Cocktail Dresses Inspired By Your Favorite Cocktail

A Manhattan inspired look, photographed in Brooklyn
A Manhattan inspired look, photographed in Brooklyn | Amanda Suarez / © Culture Trip
Photo of Jill Di Donato
Fashion Editor11 December 2017

Any style maven worth her Louboutins knows to match her dress to her purse, but what about to her cocktail?

It’s the season of the cocktail party, which means it’s also the season of the cocktail dress. Traditionally, a cocktail dress is worn to a semi-formal occasion, like a cocktail party. In the late 1920s, due in part to the suffragette movement and Prohibition Reform, “The Drinking Woman” emerged at private cocktail soirées and lounges about town. And so, the cocktail dress was born. It wasn’t until the late 1940s, however, that Christian Dior coined the term “cocktail dress,” as cocktailing became en vogue. Today, because cocktailing remains a chic pastime, it demands a dress so you can dazzle as you drink.

The following are cocktail dresses inspired by your favorite cocktails, so you can drink and dress responsibly. Salut.

Cosmopolitan

Blush Cocktail Dress MÚSED, price upon request, A. Testoni Python Pumps in black, $665. Jewelry fashion editor’s own. Belt stylist’s own.

Champagne Cocktail

Lilli Spina Dress, $1014. Roru Gioielli Earrings, $350. De Liguoro Bracelet, $196.

Aviation

© Amanda Suarez for Culture Trip II Lilli Spina Purple Dress, $639. Elizabeth Cole Bacall Earrings $263. | © Amanda Suarez for Culture Trip II Lilli Spina Purple Dress, $639. Elizabeth Cole Bacall Earrings $263.

Manhattan

Liberty Skirt Ash and Light, $325. Lilli Spina Coat, $1,500. Agent Provocateur Bustier stylist’s own

Whiskey Sour with Egg white

Colette Barbieri Strapless High Low Brocade Cocktail Dress, price upon request.

Dry Martini

Pixie Dress Ash and Light, $355. Chine Machine Paris Choker, price upon request.

Negroni

Short Mullet Dress Ash and Light, $345. Custom Tableaux Vivants Lace Tulle Hair Accessory. Alexis Bittar earring fashion editor’s own.

Dead Man’s Mask

Liberty Shift Ash and Light, $265. Custom Tableaux Vivants Lace Tulle Choker. Coat fashion editor’s own.

Where To Buy:

Production

Creative Direction by Jill Di Donato

Photography by Amanda Suarez

Styling by Sheyna Imm

Location: The Tpoaz

251 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Models: Adina Boom, MÚSED Modeling Agency and James Angelos Jr.

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