Post # 1
My fiance’s work is having a party for everyone in the region at a local casino club. It says cocktail attire. I’ve never been to a fancy cocktail party or anything, so I had to go buy a dress. I wasn’t about to spend $100 on a dress I’m guaranteed to only wear once (if even that) a year. So it was pretty slim pickin’s. Also, I live in NY. The party is Saturday night, and we’re supposed to be hit by that monster storm and will probably have feet of snow. Is there cocktail wear that is meant for winter? Or do you suck it up from the car to the building where it will (hopefully) warm? Here’s what I found:
My concerns are that it is not appropriate, that it’s a little too “fun” for a fancy party. It is llike a seafoam color. I have plain black heels to go with it, and would probably wear my hair up (if by the hands of God I figure out how to make an updo other than a ponytail.) I figure I don’t need to wear a necklace with it. Will I be the only person not in pants for the cold, do you think?
I also have this dress. I bought it last year for going out on my birthday and ended up not wearing it.
Its really navy blue even though it looks black, and the gold straps go on the back to hold it up, so its also got some “bling” to it. Again, good for winter?
Which dress would be good to wear, or should I go back and look for something else? (I have no problem going back). Or should I go with something other than a dress? I will say, it would be nice not to have to wear a dress in this temperature…
Sorry about the pics, I couldn’t turn them around…
Post # 3
My thought is both those dresses are a little too night club looking for cocktail attire. But then, I truly do believe every woman should have a little black dress that works for every dressier occassion.
I have a standard “uniform” for cocktail parties. I wear a simple, shift style, black dress. It’s all lace and sleeveless, so I can wear it as is in the summer or add a little sweater in the winter.
Post # 4
What about something like this with a black blazer and a statement necklace? I agree with PP that the other choices seem a little too “clubby”. This is from Nordstrom and is only $60.
Post # 5
@Loribeth: I wanted a LBD but you’d be surprised at how hard it is to find a single plain black dress! But yes, I was worried they are too night club-y as well. I will preobably take it back, I just don’t know what else to get…
Post # 6
I have been to Christmas parties when it’s -30 something. If the dress code calls for it, people still dress up. The outerwear doesn’t matter if it’s cold though. People will wear big, warm non-dressy boots and their warmest jacket even if it isn’t the dressy one. You can throw on a pair of leggings that you remove at the party. I even put on sweat pants once under the dress because it was so cold.
Post # 7
@shrubfish09: As the bee before me said, they are pretty dresses but not very appropriate for the occasion. Every woman should own a LBD and maybe this is the right time to get one!
I’ve noticed that as I get older my LBDs and cocktail dresses come in handy more and more often
This dress would be very appropriate
Post # 8
Cocktail Attire, does not equal – Freeze your Tits off!
Cocktail is a shorter length dress, and that’s really about it as far as the clothes go…because everyone knows that what makes a cocktail dress, “cocktail” is the accessories!
Find yourself the essential Little Black Dress, I’m a scoop neck, three quarter sleeve kinda girl, but whatever works. Now that you’ve got that sorted, it’s fun time!
The shoes, the handbag, a doleman wool jacket, a cocktail HUGE cocktail ring and some great hair will make you the belle of the ball. Just remember, be bold, be bright, cocktail is fun & flirty!
Post # 9
I think either dress is fine for a cocktail party, especially if its in a casino club.
Post # 10
I like the seafoam dress actually… I feel like the blousy-ness of the top makes it a bit more appropriate for a work function than if it were tight fitting. Do you have a black blazer by any chance? Adding a blazer, leaving it open, maybe rolling up the sleeves and adding some dangly earrings would cocktail it up a bit, while being a bit more conservative.
Also, consider adding shimmery tights if you want to keep a bit warmer, and maybe an ankle bootie?
Post # 11
@Nona99: This. You can’t go wrong with an LBD. Find the most boring black sheath that looks good on you, then go to town on accessories.
Something like this (J.Crew Emmaleigh) in black would last you a long time.
Post # 12
I really like the seafoam dress. I think if you pair it with a nice cardigan or a blazer it looks less clubbish. And I would definitely wear some nylons/stockings/whatever you call them! That also takes away from the clubbish look you’re trying to avoid.
Post # 13
Just wanted to add in regards to ” and would probably wear my hair up (if by the hands of God I figure out how to make an updo other than a ponytail.)”
Have you ever tried a gibson tuck? It’s terribly easy and looks amazing!
Post # 14
The seafoam dress can totally be pulled off for a cocktail party – add a cream or black 3/4 length sleeve blazer and you are good to go.
With that dress I would pair it with long dangly chandelier earrings and some bangles.
For your hair, sock buns are super easy and super trendy right now – you google easy sock bun tutorials online – find the double elastic tutorial not the rolling tutorial as the double elastic method is WAY easier!!!!!
Post # 15
I just tried it on with some tights I have. Here is a pic. I don’t have a blazer, only a black cardigan that did NOT look good. I may have to go buy one.
@FMM: I was thinking silver chandelier earrings and bangles too! Goo thing I have both. And I’ll have to look into how to do a sock bun. I’ve watched videos before, but never tried it yet.
Post # 16
@Baimee: I’d never heard of it, but I just looked it up and it is pretty! Thank you! I may have to try it