Cocktail events are like the twilight zone of evening soirees. The dress code is slightly less formal than a black-tie event and requires you to wear less dressy clothes than you would wear at a formal dinner. They’re super fun to wear and come in many varieties and hemlines. The most common style worn by women is a classic little, black dress loved mostly for its versatility.
A cocktail dress has become a staple in every classy woman’s closet. Back in the day they used to be tailor made and accessible only to a select elite group of people. But now, you can wear them to any event and bedazzle everyone.
A cocktail event will also specify the dress code to be cocktail attire. Here are a few tips about the etiquettes you should keep in mind before your next invite!
Keep it a bit more conservative
A cocktail event is more sophisticated and that should reflect in the kind of clothes you wear. You can’t wear the same clothes that you would to a nightclub and hence, your dress should be less revealing.
This means steer clear of deep, plunging necklines or even sheer dresses that don’t leave much to the imagination. Keep it classy with something that shows skin in the right places and is most flattering to your body type.
Keep the length optimal
A cocktail dress is not meant to be a ball gown, that means a long, flowing, trail is definitely a no-no. The most ideal length for a cocktail dress is a mid-length, just above or below the knees. You can choose whichever is more comfortable for you and opt for either a mini length or a midi length dress.
Trousers are a go!
If dresses aren’t your thing, you can wear trousers! But that doesn’t mean just about any bottoms will do. You can’t show up to a cocktail event in jeans, no matter how comfortable they might be. You can end up looking extremely underdressed and sometimes that can be an uncomfortable feeling.
Matching separates in a formal looking pant-suit will help you channel your inner Diane Keaton. You can even pair a silk blouse with formal pants for a complete look!
Carry the right bag
If you’re one of those girls who hate carrying bags, we’ve got great news for you. A cocktail dress works best with a clutch or even a trendy body bag. Dress minimal and keep the bare minimum in a flashy statement purse.
The right accessories
Just like the overall theme, with a cocktail dress less is more. You don’t need to go overboard with the kind of accessories you wear. A pair of earrings with a cuff or just a statement necklace piece to make a plain dress stand out is enough.
Keep it crisp
This goes with just about any attire you don, but wrinkles and the crumpled look is a huge fashion faux pas. Have your dress dry cleaned or steam pressed before your event so you can look put together and neat!
Make sure your underclothes are complementary
It’s not classy to have your undergarments peeking through your clothes. The number one rule of dressing for events is to wear flattering underclothes. Your wardrobe should always have a strapless or a stick on bra for appropriate dresses.
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