Dress to impress: Cocktail dress

A cocktail dress is dress worn by woman at cocktail parties and semi-formal or black tie events.

The most distinctive differences between formal gowns and cocktail dresses are the lengths of the dresses, and the richness of the fabrics and added embellishments used in the making of them. Cocktail dresses are shorter, made with less expensive fabrics, and usually have far less ornamentation added to them, than what goes into the creating of traditional floor length gowns. The lengths of cocktail dresses can vary from the bottom of the dress reaching to just above or below the knee, to falling midway between the knee and ankle, or to stopping very near the ankles.

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.

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The right cocktail dress can show you just how beautiful you truly really are as a woman, every girly-gorgeous point of you from head to toe.

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Christian Dior was the first to use the term “cocktail dress” to refer to early evening wear, in the late 1940s.

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Here a selection of simple elegant cocktail dress from Asake Oge, Ituen Basi, Ejiro Amos, Tiffany Amber , Tina Lobondi, Taibo bacar, Stoned Cherrie, Lanre da silva Ajayi. They show that among the classic and trendy dresses available for cocktail parties, one thing stands out is the way so many of the pretties dress take advantage of simple, straighfoward cuts and structures to compliment the beauty of the woman wearing then.

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