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Cocktail Party Dresses for Holiday Events

Cocktail dresses are the perfect go-to outfit for all your holiday parties this season. Update your closet staple with sexy cocktail party dresses, trendy little black dresses, and beautiful skater dresses. Find the perfect cocktail dress in velvet, lace, satin, or sequin. For that classic and sophisticated look, go for a crowd pleaser like a little black dress, also known as an LBD. With a stylish variety of LBDs, New Year’s Eve, and holiday cocktail dresses to choose from you will be in style for any festive occasion. If you're heading out to a holiday dinner, discover short statement dresses with a plunging sweetheart neckline, a square or V-neckline to style with statement earrings, or up hairdos. You’ll dazzle in captivating sleeve styles like a bare cold shoulder cocktail mini, an off-shoulder ruffle midi, or a long lace sleeve cocktail dress. Throwing an engagement party? Show off a hint of skin in a spaghetti strap dress paired with sleek black heels or clear mules or layer up in a sleeveless cocktail dress styled with a faux fur coat or cropped faux suede moto jacket. For winter or a New Year’s Eve party, shop an assortment of the latest long sleeve dresses in midi and mini styles with open back, cowl back, or cutout details. Find an eye-catching cocktail dress with rhinestones, glitter, or embellished mesh to be ready under the mistletoe. Keep warm with Windsor faux fur jackets and faux fur wraps or style up with thigh-high boots and heeled booties to nail your holiday look. Cocktail party dresses in emerald green, ruby red, burgundy, white, black and sparkling dress fabrics like sequin, glitter mesh, and satin have all been updated with the details, silhouettes, and fits that make your cocktail dress standout. Shop Windsor to get the perfect dressy cocktail dresses for your upcoming holiday occasions! For more stylish cocktail attire, shop Windsor's cocktail outfits for women.

What's the difference between a cocktail dress and an evening dress?

The main differences between cocktail and evening dresses are the length and the fabrication. Cocktail dresses traditionally feature a shorter length that falls around the knee depending on your height to above the ankle for tea-length cocktail dresses. An evening dress traditionally features a long skirt or floor-length hem. Since cocktail dresses are typically suited for dressy to semi-formal occasions they are usually composed of fabrics like crepe, lace, Ponte knit, and polyester blends that make them durable for continuous wear and provide versatile styling options. Evening dresses are designed to be worn at formal events or black-tie occasions and are typically composed of rich, luxurious fabrics like satin, velvet, chiffon, taffeta, and tulle. Cocktail dresses can be worn as a go-to staple for any dressy occasion while evening dresses are a style you'll want to plan for based on the formality of the event and the mood of the venue you are attending.

Are cocktail dresses short or long?

The standard length of a cocktail dress has a hem that reaches slightly below the knee or stops ever so slightly above the ankle. An ankle-length cocktail dress is also known as a tea-length. Now there are some exceptions to the rule. A cocktail affair that requires a black-tie dress code is a perfect example of bending the fashion rules and a long cocktail dress featuring a rich fabric like velvet, lace or satin is totally acceptable. Wedding guests will be in style pre-dinner hour with updated styles in one shoulder, cold shoulder, or strapless designs. These are great options for graduation dresses or senior photo outfits. Short cocktail dresses can also make for a sexy anniversary or date night look. Long cocktail dresses like long sleeve midi dresses or asymmetrical styles are chic styles for making an impression.