How to Dress for a Cocktail Party
Decoding the cocktail dress code can be tricky, so
here are a list of fashion questions and answers that are often
asked about dressing for a cocktail party. Find out what's
appropriate for women, men and children, and how you can write
the correct wording on occasion invitations.
A cocktail dress is usually knee length or just above, and
in a simple fabric in one plain colour. Though there are
variations of this, it is the standard dress code for women. A
little jacket or shrug is great in cooler weather, but women
ought to bear a little skin at a cocktail affair.
If you are writing dress code wording on an invitation and
you'd like your guests to wear smart formal clothing, then
writing 'cocktail attire' on the invites is the simplest way to
get people looking well dressed. Men will have to wear shirts,
and women ought to wear dresses.
Cocktail bridesmaid dresses are a brilliant choice for
weddings, as they look very smart, and similar to standard
bridesmaids dresses, but without the pricetag. They are easy to
find online in a number of different colours.
You can also wear cocktail gowns to balls, proms or formal
dances - they are a great thing to keep in your wardrobe, and
buy in preparation for special occasions.
Designers do a great job of creating beautiful clothes for
cocktail parties, as office drinks and socialising are very
popular among those who can afford such clothes. Look to the
runways for inspiration if you want ideas on how to accessorise
Cocktail attire for juniors is simply a mini version of the
adult - boys should wear trousers and shirts, and girls should
wear pretty knee length dresses. Grooming their hair into a
more formal look is perfect for important occasions too, as it
will make them feel special, and look right for photos.
♥ How long
should a cocktail dress be?
A cocktail dress is usually
between thigh and knee length - a very royal length is
appropriate, just above the knee, wherever flatters your figure
most. It ought not to be as short as a club dress, nor as
long as calf length.
♥ Can I wear jeans to a
It's not very appropriate to wear jeans
to a cocktail party, though there are special occasions when
you might be able to get away with it - say a small party with
friends, rather than a wedding or office party. But, you'll
feel more confident in a dress!
♥ What is appropriate dress for
a cocktail party in December?
A knee length dress, with
an evening coat over the top in order to get to your event in
the cold weather. If it's a Christmas cocktail party, then
wearing a red dress, velvet or something sparkly would be a
great outfit choice.
♥ What is the difference
between a cocktail dress and formal dress?
dress is usually very simple, figure hugging and plain, whereas
a formal dress can be brighter coloured, quirky or more
♥ Does a cocktail dress have to
be black or does it depend on the event?
doesn't have to be black! Darker colours are often preferred,
but if you keep the dress line simple a paler or brighter
colour is very pretty and flattering.
♥ Should I wear heels or
flats with a cocktail dress?
Heels are perfect for a
cocktail party, but now with so many pretty flats out there, if
you'd feel more comfortable in them, then find some with pretty
jewels or details on to wear instead. The heels don't have to
be a specific height, so you can wear kitten heels if you
♥ Is it ok to wear a cocktail
dress for prom?
Absolutely! Though something a little
more detailed would be far better, and more interesting to
wear. You could add a little embellishment to a simple cocktail
gown though - pop a sparkly brooch on, or do your hair in a
very interesting way.
♥ What should a man wear to a
A man should wear trousers (not jeans),
shoes (not boots) and a long sleeved shirt. A tie and waistcoat
might be necessary, depending on the event itself.