The cocktail dress code can be a tricky one to nail, but the key to striking that perfect balance between all dressed up and suitably elegant is by curating your own collection of beautiful frocks to reach for when these occasions creep up on your calendar. In order to get to those dream cocktail dresses, you’re going to need a little style inspiration on your side! Peruse these spring cocktail dress ideas to refresh your fashion feel and set you up for every occasion and style vibe in the best way possible…
The new little black dress
A little black dress is the epitome of timeless, it’s been reimagined and cut time and time again, so why not explore some of the more modern takes on this classic piece for your springtime event wear? Look for a floral appliquéd midi dress style hued in an inky tone and defined with dynamic waist cut outs for a beautiful investment piece that is equal parts elevated and elegant.
One and done
A jump-suit is a great way of completely changing up your next cocktail hour in elevated style. This one and done piece gives you an entire style vibe in a few seconds flat, plus it’s incredibly comfortable and can fit perfectly to any season, making the jumpsuit an excellent investment piece in your collection. Search for a crystal strewn style with feminine feather accents to ensure that you’re still hitting the formal side of the cocktail dress code brief. Choosing more formal flourishes also means that you can keep to refined, neutral accessories for an easy yet elegant ensemble that you can wear to any occasion this spring.
High-level two piece sets
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Two piece sets are a brilliant choice for those who are looking to push the boundaries of the cocktail dress code without totally reinventing it. Look for a two piece set cut from a delicate lace fabrication, with a full midi skirt in an A-line silhouette. Ensure that the waistband is high-waisted and fixed into place to highlight your waist and frame your off-the-shoulder matching lace cropped shirt. You can switch out the coordinating pieces to make this purchase work for you all year long, at any event you have coming up.
Finished with a bow
A bold and beautiful waist bow pulls the focus to the centre point of your silhouette creating an incredibly flattering, feminine feel that is sure to leave you feeling your most beautiful. Look for a bow detailed midi dress with a subtle thigh-grazing leg slit, delicate straps and a clean square neckline for a cool and contemporary, balanced spring feel.
A bold floral print brings some of the spirit of summer to your next springtime cocktail affair. Look for a print with a dark backdrop for evening elegance that still feels fresh and fun. Additional flirtatious elements such as centre waist cut outs, a ruched mini skirt or off-the-shoulder sleeves will add to the overall warmth and joy of your perfectly printed cocktail dress.