Defining Dress Codes- What to wear for every occasion

Cocktail

Cocktail attire should not be formal like the black tie,yet you should opt for a more polished and sophisticated look. Cocktail attire means you should be well dressed and no shorts, sandals, or t-shirts.Take into account the event purpose, in addition to the time and place. Your best friend’s cocktail party will require very different attire than a corporate event. Furthermore, an event taking place at a 5 star hotel will call for a dressier outfit than something held at a restaurant or at someone’s home.

What to wear
Women:
•The classic little black dress makes for great cocktail attire, and is the safest option. In the wise words of Karl Lagerfeld, “One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress.” But, try and go beyond the LBD. Don’t feel limited to only black options.
•Play with trends by opting for a dress with a touch of lace.
•Play with color. For spring, a romantic pink or soft pastel. For summer go bold in something bright. For fall, rich earth tones and warm neutrals. And winter, deep jewel tones.
•Cocktail parties aren’t just for cocktail dresses. Pant Suits are also an elegant option and it can be teamed with satin camisole or silk blouse and are easy to accessorize for evening.
•You can wear a jumpsuit with appropriate heels and accessories.
•A minimalist slip dress is an elegant option that won’t run the risk of looking overly fancy or informal. Adorn with jewelry and statement accessories for extra glamour—you can always remove and put it back in your purse if you think it’s too much.
•When it comes to handbags, less is more. Pick a small purse that will fit the bare essentials like a clutch.
•Accessories should be kept simple and minimal. Instead of decking up on accessories, try to stick to a gorgeous ring, stunning watch or beautiful earrings.
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Men:
•Darker suits are the traditional choice when it comes to the cocktail attire, so keep things classic with dusky navies, subdued cobalt and muted greys. Stick to tailored suits that are fitted, but not too tight.
•Fitted dress shirts in whites or powder blues are classic cocktail attire. That being said, don’t be afraid of trying a modern or bold patterned button down shirts that can give a new edge to cocktail attire, provided they are not too over the top.
•You can also pair your jeans with a sport coat or jacket and tie (optional) depending on how casual the atmosphere is.
•Wear oxford shoes or loafers. Do not wear boots or sneakers to such events.
•pocket squares will add depth to cocktail attire, so be creative and find interesting colours and prints.
•Try incorporating textured ties, like crocheted or silky versions and do not fear a dash of colour with brighter hues of blues, reds and greens for a youthfulness that is not distasteful or gaudy.
•When deciding on an appropriate belt for a cocktail attire look, stick to the classics. Invest in more expensive pieces that will last for multiple years and countless occasions. Leather and suede are a safe choice and they can be worn for years.
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