10 Tips – Choosing the Perfect Winter Cocktail Dress

Choosing the perfect winter cocktail dress is not always an easy feat. There are many important factors in choosing the right dress. Different styles of dresses highlight different qualities, certain company requires certain modesty, specific climates and locales dictate certain wear. Here are the top ten items to consider when choosing the best look.

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Are you sick of matte fabrics and the boring cookie-cutter dresses cluttering everyone else’s closet? Don’t catch yourself wearing the same old style, mix up your look by choosing a dress with embellishments, lace or sequins. The winter is cold and drab, break the ice with a dress that will make ‘em look twice!

9 – Consider the Company You’ll Keep

Obviously, your attire must be appropriate for your companion(s). Quite a different look would be appropriate spending an evening dining with grandparents or parents versus a quiet, romantic evening with a special someone. Long maxi dresses or dresses with sleeves can be very appropriate for more conservative company, while the always sexy little black dress might be just the ticket to make him weak in the knees!

8 – Location, Location, Location

What’s the venue for the special day? Indoor events are usually safe no matter which dress style one chooses. Outdoor events call for specific considerations depending on the forecast. If the forecast predicts cool temperatures, consider a longer dress with sleeves. If it’s going to be hot outside, a shorter dress with spaghetti straps will help you sizzle with the weather.

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If you’re seeking a classic winter look, you already know that a dark tone or a red dress is sure to please. But then again, this isn’t your mother’s cocktail dress. Wow your friends with winter white. You of course never want to upstage the bride but for any other occasion a white dress will have everyone else seeing stars (or snowflakes) when you pass!

6 -Modern, Chic or Classic

It can be helpful to consider the dress styles of yesteryear when choosing a dress for this year. Did you go with the classic red maxi dress last year? Maybe it’s time for a shorter and more modern look. Don’t let your outfits become monotonous.

5 -Jewelry

Think about the embellishments of the dress to mix and match with the jewelry, it is easy to tone it up or down. If you have a plunging neckline, try filling the negative space with a thick necklace. Is your dress sleeveless? Use bracelets to accentuate your arms and wrists. The combinations are endless and it is so easy to be creative!

4 – Shoes.

Ahh, shoes; the final piece of the puzzle. It is always fun deciding which of your favorites to wear, or if you should use this occasion as an excuse to pick up that pair of pumps you’ve been eyeing. Whatever your decision, we recommend something light and maneuverable, just in case you get swept off of your feet.

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You need to feel comfortable in a beautiful dress and it is important to consider the length of the event. Girls, we all know beauty is pain but opting for a dress with breathable fabric or a loosely fitted dress is the secret to making it until last call.

2 – Complement Yourself

There’s no shame in accentuating your best assets. The appropriate dress should complement your figure, but remain classy. It’s important to find a balance that will turn heads, but not roll eyes.

1 – Choose What Makes You Glow

Regardless of the style of dress that you choose, the most important feature that you can show off is your confidence. You look your best when you feel your best (Not the other way around).


House of Brides offers a large selection of cocktail and formal dresses that are sure to please you and the company you keep for any winter event.

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