The arrival of spring means new beginnings. Maybe it’s the cool air; maybe it’s the first flower buds popping up again after a long, cold winter. One thing’s for sure: it’s all about feeling fresh and rejuvenated—which means a new social season. Whether you’ve got a wedding on the horizon or new invitations arriving every day, it’s time to get your spring cocktail attire sorted.
WHAT IS SPRING COCKTAIL ATTIRE
Spring cocktail outfits are generally lighter than what you might have worn to a winter event: lighter in terms of fabric, color and overall feel. Instead of velvet, wool and cashmere, spring cocktail attire is usually made from fabrics like silk, satin, cotton and linen. And when it comes to color, while black is always in fashion, and shades like navy, burgundy and emerald green are elegant all year round, in spring, you might consider lighter hues like baby blues, light pinks, and vibrant orange and yellow.
WHAT TO WEAR TO A COCKTAIL EVENT OR COCKTAIL ATTIRE WEDDING IN SPRING
In terms of pieces themselves, spring cocktail attire is also lighter than what you might wear to a winter event. Here are a few key pieces to consider when planning your spring cocktail outfits.
When it comes to spring cocktail outfits for women, a jumpsuit is always a stylish option—especially if you’re planning your ensemble for a spring wedding. In the warmer months, look for versions that are sleeveless, or have just short sleeves. For slightly more casual spring events or a daytime wedding, you can also opt for pieces with warm-weather prints—think light-colored florals or watercolor motifs. And, of course, consider pairing your jumpsuit attire with sandals or open-toed shoes for a spring cocktail look that’s chic and sophisticated.
If your spring cocktail attire preference is to opt for separates, or for a spring wedding with a cocktail attire (not black tie) dress code, look for trousers or skirts that pair well with a breezy, lightweight silk top. If weather permits or you’re attending a spring event in a venue that doesn’t require a full-length gown or cocktail dress, a sleeveless piece or a blouse with short sleeves is an easy, comfortable option.
For a spring wedding in almost any venue, at almost any time of day, you can’t go wrong with a cocktail dress—in fact, it’s a failsafe option, any time of year. Whether you choose a classic fitted sleeveless sheath or a fit-and-flare piece, look for a cocktail dress made from an airy fabric that moves with you. Sequined, beaded, or ruffled details keep the look elevated if the dress code calls for a more formal take on cocktail attire.
SPRING COCKTAIL ATTIRE OUTFITS
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Chiffon Jumpsuit with Hand-Beaded Applique in Black
With its sheer, chiffon cape and sparkling, hand-finished bead applique at the waist, this style proves how chic and sophisticated a jumpsuit can be. Ideal for any spring event that calls for cocktail attire, the deep v-neckline and wide leg pants are ideal for showing off a statement necklace and elegant pumps or sandals.
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Hand-Sequined Trapeze Halter Dress with Feather Trim in Ivory
A white or ivory cocktail dress is an excellent option for spring events—just don’t wear it to a spring wedding unless upstaging the bride is your plan! This sleeveless style is covered in shimmering sequins and has a feather-embellished hem that make it a fun option for a night out dancing. Gently fitted at the waist with a subtle, flared skirt, it has a chic halter neckline and back keyhole detail. Keep accessories minimal to let this dress do the talking: small earrings and a bracelet or ring are enough.
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Floral Print Ruffled Midi Cocktail Chiffon Dress in Purple Multi
The ideal style for spring weddings, this below-the-knee dress features a floral print and details that are both classic and contemporary—think ruffled short sleeves, subtle pleats at the modest neckline, and an easy, fit-and-flare silhouette that lends itself to wedding reception dancing. Finish with pumps or heeled sandals, a delicate gold or silver necklace, perhaps a ring or two, and a clutch in an elegant beige or metallic shade.