15 Party Dresses for a Cocktail Attire Dress Code
Cocktail attire is a dress code that baffles men and women. What on earth does it even mean?
If you received an invitation with a cocktail attire dress code and you’re totally confused, I’m here to help you out.
These dresses work for any type of cocktail event, whether a wedding, office outing, engagement party or class reunion. See, I’m already giving you some ideas of where cocktail dress codes are appropriate.
What is Cocktail Attire for Women?
Cocktail attire is a shade below a formal event. That’s really it. It’s not as fussy as formal but it’s miles away from casual. And no, it’s not semi-formal either. Semi-formal kinda screams “dress up your jeans” and that ain’t it.
At a cocktail event, you’ll want to keep your neckline and hemline decent. It can be a place where you may run into your boss or your future boss or prospective client so you’ll want to keep the sleaze at bay.
So, What is Appropriate for Cocktail Attire?
Slinky or structured fabrics, sharp, tailored suits whether skirt or pants and minimal accessories. You’ll want to keep the stretch material to a minimum and the loud makeup for the girl’s night out. Yes, you can totally wear pants for cocktail dresscode and I’ll include a couple here for you to see.
Let’s get into some looks.
Outfit Ideas for Cocktail Attire Dress Code
This red lace dress is the perfect cocktail attire for women. It’s lacy and demure with a high neckline and low hemline. It shows off your figure without being too revealing or over the top. Classic earrings and a simple pump complete the look.
This chiffon floral plus size dress is also a good cocktail dress for an evening out. The neckline is plunging but does not go too low. The hemline is flirty with varying lengths and the chiffon adds a playful see-through flair.
Little Black Dress
Of course the little black dress will make an appearance every season. This slinky number is just perfect, soft and feminine. You’ll be the belle of the ball on your mister’s arm. Get it here.
Floral and Flirty
Dark florals are perfect for the holidays! This fun number is flirty and soft and works well for my fellow big girls. Link.
Flouncy Day Time Party Dress
Have a few tea-time events to visit? This dress is perfect for your daytime holiday events. Link here.
In Solid Colour
If you loved the above dress but aren’t really a floral type of gal, this powder blue is the perfect option. I love how light and airy it is.
More ruffles! I just can’t help it, they’re too pretty. I mean, might as well get into it while they’re hot! Who knows what will be in next year. Get this gorgeous number here.
Vintage Flapper Style Dress
Ok, let’s move away from ruffles and get into sequins. The holidays are nothing without a little sparkle baby and this vintage-inspired flapper dress is the perfect scene stealer for your themed parties this year. Link to buy.
Sequin Party Dress
For something simpler but still shiny, this dress is the perfect piece. Here you go.
Shiny Animal-Print Cocktail Dress
If you’re an animal-print lover like I am then this dress will help you to bring out your jungle instincts. Rawr!
Colourful Sequin Party Dress
The more shine, the merrier. It’s Christmas party season after all. The perfect excuse to be as blingy as your heart desires. Clicky.
NYE Style Sequin Party Dress
Now we’re shining! I feel like this dress would be perfect for New Year’s Eve. You know the deal.
A Christmas Gown
Let’s get into a few more gowns. I love the print of this one and feel like the style is very classic. Will take you through a few seasons. It’s a great price point too. Here’s the link.
Date Night Party Dress
Don’t hurt him now! This dress is the perfect date night dress for the party with your boo thang. It will surely land you a boo if you’re out looking. Get it here.
Speaking of hurt. Oh laaaawd kill ’em. You don’t need convincing. You just need the link.
beautiful dresses. loved the green one
Girl all these dresses are SO swoon worthy!! I need a few this season and have a couple that I’m loving! Thanks for sharing!
Beuaitful holiday dresses! So excited to get all fancy come December 🙂
I got some great inspiration from this post!! I especially love the glittery/sequence dresses!
Love these dresses! I want to go to a holiday party just so that I can wear the sequined dress! 🙂
Love the green lace and the vintage flapper dress. They are all great and will turn many heads at a party!
Lovely dresses, blue has always been my favourite colour so it`s not hard thiunking of what I should get.Having said that, the green dress looks lovely too.
I am obsessing over numbers 1 and 12.They are fierce. Loving this post to the max
Can I please live my entire life in that Christmas gown! And the green lace is to die for!
the 2nd dress and the flapper dress were my faves. So cute!
These are all so cute!
loving these dresses!!!