Cocktail Dresses

Cocktail dresses – Dressing for the Occasion

Casual Wear

If you’re going to a ‘casual’ cocktail party but you don’t want to appear underdressed or overdressed for the event – how do you know what’s appropriate as well as in style? Here are a few options:

Cocktail Suits- If it’s not new then try it on beforehand. Nothing is worse than having a distracting conversation due to someone fidgeting with their clothes
Skirt and Blouse- A knee length seasonal skirt and a wrap top will definitely do the trick
Dress – A knee length cotton dress is nice and fun

Stay away from

Skin tight pants – no matter what kind of get together you’re at tight pants gives the impression that you are wearing an everyday outfit.
Long dresses – long dresses are usually associated with formal events. If this is a casual get together then you’ll stick out like a sore thumb.
Tank tops and t-shirts – why? This is a cocktail party. Even if the invite says “casual”, a tank top or t-shirt is pretty inappropriate to wear.

Plus Sized Dresses

If you need a dress for that special event, but are afraid you aren’t going to find one that compliments your body shape, you aren’t alone. There are a lot of women who experience stress when it comes time to buying a dress, because of a little extra weight they are holding on to. But this kind of shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. Arm yourself with the knowledge you need so you can shop with confidence.

Firstly, you need to know the look you want. Fashionable clothes are made in all sizes. Just because you are a little larger, don’t think you can’t find pieces that are stylish. Look through current magazines at the fashion trends.
Do you need shape wear? Some women like to use undergarments that have some support and help to tuck that tummy when you wear it, if you are going to use these items, you need to have them on when you go shopping.

When you do find items of clothing that you think may work, try them on. A lot of people like to guess that something will fit. There is no way to know for sure other than to put it on your body. Once it is on take some time to really look at yourself in the mirror. Look specifically at the areas on your body that you know are the trouble spots and see if the dress is flattering.
Tip! One of the best dresses you can get is the proverbial ‘little black dress’. Black is a flattering colour for plus sized women and a little black plus sized cocktail dress can be worn to almost anything. Just dress it up with some jewellery and you’re ready to go.

Cocktail Dresses for Weddings

A cocktail dress is a very versatile dress that can be suited to a number of occasions, so unsurprisingly a wedding is pretty high up on that list of occasions. When it comes to attending weddings, there are a few rules to keep in mind when choosing dress. If your dress is white, forget it. Only the bride gets to wear white. This is her day and no one gets to take that colour except her. Black cocktail dresses are also out at weddings. Black is a bit sombre of a colour for a wedding.

Dressing for the Occasion

Now that you know what colours not to wear, you can focus on what you can wear. If the wedding is semi-formal or an informal evening event, a regular cocktail dress will do just fine. If it’s a formal evening event, you can still wear a cocktail dress, but it needs to be very dressy (think beaded or heavily accented with a wrap and stunning jewellery.