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Cocktail Evening Dresses

Cocktail dresses are some of the most versatile dresses you'll have in your wardrobe. You can wear a cocktail dress to any occasion as long as you accessorise it well. Think above the knee cocktail dresses when looking for the best opportunity to wear a cocktail dress.

Buy cocktail dresses that cut at the knees or higher, long length cocktail dresses should be saved for more formal occasions. You could get away with a longer dress if it is summer and in a chiffon fabric, or has a bold print on it.

This is the perfect time to wear a Little Black Dress, because it is so versatile and sexy. However if you have freckles, red hair or pale skin, change your Lbd to a little brown dress as this will look much better.

Some simple solutions are: For winter, pick a black sweater dress and team it with metallic jewellery and footwear with black opaque tights or go for a deep purple knee length dress with a grey shrug and silver jewellery. For summer, team a pastel strappy mini dress with a slinky darker shrug and costume jewellery or go for a silk moss green knee length dress with a long beaded necklace and brown wedges.

Chiffon Green Cocktail Dress

Meeting people is the thing that will be most prominent at a cocktail party, so make sure you feel comfortable, sexy and keep smiling. One great and easy way to do this is to choose the perfect underwear that will give great support.

If the party is on the weekend, then choose dressier fabrics like silk or satin and add a little bit more sparkle. The same goes for an evening outing to a club, hotel or hall.

Think about what kind of occasion it is, and ask other people what they will be wearing, in order to make sure that you buy the right kind of gown. If for example you are going to a do in your local hotel it will be entirely different from that of a party in a neighbours house.

Choose fabric according to season: heavy fabrics for winter (things like wool, denim and tweed), light fabrics for summer (for example cotton, silk and linen).

To start looking for a great gown click on one of the links below.

For more great cocktail dresses, have a look at net-a-porter.com. They stock the latest designer ranges, and have great end-of-season sales where you can grab some great bargains. Check out cocktail gowns from Oscar De La Renta, Herve Leger, Marchesa and Lela Rose.

Cocktail Drink Recipes

Here are a few cocktail drink recipes, you can find more recipes on the other pages and by clicking www.in-the-spirit.co.uk

Alabama Slammer

Shake 1 part whisky, 1 part sloe gin, 1 part triple sec and 1 part Galliano with 5 cracked ice cubes. Strain and pour. Top up with orange juice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and orange slice.


Mash 10 mint sprigs and 1 teaspoon sugar together. Add the 2 parts white/dark rum and 1 part lime juice and pour over 1 part ice cubes. Top up with soda water. Use a highball glass.

Strawberry Daiquiri

Pour 1 part white rum, 1/2 part crème de fraises, 1/2 part lemon juice, 4 strawberries and ice into a blender and process at slow speed for 5 seconds, then at high speed for 20 seconds. Pour into a chilled glass.

Cocktail Dresses