While extremely formal events require long terrain or full-length gowns, cocktail parties and other semi-formal occasions call for more relaxed and shorter party dresses. Thus, the term cocktail dress. Sexier and more comfortable than the traditional long gowns, cocktail dresses have gained growing popularity through the years for their versatility to be dressed up or down to suit all occasions, all personalities and styles.
Shorter in length than typical or traditional party gowns for a sleeker and more comfortable appeal, cocktail dresses are usually made of luxurious silk, satin, taffeta and chiffon fabrics. For women with simpler tastes, they can go for rayon or polyester which are perfect alternatives for silk. Short cocktail dresses also come in more revealing designs to reflect the strong and sexy woman of today. Sleeveless, strapless, spaghetti straps and one-shoulder cocktail dresses ooze with seduction and sophistication wherever you go. For plus-size women who may be a little conscious of their arms but still want to look stylish, a shawl is a great accessory to cover up without being too obvious. For especially chilly nights, it’s also quite functional to keep you warm while still looking fashionable.
Aside from sexy strap and sleeve designs, cocktail dresses also tend to be tight fitting for a curvier look. Some even have slits for an added provocative image. Rich cut fabrics in ruffled or layered designs make women in short cocktail dresses glow with a youthful appeal. Black cocktail dresses are the most popular because of the simple elegance characteristic of a “little black dress.” Women who are afraid to use some color in their formal dresses for fear of being fashionably loud or inappropriate stick to this classic design.
But a white cocktail dress is fast becoming popular as well. Sometimes called the “new black,” a white cocktail dress exudes femininity and grace no other color can deliver. Even a red cocktail dress is a favorite among women with strong and vibrant personalities who want to stand out in any event oozing with power and seduction. Most cocktail dresses are elegant on their own without the need for elaborate embellishments like appliqués and sequins to make them stand out in a crowd. But for women who want to make a strong and unique fashion statement, shiny fabric accessories and sashes can create a more opulent and one-of-a-kind detailing for your short cocktail dress.
In choosing your cocktail dress, and any dress for that matter, style should not compromise comfort. No matter how elegant or expensive your white cocktail dress is but you feel uncomfortable in it, you will end up looking awkward and totally ruin your look. Choose a simple, classic design that shows off your best assets without overdoing it. A simple short cocktail dress with the right and comfortable fit will stand out in any event looking absolutely stunning and simply perfect.