Cocktail Dresses Decoded

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Semi-formal, black tie, business or business casual are just a few vague sartorial rules and regulations set out to make a fashion conscious woman left wondering what do I wear? One of the offenders we didn’t mention above is cocktail attire…and unfortunately you are not adhering to the dress code if you’re holding a cocktail, it would make things a whole lot easier if that was the case. Well if drinking a cocktail doesn’t qualify you for cocktail attire, what does?

Let’s get started by defining the dress code. Cocktail attire gained popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, inspired by fashionable households enjoying pre-drinks and canapés in the hours between day and evening. A new social occasion was born and with it a new dress code. Cocktail attire became the transition, bridging the gap between the relaxed feel of casual day wear and formal evening attire. Nowadays, you’re likely to see this dress code pop up at weddings, anniversaries, engagements, birthdays and many other formal occasions, where a a touch of refinement is required.

Like most other dress codes the rules are not set in stone, but are used as a guideline to incorporate into your personal style. That being said, there are still a few do’s and don’ts worth following…

Do go for a tailored dress with a modest length and coverage & of course some killer heels to elongate you and add some elegance to your overall look.

Don’t aim to upstage the guest of honour, avoiding white at a wedding would be a great example of this unwritten rule.

Do add personal touches but remember less is more especially when it comes to accessories.

Don’t forget the grooming, chipped nail polish will quickly take the focus away from you amazing designer heels.

The most important thing to remember is to enter the room with subtle inner confidence which in turn will translate into beauty & elegance and don’t forget… a smile is worth a thousand words.

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