Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cocktail Party Month: A Dressy Occasion

Sometimes life involves a dressier occasion. This is a classy event where other ladies will be in dresses (or at least dress pants). Or it could be a gathering of your favorite vintage loving pals and you want to shine a bit among all of the other vintage loveliness!

Bring on those dressy fabrics! Metalics are a great option! They look glamorous and are in style all year round. Available here.

Chiffon is a great fabric option as is velvet for trim or the whole dress! Dark jewel tones will make you the bell of any party. Available here.

A wiggle dress in a great brocade is always classy and sassy. And they are a great way to be sexy without being over exposed. Available here.

Looking to be unique? Go for a bold silhouette like a drop waist! Available here.

Stand out with a unique neckline. Off the shoulder dresses make your neck look long and thin. Available here.

A cummerbund is a nice dressy detail. Tie one around and existing dress for a different look. Available here.

I've seen quite a few patterns where a wiggle dress has a full sheer overskirt. They look super fun. Plus it's a great way to help get one dress through several events. Available here.

Some other things to consider:

  • Hats-look for special details like beading and rhinestones. Hair flowers and feathers are also great.
  • Jewelry-go for bolder pieces such as a great pair of earrings. Pearls are always great too!
  • Shoes-go tall. go pointy. go peep toe. go fabulous! Stick with a coordinating color for a period appropriate look or go with a pop of color for a modern twist. Also consider shoe clips to jazz up a pair already in your closet.
  • Hair- a sleek updo looks classic. A French twist or a large, low bun look great.
  • Gloves and a small clutch complete the look. Go for a metallic, beaded or velvet bag to keep with the dressy look.

I don't go to many dressy occasions, but if I did, I'd wear one of these: (1) (2)


  1. Oh, that second one is especially beautiful! I have a few really fancy dresses that I wish I had more occasion to wear. Maybe sometime I'll throw a cocktail party just for the excuse to dress up :)

  2. Oh-la-la, what sublimely pretty cocktail dresses. I'm hard pressed to pick just one favourite, but think that the stunning purple ombre 50s number is calling my name most of all.

    ♥ Jessica

  3. I love the first two gowns -- you just can't beat the full-skirted silhouette for full-on femininity! And I love the green-blue floral combo on the last pattern. Isn't pattern art lovely?