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A cocktail dress is usually worn at semi-formal events and occasions however many designers have made their cocktail and short dresses so glamorous, they are appropriate for more formal occasions. Today, cocktail dresses range from short mini dresses to knee length and below the knee with a variety of necklines and special elements. MackTak presents to you a number of cocktail collections from world renowned designers. History of the Cocktail Dress
The cocktail dress style became popular in the United States and across the world in the 1920s. Women wore short evening dresses for the cocktail hour. These dresses were in the sheath style and were not too different from daywear except that
cocktail dresses featured a richer fabric. In the 1930s and 1940s richer embellishments were added to help differentiate cocktail dresses from their daytime counterparts. The term “cocktail” dress was first ordained by Christian Dior in the 1940s which opened the door in fashion to more cocktail specific designs and advertising. Over the next few decades, cocktail designs became informal and formal, chic and classy to elaborate and daring to fun and flirty. The designers featured on MackTak.com present you with a variety of styles, colors, details, and cuts. You can chose a dress suited for a dinner party as well as dress that is glamorous enough for an evening wedding to a dress you can wear while performing on stage to dancing at homecoming or prom.Cocktail Dress Silhouettes, Fabrics, and Embellishments
When choosing your cocktail dress you want think about where you are going and what you will be doing. Maybe you will be dancing all night or just sitting down to share a meal with family and friends. Think about if you are buying a dress for one occasion or if you want to buy a dress that you can wear to multiple events. Depending on the purpose for your cocktail dress you may go with certain options. You can choose from one shoulder and strapless options to boat neck, v neck and plunging necklines. Choose a classic sweetheart neckline or go with an illusion bodice that highlights unique details. The bottom of your cocktail dress is just as important as the top. Think about where you want the skirt to come out from, do you want an empire waist, a natural waist, or a dropped waist. You could also choose a body conscious dress that fits to your form all the way through. The skirt can hang loosely like an A-line or can be flirty and puffy with lots of ruffles for a girly touch. Choose a dress with a tiered skirt that also has volume or pick one with a trendy peplum detail. The fabrics of the cocktail dresses at MackTak range from satins, silks, chiffon, tulle, and mesh. These fabrics are then cut and tailored to various fits and then many have additional elements. Crystals, beads, sequins and lace that create accents, appliques, and overlays that add unique and ornate touches. While with any dress you may think about what your hair, jewelry and makeup will look like at your special event, with a cocktail dress your shoes are especially important. With an evening dress, a peek of your shoes may be seen beneath your gown it is quite the opposite with a cocktail dress. Your shoes will be in full view of everyone so it is important to plan ahead. If you are uncomfortable wearing high heels, go with flats or sandals in a complementing color. Or if you want to look super statuesque go with a platform pump. Shoes in a metallic gold or silver often complement embellishments on cocktail dresses as well as jewelry. There are a million ways to accessorize the cocktail dresses on MackTak so that you look like a million bucks.