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The Body-Flattering, Sweet-Revenge Dress

Whether you're newly single or just looking to make a splash, these dresses are your keys to success


ralph lauren black v-neck dress

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The quintessential LBD (little black dress): You can wear this knockout Ralph Lauren V-neck matte jersey dress anywhere and everywhere. $149, www.ralphlauren.com

aidan mattox silver sequin dress

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Aidan Mattox’s show-stopping sheer-sleeved sequined dress is all about sparkle—and legs. $295, www.nordstrom.com

michael kors faux wrap dress

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Michael Kors' faux wrap dress is a charmer. Consider it the season’s ultimate power dress. $120, www.bloomingdales.com

calvin klein black jersey, split sleeve dress

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Play the saucy sophisticate in this Calvin Klein slit-shoulder dress. $118, www.nordstrom.com

bcbgmaxazria red ruffle hem dress

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Be the devil with the red dress in this flirty, ruffled number from BCBG/Maxazria. $228, www.bcbg.com

betsy & adam black lace dress

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Who can resist this Betsy & Adam black lace dress with bare shoulders? (Hopefully not him.) $155, www.nordstrom.com

nicole Miller draped front open back red dress

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Nipped and tucked in all the right places, Nicole Miller's cut-out-back dress gives you a flirtatious edge. $255, www.nordstrom.com

bcbgmaxazria bold striped maxi dress

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You may have to fight off the paparazzi in this BCBG/Maxazria’s bold striped cowl-back maxi. $188, www.bcbg.com

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Philosophers from George Herbert to REM have said that living well is the best revenge. As a fashion editor, I’ve always felt the corollary to that is, looking great is the best revenge on your ex. And what better way to pull that off than with a clingy dress that flatters you in all right places?
 
If you’re a new divorcée—or single and looking to change that status, or just want to spruce up your look—these dresses are your keys to summer success. They’re sexy in an age-appropriate way, will compliment any figure, and are right for almost any occasion, from the office to an after-work cocktail party to Saturday night on the town.
 
No matter what our stage of life, we can still look pretty damn great. It might just take a bit more effort, but I believe that effort is satisfying—and confidence-building. It’s a kind of self-nurturing. Rather than hide your assests, hug them! (And with today's undergarment body shapers, almost nothing is off-limits.)

You heard it here first: “I love me the way I am” is the new “perfect.”
 
Fashion writer and editor Suzanne Martine has worked for a number of major publications (Elle, More, L'Officiel) in New York and Paris over the past three decades.

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