The return of Cocktail Attire – dievca’s dilemmaPosted: March 4, 2022
Does this dress work as Cocktail Attire?
Cocktail attire is meant to bridge the gap between day and night. It is still an occasion to dress up, but a full-length gown is not necessary. This merges the silhouette of a garden party dress (shorter) with the fabric and embellishments of a formal gown. Think somewhere between a sophisticated formal occasion and office or party wear.
Still, with so much ambiguity, cocktail attire could mean different things depending on the venue, the time of day, and the season.
During the day, think natural colors and fresh styles and in the evening, feel free to utilize darker hues and embellishments such as sequins or feathers (so long as your dress doesn’t sweep the floor). The goal is to look polished and dressy – but not takeaway from the event
Ladies: When in doubt, a LBD, a pair of sensible heels or dressy flats, some nice earrings, and a classy clutch will always work for a cocktail event, no matter the venue or time of day. In addition to a traditional cocktail dress, women can also wear dressy suits or nice jumpsuits paired with heels or formal flats.
Gentlemen: a suit and tie are required for cocktail attire. Go with darker hues in chillier months or for evening events, but feel free to wear lighter grays or blues in warmer weather or for daytime celebrations. As for shoes, keep it classy with a nice pair of dark dress shoes that match your belt.
OK – now dievca’s dilemma — does she wear the Retrofete Grace Dress in Chocolate (above photo) or not? It’s a quieter color, but completely covered in sequins….
- The venue is a smaller Event Space.
- A Mixed Audience.
- The dress fits very well.
- It’s in the middle of March – Weather could be cold or warm…
Here’s plan: dievca will be trying on the dress with ACNE STUDIOS snakeskin sandals if its warm and carry the brown JALDA croc clutch (her’s is darker than the photo)
If its cold or dievca’s legs look scary without sun… Sheer Nude or Brown stockings with Brown Heels or OTK Brown Boots.