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Formal Cocktail Dresses

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The Christellas collection of cocktail dresses is simply fantastic this year! You will find a range of styles from subtle to fully jeweled with embellishments and everything in between including sequins, simple, sleek and modern. Our cocktail dresses collection encompasses both regular sizing from 00-24 and 14W-30W.

We are often asked what makes short cocktail dresses different from every other short style? Traditionally, cocktail dresses were longer and worn for semi-formal cocktail parties and black tie events. However, in the most recent 50 years the modern definition of short cocktail dresses has transitioned to mean a short dress hitting either at the knee or above the knee and often stylishly on trend with sequins, lace or jeweled embellishments. The words “cocktail dresses” immediately builds an image in our minds of a party – thus cocktail dresses are more than just a simple short style dress or a casual style. Cocktail dresses are one step above and more formal in detailing. 

Whether your taste turns more towards a body fitting style cocktail dress, better known as BodyCon, a sexy sequin dazzler with open cowl back or a classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s high neck style with a slightly longer hem line – we think cocktail dresses are more about the attitude you emulate when wearing one than hem line. To be a sexy siren, go for classic colors like black, gunmetal or red. If you want all eyes on you, wear something in a brighter color or a flashy cocktail dress to catch attention. To turn heads with quiet elegance, you might consider white, a flowing fabric or a statement dress in silver, champagne or nude. For a more traditional or conservative look, there are countless options. The perfect dress is one that makes you feel your ultimate best at your special event! Our cocktail dresses collection has every style to capture your mood and persona.

If you have received an invitation to an event, it is a sure sign that there is an expectation to dress for it. We are often asked if cocktail dresses can be paired with tuxedos? The answer is, it depends on the event and how formal the cocktail dress style “reads”. Usually short cocktail dresses are a sharper image and slightly on the sexy side. If your event calls for your date to wear a suit and tie, a cocktail dress is the perfect pairing and there is no question if the dress is formal enough (unless the invitation calls for long styles). 

Most cocktail dresses can be dressed up or down depending on how you style your look. Consider how you might pair your selection with accessories to achieve your look multiple ways when considering how many different events you could potentially wear your dress to. The bottom line is a great cocktail dress can be worn in several versions and can fit right in as a staple in your wardrobe. Big bold flavorful accessories can completely change a look, as can a pop of color or sparkle in your shoes.  A leather jacket can change up a cocktail dress to a whole new vibe, add hoop earrings and platform shoes and you could be the life of the party. Sequin, bejeweled and flashy styles allow the dress to do all the talking and you have more options to keep your accessories on the simpler side. The bottom line is that you want to select a cocktail dress that lets you express your many fashion personalities.

Interestingly, a little known fact is that designer Christian Dior was the first to name short evening wear “cocktail dresses” in the late 1940’s.Cocktail dresses are the perfect dress for a late afternoon or evening event, more formal dinner or festive party. If you have specific questions about any of the styles in our cocktail dresses collection, need help with sizing or want to know more about a style – reach out to us by phone or our chat box feature in the lower right corner. We are here to help you find the perfect cocktail dress to rock your style and show off your amazing self!