Guide to the Cocktail Dress

A cocktail dress, as the name suggests is a dress often worn to cocktail parties. In the 21st century, how often do one of those come up? This dress is worn to many informal events and parties. Use your imagination and imagine a dress that is worn to a dance or a ball. It could be long or it could be short and resembles a ballerina dress.

Because this style of dress can be a long dress, there are times you will find them in the evening dress section of a store or of an online fashion boutique. Do not be mislead, an evening dress is a completely different type of dress. An easy rule of thumb to differentiate the two is this:

  • The evening dress is often worn to a formal event like a prom or a wedding.
  • The cocktail dress is worn to an informal event like a get together with some friends.

Luckily for you, in the 21st century, most of these dresses will be above the knee length.

Most cocktail dresses will look like a ballerina’s dress, but do not wear it as if you’re a ballet dancer. Do not wear flats, shoes, or sneakers with the cocktail dress. Wear pumps or heels. Though it is an informal dress, it is supposed to look classy and fancy. You will find that most cocktail dresses will come with embellishments and embroideries.

This dress is to be worn with a clutch, avoid big bags, shoulder bags, or messenger bags.

Wearing one in the winter can be a bit daunting but do not be intimidated by the short length of the dress. You can wear long socks, stockings, or leggings with the cocktail dress. When picking a jacket, you may choose to wear a trench coat or pea coat. You may also wear a shorter jacket such as a moto jacket. Scarves go nicely with almost any dress whether or not you’re indoors, so wear a scarf! Do not forget gloves and a hat.