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Cocktail dresses have been a staple in most women's closet for years. Whether it's for a special occasion, prom, or just a date night, the right cocktail dresses can make a woman feel vibrant, sexy, and confident.
What are Cocktail Dresses?
A typical cocktail dress is described as finishing at or above the knees, and appropriate for semi-formal to formal occasions. However, we would argue this isn't quite true anymore. With midi-dresses being incredibly popular, we say that midi dresses arguably fit into the cocktail dresses category.
In the 1963 movie "The Ex-Mrs.bradford" describes a cocktail dress as something "to spill cocktails on."
What is the History of the Cocktail Dresses?
The history of the cocktail dresses starts with the popularity of cocktails, which boomed in American and European culture throughout the 1800s. In the early 1910s it became acceptable for women to drink in public, and with that came the rise of the cocktail dress.
During the Flapper Era, women loved cocktail dresses that were practical to wear during the day and dressed up in the evening with some extra jewelry. The Prohibition Era made the idea of a cocktail dress almost seem naughty, as drinking was banned.
Vogue forever eternalized the term 'cocktail dress' in their May 15, 1927 issue.
The 1950s are considered to be the height of the cocktail dress by many people with starlets such as Marilyn Monroe introducing a more waist-cinched and curve-hugging.
Ever since then, the cocktail dress has maintained its popularity and found a place at every modern party!
Cocktail Dress Styles
The main character feature of the cocktail dress is its length. For short prom dresses, the length ranges from above the knee to hitting the mid-calf. Gowns that hit the floor, maxi dresses, and minidresses, are all not considered cocktail dresses.
After the length, the cocktail dress can fit a multitude of descriptions. At the right length, the popular little black dress can be considered a cocktail dress. Cocktail dresses can be modest with high necklines and sleeves, or they can be form-hugging and sexy.
Cocktail dresses often look amazing in a single color but can also astound with patterns and embellishments. Simple cocktail dresses, such as all white dresses or all-black dresses, can be paired with extravagant clutches or jewelry. On the other hand, detailed cocktail dresses can be paired with simple heels and soft jewelry accent pieces.
It's highly recommended when wearing a cocktail dress to pair it with heels. Your heels don't have to be incredibly high, but a feature of the cocktail dress is that it brings attention to your legs and your form, so heels help to give you an elongated outline.
Who Should Wear Cocktail Dresses
Absolutely everyone can, and should, wear a cocktail dress. Companies make plus size cocktail dresses because this dress style looks amazing on all shapes and sizes. There are no rules for who can and should wear a cocktail dress. As long as you feel comfortable and sexy in your dress, you wear it as you please!
When to Wear a Cocktail Dress
As their name suggests, cocktail dresses are ideal for semi-formal and evening outings. However, they are not limited to these occasions. The short gown has become a popular homecoming dress recently, and they are showing up at weddings as well. Just make sure you keep in mind the setting of the event matches the style of your cocktail dress.