The cocktail dress is probably the most versatile of all special occasion looks. Although the little black dress is the universally accepted look for cocktail, jewel-tones, brights, even rich tapestries translate well to this short formal dress.
Most cocktail dresses serve as a blank slate for you to accessorise, so have fun with adding pearls, diamond-looks and gold or silver. Adjust the silhouette of the cocktail dress to work for your figure, keeping the top and waist slim and fitted for the chicest look. For example, if you want to hide wide hips, opt for a dress that is strapless or has cap sleeves, a fitted waist and a full, knee-length skirt.
Eva Longoria wearing her cocktail frock from Karen Millen
Black embroidered dress by Jason Wu, New York designer
I will normally choose a cocktail dress with a contemporary twist and an all-over trim fit, which is great on most body types as long as the fit isn’t too tight to pull anywhere.
I believe in this, "A woman should always be two things: classy and fabulous.” I have to admit that most of my inspiration putting all the collection in this blog together comes from things I see and read, plus the realistic world around me. Think classy, you”ll be classy!
The one shoulder dress with stone brooch and elaboration at the shoulder, simply stunning. I’m loving the pleat details on the dress.
Floral Print Draped
Karen Millen draped georgette dress with twisted neck line and all over oversized flower print detail. It’s just perfect and the versatility of the colour on account of floral print shades contributes to its multiplying fondness.
My favourite look from Pronovias 2011 Fiesta collection. The cool shades of sea green with contemporary twist, timeless and shows the chic silhouette of the dress .
Interestingly the concept of “less is more” seems to take the world by storm including the brides! Yeah we are very serious in our statement. The ruffles and tiers are additionally making it all the more feminine.
Fan Panel Satin
Signature stretch satin dress with contrasting colour and fan panel detail. It’s a modern sleek touch of outstanding silhouette and a must-have this season. Also available in red and grey.
One shoulder chiffon dress featuring a single pleated shoulder strap with knot detailing, a bandeau neckline, a panelled pleated bustier with a contrast smooth side, a high cut waist, a full fine pleated knee length skirt and a lightweight chiffon finish with a sheer overlay.
A classically chic satin dress that will take you from day to night! This dress features a pleated bow effect tie sash that cinches waist for a flattering look. Not to forget, a high neck jacket for a sophisticated look!
Exquisite pleated neckline trim with sleek bodice and skirt of this cocktail length formal dress. Its waistline is embellished with an intricate beaded design accented with sequins and faux jewels.
Short silk sleeveless featuring a ruched bust with a wrap over panel and a scooped neckline, an empire cut, a scooped back with a zip closure and long draped flowing sheer panels.
Signature Karen Millen stretch satin one shouldered dress with bow front fold detail. Beautiful bodice with structured line details to accentuate your figure.