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.

Lending Luxury has a wide assortment of cocktail dresses available in Tampa, FL, which you can rent for a fraction of the cost of the purchase price. We also rent prom dresses and gala dresses. Get in touch today at (800) 403-9848.

We Heart Date Night

What are you wearing next week? Valentine's day is 7 days away if you've got a big night ahead of you, you want a dress to match the mood. Find the perfect look no matter what your plans are! Here are just a few of our favorites:

> Surprise your partner with a curve hugging cocktail dress like the Vivien Halter by Abyss!

> Or be ready to dance in something fun & flirty like the Radiant Party Dress by Nika!

> Need a gown? Go with a classic lace like our Entrancing Lace Gown by Jasz Couture!

Whatever the dress code says, Lending Luxury has the right look for you. Stop by our website to view all of the dress rentals available from our shop in Tampa, FL. To find out more, please call (800) 403-9848.

What Hairstyles Match Best with a Strapless Dress?

You’ve found the perfect strapless dress rental, and all you need now is the right hairstyle to match. There’s no one size fits all solution. Consider all the variables, like the type of event (an up-do works well for black tie occasions), the weather (strong wind or high humidity call for controlled hairstyles like braids), and the specific type of dress (the more formal the gown, the more formal your ‘do).

If you’ll be attending a wedding as a guest or bridesmaid, match your strapless designer dress rental to a flowing, romantic hairstyle. Choose a simple half-up braid, a braided chignon, or a low messy bun with braids. If the event is a little less formal, consider wearing long, loose waves. If you have short hair, you can use a texturizer and leave your hair as is, or accessorize with an elegant headband.

For the latest trends in high fashion dresses available in Tampa, FL, you can count on Lending Luxury. Call our showroom today at (800) 403-9848 or browse our collection of formal wear online.

5 Steps to the Perfect Prom

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Rent the perfect dress for your formal event from Lending Luxury. We bring you couture dresses at price points you can afford, so you can get a carpet look for less. Call us today at (800) 403-9848 to learn more about formal dress rental in Tampa, FL.


The Short Girl's Guide to Long Dresses

Petite women often feel limited in their wardrobe options. It can be tough to wear long dresses when you’re only 5’3”—or shorter. Fortunately, a few simple strategies and the right designer dress rental can accentuate every girl’s natural beauty. Get started finding your perfect dress with the following tips.

Pick the right print.
Prints that are too “busy” tend to overwhelm a small frame, but this doesn’t mean you have to stick to monochromatic prints only. Just match the pattern to your size. If you’re thin, wear a dress with a small print. Petite women who are of average or plus size can wear medium prints. Do try to avoid horizontal stripes, and look for a print that flows from top to bottom. In other words, don’t try a dress with two separate prints for the top and bottom.

Wear a flattering cut.
As a short woman, the cut that will flatter you best is one that is close to the body. Choose long dresses with soft or silk fabrics, preferably those that are cut on the bias. Avoid dresses made from stiff materials that balloon around your frame. Petite women often prefer an empire waist, as this can give the illusion of greater height.

Add some height.
Match your couture dress with a great pair of heels to give yourself a couple of extra inches. Just make sure that your heels aren’t so tall that they’re difficult to walk in. Additionally, your heels shouldn’t be tall enough to turn your floor length gown into an ankle length gown.

Use hemming tape.
You could spend a small fortune in custom tailoring, or you could take a DIY approach with hemming tape. Even if you’re in the habit of renting your designer dresses, you can use temporary hemming tape. Any long dress you purchase can be easily modified with permanent hemming and/or tape. Lending Luxury also offers temporary invisible stitched hems for an additional charge, depending on the fabric.

Thanks to Lending Luxury, women of all heights and shapes can rent gorgeous designer dresses that flatter. And if you fall in love with your dress rental, you can purchase it at an affordable price. Call us at (800) 403-9848 or visit our dress boutique in Tampa, FL.

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