From black tie to cocktail attire, dress codes are something people don't talk about enough. The number of grey areas regarding what and what not to wear are endless. Today, we are here to talk all things cocktail sans the drinks (unfortunately). Believe it or not, there may be rules you've broken at least once in your lifetime, but that's all about to change.
Ahead we give you the dos and don'ts of cocktail attire. Some of these rules might be obvious, and others will make you drop your jaw as you remember a time or two when you were guilty of breaking them. And as always, in addition to our cocktail attire commandments, we show you where to shop the pieces that will ensure you're always dressed appropriately.
Keep reading to discover the dos and don'ts of cocktail attire.
Even if you aim to dress up a pair of denim (and are successful at it), risking being underdressed is never worth it. However, no one said you had to wear a dress to be dressy—polished trousers are just as effective.
Going the extra mile and making sure that your bra straps, slips or shapewear are correct for your cocktail outfit is almost as important as not wearing sneakers. Once again, letting a detail like that slip results in a sloppy overall appearance.
This one should be obvious, but you would be surprised at how many people keep rubber bands on their wrists, even at elegant events. Before stepping out the door, swap your hair tie for a sleek bracelet.
This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.