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Dress Code: The Best Way To Dress For A Cocktail Party

Dress Code: The Best Way To Dress For A Cocktail Party

Getting your outfit right and looking fab is one of the most fulfilling and satisfying feelings in the world. You want to step out feeling as confident as ever, and that Is why we will be sharing tips to help you dress up elegantly for a cocktail event without looking out of place. Cocktail dress codes are quite flexible and simple to put together, but they are also not without a number of rules. Cocktail outfits are the balance between formal and casual attire; they don’t look too serious or too laid-back.

Here are things to be mindful of:

Who is organising?

This is the first guide to choosing the right outfit. Trust me, you do not want to overdress or underdress. Cocktail-themed parties are organised for different purposes, so you have to consider the environment. You want to know if the cocktail is for a business organisation, a reunion, a fashion event, or a wedding reception. Cocktail attire falls in between the formal and casual ranges, but you can always tilt closer to one end depending on the occasion. For business events, you might tailor your outfits to be a bit formal-casual and a bit more fun for reunions or wedding receptions.

Dress length range

It’s not a party with the girls or a ball; it is a cocktail event. Putting this in mind, it is best to avoid skimpy, transparent dresses and long, flowing dresses. You have to keep it in between: not too short, not too long. Midi-length dresses, pant trousers, and classy jumpsuits (if you do not want to wear a dress) are perfect for cocktail parties. Stay up to date on the newest in the world of Fashion, Arts, Beauty and Lifestyle; Follow FAB on Instagram.

No Tuxedos 

Dear men, cocktails are not MET galas or beach hangouts, so you might want to relax a bit but not too much. You are at liberty to style your pant trousers, suit jacket, blazer, shirts, turtlenecks, and round necks to fit your personal style, bearing in mind who your host is. Shorts and jeans are a huge ‘NO’. White sneakers are acceptable, but you should wear them with elegance and style; nobody wants to look unfab.


When choosing the shoes to wear, it’s good to think of comfort, but they also have to complement your outfit. For ladies, pumps, sandal heels, and sock boots are good options, but not too high because it is not a sit-down event. Men can choose any type of dress shoes to go with their attire, but let’s stay clear of sandals and slides.


The best things to aim for while styling for a cocktail party are elegance, style, and simplicity. I bet you don’t want to go overboard with accessorising. Chaotic accessorising could ruin your entire style, so it’s best to keep it simple and classy. Do not go with a big leather tote bag. A small bag, or better yet, a clutch, is your best option. Cocktails are fun, and with lots of active movements, it’s best to go light and comfortable.

Here are the three best picks for cocktail parties:


You can never get it wrong with dresses. A good option is to wear a stylish, black, straight midi-length dress with a simple slit in front. Pair with white or silver strap sandal shoes and slightly accessorise with a pair of earrings, a necklace, and a bracelet.


Pair an elegant emerald green jumpsuit with a pair of pumps and a clutch purse with shoulder straps. Don’t forget to wear your hair elegantly and pop your dress with minimal makeup.

Men’s look

Cocktail Dress: Dark Blue Suit

A dark blue suit with a white shirt and a pair of nice dress shoes is a smart pick for men. This can blend in well for business cocktails, weddings, and even more laid-back semi-casual cocktails.

Isn’t summer the best for cocktail parties? Now that summer is here and with all the shared tips, I think we are cocktail-ready. Don’t forget, the goal is to always look effortlessly fab!


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