Being invited to a stylish event such as a cocktail party, fund-raising event, black tie dinner or a ball can be very exciting as it is an opportunity to get all dressed up and look glamorous. What type of dress to choose isn’t always easy, however, because there are so many different types of party and evening dresses available, and the last thing you want is to arrive in a dress that is not suitable for the event.
Basically, the one common denominator between a cocktail dress and an evening dress is that they are both made from luxurious, high-end fabrics, but that is really where the similarities end. Different occasions call for different types of dresses, and the length often plays an important role. As a general rule of thumb, cocktail dresses are shorter and less formal than evening dresses.
Quick facts about cocktail dresses
Cocktail dresses are often worn to semi-formal events such as cocktail parties or receptions where drinks and appetizers are served.
These sexy little numbers are not as formal as evening dresses, and generally they don’t have sleeves or collars.
The length of a cocktail dress can range from just below the knee to just above the ankle or touching the ankle, but more often than not they are short. Mid-thigh length is perfect if you want to show off your gorgeous legs, while knee-length suits most body-types.
They are often perfectly tailored and made from good quality fabrics such as silk, lace, satin or high quality synthetics.
Cocktail dresses are available in a wide range of patterns and colors. Basically, any color will do, depending on your style and personality.
Some cocktail party inspiration
Here are two of my favorite cocktail dresses. And the best thing is that they are on special! Some of these dresses are discounted by up to 70%. What’s not to love?
Classy yet sexy, this sassy black chiffon cocktail dress is all you need for an exciting night on the town. Its sheath V-neck detail makes this dress a one-of-a-kind and the perfect outfit for cocktails with the girls.
This off-the-shoulder satin cocktail dress is an absolute show-stopper. Its classical style makes it a super elegant dress, while the warm color and shimmering fabric give it a sensuous touch. Sizzling hot!
Quick facts about evening dress and ball gown
An evening dress, also called formal dress, is long and flowing and is usually worn to formal events such as balls, formal weddings and charity events.
Evening dresses typically come in a range of different silhouettes. They can be a-line, sheath, trumpet-shaped or mermaid-shaped. Evening dresses can have halters, straps or sleeves. Ball gowns, however, always have a strapless bodice and full length, flared skirts.
It is not appropriate to wear an above-the-knee length dress to a formal occasion, so evening dresses are almost always floor-length.
Traditionally, evening dresses are made from heavier materials like taffeta, chiffon, velvet or silk.
When a formal evening dress you are a little more restricted in terms of color and patterns. Bright pinks and reds, for instance, would not be particularly suitable. Generally, uncomplicated and monotone color combinations are most suitable for this type of dress.
What I would wear to a formal event:
Here are two of my favorite evening dresses. Some of them are marked down by as much as 70%, and with savings like these, you can splurge on some gorgeous accessories, too!
This alluring pink number with its beautifully fitting bodice is crafted from soft, flowing chiffon. This full-length evening dress will give you all the confidence you need to be the star of the night. Wear it with a gorgeous up-style, accessorize with your favorite string of pearls, a cute, matching clutch and you’re ready to make an unforgettable impression!
This ravishing yet classical sweep train evening dress made from tulle is perfect for any formal occasion and all you need to enhance your natural beauty. With its lace and bead flower details, you’ll be sure to get noticed and remembered, long after the evening is over.
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