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Cocktail Event Style Guide

Stylishly dressed women sitting, legs crossed at bar, drinking, low section

Cocktail is the most common dress code that you are likely to come across for your upcoming events so lets get your style sorted! It covers a whole range of occasions and it is a style that people are more inclined to feel comfortable with than formal or black tie. Cocktail implies something less extravagant than a gown but something more dressed up than jeans and a top. It also suggests you’re going to be attending a lively and enjoyable event, more often than not with a cocktail in one hand. With this in mind, here are our top tips for achieving an on-point cocktail style outfit.The most common outfit for a Cocktail event is a classic pairing of a midi dress and heels. Keeping the length midi is elegant and flattering while still being favourable in a party or playful environment. It is important to remember that even though a Cocktail event is more of a party environment than a formal event, there is still a degree of formality required in your outfit which means cut outs and anything too short should be avoided.To find the perfect dress, first consider what styles you’re comfortable in and also the specific event type. A cocktail event can range from cocktails and dancing to sophisticated, intimate conversations and that will greatly impact the style of dress you choose. If you’re headed to a lively event where you’ll want to be twirling the night away, look for an A-line style with a full skirt. This is always feminine and glamorous style and will work for any cocktail event. If it’s something sleeker and more sophisticated you’re after, you can’t go past this sculptured LBD by Yeojin Bae.

Yeojin Bae Corrine Dress

Yeojin Bae Corrine Dress

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When you’re looking for your perfect cocktail look, it is also important to consider a pop of colour or a printed fabric. An elegant print will have you turning heads and it also lets your personality shine through. A cocktail event is the perfect opportunity to experiment and have a little fun with your style so don’t be afraid to try a printed look.

Zimmerman Wallpaper Print Dress

Camilla La Chaeuetilla Dress

An Autumn Winter Cocktail Look

While a dress may be a great look all year round, if you’re needing another layer throughout the cooler months, opt for a chic Blazer or Cape. We are crushing on faux fur for the winter months and the Nord Cape by Unreal Fur is a glamorous piece to throw over your dress as you head out the door. This soft faux fur style drapes over the shoulders and finishes at your natural waistline which is perfect for enhancing your figure. A style cropped to the waist also works perfectly over any dress shape which is really all you could want! If faux fur isn’t for you, you could also opt for a cropped tailored blazer for a sophisticated look or a leather biker jacket for something a little edgier.

Unreal Fur Faux Fur Cape perfect for cocktail

If a dress isn't for you

Just because a dress may be the most common Cocktail look, it doesn’t mean that is your only option. A pantsuit or top and skirt also works perfectly and it will have you standing out in something a little different. If it’s a pantsuit that you’re opting for, keep it tailored and long lined. This will elongate your figure and keep your look sharp for your event. If you’re feeling bold, create a sleek plunging neckline with a well fitting blazer and no top. If you’re worried about gaping throughout the neckline of the jacket, make best friends with Stick it Strips Rescue Tape. This will keep you confident in your look all night long.If you’re style is a little more glamorous but you’re not wanting a dress, mix and match your look with a statement top and skirt combination. For a flawless combination, you can’t go past a full A-line midi skirt and a fitted crop top or bodysuit. This outfit with let your personal style and creativity shine and you’ll be sure to have compliments all night long about your flair of fashion.

Black Misha Pantsuit

Misha Black Pantsuit

Complete Your Look

To finish off your Cocktail outfit, pair your style with a killer pair of heels and complimentary accessories. If you’ve got a bold outfit, keep your accessories minimal with the fine jewellery trend that we are loving lately and if you’re looking to highlight your look, opt for some statement pieces that will have you standing out in the crowd.

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A Cocktail event is a special occasion where you get to dress up, look gorgeous and have a lovely time. Make every aspect of sorting out your look enjoyable by choosing something that you’ll feel confident in that also flatters your figure. You want to enjoy your event and feeling good will make you look great from the inside out. Have fun!

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