Top Must-Have Cocktail Dress Trends for 2021

Top Must-Have Cocktail Dress Trends for 2021

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If the abundance and exuberance of decorations for Halloween this year were any indication, folks are eager to pull out the stops for the end of the year holiday season. In many places, decking the halls has already begun, and radio stations are already playing seasonal music weeks before Thanksgiving. Breaking out of the work-from-home leisurewear for holiday celebrations (even masked and socially distanced ones) calls for a little glitz and glamor. Here are the top must-have cocktail dress trends for 2021.

Asymmetrical Dresses

The one-shoulder look could be big during the 2021 holiday season. Asymmetrical necklines are often paired with asymmetrical hemlines for a flirty look. Try an asymmetrical dress in a bright statement color that makes a splash. Consider variations on the look when choosing a weekend dress for plans that include both casual and dressy events.

Puffed Sleeves

Whether your dress has one or two sleeves, those sleeves are likely to be puffed this year. Some chalk this up to the cottagecore movement, while the rest simply appreciate that it makes an interesting silhouette that pares down the volume trend in full-length evening wear to cocktail-sized dimensions.

Sequins, Metallics and Ruffles

Sparkle, dazzle, and shine this year in a sequined cocktail dress. Another trend to watch is fringe, which can be beaded and sparkly or monotone to enhance how you move through the room (with all eyes on you, of course)! The main takeaway is that cocktail dresses don’t have to be tubular and trim this year; they can sport embellishments that broaden the silhouette and make a statement of their own, like diagonal ruffles across the torso or bodice, at the neckline, or at the hemline.

Shiny monotone metallics are also great this year. Choose dresses in silver, bronze, gold, or metallic jewel tones to add glow to your cocktail dress look.

Variations on the Little Black Dress

You can never go wrong with the classic little black dress, but this year, consider a style that incorporates one of the trends for the year: choose a dress with sequins or beads, find one with ruffles or puffed sleeves, or select an asymmetrical design. Hint at the cottagecore trend by finding a little black dress with a demure white lace or Peter Pan collar.

These top must-have cocktail dress trends will enliven your holiday celebrations, even if they’re masked and socially distanced. Have fun, look fabulous, and stay well!

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