What to wear to a cocktail party


Are you invited and do you want to know what to wear to a cocktail party? Then you're at the right place. Cocktail parties are very popular parties. Here you'll find out how to dress for a cocktail party for men. Apply these tips and let yourself be inspired by the selected pictures of cocktail party outfits.


How to dress for a cocktail party for men

A cocktail party is a elegant occasion with a specific dress code for men. Men are supposed to wear cocktail attire. Cocktail attire is attire that is between formal and semi formal. This means that men are expected to wear a suit with a tie. Mid grey, brown and darker colors are the most appropriate for a cocktail suit. Keep in mind that darker colors look more formal than lighter colors. If the cocktail event takes places in the summer or in the afternoon, the suit can be lighter. In the evening and in the winter it's better to wear dark colors.

  • Wear a suit and a matching light colored or white shirt. Go for a plain shirt, without obvious patterns or colors. 
  • Choose a tie in the same color tone as your suit or shirt or go for a different color to provide a different accent. Go for a solid colored tie. During the night it's possible to take of your tie, if the formality of the event allows it. 
  • As footwear choose for leather dress shoes. Go for dark colors like black and brown. In the summer lighter colors can also be worn. Make sure that the shoes are polished.
  • Wear silk or fine woolen socks. The socks should be long and dark.
  • Wear a leather belt that matches with your outfit.
  • You can choose to wear a pocket square to give your outfit something extra. The color of the pocket square should not be the same color as your tie. You're always save when the pocket square matches with the color of your shirt.
  • There are no rules according to the accessories. Because it is a formal event, we recommend to keep it to one or two pieces like a watch.
  • Put some effort in your hair, wear some perfume and you're good to go!

Examples of cocktail party outfits


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