Cocktail and buffet party sounds very festive. Since the party is in someones home and for only 2 hours don’t go overboard as far as dressing up. Think “dressy casual” you are in California! A LBD (little black dress) or another color simple dress with a piece of statement jewelry (earrings or necklace) would be perfect. You can also wear pants or a knee-length skirt with a dressy top. Heels or dressy flats are both acceptable. It is always better to be under dressed than overdressed.
It is almost always exciting and fun when a party invitation arrives. However sooner or later we have to start to think about what we will wear. When types of “dress codes” are indicated such as “Smart Casual”, “Cocktail Party attire,” “Tailgate Party”, “Festive”, “Cocktail Chic” or etc. it can throw us for a loop. Where should one begin to figure out what any of these types of dress codes mean?
Can I wear flat shoes to a cocktail party?
Yes you can wear flat shoes to a cocktail party with confidence. There are numerous styles of dressy flats and low heel sandals that look chic with cocktail attire. It’s picking the right shoe. Classic flats that are black or metallic are options. Or you can wear a shoe made with a textured fabric like lace or an embellished flat or sandal with cocktail attire. Think shiny, sparkles, shimmer and sequins when selecting a dressy shoe. Shoes with a design element like an open toe, pointed toe, ankle strap or a slingback look dressy. Pants, short, knee-length, midi or floor length skirts and dresses are great with flat style shoes. It may be more comfortable and safer wearing flats or sandals to an outdoor party if the ground is soft or uneven. Some women who are tall prefer wearing flats or low heel shoes. Also, a foot or leg problem may require wearing flat shoes. If you prefer wearing flats or need to go for it!