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Cocktail Dress Trends For The Season's Soirees

24 Oct 2019

Are chic events and parties filling up your calendar? Is your agenda almost as busy as a Hollywood star’s? No doubt about it, the holidays are almost here and you’re in full-on celebration mode. However, there’s something that’s weighing on your mind. How do you dress for all these events without wearing the same thing twice? Get set to turn heads this holiday season with our fashion advice on today’s trendy cocktail dresses.  

What is a cocktail dress?

By definition, a cocktail dress is a type of evening dress that falls either just above or at your knees and that's (preferrably) worn with high heels. Traditionally, this is what is meant by a “cocktail dress,” but, as fashion has no limits, many types of dresses could fall into this category, especially midi dress. While cocktail dresses should be sophisticated, that doesn't mean you can't have fun with colors, patterns, cuts, and even accessories. After all, it's time to party!

For events that have been on your agenda for months as well as those that were added at the last second, you'll definitely need chic evening dresses. From all the different types of dresses in you closet , the cocktail dress will be your best ally. As it's extremely versatile, you'll be able to celebrate the festive season in class and style without having to search through lots of holiday party dresses.

How to choose your cocktail dress

In order to select the ideal outfit, consider the context, location, as well as the level of formality of the event. A midi dress in a solid shade is a sure bet, no matter what you’re celebrating.

No time to shop for a new dress? Maybe you can wear one of the summer dresses you wore to a wedding or even your prom dress.

Do you prefer pieces that are timeless? Look for dresses with versatile cuts and patterns so that you can wear them again for other events in the future. Smart move! 

Here are a few recommendations of what’s on trend in order to help you pick perfect, chic party dresses for all your events. 

Soft velvet

A must-have material as the days get colder, velvet makes the season's dresses look spectacular and feel super soft. To break up its vibe that can be somewhat austere at times, try it on a mini dress, or even on a style that shows off your shoulders for some pizzazz that's absolutely irresistible. 

Shimmering sequins

Sequin dresses always have a special place in our wardrobe as the holidays arrive. This year, pick up dazzling styles that are completely covered in sequins or just a single piece that comes in a fabric with a shiny finish. We particularly love the contrast of shimmers on a more reserved piece, like the blazer dress. 

Rich satin

A fabric that's not only feels fabulous but looks lovely as well, satin warms our hearts during this frigid time of year. It's ultra feminine and sexy on spaghetti-strap slip dresses and on frocks with plunging necklines, but when used in dress designs with sleeves, satin is also exceptional for the office and for more formal occasions.  

Lovely lace  

Romantic as well as elegant, lace lends itself to any occasion: dinner for two, business meetings, or even family celebrations. As an accent or completely covering a dress, lace can bring out our softer side. Wear it in a neutral color that will elevate its timeless femininity. 

The evening bag, your essential plus-one

To shine bright all night and long after, choose accessories, bags, and shoes that will highlight your outfit and earn you lots of compliments. A gorgeous clutch or an evening bag is an absolute must.

With more demure dresses, opt for show-stopping accessories: shine and unexpected textures are just what you need! If your dress is the hero piece of your look, go for subtle accessories and shoes in neutral shades.

Don’t forget undergarments

Plan for the right undergarments to avoid any unsightly lines or embarassing incidents. In order to avoid your bra straps making a surprise appearance, wear a bandeau, adhesive bra, or a bra with convertible straps. Also opt for laser-cut panties that will be invisible under your form-fitting pieces.


Now you’re all set to celebrate! 


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