Cocktail Attire: Pieces Guaranteed to Be the Life of the Party

Cocktail Attire: Pieces Guaranteed to Be the Life of the Party

This year has left us with no shortage of reasons to drink, but what to wear whilst doing so? Cocktail attire for women is a tricky beast. On the one hand, it could refer to after-work refreshments with colleagues, in which case trousers and dressy tops are fair game. At the more haute end of the spectrum, it hovers just below black tie, meaning both blouses and ballgowns are persona non grata. True, you could play it safe, stock your cocktail-ready collection with LBDs and call it a day. But where’s the fun in that? In a month that’s chock-full of holiday parties, winter weddings and the night that prophesies your future (sartorial and otherwise) for the rest of the year, differentiation is key.

As it’s our personal belief that anything with the word “cocktail” in it ought to be a remedy for stress — not its cause — we’ve sifted through the proverbial racks for you. Here pieces of cocktail attire to suit any mood or function. From fun frocks to jaunty jumpsuits, these semiformal finds will help you conquer your jam-packed social calendar in style. Cheers.

Add on some dangly earrings, metallic heels and a fuzzy jacket and you're set for wherever the night takes you. 

This hot little saffron number looks especially great with stark black tights and velvet (crystal-embellished) pumps.

Dress it up with some silver heels and a nice pair of earrings. Alternatively, brunch-ify your would-be cocktail attire with a jean jacket and box-fresh tennis sneakers.

Offset the super-high hemline with demure kitten heels.

A flaming red off-the-shoulder dress calls for gargantuan earrings.

What can we say, we're suckers for flattering ruching and statement clutch.

Perfect for outdoor gatherings or dinners at Michelin-starred destinations that calls for a classic pump.

Consider this piece from New York-based It brand Mestiza an early holiday gift to yourself. Wear with satin heels and rock 'n' roll eyeliner.

Wear with sock boots during the week and satin heels on more formal occasions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               by Cordelia Tai


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