There is something about wearing a cocktail dress that’s exciting. You know when you put one on that you’re attending a formal (or semi-formal) social event.
Christian Dior was the first designer to use the term “cocktail dress,” and referred to is as early evening wear in the late 1940s. The along came Coco Chanel and introduced the LBD, which became the staple of cocktail attire.
This past week I got to wear a cocktail dress to an event I attended with my friend and co-worker, Jill Moon. We attended the 40th anniversary gala of the St. Louis Journalism Review.
I wore my new navy dress, which I thrifted NWT for $4.50. The original ticket was $135. I also thrifted a new pair of navy kitten heels for $4.97 (original, $35.)
I received quite a few compliments on this dress. My inspiration came year ago when I saw a picture of a navy cocktail dress in Marie Claire. This page is in my “look book.”
I think I did a decent job of putting the whole look together for less too. I paired it with a faux pearl necklace and bracelet (clearance, Kohl’s,) and rhinestone hoops (www.nomorerack.com), rhinestone cocktail ring (Jewels by Park Lane) and a sliver Coach wristlet (clearance, Dillards)
I really like the navy color of the dress too. I already have a few black dresses, so this broke the mold. Also blue symbolizes the purity in beauty and it really is a beautiful dress.
Women will spend quite a bit of time and money on a cocktail dress. Why? Because it makes them feel an look great, plus it really is an investment in a woman’s wardrobe. I feel I lucked out when I found this dress. I wasn’t looking for cocktail attire when I came across it, but I didn’t want to pass it up either.
When was the last time you wore a cocktail dress? Do you have a favorite?