cocktail party

How to Wear a Cocktail Party Dress

Cocktail party dress code etiquette

Cocktail party dresses are perfect for any occasion! My motto is:

“When in doubt, pull out that cocktail party dress.”

Cocktail dresses are elegant and sleek. Ideally they are suitable for semi-formal to formal occasions. A cocktail dress is typically (but not restricted to) a knee-length party dress, but there are many different variations available. Try my styling secrets to dress impeccably for the occasion.

See also: How to Style a Strapless Dress


Okay, now let’s look at the type of clothing that suites each body type. Remember, dressing for your body type is the golden rule that every stylist swears by.

Hourglass Figure

 If you really want to turn heads and make a statement, here are the styles you should look for:


There are plenty of silhouettes to choose from. However for this body type, an A-line  silhouette can make you stand out from the crowd. You could choose a dress like the one below.

Sleeve Length

Strapless and Spaghetti straps are great for your body type as they draw attention to your shapely arms. Basically, your best choice is anything without sleeves. If you have prominent collar bones, strapless is definitely the choice for you.

Pear Figure

This body type is bottom heavy, so try to draw attention upwards. The styles that will help you do this are:

  • Strapless dresses
  • A-line dresses
  • Off-the-shoulder necklines


When selecting a dress, you need to pick one which can alter your silhouette and create the illusion of the ‘perfect figure.’ This is one of the tricks that top stylists use. Merely selecting the right dress can give you the desired effect. The styles you should wear are:

  • A-line
  • Empire
  • Surplus bodice


Since you have a great torso, you can draw attention to it by selecting the styles below:

These styles will keep the viewer’s attention on your face and torso and away from your problem areas.

Apple Figure

So your torso is a bit out of shape. Your objective is to create a slimmer waistline. You can achieve this by wearing:

  • Empire waistline dresses
  • Baby doll dresses


When selecting a dress, you need to select one which creates a slim waistline and torso, while flaunting your shapely legs.The styles which help you to do this are:

  • Drop waist
  • A-line
  • Empire


Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always have to hide your arms by wearing full sleeves. you can wear cap sleeves and achieve a more stylish look. Take the dress below for example.

  • Cap sleeve
  • Short sleeve

Rectangle figure

The positive side is that you can carry off a dress with multiple layers. At the same time you can rock a dress which shows plenty of skin and not look immodest. However, you do have minimal definition, so you need to try and create curves. The best dresses to do that are:

  • Sheath dresses
  • A-line dresses


The silhouette for your dress is crucial since you can create curves and definition with the perfect shape. Choose your dresses wisely. The best options for you are:

  • A-line
  • Empire
  • Trumpet skirt


There are two sleeve styles which look fantastic on your body type. They are:

  • Cap sleeve
  • Wide straps

How to dress according to your height?

So you know how to dress for your body type, but you have across a new challenge, your height. There are certain dresses that work best for women of varying heights. Let’s take a closer look at these dresses.


You need to create a long uninterrupted line. This way you create the illusion of extra inches and an overall tall figure. The dresses that will help you do this are:

  • Straight sheath
  • A-lineskirt
  • Sleeveless
  • Strapless
  • Off-the- shoulder
  • 3/4-length sleeves


You need to make sure that you do not over emphasize your height. Any dress style looks great on you from A-line skirts to voluminous dresses.The most flattering dress types for you are:

  • Fitted bodice
  • Open neckline

Bonus tips

You have become a pro at selecting your dress. Your outfit is not complete yet though. Now you need to add some bling to give it the attention it deserves. When it comes to accessorizing, here’s some inspiration:(Remember, try only one of the ideas below at a time, not all at once.)

  • Pair a statement necklace with an over-sized ring. Then grab a box clutch to tie it all together.
  • Wear a stylish belt to create dimensions and add a string of beads around your neck.
  • Wear statement earrings with a bracelet.


 So head out in confidence and flaunt your style. Be that girl whom everybody looks at with awe and admiration.