Cocktail Dresses

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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.

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La Femme 24026

La Femme 24026
Leather Two Piece Short Dress $398.00 $198.00

La Femme 24620

La Femme 24620
The Julie Rose Dress $278.00 $198.00

Sherri Hill 50815

Sherri Hill 50815
Off the Shoulder Satin Short Dress $398.00

Sherri Hill 51160

Sherri Hill 51160
Strapless High-Low A-Line with Floral Printed Lining $550.00

Faviana S8057

Faviana S8057
Jersey Cocktail Dress with High Neckline and Cutout Open Back $198.00

Faviana 8051

Faviana 8051
Strapless Sweetheart Cocktail Dress with Ruching and Slit $198.00

Alyce Paris 2610

Alyce Paris 2610
Layered Fringe Short Dress $2998.00 $496.00

La Femme 23483

La Femme 23483
Short Halter dress $250.00

La Femme 24211

La Femme 24211
Floral Printed A Line Short Dress $278.00 $250.00

Sherri Hill 50855

Sherri Hill 50855
Two Piece Printed Cocktail Dress $350.00

Faviana 8052

Faviana 8052
V Neck Cocktail Dress $198.00

Alyce Paris 2620

Alyce Paris 2620
Scalloped Beading Short Alyce Paris 2620 $1198.00 $248.00

La Femme 24178

La Femme 24178
Vegan Leather Semi Formal $378.00 $298.00

La Femme 23871

La Femme 23871
Short Leather strapless dress $378.00 $198.00

Sherri Hill 50751

Sherri Hill 50751
Two Piece Mini Skirt with Ballgown Overlay $450.00

Faviana 8055

Faviana 8055
Fitted Jersey Boat Neckline Cocktail with Deep V Side Cutouts and Back $198.00

La Femme 23593

La Femme 23593
Strapless Short dress $250.00

Sherri Hill 50817

Sherri Hill 50817
Sleeveless Fitted Two-Piece with Lace Applique and Embroidery $350.00

Faviana 8053

Faviana 8053
Jersey Halter Neckline Cocktail Dress with Slit and Cutout Back $198.00

La Femme 23495

La Femme 23495
Strapless Lace Cocktail Dress $298.00

La Femme 23790

La Femme 23790
High neck Short dress $438.00 $298.00

Alyce Paris 8005

Alyce Paris 8005
Strapless Sweetheart With Waterfall Detail $398.00 $128.00

La Femme 24107

La Femme 24107
Long Sleeve Two Piece Mini Skirt $378.00

Sherri Hill 50853

Sherri Hill 50853
Short Floral Skirt with Halter Neckline $450.00

Sherri Hill 50798

Sherri Hill 50798
Short 2 Piece Beaded Halter Neckline with Layered Ruffle Skirt $450.00

Faviana S8094

Faviana S8094
Off the Shoulder Lace Short Dress $248.00

Madison James 17506

Madison James 17-506
Fitted Jersey Short Dress with Cut Outs $198.00

Sherri Hill 50829

Sherri Hill 50829
2 Piece Capped Sleeve Short Dress $550.00

Faviana 8054

Faviana 8054
Deep V Neckline Jersey Cocktail Dress with Slit and Open Corset Back $198.00

La Femme 24212

La Femme 24212
Short Dress with Pockets $250.00

Alyce Paris 2628

Alyce Paris 2628
Fun Fringe Sleeveless Halter Open Back Short Dress $1790.00 $398.00

Sherri Hill 50825

Sherri Hill 50825
Quarter Length Sleeve Cocktail with Boat Neckline and Floral Print $480.00

Faviana 8093

Faviana 8093
Multi-Print Dress with Simple Silhouette $258.00

La Femme 24283

La Femme 24283
Sleeveless Short Dress with Open Strappy Back $298.00 $250.00

Sherri Hill 50854

Sherri Hill 50854
Short Two Piece Straps Floral $350.00

Sherri Hill 51179

Sherri Hill 51179
Short Floral Printed Strapless Sweetheart Neckline with Pockets $350.00

Sherri Hill 50799

Sherri Hill 50799
Strapless Sweetheart Cocktail with Multi Print Design $358.00

Sherri Hill 50818

Sherri Hill 50818
2 Piece Capped Sleeve Short Dress $698.00

La Femme 23875

La Femme 23875
Short Leather open back dress $378.00 $298.00

Faviana 7855

Faviana 7855
Sexy Halter Jersey Knit with Cut-Outs $198.00

Faviana 7075A

Faviana 7075A
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Dress $198.00

Sherri Hill 50764

Sherri Hill 50764
Long Sleeve Open Back Short Dress $450.00

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