If receiving a party or wedding invitation that lists the dress code as cocktail attire leaves you feeling a little perplexed, you're not alone. Among the questions that have probably crossed your mind are: Can I wear pants? What about flat shoes? We break it all down thoroughly here, but sometimes the best way to get a grasp on the dress code is to see how it's done, which brings us to Amal Clooney.
Last night in Los Angeles, Clooney attended a party in celebration of the William Vintage x Gianni Versace archive collection on Farfetch, and she naturally chose vintage Versace for the occasion. Specifically, she wore a knee-length golden chainmail dress that was the perfect amount of festive (and that harkened back to Versace's army of '90s supermodels). A great cocktail styling trick that we'd suggest picking up from Clooney is to match your bag and shoes to your dress, just as she did with her clutch and strappy heels. Remember this look when those holiday party invitations start coming in.
Keep scrolling to see Amal Clooney's perfect take on cocktail attire, and shop a few gold cocktail dresses we love.
On Amal Clooney: vintage Versace dress via William Vintage
This style is so flattering.
Now that's a party dress.
As you can see, it's even better from the back.