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The Best Formal Clothing For a Cocktail Party


Cocktail parties are great fun, and they have just the right combination formal and leisure. They are a great place to mingle as well as to show off your svelte body. That brings us to the topic of cocktail attire. Cocktail attire, mostly borders on formal clothing with a splash of glamour. Below are some clothing definitions that will help you to get the style correct.


A cocktail party invitation usually specifies a dress code. If it is a black tie invitation, then you are expected to wear formal clothing. Men generally wear tuxedos while women adorn themselves in long dresses. A white-tie invitation calls for strictly formal clothing. Most cocktail parties will not have a white-tie invitation, unless they are corporate events or the like.

A cocktail party generally has a semi-formal or formal dress code. This is known as a black tie or optional black tie invitation. It comprises of suits for men and trendy, flashy dresses for girls. Do not push the boundaries of semi-formal and never turn up for a cocktail party in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. A cocktail party calls for formal clothing with a bit of personalization. For example: it could be a formal dress with a bright-red color for women. Men could go for a suit without a tie and some embroidery on it. At a cocktail party, the mood is relaxed but still a bit formal. It does not have the madness, and the abandon of a beach party where you can turn up in just a pair of shorts or a bikini and a hat.


A cocktail party is a place to showcase yourself in a social setting. You want to look stylish but do not want to overdo it. You want to let people know that you have individuality of character, but at the same time you do not want to be too obvious. Choosing the right cocktail attire is a balancing act between being formal and being yourself. You have to let your personality shine through but you still have to do by wearing formal clothing. The best way to do this is to ad a bit of oomph to formal clothing. For women, this could mean that you wear a formal dress with a plunging neckline. Or you could go in for a short dress to show off your lovely legs – knee length is the general trend but you could also get away with a mini skirt depending on the setting and the nature of the party. This would not be acceptable at an entirely formal event. But it will make you the show stopper at a cocktail party. Men can also add of dash of uniqueness to formal clothing by wearing a fancy tie knot and hat to keep the look elegant yet individual. One can also get a bit creative with accessories and hairstyles. Do not get overly resourceful with your hairstyles though – there is a big difference between a cocktail party and a Halloween party!

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You could also adjust your formal clothing according to the setting of the party and the weather. If it is hot, then men may skip the ties, bows and cummerbunds while women may wear fresh floral dresses featuring bright colors.

By Sia Attavar, published at 03/10/2012
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