I love cocktail dresses not only because they’re fun to wear but also because their versatile nature make them the go-to dress for most formal and semi-formal events these days. I can easily dress up or dress down cocktail dresses by changing accessories, shoes, and bags, or by adding jackets or cardigans.
The simplest and most easiest to style of all cocktail dresses is the LBD. The Little Black Dress (which I assume every woman owns) can go from casual to formal with a little shuffle of accessories. Since we’re going formal, I styled this LBD with white and gunmetal crystal-embellished necklace, Valentino leather rockstud heels in black, and red YSL clutch to add a pop of color.
This sweet yet sexy ensemble is perfect in daytime, as well as the evening. A simple bandeau waist trim dress in an interesting turquoise and tan color combo works really well. To highlight the embellished waistline and the bright top, keep the rest of the outfit toned down with neutral-colored heels and clutch.
Formal dresses don’t always mean long gowns. Cocktail dresses can also be worn during formal functions, like this two-tone one shoulder dress. The decorative sequins at the waistline showcase an effortless flair. To create a seamless look, add a pair of strappy gold sandals and metallic shell clutch bag.
This ruffled blush dress with black bow is a dreamy piece any woman can pull off easily. Its sheer fabric exudes femininity. Pair it with an open toe satin pump (with bow detail) and a nude padded leather clutch for a polished look. Grab a cardigan if the weather’s a bit colder than usual.