FAQs About Cocktail Party Style

Unclear dress codes can result in endless hours of frustration for women. Even when an invitation defines the occasion as a cocktail party, the dress code can be open to interpretation. A cocktail dress that’s appropriate for a bachelorette party won’t necessarily work for an office party, for instance. There are some tricks you can use to put together an appropriate outfit that will turn heads for the right reasons.

How can I determine the intended dress code?
First, consider the host. If your host is known for having a conservative style, then you should dress more conservatively. The same applies to office parties. Next, check the location of the cocktail party. Is it being held at an upscale hotel, or a low-key bar or restaurant? An informal location can allow you to get a little more creative with your attire. Sometimes, the time of day can also be a clue. A cocktail party later in the evening will usually be more formal than one held earlier in the afternoon.

What hemline should I choose?
Women can usually get away with a shorter hemline at a cocktail party than at other types of occasions. However, you should still avoid going to extremes. For a cocktail party, you can’t go wrong with a hemline that falls somewhere between mid-calf and mid-thigh. The more conservative the party appears to be, the longer the hemline should be.

Why can’t I just wear an LBD?
You certainly can wear your favorite LBD, but think outside the box too. If it’s the holiday season, you could go with a metallic dress or a fiery red color. Look for a floral print or an upbeat pattern for springtime and summer parties.

Should women always wear a dress to a cocktail party?
A cocktail dress can give you a glamorous look, but you can look just as stylish in sleek trousers paired with a dressy top. Don’t try to compensate for the lack of a dress by adding extra jewelry. Pair your designer top rental with just one great statement piece, like dangly earrings or an eye-catching necklace.

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