Finding work-appropriate cocktail attire is a challenge. Shiny fabrics are distracting. In conservative industries (government, law, etc.), bright colors are off the table. And revealing necklines and hemlines are the kiss of death. So what is a girl to do?
My standby is a sleeved black dress with sheer accents. The sheer keeps it light and adds just enough sex appeal to remind you your alive without giving the septuagenarian in your office heart palpitations.
Illusion dresses are also a great style for more mature women. I’m partial to this David Meister dress for my own Mother, though I might shorten the sleeve a bit.
When wearing illusion dresses it’s important to wear a strapless bra. I’m partial to this Calvin Klein Seductive Comfort ($46). For larger-busted ladies, I’ve seen a lot of positive comments about the Le Mystere Soiree bra. Feel free to leave your best bra suggestions in the comments, every pair is different, so what is best for some may not be for you.
For a dress that is both classic and a bit sultry, I wanted a cocktail that has classic flavors, but is totally decadent. Enter the Mint Chocolate Martini from Noshing with the Nolands.
Given that this velvety smooth concoction is loaded with Bailey’s, half-and-half and grated chocolate, I would probably drink it instead of having dessert. Oh, why lie? I’d drink it with dessert, preferably the bitter chocolate Napoleon at Le Diplomate.
Have a great weekend! Be safe, and I’ll see you on Monday. xoxo, Belle