The Cocktail Edit

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With all the glitz and luxury you could want, a cocktail dress is a glamorous look for any celebration. From creating a romantic silhouette to featuring sumptuous European fabrics—handpicked to help you not only look good, but feel good, too—Marcella’s elevated cocktail attire is all about creating a memorable look designed with you in mind.

What Is Cocktail Attire for Women? 

Cocktail attire isn’t just about a sleek black evening dress that pairs well with a champagne flute (though we do have a few classic LBDs that totally fit the bill). Cocktail attire can cover a wide range of styles, from two-piece cocktail outfits featuring eveningwear separates to more traditional full-length dresses. For cocktail attire, it’s about striking a balance between formal and casual, elegant and comfortable, all while making sure your party dresses never compromise on style —and Marcella creates minimalist fashion designed with this balance in mind.

Elegant Cocktail Dresses for any Party (and any weather) 

If you want to make a splash at a party, any elevated cocktail attire you choose will look beautiful, but you’ll want to consider the time of day, the season, and the weather alongside any other dress-code requirements in order to pick the right cocktail dress for the occasion.

If you are going for a daytime cocktail look in warmer seasons and want to get that perfect golden hour picture, opt for a colorful cocktail dress like the Ashley in pink, or the white Manhattan One Shoulder Gown. These mid-stretch ponte dresses are both designed to wow and are truly standout summer cocktail party dresses. 

On the other hand, for evening looks or more black-tie affairs, you can never go wrong when choosing darker hues. Try designs with edgy accents, like the black mesh Olympia Bolero in sheer European mesh with dramatic puff sleeves,  fitted cuffs, and accent seam detailing, which will accentuate your choice of dress to create elevated cocktail attire. Another example could be the black Baxter dress. This graceful elegant and versatile dress features a turtleneck, long sleeves, and a maxi length update and a single side slit for an exciting night out, but also works just as well as an office cocktail dress during the holiday party. 

What to Wear With Your Cocktail Outfit

Truly elevated cocktail attire isn’t just about a cocktail dress—you’ll want to style it with the right pieces to complete the look and suit the occasion.  For colder seasons, our high-neck Maren Coat is the perfect outerwear to pair with a nighttime cocktail dress. For holding your phone and other going-out essentials, the Belle Leather Clutch is genuine Italian leather with a button closure. Need a pair of shoes that balance timelessness and minimalism while matching your black cocktail attire? Our Jett Buckle Mules are the way to go. 

Standing out with a dress that’s both minimalist and sustainable is our design philosophy, so our cocktail dresses can be re-styled and worn for countless occasions, throughout the seasons. Less clutter means more freedom—and with plenty of stylish, versatile choices, there’s plenty of freedom to enjoy. 

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