Everyone loves a good party. And cocktail attire is on top of the list of things to think about. Some women love shopping for that perfect dress. Others find evening wear shopping stressful because they can’t find what they are looking for or they don’t know what cocktail attire to choose for an evening soiree.
What to wear to a cocktail party will really depend on the type of event you are attending. Is it a gala event? Does it have a casual vibe? Is it a sit down dinner or is it just drinks and appetizers? Where is the event taking place? All these elements will help you determine how fancy the event will be and what to wear. Sometimes, if it’s an annual event, you can take a peek at the pictures on the website from past events to get an idea of the dress code. My general rule of thumb is that it’s better to be over dressed than under dressed. Here are a few ideas for cocktail attire for women:
Cocktail Dress: This is my go-to for most cocktail parties. A dress makes me feel beautiful and it's easy to dress up or dress down based on the accessories (especially fabulous shoes!). You could match a simple dress with fancy shoes and accessories, or wear something fancier with more understated shoes.
Jumper: If you’re not feeling a dress but still want something sleek and classy, a nice jumper is a great option for cocktail attire.
Skirt & Nice Top: A skirt and a top is also a great option. Unless the skirt or the top is very fancy, I tend to wear this ensemble to cocktail parties that are a little more casual.
Chiffon Pants: Of course you wouldn’t just be wearing chiffon pants, you’ll need a top that you can pair with the pants. Perhaps an off-the-shoulder top, or a blazer. The options are endless.
Pant Suit: Another great option for cocktail attire for women who tend to avoid dresses like the plague. A sexy suit is a great option for a cocktail party and there are several styles to choose from.
- Blazer With Dress Pants: If I’m really having a hard time finding something to wear, a blazer and dress pants is an easy fix.
What is your go-to cocktail attire for that special party you're attending? Share your wardrobe ideas with us…