Traditionally, the concept of cocktail party was different than what it is now. The cocktail parties were arranged preceding lunch and dinner. The dress code rules were particular and cocktails, of course, were served. People would then move to another location for dinner. The cocktail party has a basic concept of serving canapés and drinks for a couple of hours with the purpose of talking and mingling together. However, these days, the parties are hosted between 4pm-6pm and are even prolonged.
Today, the cocktail parties don’t revolve around those traditional concepts, but they could be anything related to launches and openings. They could be for the cause of your charity, a posh society affair or a cocktail party simply for the sake of cocktails, i.e. from those special events to the casual gatherings for chatting and mingling with friends, old and new.
According to Coco Channel, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Now, what to wear at the cocktail party is what all you ladies would be wondering about. You won’t be going wrong if you’re seen wearing a top with details and tailored pants; in addition, flats or heels. But yes, too casual apparel should be avoided. No, not the denims please!
A fitted cashmere or fine-gauge merino-wool top with a knee-length satin skirt, heels, earrings, and an armful of stacked bangles is just right, says Williamsons.
Showing too much of your skin and cocktail parties don’t really complement each other. Keep it not too formal. Go for knee-length dresses for an elegant appearance (a short strapless style can be the one). Imagine having a cocktail glass in your hand with appetizers, finger food or antipasto and you’re walking wearing a cocktail gown or a tea-length dress! Whop, you may fall down! Go for tones that are classy and pleasing and fabrics such as crepe or silk.
If you are always unsure about what to wear or how to get dressed up for the cocktail party, just know the time you’re be invited at, as there can be nothing worse than arriving at a party being over or under dressed. Daytime parties are a little more casual, whereas the night ones are a little more swish.