What to Wear to a Cocktail Party

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As opposed to a one-and-done dress, building an on-point cocktail look from separates allows for ample creativity opportunities. The four techniques below guarantee a strategically chic, stealthily comfortable, and unexpectedly cool LBD alternative—all the better to party in.

Nº 1. In the Mood

The floral-print skirt—with its dramatic silhouette and rich color palette—sets the stage for romance, but you needn’t go over the top: The blazer’s waist-cinching bow-belt and the heels’ dainty ankle-tie get the message across perfectly.