Ask Belle: Cocktail Dress Alternatives
Dec 18, 2014
I have three post-Christmas parties to attend. It’s weird. It’s not a New Year’s party, it’s not a Christmas party. I get the feeling the dress code for all three is somewhere between cocktail and business, but the last thing I want is to buy another damn cocktail dress. What can I wear instead?
If you told me I could go naked, I probably would at this point. Save me. Steph
Oh, honey, I know the feeling. I once had six weddings in the same summer, with the same friend group. By August, a few of us were swapping dresses because the thought of purchasing one more occasion dress was about as appealing as Pap-smear. But never fear, I have an idea…
What about a really fun skirt? Like sparkly or swingy or flirty. The kind of piece that you could wear with a message tee or a silk camisole or simple sweater and still rock it out. Here are some suggestions.
There are few occasions in life when a tulle skirt is appropriate, so why not take advantage of the one before you? This skirt has a wide waistband, a fun shape, and a good price. I also like this midi-length skirt from Bailey 44 (also in white). This JOA skirt has a full shape, no pleats, and a cool striped detail that looks like there are ribbons running through the skirt.
I love this sequin mini-skirt so much that it has me asking questions like, “Am I too old for a mini-skirt?” and “What party can I wear this to?” I just love the mix of metallic hues and the stripes. Piperlime also has a similar version in black that runs in sizes up to XL.
Lace is another great option for semi-formal parties or fancy dinners. This skirt from DvF also comes in black. I also like this full skirt in a creamy ivory lace. I’d also consider this Topshop skirt with a lace overlay. It gives you the length of a pencil skirt with the sultriness of a mini.