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Cocktail Party Dresses

There are everyday styles and then there are those occasions that call for that little something extra. That’s why cocktail party dresses were invented. The perfect little black dress (or pink or red or champagne) was created to suit her and amp up her personal style for those events where it’s important to see and be seen—at her finest.

A great dress should do all that for her and even more. The best kind of cocktail party dresses heighten her femininity and often give her an extra dose of elegance, along with some flirtiness, too. More than anything, a great dress should boost her confidence, by putting a spotlight on her best and most beautiful features. Let’s take a look at some of the party dresses she can choose from. Whether these gowns feature mini skirts or knee-length cuts, she’ll want to choose something that highlights her personal style at her next “see and be seen” gathering.

Obviously, a party is a great opportunity for dressing up and playing with a heightened, more elegant appearance than she may have in her everyday life. Some party dresses bring on a sense of other eras, by adding in vintage patterns and detailing. This can be a truly elegant way of dressing for a social event. An empire waist gown, in flowing chiffon, can be a lovely look that harkens back to styles from the '50s and '60s. Take a look at dresses from the Evan-Piccone line for classic takes on the cocktail dress; these dresses have a look that just never goes out of style.

Beyond the basic cut of a dress, the other elements are the fabric and detailing. A beautifully cut V-neck dress has an incredible simplicity that’s very attention getting. This kind of style can be heightened when the dress is in a bold color like purple or red. Metallic fabric can heighten things even further.

Beyond the choice of fabric, an innovative detail, like a draping ruffle that draws attention to the waist can make a simple sheath dress incredibly feminine. The Ralph Lauren line has many dresses that combine deceptively simple cuts with classic details to impressive effect. Add a touch of sparkle with a rhinestone broach and earrings, and she’ll knock 'em dead.

When you're ready to glow at your next event, check out the cocktail party dresses now available at Macy’s.

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