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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

Lace Crochet Eblow Sleeve Dress

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

Slinky 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

Flirty Floral Holiday Dress

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

Flouncy Cocktail dress

Have a few tea-time events to visit? This dress is perfect for your daytime holiday events. Link here.

In Solid Colour

Pretty light blue ruffle dress

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.

Burgundy Ruffles

Burgundy Ruffle Dress

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

Vintage Flapper Style Holiday Dresses

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

Sequin Party Dress

For something simpler but still shiny, this dress is the perfect piece. Here you go.

Shiny Animal-Print Cocktail Dress

Shiny animal print party 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

Colourful sequin shiny 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

New Year's Eve Shiny Sequin 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

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

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.

Vavavoom!

Vavavoom Sequin Red Party Dress

Speaking of hurt. Oh laaaawd kill ’em. You don’t need convincing. You just need the link.

 

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