Posted on July 18 2018
While alcoholic beverages have been distilled for all of known human history, the cocktail party is a relatively recent social phenomenon. While its exact beginnings are unknown, it’s generally agreed that cocktail parties were first organized in the early 20th century by the idle rich. They were an opportunity to show off one’s finer things. As such, dressing for cocktail parties meant formal attire, and full-on tuxedos were not out of place.
21st Century Ways to Dress for a Cocktail Party
In the hundred years or so since cocktail parties first appeared on social calendars, dressing for them has become less formal. You still might be invited to corporate or charitable black-tie affairs. But cocktail parties among friends and associates are a chance to dress well while sporting some eccentricities and personality.
The Basics of Dressing for a Cocktail Party
Just like any successful outfit, great cocktail attire starts with a few key components.
1. The Blazer
2. The Pants
3. The Shirt
4. The Shoes
5. The Accessories
Ties or other neckwear, like a cravat, will also set the outfit apart from the usual dinner party attire.
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