(Closed) So I have to go to a cocktail party…

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What should I wear?
    Seafoam and black dress : (22 votes)
    61 %
    Blue and gold dress : (7 votes)
    19 %
    Something else (explain please!) : (7 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    4419 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    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
    688 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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 # 6
    10601 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    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
    751 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @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
    5956 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    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
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think either dress is fine for a cocktail party, especially if its in a casino club. 

    Post # 10
    2606 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
    1448 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @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
    1161 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
    1773 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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!!!!!

    have fun! 

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