First, make sure your dress -- regardless of color -- flatters your figure. And this means honing in on your best features. Cinch your small waist with a dress that's belted at the midsection. You could pair this cinched waist with a full skirt to disguise southern problem areas. Or create a nice line by wearing an empire (pronounced uhm-peer) waist that pulls in just below the breasts. Bonus: You'll forgo any muffin-top troubles because the dress material simply falls from the high waist to the hem.
When it comes to shoe selections, opt for champagne or silver rather than one that's too matchy-matchy with your dress color. Ankle straps add bulk and age, so look for a simple sling-back heel. You'll also want to pare down your accessories. The last thing you need is a necklace dueling with a corsage for the eye's attention. As you select a dress, consider where you'll place the corsage (traditionally on the left side). Or ask for a wrist corsage. A wrist corsage won't get crushed with each of the zillion hugs you'll give that day.