Cocktail dresses are the answer for events that are not too formal yet will still require women to look their stylish, polished best. They are made from different fabrics, come in various styles, colors and textures but they do have one obvious characteristic—a knee-length design. For chic cocktail dress pieces, check out our list of fun finds.
- Why wear a cocktail dress?
Answer: Cocktail dresses are quite versatile. You can wear them actually for various occasions, not just casual, dressy events. You can wear them on dates, for clubbing and nights out with friends, weddings and family occasions. Cocktail dresses are also comfortable and cool to wear most of the time since these dresses usually leave your shoulders and arms bare.
- What accessories go well with cocktail dresses?
Answer: There is a good variety of accessories that complement cocktail dresses from necklaces down to bracelets and footwear. All you need to do is match those pieces to the style and color of the dress.
- How do you choose a nice cocktail dress?
Answer: You need to check the kind of event where you will be wearing the dress. Different occasions call for various kinds of formal getups. The cocktail dress is a semi-formal piece so it’s good for nighttime events. If you are going to a dressier event, make sure to get a dress made with satin, silk or chiffon material for added elegance. Length is also crucial for cocktail dresses—the most recommended length clocks in to full length or just a bit above the knee. The hemline and the fit of the dress should flatter your body type too. Get a dress that emphasizes your curves and assets in a flattering way. Color is also important—get one in a solid color that matches your skin tone well. Solid-color cocktail dresses are considered more slimming and formal.
Our Top Picks
MissMay Women’s Vintage Cocktail Party Dress
- 95% polyester/5% spandex
- Elegant retro style dress
- Has zipper closure
- Stretchy material
The MissMay Women’s Vintage Cocktail Party Dress is the perfect attire for ladies who want to glam up retro style. The dress has a flattering cut and very elegant to boot. The design of the dress also allows concealing the tummy so if this is an area of concern for you, better get into this dress ASAP. The material is composed of a polyester and spandex blend with a bit of stretch so it provides a nice silhouette too. Great for both semi-formal and casual parties. The dress is kind of on the billowy side but it only adds to the appeal—this is great for swing dancing and ballroom dancing events too.
Aooksmery Audrey Hepburn Style Swing Midi Dress with Belt
- 95% polyester/3% spandex
- Soft and comfortable to wear
- Micro-stretch material
- Available in several sizes
The Aooksmery Audrey Hepburn Style Swing Midi Dress with Belt is made from a fine blend of polyester and spandex. It features an elastic sleeve cuff, minimal lines and eye-catching details in solid colors for a pop of elegance. It is comfortable to wear due to the stretch plus it’s available in several colors too so you can get the best fit for your body type. It provides excellent fit and it pairs well with lots of accessories and footwear. It’s not only limited to cocktail events though—you can wear this in any casual occasion from weddings down to family reunions. Aiming for a polished look in the office? This one takes the cake too.
Lark & Ro Women’s Sleeveless Split Neck Shift Dress
- 67% rayon/28% nylon/5% spandex
- Features feminine silhouette
- Has split neckline
- Sleeveless style
The Lark & Ro Women’s Sleeveless Split Neck Shift Dress brings understated glam to any occasion. Its minimalist design also makes it a good dress to wear inside the office or corporate events once paired with the right accessories and footwear. The dress features a sleeveless design, has a split neckline and highlighted by its graceful feminine silhouette. This is also a great piece to bring from daytime to nighttime—again, the right accessories will help the dress transform into a fab evening dress.
Simple Flavor Women’s Floral Evening Dress
- Fine polyester material
- Soft, comfortable and light
- Has zipper closure
- Features two side pockets
If you’re big into floral prints, then this Simple Flavor Women’s Floral Evening Dress might be a good choice for you. The cut and lines of the dress is inspired by vintage dresses of yore. The design is also flattering for both young and older women. It has a feminine silhouette too that adds instant polish to special events looks. The dress features a round neck, short sleeves and has a hidden zipper at the back too. Whether you’re attending a fancy cocktail event, a wedding, an ordinary day at work or just going shopping, this dress is both easy and glam to wear.
Whoinshop Women’s One Shoulder Bandage Cocktail Dress
- 97.6% polyester/2.4% spandex
- Comfortable stretchy material
- Ribbed bandage dress style
- Off-shoulder design
The Whoinshop Women’s One Shoulder Bandage Cocktail Dress is one sleek piece that straight away upgrades your evening looks to glammy ones. It has an off-shoulder, ribbed bandage design that is very suitable for dressy affairs. The dress also gives a nice hour-glass silhouette and has a complimentary midi length which adds elegance to the whole ensemble. If you want something a bit on the sexier side but not too over-the-top, this is the dress you might be looking for.
Alelly Women’s Casual Short Sleeve Dress
- 65% polyester/35% cotton
- Comes in solid colors
- Stretchy and comfortable
- Has ruffle hem
The Alelly Women’s Casual Short Sleeve Dress is made with soft, comfortable and stretchy polyester and cotton blend. It’s great worn in several occasions from cocktail parties, weddings, dates and semi-formal events. It is available in 3 wonderful solid colors—orange, black and green. It features a high waist, ruffled hem, round neck and a midi length. It’s quite stunning and very comfortable to wear due to the stretchy, soft material—even the fitted quarter sleeves did not feel restrictive at all and allowed for free movement.
Bring plenty of glam to your semi-formal looks by getting any of these cocktail dresses. They give a flattering fit and are made from fine materials that will suit your body type.