Dress up for business cocktails

Nikki ParkinsonFashion Leave a Comment

Choosing what to wear to an evening business cocktail function is a challenge at the best of times.

Will everyone actually get dressed up?  Is it best to leave the backless number for a party with friends? Or can I get away with wearing an outfit already in the wardrobe?

The short answers to all these questions are: mostly; definitely; most probably.

The key to a successful outfit lies in the preparation.

Devote time and energy to create an outfit that fits, flatters and is appropriate to the occasion.  Get this right and you will turn heads for the right reasons.  It’s a confidence boost worth every cent.

Don’t deviate from styles and colours you wouldn’t normally wear. You may even have a classic style of cocktail gown in your wardrobe, one that always makes you feel fantastic.

Now is not the time to experiment. Nor is it the time to show a lot of skin.  It’s a business function, not a party.

Choose a fabric that won’t crush and pay attention to complementing your outfit with key accessories designed to bring the eye back to your face.

And if you are worried about lumps and bumps, then invest in some shapewear.  If Hollywood starlets never hit the red carpet without a pair of Spanx or Nancy Ganz, then why should you?

Lastly, the best outfit can be let down by average grooming.  Pick up the phone and book into your hairdresser now – and never underestimate a professional makeup application.  It can make the difference between photos you will treasure forever and ones you’d like to forget.

Lisa Ho dress (was $799, now $319). www.dressyouup.com.au

Lisa Ho dress (was $799, now $319). www.dressyouup.com.au

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