, ,

TF Holiday Party Dressing Guide: Cocktail #styleinspiration

Cocktail dress code etiquette is a way of stating the dress code that is suitable for the evening; more formal than casual clothes and less formal than evening wear. There are 3 different types of cocktail parties, and it is important to take this into account when you’re preparing your look for such an event.

Traditional cocktail dress code etiquette states that a dress’s length is to the knee, but nowadays you can go for something a little shorter if you wish, and even a little sexy. Just remember to keep it dressy and elegant, but not too formal. The appropriateness tends to be judged more on its sumptuousness rather than length so you should lean towards sensual fabrics like silk and crepe in good strong colours. Your choice of fabric and style should also be appropriate to the season, some even say no cocktail party attire is complete without a little sparkle. If you don’t have this in fabrication, bring in some eye-catching jewelry from the Yolanta Collection to glam up your look (right).

Formal cocktail parties are more dependent on location than on attire. So looking into what the venue is like, as well as the season and reason for the event. Additionally the formality of the invitation you receive is important to note. If it’s a Facebook invite, email, or over the phone, it is usually safe to say it is not considered ‘formal’. However, if you do receive a formal invite that states ‘cocktail attire’, you’ll want to step it up a little bit. Go for ‘dressy’ cocktail, rather than ‘fancy’ eveningwear. This is why a shorter black dress is always a good idea, just ask Karl Lagerfeld (top). Pair it with fun accessories to inject a little personality into your look.

The events most fun to dress for are weekend Cocktail Parties, but many times you’ll be invited to After Work Cocktail Parties. If you are attending a Cocktail Party straight from work, try taking a smaller handbag for the evening, with some sparkly jewelry and some evening shoes to change into. These simple changes can transform your look from day to evening with minimal effort. After-work also generally means less dressy, so you’re safe to keep it simple.

You can be confident that you will rock the cocktail party in one of these #styleinspiration looks, featuring some of our favourite designers, like Black Halo (above) or Nicole Miller (left). Now go concentrate on mingling with the other guests, ensuring you are a style star for your personality and fashion choices!