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How to Dress for Cocktail (Attire For Women – Dos And Don’ts)

Posted On : January 12, 2018

Oscar Alochi


What started as ‘the attire’ for the elite is now a must-have prized possession in every woman’s wardrobe. Cocktail dresses were tailormade for fancy events in the early 19th century. And, just like everything else, cocktail dresses are not just confined to just the most expensive closets anymore. It bridged a huge gap and answered a lot of questions on what to wear for weddings, engagement parties, reunions, etc. during the day or less formal yet prim clothing for evening parties.

Thanks to the novelty of talented designers, your options are only endless. You can hover around carefully and pull-off dresses that might not be a textbook definition of a cocktail dress. However, for that, you need first to understand the rules and rituals before you break them. And, that’s what this article is going to help you with. A guide to women’s cocktail dressing, and most importantly the Dos And Don’ts of it.

What Is Cocktail Attire?
Simply put, cocktail attire is nothing but formal clothing but far more celebratory. It is casual than your office wear and tad bit formal than your regular casual attire. More often than not, if you are expected to show up in cocktail attire, the invitation will say so. If it does not, then you need to understand that events like anniversaries, reunions, engagements, weddings, etc. are all your typical occasions for cocktail attires.
What Is A Cocktail Attire For Women
A general rule of thumb for a cocktail dress is that it cannot be skimpy, transparent, too short or too long. Basically, the stuff that falls in between the formal and casual spectrum. Anything from a classic little black dress (LBD) to an A-line, strapless, embellished, lace or long sleeves midi dresses are your safe bets. We will discuss more on this in a bit.

Follow this simple 8 rules for Cocktail Attire for Women

Content Courtesy Of Nairobi Fashion Hub  

Oscar Alochi


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