Cocktail Dresses 2012

Wondering what are the latest trends in cocktail dresses 2012? In this article we are going to discuss all about the latest designs and styles in cocktail dresses this year.
When you have a party to attend, the most trusted attire that can help you shine is a cocktail dress. It is a must-have in any fashionista's wardrobe and you should know the latest designs and styles that will make you stand out. Basically, cocktail dresses are of a length that is anything from mid calf to just above the knee.

Floor length gown do not qualify as cocktail dresses and they should be reserved for very formal events. For a night out with friends, the classic Little Black Dress (LBD) works beautifully if you can find one that is trendy and flatters your body. But this year, cocktail dresses are more about color, shine and shimmer. So this year, give your LBD a rest and bring out short cocktail dresses in bright colors and lots of detailing like sequins and ruffles.

Trends in Cocktail Dresses 2012

The Sequin Dress

Woman Wearing Gold Sequin Cocktail Dress

This year do not be shy of shine and shimmer. Shimmery cocktail dresses in gold and bronze sequins are scorching the ramp. If you are bold, you can go for a full sequin dress in materials like silk and organza. But if you are unsure about wearing sequins all over your dress, then go for a more subtle effect by opting for a dress that has sequins placed sporadically over it. You also have the choice of wearing cocktail dresses that comes in a more muted shimmer like dull gold and dusty bronze. These colors are very flattering and does not make you look like a disco ball. Sequin details done in the bust area and just across the shoulder are great styles in cocktail dresses.

The Printed Cocktail Dress

Woman Wearing Floral Blue and Yellow Cocktail Dress

The latest fashion trends in designer cocktail dresses is of printed cocktail dress. Prints were considered a strict no-no last year. But this year they have made a big comeback. Animal prints are all the rage this season and they look elegant and gorgeous when worn the right way. Instead of choosing a cocktail dress with an all over animal print, opt for a dress that mixes print with solid colors. Short cocktail dresses in a flattering animal print is all you need for rocking the party. You can also choose painterly prints in soft pastel colors. These prints are reminiscent of old world glamor and makes you look instantly polished and classy. A knee length painterly print dress with waterfall sleeves is a great choice this party season.

The Lace Dress

Woman Wearing Short Green Lace Cocktail Dress

A must have cocktail party dress this season is a lace dress. Cocktail dresses 2012 is all about lady like glamor and nothing looks more chic and sophisticated than a lace dress. A shift dress with a lace bodice or a long sleeved cocktail dress with lace detailing in the bust and hemline are great ways to introduce lace in your wardrobe. There are many designs and styles you can choose in lace cocktail dresses. Choose one that flatters your body shape and which looks the best on you. If you are unable to find the perfect lace dress in boutiques, then you can try rummaging through vintage cloth stores where you can find great designs.

The Red Dress

Woman Wearing Short Red Cocktail Dress

If you want to stand out from the crowd this party season, then opt for a foxy red dress. Although the little black dress is still a good bet for any cocktail party, a bit of color can make you look stylish and chic. A red dress is stunning, sexy and a little different. A good option is to choose a mid-thigh length red dress with an unusual neckline. A red dress is best paired with pink peep toe shoes and a pendant necklace.

The Pencil Dress With Pockets

Woman Wearing Dark Blue Cocktail Dress with Pockets

If you are looking for something different to wear to a party, then how about opting for a pencil dress with pockets. Unlike the strapless cocktail dress or the sequin dress, a pencil dress is more subtle and elegant. The addition of side pockets to a pencil dress makes the dress stand out and look appropriate for a party. A pencil dress with side pockets in a deep berry color with cap sleeves and keyhole neckline is the perfect dress for a cocktail party.

The Origami Dress

Woman Wearing Short Pink Origami Cocktail Dress

Origami dresses are also trendy this season with pleats around the bustline and hips. They can also be used to conceal problem areas like wide hips and a small bust. Choose jewel tones like emerald green, fuchsia, electric blue and plum this party season. You might think that these elegant cocktail dresses are very expensive but there are many stores where you can find cocktail dresses for less.

The Strapless Cocktail Dress

Woman Wearing Short Black Peplum Cocktail Dress

There is something so alluring and romantic about strapless cocktail dresses that they never go out of style. This season, don a strapless cocktail dress in organza or chiffon and become the cynosure of all eyes. This type of dresses should never be over accessorized and they are best paired with a pair of simple nude shoes and an envelope clutch.

The One Shoulder Dress

Woman Wearing Short Pink One-shoulder Cocktail Dress

Shoulders are sexy. The one shoulder mini dress has made a comeback this year and you should definitely stock this style in your wardrobe. You can wear a one shoulder mini dress in a deep jewel tone like purple or fuchsia and clinch it at the waist with a wide leather belt. Alternatively you can also choose a pale pastel shaded dress with ruching at the shoulders. The Grecian overtones of this style of dress, makes it look romantic and ethereal.

This was all about the latest trends, designs and styles in cocktail dresses this year. Cocktail dresses this year are all about color and shine and so choose a dress that is feminine and colorful. The best way to bring out the beauty of a cocktail dress is by choosing the right accessories. So, pair these beautiful dresses with chandelier earring or statement necklace for maximum impact.