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There is not so much difference between Lounge & Cocktail dress code, except that Cocktail is a little less formal than Lounge and can be a little more flirty and revealing. Keep it dressy and elegant, but not too formal. Traditional cocktail dress code etiquette states that a dress’s length is to or above the knee, but nowadays you can go for something a little shorter, however, short, strapless styles will look better on young ladies. This dress code encompasses a range of looks where the level of formality can also depend on the location, reason and season.

Afternoon events are typically more informal than their evening counterparts. For example, a Charityevent or a pre-opera Cocktail Party would be more formal than an after work event.  If you are attending a Cocktail Party with your partner then you should ensure you co-ordinate the level of formality of your outfits with his.


  • The classic little black dress with some embellishment, such as a jewel-encrusted neckline or with bold jewellery and dressy shoes for the festive occasion.
  • If you are attending a Cocktail Party straight from work take a smaller handbag for the evening, some sparkly jewellery (A pearl necklace, sparkly chandelier earrings or a crystal bracelet) and evening shoes to change into. Teamed with a simple cut office dress, this can transform your day to evening look with minimal effort.
  • If it’s a summer afternoon or resort coctail party then the bright colors, floral prints, satin, silk, fine-gauge knits, flowing chiffon dresses and also a simple A-Line Sun Dresses  are appropriate, but for a summer evening event choose more of an elegant ensemble.
  • A fall or winter event may call for a wool and wool blend dress in jewel-toned hues of amethyst purple or emerald green. 
  • Creative cocktail attire, often a part of holiday-themed events, is a festive twist on this dress code. Women can enhance their classic cocktail party style with pattern mixing, a pair of bright pumps or a statement piece of jewelry. A colorful or patterned clutch enhances your outfit. Choose embellished dresses with intricate details, from a lace hemline to a waistline featuring a sequin-encrusted belt.
  • All dress and skirt lengths are acceptable, wear a mini dress paired with the right footwear like pumps, a smart blazer and a clutch. A knee-length dress with minimal and classical accessories like pearls and not very high heels. Midi dresses, also known as tea-length dresses, demands dressier accessories and is perfect for an evening event.
  • Suits are less conventional choice for cocktail attire, however, very much acceptable. Suits can be teamed with satin camisole or silk blouse or you can wear a jumpsuit with appropriate heels and accessories. Also skinny cigarette trousers worn with a sik camisole.
  • Unless you want the footwear to be the highlight, you should keep the heel height and flashiness at minimum. This will ensure that the outfit is highlight. Dressy sandals and ballerinas are acceptable.
  • Keep accessories simple and minimal. A single classic piece of jewelry which either catchy or matches the outfit can work wonders. Instead of decking up on accessories, try to stick to a gorgeous ring, stunning watch or beautiful earrings.

AVOID: Overaccessorising, flip flops, sneakers and casual clothes are a strict no-no.

WHEN TO WEAR IT: Adult birthday parties, evening social events, charity events.