My Picks!

Left to right: ASOS Parachute Dress, $82.76,; Tiered Halter Dress, $34,; Animal Puff Dress, $100,; Gardenia strapless wool dress by Azzaro, $2445,
Left to right: Karen Millen Rose Corsage Pencil Dress, $331.20,; Eliza J Ruffle Wrap Dress, $158,; Illusion Fringe Sequin Dress by Haute Hippie, $595,; From the Marchesa Spring 09 Collection

Whether it's a hot date, exclusive party or gala fundraiser, a head-turning dress is a fail-safe investment. All you need is one stand out detail to take an otherwise classic dress to a whole new level. Think oversized bows/flowers, excessive frills, sequins galore and voluminous shapes. Anything goes. Just be sure to pick a dress that flatters your shape. A-line dresses that cinch at the waist suit everyone.