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How to Dress for Cocktail Attire and Cocktail Attire Festive


Cocktail attire can be the most fun of all the dress codes and it doesn't have to cost a fortune but there are some rules to follow.

Cocktail Attire for Women

Cocktail Attire

Knee-length or tasteful short dresses can be paired with sexy sandals or try tailored trousers beaded shells or silky tube top or shell. 

Throw on your little black dress and add fun hosiery, or a vintage brooch, or faux-fur wrap.

Simple jewelry is fine, leave the jewel-intensive stuff for more formal events. 

No denim, no sweats, no cords, no T-shirts, even if they are really cute. 

Hair can be fun, messy updos, high ponytails, messy buns or wear hair down and sleek or sexy curls. 

Glossy lips, shimmery eyes and body glitter turn up the heat.

Cocktail Attire for Men

Dark tailored dress pants and nice button down shirt (preferably white long sleeve dress shirt) and tie. 

If you’re not sure a tie is required, stuff one inside your jacket pocket just in case.

No tennis shoes or deck shoes, shine up your nice pair of dress shoes and please, wear socks. 



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White Tie ♦ Black Tie ♦ Black Tie Optional

Creative Black Tie Formal and Black Tie Festive

Business Formal ♦ Informal / Semi-formal / After Five

Cocktail Attire and Cocktail Attire Festive ♦ Festive Attire

Business Casual ♦ Casual Attire ♦ Theme Party

Resort Attire and Evening Resort Attire ♦ Wedding Casual

Fashion Faux Pas to Avoid


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