Receiving an invitation to any event usually means excitement and positive feelings around it. Then, some women breathe out and the stress of “what should I wear?” kicks in. The same may happen when you see cocktail attire written as a dress code for the event. It’s a dress code no one really talks about but it is followed to so many weddings or company cocktail parties that we should definitely explain a few rules.
What is cocktail attire for women?
Cocktail attire for women basically means knee-length or a bit shorter dress accompanied by high heels. It may sound vague because many styles fall into this category but let’s mention some do & don’ts of this dress code, because there are definitely a few.
Wedding cocktail attire
If the event you are planning to attend is a wedding, don’t go much shorter than just above knee on the dress length side. On the contrary, as you are expected to dance away the night to celebrate newly-weds, pick a lower heel to go with your dress. This way, you will actually be able to enjoy the wedding. As for any rules, avoid wearing white, black or bright red cocktail dress, as these colors are not considered appropriate for weddings.
|Dusty Green Flared Top Dress||Blush Pink Flared Top Dress|
Cocktail party women attire
Cocktail party lets you decide how casual or dressy you want to keep it. Don’t forget the important rule – always accompany your cocktail dress with a clutch. No big or small over-the-shoulder handbags are allowed. We are sure you don’t have to bring half of your household with you, if you are having a drink (or a few) with your friends or colleagues.
One of the most basic fashion rules which also applies for cocktail attire for women is the following – if you go for a lower neckline, keep it discreet on the dress length. If, on the other hand, you wear a high neckline or even long sleeved dress, you might go for a bit shorter dress than usual. This means that you will look stunning without revealing too much or looking cheap. Moreover, combinations of mini dresses with high heels may not look very professionally when having drinks with colleagues from work.
|Black Long Sleeve Asymmetric Dress||Burgundy Long Sleeve Empire Waist Dress|
Cocktail suits for women
For those who want to reach for something even more special for that event (except for a jumpsuit), we have another option available – perfectly fitting suit or a tuxedo. These pieces make a real fashion statement and will make sure you stand out of the cocktail crowd of other ladies and gents. Combined with a clutch and heels, don’t forget to focus on what you put underneath as well. For fashionistas, crop top or a bralette is the top choice. Otherwise, go for a shirt or a blouse in contrast to your suit color so it pops out.
|Jacquard Tuxedo with Wide Lapels||Navy Blue Velvet Pantsuit|
- Never wear jeans to a cocktail party.
- Don’t bring a big handbag with you.
- Wear high heels and a small clutch.
- Either go for a low neckline or a short length dress.
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