This Mom Wouldn’t be Caught Dead Wearing Mom Jeans: The Quintessential Cocktail Dress

We all need one- the quintessential cocktail dress and while I usually opt for a Black one- now that I’m 40 years old I figure why not try and go a bit more creative and flirty with the colors I choose. I mean we don’t always need to wear BLACK right? And if you find the right fit- a pop of color can be exactly what you need to stand out and feel absolutely sexy in your skin! Of course if you would RATHER only wear Black I’ve found a departure from the usual cocktail dress – a Black Tuxedo one  that will have you looking sophisticated with an edge!

#1 The Tuxedo Dress: Shay Mitchell in Monica Rose for Lovers + Friends Shay Mitchell hit the red carpet on Friday night in the Keaton Dress from Monica Rose for Lovers + Friends. The starlet turned heads in the black blazer style mini at Revolve Clothing’s ten year anniversary party in Los Angeles.

#2 A Departure from the cocktail dress: Monica Rose, stylist to the Kardashian sisters amongst a bevy of stylish stars, debuts her first collection in collaboration with Lovers + Friends this winter. Comprised of uptown chic party pieces with the perfect amount of glamour, Kourtney Kardashian has already stepped out in two fierce looks from the capsule. You can get all these looks from

#3 Violet  LaPina DressStarlet and singer Hayley Orrantia hit the red carpet at last night’s BMI awards looking gorgeous in a bodycon dress from LaPina by David Helwani. The “The Goldbergs” star stunned in the Berri Dress in Acai, featuring black leather panels and a plum baroque jacquard body.

#4 A vision in Yellow from Oliver Totino

Paula Patton looked stunning wearing Oliver Tolentino Couture in New York City. The actress wore the line’s nude silk tulle 3/4 sleeves cocktail dress with hand-dyed canary yellow lace. Other celebs that have stepped out in Oliver Toletino Couture include Kate Walsh, Oliva Munn, Maria Menounos, Fergie, Emmy Rossum, and Carrie Underwood.

Which color are you ready to try? Or will you stick with black?

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