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Summer Cocktail Dress Style Guide

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Customer Happiness Team

September 27, 2016

It may be a few months away yet, but Summer is quickly creeping up on us and so too are the summer cocktail events people are increasingly inviting us to on Facebook. From hip new cocktail bars to beachside picnics, Summer cocktail affairs can come in all shapes and sizes.

When it comes to picking the perfect outfit, knowing where you are going will make the entire choosing process that much easier. From black tie events to casual waterside cocktails, we have your Summer cocktail dress guide covered.

Take a look at our top 4 Summer cocktail dresses, then head over to GlamCorner and rent them – or any other ones you fall in love with – for a fraction of the retail price.

Love Affair with Lace

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Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, is having a lucsious, and long, love affair with lace. From Gucci down to Zara, every designer and every brand want a piece of this luxurious material. The plus side to this? Your options of incredibly designed, lace summer cocktail dresses are endless.

When it comes to finding something suitable to go from bar stool to the street to the beach umbrella, the trick is to look for something that teams perfectly with both a pair of sling-back stilettos as well as a pair of pristine white Adidas or New Balance.

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Opt for an open lace design – Self Portrait have plenty of wonderful options – the varied shapes and patterns create a point of difference and trust us when we say everyone will want to know where you got your dress from. Throw on a pair of sunnies and a straw boater style hat for a perfect summer cocktail look.

70s Baby

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The perfect bar-to-beach girls version of a ‘throw over’, sporting an easy to wear 70s style shift dress will put a stop to any last minute outfit second-guesses. While we aren’t suggesting you throw on a sequinned mini A-line dress, there’s something to be said about the ease of a slip-on, slip-off outfit for a Summer cocktail event.

Look for a style that sits around the mid-thigh length – any shorter and you’re verging on awkward outfit mishap territory. Keep it loose fitting; cottons and silks create wonderful silhouettes as they tend to drape and fall better than stiffer fabrics.

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Opt for a dress in a fun print or bright colour – it is summer after all – and if you can’t be bothered to cart around a jacket for when the cooler night air kicks in, then look for a design with sleeves.

This Labyrinth Paisley Mini Dress by The Jetset Diaries ticks all of the boxes! Pair ir with some simple block heels (mid to low height) and a cute little beach bag that’ll fit your beauty and beach essentials.

Play Around

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Its hard to go past the perfect little playsuit when it comes to Summer cocktail affairs. Year in, year out, they make for the easiest of outfit options, and with plenty of designers drawing inspiration from the humble little one-piece, there’s plenty of options ready and waiting for the wearing.

The trick to finding the perfect little romper, or jumpsuit, is to know what style suits your body. Some shapes work best with loose fitting designs, others suit a more structured silhouette better. No matter what, don’t shy away from this as an option for your Summer cocktail date.

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Both Camilla and Alice McCall always have an incredible variety of options; the fun prints, patterns and designs aren’t only reserved for the younger crowd. Keep the overall look casual with barely-touched hair, then slip into a pair of slides or mules and pull it all together with a cute little clutch to get you from point A to point B.

As Blue as the Ocean

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Baby blue, or what is also called “Duck Egg Blue”, is back in season. The pastel hue works against all skin tones, so its no wonder it’s become popular amongst the fashion elite.

Perfect for a summer cocktail affair, anything that draws from some end of the blue colour spectrum will have you making a statemet next to everyone else wearing the standard black and white monochrome madness.

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The trick with a dress like this Maison Midi Dress by Talulah is during the day time throw a loose t-shirt over the top for a relaxed casual two-piece vibe, then take it off come nightfall and your beach to bar look is created before anyone can say “Aperol Spritz?”


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