Ever been invited to an event and immediately have a panic attack about what to wear? I’ll raise my hand because I sure have. Too many times I have debated the proper attire for events like weddings, work functions, and even swanky birthday parties.
As you sift through your mental closet let’s zero in on the cocktail dress, where the gown and mini dress meet. A cocktail dress is a smart choice when the dress code calls for a semi-formal attire. Even though a cocktail dress is a simple choice, there are so many styles and shapes to choose from, it can often be an overwhelming and daunting task.
Here are some tips on cocktail dresses to help elevate YourStyle.
Consider your shape:
Cocktail dresses normally fall slightly above or below the knee so we are working with a short dress. Some women may feel short dresses are not for them but I’m here to inform you it is all about the cut and style. Consider your shape when choosing a cocktail dress and highlight the areas you want on display and choosing a dress will be as simple as picking the color.
If you want to hide your waist, choose an A-shaped dress and go strapless. If you’re not comfortable with your shoulders go for a neck ties dress and bump up the cleavage or choose a statement neckline.
If you’re looking to accentuate your waist go for it with a form fitting dress. Avoid high neck lines to avoid making your proportions look wonky.
Consider the weather:
If this is an event taking place in the summer you want to opt for lighter fabrics like cotton, satin, or linen. If the event will be outside and may go later into the evening choose a short to mid length sleeve or accessorize with a shawl or scarf.
For summer or spring events cocktail dresses with lighter colors and more playful patterns are a fun and stylish choice.
For winter events consider wool or brocades.
Consider the accessories:
The ideal accessories for cocktail events are small clutches and jewelry. If the event is swanky consider statement pieces of bold colors and dramatic necklaces or earrings. For a less glamorous event a smart cuff and light bling will suffice.
Don’t be afraid to put your own spin on things, go for a pattern or an exotic shape. Switch up the sleeve length to what’s comfortable for you and remember a cocktail dress can fall above or below the knees so pick a length that works for you. Stay on dress code by assessing what the host will be wearing and give these tips a try!