Alamour the Label
An evening spent sipping on delicious cocktails, surrounded by great company in a beautiful location is our idea of the perfect night out. However, when an invitation for a social event of this kind hits our inbox, the first thing that comes to mind is ‘what do I wear?!’.
Whether you’re open to anything and everything or have a look in mind you’d love to recreate, finding the perfect outfit for a cocktail event can feel overwhelming. We’ve put together some top tips to help you in your search to find your dream outfit.
Type of Event
The cocktail dress code has evolved from a classic midi dress to incorporate a range of trends from chic mini to refined maxi dresses and contemporary jumpsuits. With an extensive range of styles to choose from, defining the location, formality and attendees of the event is key to narrowing down your options. A birthday celebration at a cool city bar is the ideal opportunity to step out in a glamorous mini dress, or channel elegant glamour with a floor length gown for a prestigious dinner.
Once you’ve decided on the style of dress you want to wear, it’s time to choose a colour palette. Opt for a colour scheme that compliments your skin tone and highlights your natural features. Warm tones of burnt orange, coral pinks and rich purples look incredible on olive skin tones, whilst cool shades such as emerald greens and teal blues bring out fairer features. Alternatively, for a piece that’s always on trend and universally flattering a classic black dress is the way to go.
Compliment cooler complexions with light shades such as baby blue, as seen on the Jolie Dress (left). A black midi dress such as the Gisele Dress (right) is the ultimate timeless piece that can be worn season after season.
Usually reserved for lavish, after dark events, a cocktail dress code calls for quality, luxe fabrics. Look for silk, satin, chiffon or lace for an outfit that exudes elegance and a silhouette that sits effortlessly. Add a touch of glamour with beaded detailing or an all over sequined finish.
The all over sequined finish adds another layer of glam to the Colette Dress.
Choosing the right silhouette and cut to make you look and feel gorgeous is the final step in finding your dream cocktail style piece. Show off your figure with a bodycon style midi dress that cinches in at your waist and skims your hips or lean into feminine elegance with a flowing A-line skirt. Experiment with a plunging neckline, structured bodice or asymmetrical neckline to add interest and showcase your own style.
With our top tips in mind, take the stress and effort out of finding the perfect cocktail dress for your next event. For more inspiration, explore Alamour the Label’s cocktail collection.