COCKTAIL ATTIRE FOR WINTER
What It Means, What to Wear, and How to Accessorize
There’s no denying it: getting dressed in cocktail attire in the summer is wayyyyy easier than doing so in the winter. For one thing, you don’t have to think about extra layers—what coat to wear on top of your outfit? What to wear underneath to make sure you’re warm enough?—and truth be told, there really just seems to be more options out there as well.
That said, winter cocktail attire is easy if you know a few tips and tricks.
What is Winter Cocktail Attire?
Winter cocktail attire consists of dressing in subdued tones, wearing long sleeves and layers, and accessorizing with shawls.
Keep reading for three of our favorite winter-appropriate cocktail styles from our collection, as well as how to accessorize them for the colder months, and general rules on what to wear to a cocktail party in the winter.
What to Wear to a Cocktail Party in Winter
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FOILED MESH DRAPED MIDI DRESS IN BLACK MULTI
Florals are almost always a good choice for cocktail attire, but it can be tricky to find a version that feels appropriate for winter. Enter this midi dress, which features florals in slightly subdued tones and against a black background. It’s also a slightly longer length for a bit more coverage when it’s cold outside: just slip on a pair of opaque or semi-sheer black tights underneath for added warmth. Finish with a simple gold necklace or earrings, and, as a general rule, opt for a coat that’s the same length as your dress or longer.
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STARDUST PLEATED SOFT COCKTAIL DRESS IN LIGHT CHAMPAGNE
This shimmery wrap dress is a great cocktail option all year round, but it exudes especially dreamy winter wonderland vibes in the colder months. The deep V neckline feels sensual and refined, while the long sleeves mean you can wear a lightweight layer underneath—a camisole or something with sleeves—if you tend to run cold. For a touch of personality, try teaming this style with a jewel-toned clutch: it’s the ideal winter cocktail attire look.
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PLUS SIZE KNIT CREPE TUXEDO SHEATH DRESS IN BLACK
Available in both regular and plus size, this crepe tuxedo sheath dress is both classic and modern—the ultimate combination for winter cocktail attire. From the satin shawl collar and soft crepe waist tie to its wrap skirt silhouette, it has elegance and sophistication in spades—and like the champagne-hued dress above, you can always wear a camisole, bodysuit or other body-warming layer underneath. Pair with chic black tights (perhaps even a subtly textured pair), simple heels and either gold or silver accessories for a look that’s pure winter cocktail perfection.