Festive cocktail attire for women (Party dress trends in 2020)

COVER STORY / 2019-11-13

Festive cocktail attire for women (Party dress trends in 2020)

Tis’ the Season! With the holiday season lurking just around the corner, we’re assuming it means the same thing to you, as it does for us: Holiday and festive cocktail attire! With the winter months approaching, the need to look impeccable comes along with it. We understand that this month could prove to be overwhelming for many, who don’t have the time to sit and put together looks for a cocktail, wedding or just another holiday party. Finding that perfect party dress trends in 2020 for all the after-parties you’ll be attending is not only important but also quite a task in itself. Whether it’s a friends engagement party, an upcoming soiree or just a formal event, there are a plethora of cocktail party attire and evening dress options you could choose from.

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RETROFÊTE Grace Sequin Mini Dress

1. Back to the 80’s- Puff shouldered dress

The party dress trends 2020 of the season undoubtedly comes with a bold shoulder and a short length to show off those gorgeous legs! Style your puff shouldered dress with minimal accessories to keep the attention to your sleeves. Layer your ears with chandelier-like earrings to make a bold and vibrant statement. If you’re opting for a dark-colored dress, it would be advisable to wear neutral-colored pumps to accentuate the hues. Finish the look off with a headband and you’re good to go!

SALONI Alena Ruched Sleeve Silk Jacquard Floral Midi Dress

2. Satin slip dress

This classic staple from the ‘90s will never steer you wrong. This one's for the helpless romantics who have grown up romanticizing everything dreamy. This engagement/cocktail dress attire can be worn all year round, and especially around the holiday to dwell in that mushy feeling of being loved. This delicate and silky garment will look good on any silhouette because of its flowing nature. Style this beauty with a sinful red lip, a glitter clutch and a pair of classic pumps to exude those nostalgic feels.

3. One shouldered wonder

Heard of a cold shoulder? In case you didn’t get the memo, they’re in vogue and we are totally loving it. There is something about one shoulder, fitted dresses that you just cannot describe. The elegance, the modern touch, some vintage feels – you name it. If you’re going for a one-shoulder dress, make sure you pick one which is right for your silhouette. If you are blessed with a thin frame, we’d suggest picking a body-hugging, fitted dress to accentuate your waist. Pick dark-colored heels to go with your festive cocktail dress and slick your hair back to finish the ensemble with panache.

ALEXIS Benicia One-shoulder Ruffled Mini Dress

4. Black sequin gown

I don’t like black- said nobody ever. If you’re a fan of glitter cocktail party attires and gowns, we’d say you have good taste. Styling these flowing gowns as cocktail attire for women is easy because of the style-statement they make in themselves. Opt for a deep neck if you’re feeling adventurous, and wear a pair of gorgeous drop earrings to make even more of an impact. Go minimal on your makeup to bring out your natural beauty, and accessorize with a popping clutch bag to go with the theme of your cocktail.


We assure you that your cocktail evenings will be filled with compliments, admirers and envious glances if you wear any of these styles. The secret to looking fabulous is to make sure you are dressing in accordance with the theme of your holiday party or engagement. Add a touch of sass to your ensemble, and you are good to go!

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