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27 November 2011

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The Cocktail Dress Code

Unlike the wedding occasions or the official celebrations, dressing up for a cocktail party is an entirely different ball game. Since there is no boundary line to distinguish whether one ethnic wear will be more appropriate or western styles will be more serenading, women often tend to get caught with this dilemma.

You choice of outfit and a certain look should actually be dependent on certain decisive factors such as the reason behind the celebration (formal or informal invite), the venue (a lounge or an open air lawn) and of course the weather (summers or winters). Consider these primary factors before decking up in any particular fashion.

Ethnic Wear

Stick to churidar Kurtas with applique, sequins or shimmer work (not overdone) in bright shades or minimalistic sarees in sheer, net, georgette. Complement the saree with a stylish halter blouse or a backless choli. Refrain from too much shine and bling on your dress rather keep it understated with easy make up and accessories.

Western Wear

A classic evening gown in satin, velvet or crepe can enhance your sensuality and if you are comfort driven, a knee length fall dress in mono chromatic shades or a feminine skirt with a matching blouse can be your best bets.

Fusion Wear

Pair an ethnic tunic with sheer leggings or even a heavy embroidered choli with a pair of jodhpuri pants or boyfriend jeans for a more dramatic look. Teaming up a lehnga skirt with a fitted top is another great way to define your curves without going over the top


Depending on the attire, carefully choose the accessories; add a dash of gold or stone based jewels to go along with an ethnic get up. For western wear stick to a simple statement jewellery piece (a cocktail ring/ a stone pendant or a handcuff) that does not draw attention from your dress.


Hair and Make up

A no fuss look with hair straightened is handy and elegant, at the same time; you can also opt for girly curls to complement a simple and understated dress. Retro buns with hair accessories can be enticing but ensure to pin them up carefully to avoid your hair going haywire in the middle of the party.

Highlight your facial contours by emphasising on the dramatic eye trend. Create smoky eyes using non-smudge kohl, a waterproof liner and fill the brows with a shimmer based eye shadow. Bolder shades like maroon and reds are an excellent way to enhance your sex appeal without much effort so indulge in this and finish the look with a neutral lip gloss.

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