Cocktail Attire (Plus Tips)


Cocktail attire!


When the dress code on an invitation reads “cocktail attire,” this means for men, a dark suit (charcoal or black) with a tie.  For women, it means a short (above knee) dress for women or even a dressy blouse and pants.  It means less dressy than formal and much more casual than black-tie.

If you have a party or wedding to attend stating the dress is “cocktail attire,” are you always in a quandary?

If you stick to a few basic rules like I have for you below, you will be well on your way.


Ten Tips for Dressing with Cocktail Attire:

  1. Accentuate the positive and downplay the negative.
  2. Remember dark colors slim and hide flaws, where light colors do the opposite.
  3. If you are petite, wear a shorter dress with nude heels.
  4. If you are taller, wear a longer dress with darker heels. Or, wear dark, dressy pants.
  5. If you are long-waisted, wear a belted dress.
  6. If you are short-waisted, wear an A-line dress or straight dress.
  7. Always wear heels.
  8. Add dressy accessories to a LBD and call it a day.
  9. Wear something you will be comfortable in:  not tugging on, pulling up, etc.
  10. Use undergarments as your friend….there are so many options out there from keeping everything in to making your busts appear larger

Most importantly, SMILE!!!

Do you have any closet secrets to share on how you dress up for cocktail attire?  Do tell!



Outfit details:  Topshop dress (on sale) (size up)//Cape Robbin black scrappy heels//similar earrings//bracelet//similar clutch

HNOTD:  Missouri Mother of Six Feeds Hungry Children After School


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