plenty of helpful reviews regarding fit and, if worse comes to worse, free returns. I am still waiting for these to arrive, so stay tuned for my reviews. :)
Which dress is your favorite so far?