Cocktail Attire Beyond the Cocktail Dress – M & S
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Cocktail Attire Beyond the Cocktail Dress

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Why yes, when an invite reads “cocktail attire”, it’s a safe bet to break out your little black dress. And I have time and time again—after all, it’s a surefire option that always works. But last week when I was getting ready for a dinner party at home, I took a glance at my trusty black dress and have to admit that I wasn’t feeling it. Instead, I wanted to wear something a little more unexpected and a little more fun. That’s when I thought to myself: A jumpsuit would do nicely tonight. Or maybe even some tailored satin pants with a cool, structured top.

I ended up leaving that LBD in my closet—instead slipping into a crisp white jumpsuit with a pair of heels. And guess what? It felt so much more special than my standard outfit formula. Now, I won't be putting my black dresses into permanent retirement but think I'll be giving these other pieces a try for now. If you’re also yearning for something a little different for your next night out, you might want to try mixing it up as well. Below, I’m outlining four closet essentials for a fresh take on cocktail attire.

Available in sizes 0 to 12. 
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Available in size XS.
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Available in size S.
Available in sizes 32 to 42. 
Available in sizes 34 to 40. 
Available in sizes 34 to 40. 
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Available in sizes 14 to 22. 
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Available in sizes 6 to 14. 
Available in sizes 00 to 12. 
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Available in sizes 5 to 11. 
Available in sizes 5 to 12. 
Available in sizes 36 to 41. 
Available in 35 to 41. 


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