What to Wear to a Cocktail Event

What to Wear to a Cocktail Event | The Girl From Panama

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Last week I had the honor of traveling to New York with IWC to attend a very special dinner they host annually called “For The Love of Cinema.” They host this dinner to celebrate the world of filmmaking, which is very fitting as they are one of the official sponsors of The Tribeca Film Festival.

The event was filled with some of my favorite actors like Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, and Rosamund Pike, to name a few. I wore a beautiful cocktail dress by Self Portrait, one of my favorite brands. Whenever I have a special event I always gravitate toward Self Portrait dresses; they are timeless, chic and his designs are like no other out there. I also wore a beautiful watch by IWC.

What to Wear to a Cocktail Event | The Girl From Panama

Dressing for a cocktail event is tricky for me because I never want to look too underdressed or too formal. I’ve found that a little black dress is always a safe move, but before you decide on the exact type of dress you want to wear, keep these things in mind: the location, the time, the host, and the celebration of the event.

For this dinner with IWC, I knew the most appropriate length was going to be between mid-thigh and mid-calf since it was a formal event but not a gala or anything extremely fancy. On the other hand, a long gown would be more appropriate for a black tie event and a mini dress would be more appropriate for a birthday party at a nightclub—or a cocktail party wedding.

As for accessories, I think the best type of bag to wear is always a clutch bag, especially if the event is at night. A small clutch automatically elevates the entire look. In terms of shoes, this is where you want to go a little bit outside the box. Wear a beautiful pair of stilettos, something sexy and different. If you are wearing black, experiment with colors, or if you want to keep everything neutral, try something like these heels I’m wearing with pearl details.

What to Wear to a Cocktail Event | The Girl From Panama

If you don’t want to wear black, you can totally play with colors, just keep in mind the season you’re in and go from there. Finally, dresses are not your only option! Jumpsuits and suits are great options to wear for a cocktail event and are a fun way to switch things up if you attend these events often or aren’t a big fan of dresses.

Do you have any tips for me? Would love to hear!

Photos by Paige Campbell.


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