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Cocktail Dresses

Cocktail dresses are the perfect middle ground between a casual party dress and formal evening wear. If you are attending a semi formal occasion and not sure what to wear and don’t want to look over or even worse under dressed then you should take a look at the various cocktail dresses available, they are a great option.

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Cocktail dresses are not as formal as an evening dress but still they are still at the height of fashion, oozing glamour and style. They take the simplistic versatility of the little black dress and adds an edge of excitement with a twist on the design with various additions such as appliqués, ruffles, pleats with luxurious materials such as chiffon, silk and taffeta.

A wide range of dresses of various styles, cuts and colours can be considered to be a cocktail dress and although they are commonly mid length, mini dresses are popular options and maxi dresses which make a fashion comeback season after season are now being quickly considered as suitable dresses for a semi formal occasion.

Sparkly dresses with sequins and embellishment have always been popular options for cocktail dresses, all of which add a little bit of extra glitz and glamour to an outfit which is perfect for an evening event or party. Each season the ways in which these dresses are reinvented from all over embellishment to just some parts of the dress such as shoulders and sleeves getting all the embellishment, giving the dress a focal point.

Each season the cocktail dress forms an essential part of a couture designer’s collection, especially in their ready to wear collection. The dresses from the ready to wear collection are the essence of the latest trends and wearable fashion. These trends soon filter down into the high street in shops such as French Connection, Coast, Monsoon and Debenhams.

Although there are hundreds of cocktail dresses which are channelling the seasons latest trends you could always invest in a timeless piece which will stand the test of time. Although more subtle, you could wear it again and again reinventing it each time, adding your own twist and bringing it into the current season with a clever use of accessories, shoes and a statement clutch.

Cocktail dresses are the “go to” dress option for a variety of occasions which require a semi formal dress code these include dinners, formal dates, days at the races, weddings and an increasingly popular alternative to the prom dress at less formal graduations and university balls. Whatever the occasion there will be a cocktail dress which suits it perfectly.