Standing 6'2" since age 13, former Division I college volleyball player Jessica Vertullo Maher, 36, has learned to appreciate her tall, broad-shouldered physique. But now that she's a real estate agent with formal work events to attend, she finds herself playing it safe with evening wear: "I usually limit myself to basic black cocktail dresses," Maher says. This bright, slinky silk dress is a flattering new option. The halter neckline draws attention up to Maher's face rather than out toward her shoulders; the sleek fit and solid color keep the look from feeling fussy.
Dress, Issa, $714, shopbop.com. Earrings, Kendra Scott, $85, charmandchain.com. Ring, David Yurman, $4,500, davidyurman.com. Shoes, René Caovilla, $895, Neiman Marcus, 800-365-7989.