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It’s that time of year again—between cocktail parties and holiday parties, there’s bound to be an event in your schedule that calls for a little dressing up. If you’re wondering what to wear to a cocktail party, the key is to find wardrobe pieces that are comfortable and versatile and that can be mix and matched. Here’s a little inspiration for what to wear to a business event or holiday party so that you feel confident and stylish.

Semi-Casual Dress

You can’t go wrong with a semi-casual cocktail dress—in fact, it’s a wardrobe essential! Why? Because after wearing it to your business event or holiday party, you can wear it again for future events. Whether it’s a solid colour or floral patterned, the important thing is that it’s comfortable and you can wear it all evening. If you choose a black dress, you’ll have a versatile piece that you can dress up or down, depending on the occasion. Or if you’re going for an edgier look, you can wear a military blazer on top for warmth and flare.

Satin Skirt with a Blouse

The beauty of a satin skirt is that it is elegant and feminine and feels great whether sitting for a performance or walking around and socializing at a cocktail party. Depending on the blouse you choose, you can either dress it up for a formal occasion or get funky for a party. From sleek dress shirts to ruffled tops to cotton shirts or satin blouses, there are many options to consider. The best part is that these blouses also pair well with jeans or dress pants, so you can easily wear them again the next day to brunch or on Monday morning to the office.

Animal Prints

Animal prints are great to wear for any occasion because they are classic and transcend seasons without going out of style. Snake skin and leopard print prints continue to trend year after year, so having a few of these items in your wardrobe is a great idea. Just keep in mind that these patterns are bold and tend to be the focal point of your outfit, so strategically pair them with neutral colours so your outfit looks sophisticated, not chaotic.

Cross-Body Bag

We’ve all been there: juggling a glass of wine in one hand and an hors d’oeuvre in the other, while also trying to keep a tight grip on your clutch. Why not free up your hands for more important things (ie. drinking, eating, and shaking hands with clients) by wearing a stylish cross-body bag instead? Whether you choose a bag with a beautiful chain to accessorize your outfit or choose a statement leather option for added durability, with a cross-body bag, you’ll never have to worry about your purse getting in the way again!

Ankle Boots with a Low Heel

Ankle boots with a low heel are perfect for this season. They keep your feet warmer than stilettos and they look stylish and fall-appropriate when worn with a cute pair of jeans or a semi casual dress. Plus, they are easy to walk in and won’t hurt your feet within the first hour of wearing them! Let’s face it, when it comes to business cocktail parties, you’ll probably be standing for most of the night. But with these stunning and glitzy sock booties by Schutz Albertin, you can stand, walk, or dance to your heart’s content, all while looking chic—it’s a win-win!

Hire STYLEARTIST for to Help You Find the Perfect Cocktail Party Outfit

If you liked these options for business parties and events and want pieces that you can wear over again, there’s a lot more where that came from! STYLEARTIST has a variety of options for you to choose from, and by using our Style Wizard on our web site you can get personalized outfit recommendations to easily shop from, as well as individual items that you can customize to create your own look.

To learn more about our additional services, including our Sip and Shop Parties and fashion concierge services, contact us and we’ll be happy to help you!

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