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Cocktail dress trends guide

Read on to learn about the must-have styles taking off this year.

If you’re like us, you love dressing up for a night out on the town. There’s nothing quite like putting on a pretty dress and feeling confident and fabulous. But figuring out what to wear can be tricky—especially if you want to stay ahead of the latest trends. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to cocktail dress trends for 2022.

Read on to learn about the must-have styles taking off this year!

Sequins ’n’ sparkle!

If cocktail dresses are party dresses cut from the cloth of black-tie gowns, then sequinned dresses are firmly on-trend for 2022. Whether you want to wear a gown embellished with sequins or take it to the next level with a show-stopping, crystal-encrusted frock, you’ll be bound to turn heads with some light-catching sparkle.

Will you choose a sequinned dress, beaded beauty, or something with subtle sequinned detailing?
Images: Alamour The Label

Fashion tip: if you’re wanting to keep the sparkle subtle, find a dress with delicate sequinned detailing rather than sequin-saturated fabric.

Seductive satin

We’re loving satin cocktail dresses in 2022. Whether you’re wearing a flowing slip or something more fitted, you can’t go wrong with satin and its timeless elegance. Satin makes everything classy, so explore mini lengths, bold flirtier cuts, or plunging necklines!

Satin can take many forms! Will you choose something long and flowing, fitted and figure-hugging, or flirty yet fabulous? Images: Alamour The Label

Vibrant colours

A range of colours shifts through the fashion kaleidoscope every year, and 2022 has a preference for bright hues! To stand out 2022-style, try breaking with the monochromatic tradition of the black-and-white ball. Experiment with eye-catching, bold colours like periwinkle, yellow, pink, Kelly green, or lavender.

What a sight for sore eyes! Any one of these vibrant ensembles will brighten up a cocktail party. Images: Alamour The Label

For the record, we are all for a wonderful white dress or a black beauty! For girls who love a vibrant cocktail dress, however, these are the #trending colours to try.

Classic white

Trends come and go, so you need a constant to fall back on. If ever you’re unsure what to wear to your cocktail event, white is never out of style. A classic neutral, white is a great option because it’s elegant and easy and you’ll never look underdressed.

Some gorgeous examples of white cocktail dresses. Images: Alamour The Label

It’s important to note the one exception to this rule, and that is when you’re attending a wedding. Unless specified otherwise, assume that a white dress is off-limits. For some ideas on how to dress for a wedding with a cocktail dress code.

Bold black

Let’s end with a classic. As well as an LBD (little black dress), every girl should have a black midi dress in their wardrobe. Some believe that black is the quintessential shade of the cocktail dress, and TBH, we don’t disagree. If frills and florals are fun and flirty, then black is confidence and sophistication. And, because it is a neutral tone, you can dress it up with almost any colour of accessory.

From the classic LBD to the long-skirted height of sophistication, black is the on-trend shade for the cocktail dress. Images: Alamour The Label

Styling tip: if you want to pair your dress with coloured accessories, stick with a single colour or consistent colour theme.

Cheers to the cocktail dress!

So, what are some of the top cocktail dress trends for 2022? Sequins, satin, and bright colours are definitely big, as well as classic white and black dresses. If you’re looking for a show-stopping dress for your next event, Alamour The Label has you covered—with a stunning range of cocktail dresses that will have you turning heads all night long. Check out the collection today!

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