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Cocktail Attire For Women That Don't Do Dresses

Because it's not 1950.

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The year is not 1950. There is no requirement to wear a dress to a soiree, so why would you, especially if you don’t do dresses? If you land yourself an invite to a cocktail evening, first off, lucky you. Second off, let’s explore your sartorial options: the jumpsuit has practically become a closet staple and could easily replace a little black dress

Going-out tops had a resurgence last season, and judging by the collections we’ve started seeing on the FW17 runway, they’re not going anywhere soon. How about punking-up a leather skirt with a structured crop top, or catching a few eyes in an iridescent pantsuit? As the weather warms up, now is the perfect time to try out the kind of embellished romper that would make Alexa Chung proud, but if you'd rather keep your limbs concealed, statement pants are becoming a huge trend. Look out for details like snappers and ruffles at the seams for a real high-fashion twist and pair with a deconstructed shirt.

What is it that defines cocktail attire? It’s smart but not formal, stylish but timeless. Amp up your look with a pair of killer heels and statement earrings. Top it all off with a clutch bag in one hand and a Manhattan in the other. Be sure to balance out your accessories: the bolder the outfit, the subtler they should be and vice-versa. 

Check out our selection of cocktail attire for women that don’t do dresses. We'll meet you at the bar: 
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Silence + Noise Sirena Iridescent Suit Jacket - $179
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ASOS Ruffle Detail Slim Pants - $53
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Finery Eastbrook Ruched High Neck - $99
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Eloquii Off the Shoulder Ruffle Overlay Jumpsuit - $111
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Missguided Black Crushed Satin Duster Coat - $72
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Pomelo Ayeon Pencil Skirt - $35
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River Island Plus Embellished Romper With Open Sleeves - $106
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Boohoo Lisa Longline Bandeau And Flare Co-Ord Set - $21
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H&M+ Imitation Leather Skirt - $35
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&Other Stories Transparent Cropped Top - $55
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Loéil Capri Pants - $92
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Zara Jacket - $149
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Nasty Gal Shining Armor Studded Lace Bodysuit - $198
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Elvi Pyjama-style shirt - $98
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Next Gold Sequin Joggers - $91
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Miss Selfridge Blue Camo Print Jacquard Bomber Jacket and Skirt - $63
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Storets Julianne Ribbon Crop Top - $115
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Rachel Roy Sequined Bomber Jacket - $90
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Sister Jane Fly Girls Box Blazer - $106
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Pixie Market Balloon Sleeve Off The Shoulder Wrap Top - $49
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Equolii One Shoulder Bow Jumpsuit - $111
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