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TF Holiday Party Dressing Guide: Cocktail

What’s in a name? When it comes to some dress codes, it’s precisely what’s in the name. At a cocktail party you should expect cocktails in the form of drinks and dresses. But if it’s so simple to decode this dress code, what should you keep in mind to knock it out of the park with your wardrobe choices? Understanding the basics and learning how to add some personal flair is key. Here’s how:

1)   Investigate the invitation for clues on how you should dress

  • Time of year: dictates colour palette
  • Time of day: day time is less formal, with much more casual fabrications and styles, whereas night time you can glam it up a bit.

2)    What does cocktail dressing include? The short answer is: a wide variety of styles.

  •  classic cocktail attire for women includes an at- or above-the-knee dress.
  • a little black dress works well for cocktail dress codes, but add a little sparkle through jewelry or embellishments to add a festive feel to your look.
  • Creative cocktail attire is a more enhanced version, allowing you the opportunity to showcase your style. Mixing patterns, fun fabrics, or adding bright pops of colour in the form of shoes or a clutch

Lacking the formality — and occasional stuffiness — of white and black tie affairs, cocktail-themed events allow you to interject your personality into your look. Our fav designer we carry in store for the perfect cocktail dress is Parker, pictured in this post. We love these flirty frocks for their on trend fabrication and versatility. These are two key points to nail for holiday cocktail party dressing. We’ll detail more on the difference between traditional, formal, and after-work cocktail parties on our Friday post. By the weekend you’ll be ready to find and flaunt that perfect dress to mix and mingle in, no matter where or when you’re invited to a cocktail party this season!