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FASHION KNOWLEDGE - COCKTAIL DRESSES

9:58 PMprazillo Lemon

DID YOU KNOW?
Cocktail Dresses are mid-length dress worn by women to cocktail parties and semi formal occasion. The beauty of the cocktail dress is that it can be worn as a formal attire or simply dressed down as a party dress with some accessorizes, footwear,jacket etc. More credit have been awarded to the style of the 50’s and 60’s. My favorite of all time will be a Black Cocktail dress which can still be addressed as a Little Black Dress.


According to Wikipedia - A cocktail dress or cocktail gown is a woman’s dress worn at cocktail parties, and semi-formal occasions.
The length of cocktail dresses varies depending on fashion and local custom. The length ranges from just above the knee to touching the ankle. When it is about 5 cm (2 inches) above the ankle it is called tea length and when it is almost touching the ankle it is called ballerina length, although ballerina length dresses usually fall into the evening gown category. At semi-formal occasions, less elaborate, shorter-length cocktail dresses may be worn. Prior to the mid 20th century this type of dress was known as 'late afternoon'. When gentlemen are in business suits, ladies also wear dress suits or "good" afternoon skirt and dresses. By the 1980s the criteria by which a garment was considered a cocktail dress was not its length, but its level of sumptuousness. In the mid-20th century, some couturiers began describing full-skirted cocktail.


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